2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

MSRP $37,700

Ranked #4 in Subcompact Sedan

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2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 14, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is an entry-level low-slung four-door coupe that promises to deliver a sophisticated luxury experience as well as a sporty drive. It perfectly balances both luxury and spottiness so well and raises the bar of an entry-level luxury 4 door coupe. To start with, it gets a beautifully put-together cabin with comfortable ride quality and superior performance and handling abilities. Being a new car to the segment that was conceived in 2022, it gets no major changes for 2021 except a few revisions. As for the exterior, the highlight of this BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is that it is a coupe-like sedan with a well-executed combination of sportiness and elegance.

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Pros

Stellar engine performance

It gets some technologies that you get in the expensive BMW models

Nimble handling

An extensive list of top-notch standard features

Cons

Dismal headroom for tall folks

Jerky ride on the bumps

Slightly expensive than some other rivals

What's New?

Front-wheel drive is standard now

Navigation, Android Auto, and satellite radio are standard as well


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$37700

bodystyle

4dr Gran Coupe

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

228 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

258 lb-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8 speed Automatic w/overdrive and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

12.3/11.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.1 in.

length

178.5 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

55.9 in.

curb weight

3534 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

12 cu ft.

payload capacity

928 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

12.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

23/27/33 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

230i$37,700 onwards

228i$37,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


As far as the performance goes, it gets a robust and characterful engine with bucket loads of power at your disposal and retains the reputation of the BMW in terms of performance. Apart from offering good performance, it also comes with some state-of-the-art technology. As with every other car, it has some downsides too. For instance, it is slightly more expensive than some of the cars in its segment and comes with a limited headroom space due to its sloping coupe-like roofline. Furthermore, there are some other commendable cars in this segment. Some of the primary competitors are the Audi A3, Mercedes Benz CLA 250, and Volvo S60.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Features

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is only available in a single trim level option but with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive option named drive. The pricing ranges from $35,700 for the FWD to $37,700 for all-wheel-drive trim. There’s also an M235i xDrive on sale, which is a performance-oriented model with an M performance package that slots in between the regular version and mighty M2. Let's find out some of the superior features in the table below.

Trims

228i

MSRP (FWD)

$35,700

(AWD) xDrive

$37,700

Key Features

17-inch wheels

 

LED headlights

 

Dual-zone automatic climate control

 

Simulated leather upholstery

 

Power-adjustable front sport seats

 

8.8-inch central touchscreen

 

Integrated navigation system

 

10-speaker sound system

 

Lane departure warning

 

Blind-spot monitor

Which trim should you buy?

As you can see, there is only one trim on offer with two different drivetrain options. The engine on offer is a 2.0 liter inline-4 with twin turbos to boost more power to this small engine. As standard, you get features like 17-inch wheels, Dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, a 10-speaker sound system, Lane departure warning, 8.8-inch central touchscreen, and so on. Additionally, it offers some packages such as the Convenience package, Premium package, Driving Assistance Package, and M sport package which offers 18-inch wheels, adaptive suspension, and upgraded brakes.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Engine and Performance

The 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is packed with a 2.0L Twin Turbo Inline-4 engine that pushes out 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a front-wheel-drive option which is standard now and the wheel drive option which is exclusive only to xDrive trim. While the performance of the 2 Series is far removed from something like an M2, it is still a quick car when seen in isolation.

Coming to the performance figures, the BMW 2 series makes a strong statement to all its rivals, it reaches 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.0 seconds and covers a quarter-mile run in 12.3 seconds which is properly quick for a compact sedan. Furthermore, it maxes out at 130 mph. With the all-wheel-drive option, it offers more traction and more usable performance resulting in a better performance.

Models

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Audi A3

Volvo S60

MSRP

$35,700

$37,850

$33,300

$38,950

Engine

2.0L Twin Turbo Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

2.0L turbocharged TFSI Inline-4

2021 Volvo S60

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

228 hp @ 6,000 rpm

221 hp @ 5,500 rpm

184 hp @ 4,400 rpm

250 hp @ 5500 RPM

Torque 

258 lb-ft @ 1,450 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1,800 rpm

221 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm

258 lb-ft @ 1500 RPM

0-60 MPH 

6.0 sec

6.3 sec

6.6 sec

6.1 sec

Quarter Mile 

12.3 sec

13.8 sec

14.8 sec

14.6 sec

Top Speed 

130 MPH

146 MPH

130 MPH

131 MPH

Among the competition, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe’s Swedish rival 2021 Volvo S60 produces more power output, the BMW clearly decimates the Volvo which has a 0-60 mph time of 6.1 seconds, completes the quarter-mile run in 14.6 seconds and it turns out to be expensive than the BMW that makes the BMW worth spending all your hard-earned cash. The Audi A3, on the other hand, comes with the least powerful engine which clearly reflects in its performance making it the most sluggish car in its class.

How well does the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe handle?

Without a doubt, BMW has always been known for making cars that are very enthusiastic and engaging to drive. This 2 series Gran Coupe is yet another car to their driver-focussed lineup of cars. The lightweight and well-balanced chassis make it an amazing and direct car to handle in high-speed corners and tight turns. Along with the adaptive suspension, it makes driving a sheer pleasure. 

Also, with their clever and smart driving assist technologies, it keeps the car in control at all times. Moreover, the 18-inch alloy wheels with 225 section width tires which are quite big and stylish offer great traction on the road. Although it is technically a sedan and not a coupe, it offers strong handling with a precise steering response that could match the performance of the lighter and more compact 2 Series Coupe.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Braking Performance:

The braking performance of a car is as significant as the performance or design of the car. It is something that plays a vital role in the safety of the car and the BMW never really compromises when it comes to Safety. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe gets 13-inch rotors in the front and 11.8-inch rotors. Also, it is backed by some of the superior safety features in the segment. Also, with its lightweight and well-balanced chassis, it would deliver better braking and stopping distance than most of its rivals. However, the braking performance figures of the Grand Coupe are not known.

Models

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Audi A3

Volvo S60

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

13

13

12.3

14.8

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

11.8

12.6

10.7

13.6

Curb Weight (lbs)

3393

3362

3197

3724

60-0 MPH (feet)

N/A

121

121

127

The 60-0 distance shows that the Volvo S60 takes the longest distance of 127 feet to stop due to its hefty weight in its segment. Moreover, both Mercedes Benz CLA 250 and Audi A3 deliver a similar braking distance of 121 feet. The car with the smallest disc rotors is the Audi A3 which measures 12.3 inches in the front and 10.7 inches in the rear. The car with the biggest disc brakes is again the Volvo S60 which measures 14.8 inches in the front and 13.6 inches in the rear.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Fuel Economy

Sporty sedans are not really known for their efficiency. The 2.0-liter turbocharged engine on the BMW 2 Series Grand Coupe returns 24 MPG in the city, 33 MPG on the highway, and a combined 28 MPG. For one of the most powerful cars in the segment, this kind of economy is really decent. The main reason behind its decent fuel economy is the forced induction and relatively smaller engine. Sadly, it comes with the smallest fuel tank of 13.2 which directly impacts the driving range.

Models

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Audi A3

Volvo S60

MPG (City)

24

25

27

23

MPG (Highway)

33

35

36

34

MPG (Combined)

28

29

30

27

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

13.2

13.5

13.2

15.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

316.8/435.6/369.6

337.5/472.5/391.5

356.4/475.2/396

365.7/540.6/429.3

In comparison, the Volvo S60 comes with a tank that can contain 18.5 gallons of fuel which happens to be the largest fuel tank. It is, however, outperformed by all the other cars in the segment. Overall, the winner in this section is the Audi A3 which not only has the best mileage but also provides decent performance. On the other hand, the Volvo S60 comes with the highest driving range of 365.7 miles in the city and an incredible 540.6 miles while cruising on the highway.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Interior

In a luxury sedan, everything comes down to the interior and the BMW unarguably comes with the most classy and appealing interior in its segment. Starting with the distinctive ambient light setup to the curation of materials, everything is enticing about the interior. The three-spoke steering wheel is the center of attraction which looks highly attractive and sporty. The dashboard, on the other hand, is designed to look striking with a light strip on it which makes the cabin more lively and splendid.

 As standard, it gets simulated leather bolstered seats with high comfort levels. Apart from that, you also get heated front seats and a heated steering wheel in the premium package for even more comfort. Moreover, you can also opt for a panoramic sunroof to get the best driving experience inside the cabin. Coming to the interior dimensions. The BMW 2 Series offers the highest headroom in the front and rear as well. Also, it offers a decent shoulder room and legroom overall.

Models

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Audi A3

Volvo S60

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/55.5/41.4

38.5/55.1/41.8

36.5/54.8/41.2

37.4/56.1/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

38.2/53.1/34.4

35.7/54/33.9

36.1/53/35.1

37.2/54.5/35.2

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

12

11.6

12.3

11.6

Comparing the competition, the BMW offers the finest looking interior and also has the highest headroom space of 39.8 inches and 38.2 inches in the front and rear respectively. The shoulder room space of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is similar to the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250. The Mercedes Benz has the lowest cargo capacity on offer with a size of 11.6 cubic feet. Some other salient interior features include:

  • Ambient cabin lighting
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Panoramic roof
  • Wireless smartphone charging (optional)

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe gets the latest and best infotainment features on board. The infotainment system is the latest UConnect 5 system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display unit and navigation system. The audio system available as standard is a 10 speaker unit with a 205w Regular Amplifier. The connectivity features onboard include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Some other primary infotainment features include:

  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Speed Compensated Volume Control
  • Voice Activation
  • Steering Wheel-mounted Controls
  • Real-Time Traffic Display
  •  External Memory Control and 32 Gb Internal Memory

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Exterior

The first thing that strikes you about the BMW 2 series is the way the front profile looks. It looks extremely aggressive with a bigger and much bolder signature kidney grille makes it a unique yet elegant-looking BMW. The headlights are way sharper than some other BMW models in this class. The best part about the exterior is the coupe-like rear end which looks simply amazing from the side.

The horizontal taillights are very long and boast stylish LED strip lights. The shape of the bonnet and the side crease lines are muscular and aggressive. As for the exterior dimensions, it is one of the compact cars in the segment. It measures a length of 178.5 inches, a width of 70.9 inches, and a height of 55.9 inches. Also, it offers a decent ground clearance despite being a sporty sedan.

Models

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Audi A3

Volvo S60

Curb Weight (lbs)

3393

3362

3197

3724

Length (inches)

178.5

184.6

175.5

187.4

Width (inches)

70.9

72

70.7

72.8

Height (inches)

55.9

56.7

55.7

56.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.3

6.7

6.1

5.8

Wheelbase (inches)

105.1

107.4

103.8

113.1

Among the competition, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is the longest while the Audi A3 is the shortest measuring 184.6 inches. Moreover, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A3 come with similar heights of 55.9 inches and 55.7 inches respectively. However, Volvo is heavier than all the other cars weighing around 3724 lbs and has a robust build. The Audi A3, on the other hand, is also compact and quite easy to dart through traffic. Some of the Standout exterior features of the BMW 2 Series are as follows:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Front Fog Lamps
  • Speed Sensitive Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
  • LED Brakelights
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Safety

In the 2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, a lot of driver assistance features like a Blind-spot monitor, Forward collision mitigation, Front and rear parking sensors, and Lane Departure Warning comes as standard along with a rigid chassis and body. As a result, the IIHS has given it an overall Good rating and also earns the Top safety pick for 2021. However, it has not been rated by the NHTSA yet. Let's have a look at some of the top-notch safety features in the list below:

  • Front Collision Mitigation
  • Active Blind Spot Detection Blind Spot
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Back-Up Camera
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Rear cross-traffic alert

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Competition

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe  vs. 2021 Mercedes Benz CLA class:

The Mercedes-Benz makes a strong statement with its CLA class in this segment. It offers decent performance but not as quickly as the BMW in the straights. Apart from that, the Mercedes-Benz delivers better mileage than the BMW due to its underpowered engine. It is also lighter than the BMW which results in good handling. However, the BMW offers a better interior and driving experience behind the wheel. The BMW is the better option out of these two cars.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe  vs. 2021 Audi A3:

Audi A3 has been around for a while now and it is one of the desirable and promising cars from the German automaker. Although it is not as powerful and fast as the bimmer. Nevertheless, it really gives a good run for its money. The Audi A3 also offers far better mileage than the BMW 2 Series and larger cargo space but it lacks behind in terms of interior comfort and exterior design which makes the BMW a better pick here.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe  vs. 2021 Volvo S60:

Volvo has been known for making highly safe cars since its inception and the Volvo S60 is no exception, it offers more power output than the BMW. However, due to its hefty bodyweight, Volvo falls behind the BMW in terms of performance and fuel economy. On the plus side, it offers great safety and a rigid build quality which is the major selling point of this car. Also, it is the most expensive car of the two.

2021 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Final Verdict

At $35,700, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe offers a lot of luxury and performance. To be honest, it is the bang for your buck in this segment. It delivers an impeccable performance from that tiny turbocharged engine which comes as a surprise. Sadly, it doesn’t offer a great fuel economy and loses out to some rivals. In terms of exterior and interior, the BMW has done an incredible job. In a nutshell, it is a refined and sporty sedan that aces in the luxury bits as well. If you are in the market for a compact and a sporty sedan, the BMW is worth checking out in the first place.