2021 BMW 2 Series

MSRP $35,900

Ranked #17 in Coupe

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2021 BMW 2 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 13, 2021

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The 2021 BMW 2-series Coupe combines a fun-to-drive demeanor with high-class European styling and still marks as the entry point for BMW ownership. Since 2014, the 2-series coupe has been a fascinating RWD subcompact luxury coupe for drivers who were into niceties, yet won’t feel like missing out on agility and handling. The Bimmer’s outstanding coupe lies in no-man's-land; it is hard to find German rivals for the same. 

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Pros

Exhilarating driving dynamics and handling

Agile and nimble

Upscale exterior styling

Cons

Cramped rear seating

Unpractical cabin room and cargo space

What's New?

Standard Apple CarPlay compatibility

SiriusXM with real-time traffic updates now available as standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$35900

bodystyle

dr Coupe

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

230i$35,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW 2 Series in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


For now, the 2021 BMW 2-series coupe will be rivaled against the likes of Toyota GR Supra, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger. Though it suffers from its own flaws, the BMW 2 Series 

Is loaded with class-leading features, an efficient powertrain, and an intuitive infotainment system. Let’s see how the coupe stacks itself against two American muscle cars and a Japanese nameplate.

2021 BMW 2 Series Features

The 2021 BMW 2-series coupe is essentially a single trim variant and can be availed as an RWD subcompact luxury coupe, badged as BMW 230i, starting from $36,895, or an all-season durable AWD variant branded as the xDrive variant at a difference of $2,000. Either way, it makes for a viable proposition that provides standard features like keyless ignition, automatic climate control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. 

Trim

BMW 230i

MSRP (RWD)

$36,895

MSRP (AWD)

$38,895

Key Features

17-inch dual-tone alloy wheels

 

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column

 

LED headlights

 

Dynamic Stability Control

 

Dynamic Brake Control

 

HiFi Sound System with 7 speakers

 

Leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters

You can equip the coupe with a Convenience package that fits the 2-series coupe with a power moonroof, four-way power lumbar adjustment, and ambient lighting, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, as well as three 12-volt power sockets.

Which Trim should you buy?

Buyers can choose between standard RWD or AWD. And our suggestion would be, enjoy the BMW coupe in its purest form, that is, the base RWD model. It allows the driver to alter the performance as per his needs or drift and rip off the tires, yet handle perfectly around the corners with experienced hands on the wheels.

2021 BMW 2 Series Engine and Performance

Pop the hood of the 2021 BMW 2-series coupe, and you’ll find a 2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4 engine that cranks out 248-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The power flows to the rear wheels and gives an endless opportunity to be a maniac or show off drifting skills to the uninvited audience. The inline engine setup is refined but comes with a dollop of torque that is dumped at the wheels, as low as 1,450 RPMs. Mated to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission, the 2-Series coupe can also be channeled as an AWD variant for better performance on rougher terrains. 

The 2021 BMW 2-series coupe can blow the brains out with a 5.3-second sprint from standstill to 60-mph, while a quarter-mile finish takes just 12.7-seconds to cross. These figures are quite impressive for the fact that the 2-series is a luxurious and opulent coupe. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system drops the 0-60 mph time to 5.2 seconds. Though the vehicle is limited to a 130-mph top speed, it won’t depreciate the amount of enthusiasm that the Bimmer exhilarates the occupants with.

Models

2021 BMW 230i coupe

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Dodge Challenger

MSRP

$36,895

$42,990

$32,175

$28,870

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

2.3L EcoBoost Inline-4

3.6L Naturally Aspirated V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

6-speed Manual

8-speed Automatic

Power (hp@RPM)

248 hp @5,200 RPM

255 hp @5,000 RPM

310 hp @5,500 RPM

305 hp @6,350 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

258 lb-ft @1,450 RPM

295 lb-ft @1,750 RPM

350 lb-ft@

3,000 RPM

268 lb-ft @4,800 RPM

0-60 MPH (Seconds)

5.3

5

5.1

5.3

Quarter mile (Seconds)

12.7

13.2

13.7

13.8

Top Speed (MPH)

130

155

155

155

The 2021 BMW 2-series Coupe offers some adrenaline-rushing figures, but next to rivals, these feel underwhelming. For the price tag, the 2021 Ford Mustang offers the most horses and is rated at 310hp and 350lb.-ft of torque, while BMW’s coupe is dead last. Even comparing the off-the-line sprints, the BMW and the Dodge Challenger come last, while the Toyota GR Supra makes the occupants bite their nails clocking 5 seconds to the 60mph mark. But in a drag race, being behind the wheels of the 2021 BMW 2-series coupe would win you price and pride. The 2021 Dodge Challenger despite housing the only V6 engine in the segment is the slowest both off-the-line and in the straight line runs as well.

How well does the 2021 BMW 2 Series Coupe handle?

The 2021 BMW 2-series coupe stands for its reputation of being exciting and well-balanced. In urban cruising, the ride quality is slightly stiff, but not to such an extent that it intrudes the relaxed driving dynamics. Once the road clears, the 2-series allows the driver to explore the wide bandwidth of power, agile handling, and driving dynamics. The coupe hugs the roads confidently, while the rear-wheel-drive would inspire to go sideways to show off some skills.

Given the drive-modes optimize the engine performance, suspension stiffness, and steering response, the traction control can be fully turned off to be reckless. 

Besides, the Eco Pro might be the best driving mode, if you are out for a daily drive and want to destress yourself. The 2021 BMW 2-series coupe is a hoot, but the comfort mode offers a smooth ride and seamless gearshifts, and then it poses as an excellent luxury coupe to tour inside the cities.

Braking Performance 

Besides the agility and performance treat that the 2021 BMW 2-series coupe is, it is often applauded for its strong braking game. With befitting-sized braking rotors and disc wheels, the vehicle can come to a complete stop in just 104-ft when the brakes are smashed at 60-mph. 

Models

2021 BMW 230i coupe

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Dodge Challenger

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

12.3

13.7

12.6

12.6

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.4

13.6

12.6

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3386

3400

3532

3858

60-0 MPH (in feet)

104

106

104

104

If you compare the rivals and also consider the curb weight, the burly 2021 Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang sport relatively larger brake rotors measuring 12.6 inches, both at the front and rear, and cover similar distances as the 2021 BMW 2-Series. However, the Dodge’s performance is praiseworthy, given that it is the heftiest in the lot. The 2021 BMW 2-series Coupe being the lightest, stops pretty quickly, but it still has some room for improvements, while the 2021 Toyota GR Supra takes the longest distance while decelerating, despite the largest brakes and relatively lower curb weight.

2021 BMW 2 Series Fuel Economy

If you are into thrill and excitement behind the wheel, yet don’t want your pockets to get upset with massive fuel expenses, the 2-series Coupe might be your thing. The subcompact luxury coupe fits an efficient powerhouse under the hood, that delivers a healthy 28 mpg combined. The vehicle also fits a 13.7-gallon fuel tank that stocks ample fuel to last for more than 350-plus miles, before worrying about the next gas station. 

Models

2021 BMW 230i coupe

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Dodge Challenger

MPG (City)

25

25

21

19

MPG (Highway)

32

32

30

30

MPG (Combined)

28

28

24

23

Fuel Capacity

13.7 gallons

13.7 gallons

15.5 gallons

18.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

342/438/383 miles

342/438/383 miles

326/465/372 miles

352/555/425 miles

The 2021 BMW 2-series Coupe looks quite efficient next to heavy-chuggers like the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger that manage combined efficiencies of 24 and 23 MPG, respectively. However, the Toyota GR Supra is tied to the German coupe in terms of fuel economy, tank capacity, and the range that they manage. But if you want to cover the maximum distance before having to fanatically search for the nearest gas station, the Dodge’s combined range of 425 miles makes it an alluring choice.

2021 BMW 2 Series Interior

The 2021 BMW 2-series coupe is the middle-ground to commendable performance, plus the interior makes you forget that it’s one of the cheapest new BMWs one can buy. The cabin oozes out contemporary styling, yet the low-seating position offers a sporty characteristic.

The front seats are beautifully bolstered bucket seats that hug the driver on the hardest turns and toughest stunts they pull off. The wide doors offer easy ingress and egress, while the front seats offer headroom and legroom to please six-foot-tall passengers. The rear seats are snug and apt for small children, it’s what one should expect from coupes.

Besides the cramped rear seats, there’s no single flaw that could be pointed out. The flashy and premium materials offer high-class vibes, despite the low price tag. The SensaTec synthetic material cleverly pulls off the leather looks, while the dash is decorated by high-gloss Black interior trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome highlight as well as an Anthracite headliner. The solid-build quality and luxurious interior wrapping make the BMW 2-series coupe a perfect luxury pick for the price.

Don’t forget that BMW offers tonnes of options to elevate interior opulence, one of these options includes a $1,450 Dakota leather option. This replaces the synthetic material with Dakota leather in black, Coral Red, Oyster, Cognac, and black with red highlights, makes the cabin more sporty and stylish and is worth the upgrade. 

Models

2021 BMW 230i coupe

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Dodge Challenger

Seating capacity

4

2

4

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/53.4/41.5

38.3/54.4/42.2

37.6/56.3/45.1

39.3/58.5/42.0

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.1/54.4/33

-

34.8/52.2/29.0

37.1/53.9/33.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

13.8

N/A

13.5

16.2

Compared to the 2-series Coupe, the interior of the Ford Mustang and Dodge would miss out on the premiums and lavish features and focus more on muscularity. These both offer more basic yet sporty interiors, but available options can convert these into a blissful and delightful setting. The Toyota GR Supra offers the least seating, limited to just two, while both the BMW 2-series and Ford Mustang offer four-passenger seating with rear seats cramped for adults. The 2021 Challenger might be a better choice if the family is big. The 2-series Coupe, naturally, doesn’t come with a huge boot. Its limited 13.8 cu-ft cargo capacity is ample for a weekend getaway. Even in the cargo segment, the Dodge has better performance and has a total storage capacity of 16.2 cubic feet. 

Standout interior features:

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • High-gloss Black interior trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome highlight
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped sport steering wheel with paddle shifters
  • Automatic climate control with micro-filter
  • 10-way power front sport seats; including 2-way power side bolsters
  • Driver memory for exterior mirror and seat positions
  • Folding rear seat headrests

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2021 BMW 2-series features a 6.5-inch high-resolution screen for times when one won’t be ripping the wheels. The menus are clearly laid out, and the infotainment is very intuitive and responsive thanks to the iDrive controller. The infotainment packs Bluetooth and USB connectivity, while HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio are also standard. A 7-speaker setup comes as standard, which can be upgraded to a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio setup consisting of five tweeters, five mid-range speakers, and a set of subwoofers for ten speakers in total. 

The driver’s cluster is old-school with analog gauges. The infotainment screen can be upgraded to an 8.8-inch one with enhanced navigation and real-time traffic for $900. Apple CarPlay is standard, while the Android Auto is missing.

Standout infotainment features:

  • 6.5-inch high-resolution screen
  • HD Radio and SiriusXM satellite radio
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio
  • Apple Carplay

2021 BMW 2 Series Exterior

The 2021 BMW 2-series is a handsome subcompact luxury coupe that still carries some golden age styling cues. For starters, the nimble and nippy size is enough to attract youth. The modern-day looks combine with beastly attire that remains unchanged from any angle. The long hood with muscular lines adds aggression, and along with the sharp-looking headlights and high-gloss black kidney frame grille, it could never be any more serious and weighty. 

The muscular line on the side and the elegant sloping coupe-roofline adds to the sportiness. From the rear, the 2-series coupe looks quite similar to its ancestors, and enthusiasts would applaud the dual exhaust outlets in the world of fake exhausts. It falls on the smaller side of the segment measuring 174.7 inches long, 69.8 inches wide, and 55.8 inches tall. Its clearance from the ground of 5.1 inches is on the higher side of the segment as is its wheelbase that measures 105.9 inches. 

Models

2021 BMW 230i coupe

2021 Toyota GR Supra

2021 Ford Mustang

2021 Dodge Challenger

Curb weight (lbs)

3435

3181

4089

3858

Length (in)

174.7

172.5

188.5

197.9

Width (in)

69.8

73

75.4

75.7

Height (in)

55.8

51.1

54.3

57.7

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

4.7

N/A

5.2

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

97.2

107.1

116.2

Toyota GR Supra stands as the smallest and lightest sports car in the lot weighing 3,181 lbs. In the same area of comparison, the Mustang is the heftiest, but it's the Dodge Challenger that stretches the longest measuring 197.9 inches and sporting a wheelbase of 116.2 inches. The muscle car enthusiast would instantly fall for the Ford Mustang and Dodge Challenger. 

Standout exterior features:

  • 17" Double-spoke bi-color wheels, style 725 with all-season run-flat tires
  • Non-metallic paint
  • Chrome-line exterior trim
  • High-gloss black kidney frame

2021 BMW 2 Series Safety

The 2021 BMW 2-series Coupe is yet to face the strict crash tests conducted by NHTSA and IIHS. Though the latter has rated the 2020 model year with impressive scores. There are a plethora of safety features that start from the base trim, and include amenities like eight airbags, front and rear park distance control, and LED headlights and foglights. 

Other safety features include:

  • Frontal Collision Warning
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • BMW Assist eCall including Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Blind-spot monitor

2021 BMW 2 Series Competition

2021 BMW 2-Series Coupe vs 2021 Toyota GR Supra

In comparison, the 2021 Toyota GR Supra is brawnier, quicker, and offers equally attractive efficiency to the 2-series. But the former lacks seating and practicality. Though the BMW 2-series isn’t the most ideal and practical buy, it’s still better than the GR Supra. Both these iconic sports cars offer agile driving dynamics and a lively experience behind the wheels. But the Supra is quite expensive as compared to the BMW. For the price, the 2021 2-series coupe seems to be a better option than the Toyota.

2021 BMW 2-Series Coupe vs 2021 Ford Mustang

With a bigger and punchier engine, the 2021 Ford Mustang does have an edge over the German luxury coupe. But both being RWD, never lack enthusiasm and engagement behind the wheels. With equally cramped rear seats, neither of them is ideal for being a family car. The BMW 2-series Coupe is upscale right from the base, yet the Mustang would require you to opt for higher trim to get the fancier items.

2021 BMW 2-Series Coupe vs 2021 Dodge Challenger

In the real world, it would be pointless to compare a luxury coupe with a muscle car. But on paper, the 2021 Dodge Challenger beats the 2-series coupe in terms of performance and offering more practical cabin seating. But the 2-series coupe offers more attractive interiors, tech bits, and efficient fuel economy. At last, it’s the priority that would make an easy case in this comparison.

2021 BMW 2 Series Final Verdict

The 2021 BMW 2-series coupe is a serious performer; an agile coupe with incredible performance, and steering feedback. The power mill under the hood allows the driver to slip and lose traction, and enjoy going sideways, but it still can be an excellent relaxed coupe. The interior isn't upscale to the level one might expect from the German automaker, yet it’s still quite lavish for the fact it’s an entry-level BMW. The smart and handsome looks are awaited to be refreshed thoroughly with the 2022 model year, yet it still looks sporty and charming.