Driving enthusiasts can rejoice at BMW’s decision to still build the next-generation 2-series coupe on a rear-drive platform. Along with an available all-wheel-drive system, the two-door Bimmer has two turbocharged engine options: a 255-hp four-cylinder (230i models) and a 382-hp straight-six (M240i). While the convertible body style is discontinued, we can only hope the same fate doesn’t befall the manual transmission. Still, the new 2 should be as entertaining to drive as the first generation, and it has the performance add-ons to elevate the experience. Plus, the compact luxury car has a distinguished façade and a modern interior that’s roomier than the coupe it’s replacing. As the follow-up to one of BMW’s most affordable and satisfying machines, the 2022 2-series has high expectations.
What’s New for 2022?
The 2022 BMW 2-series will mark an all-new generation for one of the German automaker’s most entertaining models. While we’re happy to report it will still come standard with rear-wheel drive, a drop-top option is being dropped and a manual transmission hasn’t been confirmed. Thankfully, the even racier M2 coupe will also return.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
While we haven’t had the chance to drive the new 2-series yet, preemptively we think the rear-drive 230i is the one to buy. While its 255-hp turbo four isn’t nearly as quick as the 382-hp straight-six in the M240i, especially without the added traction of all-wheel drive, we think it’ll be similarly fun to drive with the addition of the Dynamic Handling and M Sport packages. The former requires the latter, but combined their mix of performance upgrades (bigger wheels on stickier tires, firmer suspension components, stronger brakes, etc.) and unique visual treatments are highly desirable.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The outgoing 2-series is an entertaining little two-door that some call the quintessential BMW. Not only does its finely tuned chassis contribute to a sense of playfulness and refinement, but so do its rear-drive architecture and smooth engines. We expect those characteristics to continue on the next generation, and power will again come from either a turbocharged four- or six-cylinder mill. The 230i features the former, a 2.0-liter with 255 horsepower. The more powerful M240i has a 382-hp 3.0-liter inline-six. Initially, the 230i will only be offered with rear-wheel drive and the M240i will be all-wheel-drive only. However, both variants will eventually be available with each respective drivetrain. An eight-speed automatic will also be the only transmission available at launch, but we’re holding out hope for a manual option. Those looking to squeeze the most performance out of the 230i will want to choose the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages that together include 19-inch wheels on performance tires, a sportier suspension, upgraded brakes, a variable-ratio steering system, and an electronically controlled rear differential. Most of these goodies and more come standard on the M240i.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
While the EPA has not yet released fuel efficiency estimates for the new 2-series, we expect it will offer similar numbers to last year’s model. For more information about the 2-series’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Although BMW’s interior design language isn’t groundbreaking, it’s enhanced by excellent build quality and satisfying ergonomics. Inside, the new 2-series adopts the company’s ubiquitous styling and layout. The materials look to be appropriately upscale and there are a variety of luxury features. While a set of analog gauges are standard, a fully digital instrument panel that measures 12.3 inches and a head-up display are available. Notable standard features include a leather-wrapped steering wheel and three-zone climate control. Desirable options include customizable ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. Thanks to an increase in overall length and width, including a wheelbase that’s stretched by 2.0 inches, the two-door coupe is roomier than its predecessor.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The 2-series’ infotainment system runs through either a standard 8.8-inch touchscreen or an available 10.3-inch unit. Along with steering-wheel controls and voice commands, the interface can be manipulated via a rotary controller on the center console that’s surrounded by useful shortcut buttons. BMW also kindly includes a physical volume knob. Every model includes a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker stereo. Those who want a more powerful sound system can upgrade to a 14-speaker, 464-watt Harman Kardon setup.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Along with an array of standard driver-assistance technology that includes blind-spot monitoring, every 2-series is fitted with front and rear parking sensors. It can also be optioned with a self-parking assist that will automatically park it in or out of parallel or perpendicular spots. For more information about the 2-series’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
BMW’s limited and powertrain warranties are competitive with other luxury automakers, but its complimentary maintenance is a perk that Mercedes-Benz doesn’t offer at all.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles