The BMW 2-Series is a sporty luxury compact that competes with other small European cars such as the Audi A3, the MINI Cooper and the Mercedes CLA. The BMW 2-Series, however, is significantly sportier than its competitors and features better handling and a more hardcore, driver-oriented demeanor. Starting at about $35,000, the BMW 2-Series offers a nice compromise between an all-out sports car and a sophisticated German compact.
The BMW 2-Series is available in two trim levels, 230i and M240i. Both come as 2-door coupes or convertibles. Both cars are rear-wheel drive, though xDrive all-wheel drive is available on both trims. The 230i is powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 248 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. The M240i features a turbocharged 3.0L straight-six powerplant that produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. Both cars come standard with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but a 6-speed manual is a no-cost option on either model.
A big part of the mission of the 2-Series is to be fun to drive. BMW has accomplished this through an all-independent suspension with a 5-link rear suspension setup, a fairly unique feature in this class. The 2-Series is thus able to out-handle most of its competitors in addition to being quite quick in a straight line. Body roll, dive and squat are all nicely controlled without compromising the car's ride quality.
The BMW 230i is the more pedestrian of the two models but still comes reasonably well equipped. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, an 8-way adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 folding rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with controls for the stereo and Bluetooth setup, a 6.5-inch full-color display, a USB port, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers and a memory system that remembers the driver's favorite settings for everything. The 230i can be equipped with either Sport Line or M Sport upgrades, which add features like larger wheels, rear spoiler, improved suspension calibration and more.
The M240i comes better equipped, starting of course with the stronger engine. Other features on the M240i include bigger brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels, 10-way power adjustable front seats, a sports instrument cluster and dynamic cruise control.
Optional items on the 2-Series include leather seating surfaces, satellite radio, heated seats, a moonroof, a Harman/Kardon premium sound system and concierge services. Packages include a driver assistance package with a rear-facing camera, as well as a technology package, which includes a navigation system with real-time traffic updates and access to BMW apps. A Track Handling Package adds Adaptive M Suspension, variable sport steering, M Sport brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires.
The 2-Series convertibles in both 230i and M240i guise are equipped similarly to their coupe counterparts, with a power-operated top that takes just 20 seconds to raise or lower.
Safety features include anti-lock brakes, stability/traction control and several airbags. The BMW 2-Series also comes standard with an emergency request system that will activate in the event of an accident. The system comes with a 10-year subscription.
Sporty; compact; fun to drive; rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive availability; convertible option
The BMW 2-series remains essentially unchanged for 2020 although BMW now offers a few new interior trim options, including the option to have funky red or blue accents throughout the cabin.
|Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year||6.6|
|EPA Greenhouse Gas Score||N/A|
|EPA Classification||Subcompact Cars|
|Drivetrain||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Trans Order Code||2TB|
|Trans Description Cont.||Automatic w/OD|
|First Gear Ratio (:1)||5.00|
|Second Gear Ratio (:1)||3.20|
|Third Gear Ratio (:1)||2.14|
|Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)||1.72|
|Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)||1.31|
|Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)||1.00|
|Reverse Ratio (:1)||3.46|
|Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)||2.81|
|Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)||0.82|
|Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)||0.64|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy||32 MPG|
|Cruising Range - City||328.80 mi|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - City||24 MPG|
|Fuel Economy Est-Combined||27 MPG|
|Cruising Range - Hwy||438.40 mi|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - City||N/A|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy||N/A|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined||N/A|
|Engine Type||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection|
|SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM||248 @ 5200|
|SAE Net Torque @ RPM||258 @ 1450|
|Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)||N/A|
|Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)||170|
|Total Cooling System Capacity||N/A|
|Front Head Room||40.1 in|
|Front Leg Room||41.5 in|
|Front Shoulder Room||54.4 in|
|Front Hip Room||N/A|
|Second Head Room||36.5 in|
|Second Leg Room||33 in|
|Second Shoulder Room||53.4 in|
|Second Hip Room||N/A|
|Length, Overall||174.7 in|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors||69.8 in|
|Height, Overall||55.8 in|
|Track Width, Front||59.9 in|
|Track Width, Rear||61.3 in|
|Min Ground Clearance||N/A|
|Cargo Area Dimensions|
|Trunk Volume||13.8 ft³|
|Base Curb Weight||3386 lbs|
|Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.||N/A|
|Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.||N/A|
|Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.||N/A|
|Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.||N/A|
|Suspension Type - Front||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear||Multi-Link|
|Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)||Multi-Link|
|Shock Absorber Diameter - Front||N/A|
|Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear||N/A|
|Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front||N/A|
|Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear||N/A|
|Front Tire Size||P205/50HR17|
|Rear Tire Size||P205/50HR17|
|Front Wheel Size||17 X 7.5 in|
|Rear Wheel Size||17 X 7.5 in|
|Front Wheel Material||Aluminum|
|Rear Wheel Material||Aluminum|
|Steering Ratio (:1), Overall||N/A|
|Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)||N/A|
|Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb||35.8 ft|
|Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall||N/A|
|Brake Type||4-Wheel Disc|
|Brake ABS System||4-Wheel|
|Brake ABS System (Second Line)||N/A|
|Disc - Front (Yes or )||Yes|
|Disc - Rear (Yes or )||Yes|
|Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness||12.3 in|
|Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness||11.4 in|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx||13.7 gal|
|Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx||N/A|
4 Years/50,000 Miles
4 Years/50,000 Miles
12 Years/Unlimited Miles
4 Years/Unlimited Miles
3 Years/36,000 Miles
US NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID:
Mfg's Report Date:
MAY 08, 2019
AIR BAGS:KNEE BOLSTER
Potential Number Of Units Affected:
BMW of North America, LLC (BMW) is recalling certain 2019-2020 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, M240i xDrive, M2 Competition Coupe, 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, 440i xDrive, M4, and 2019 330i xDrive Sportswagon vehicles. The driver and passenger knee air bag assemblies may have been improperly folded and assembled.
An improperly folded and assembled air bag may not deploy as intended, increasing risk of injury.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will replace the knee air bag modules, free of charge. The recall began July 8, 2019. Owners may contact BMW customer service at 1-800-525-7417.
Dates of Manufacture:
FEB 20, 2019 to MAY 01, 2019
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