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Technical Data
Transmission Manual
MPG Combined 61.4
CO2 120 g/km
Fuel Type Diesel
0 to 62 mph 8.5 sec
Key Features
Bluetooth
Leather Seats
Immobiliser/Alarm
DAB

BMW's 2 Series coupe is surprisingly desirable in 220d diesel guise. Andy Enright explains why.

Ten Second Review

BMW coupes used to be all about compactness, lightness and rapid responses. It's good to know that there's still one that answers the call. This 2 Series might just be the most enjoyable car that the Munich manufacturer builds and it represents a brilliant new take on an old-school theme. Let's check out the variant that perhaps best combines enjoyment and sense, the 190bhp 220d diesel.

Background

When it was first rumoured that the old 1 Series Coupe was going to be replaced by by a 2 Series model in the BMW line up, most of us thought that it would be a simple rebadging job, a facelift at most. You know the drill; new headlights, grille and tail lights, a few different choices of alloy wheels and a paint colours and that would be about the size of it. It was only when we saw the first spy photos of this car being hammered around the Nurburgring that we realised that it was something quite different to the gawky 1 Series coupe. It was longer and lower, with a sleeker roofline. In other words, things were about to get interesting. And so it's proved. BMW kicked the 2 Series range off with a bang, introducing a wide range of models, and it's found instant favour with those who hankered after a lighter, less complex Ultimate Driving Machine. Let's try the volume 220d variant to see whether all those plaudits are justified.

Driving Experience

There are certain cars that just feel right within the first fifty metres and this BMW 2 Series is one of them. It's the sum of a bunch of small cues that just hit the right notes; seating position, control weights, engine tractability, suspension refinement, basic ergonomics, that sort of thing. It's much like the thing you've heard about interviewers often making a decision before you've even got into your seat. First impressions are crucial and this 2 Series nails them. When it comes to diesel options for this car, BMW will sell you a 218d, a 220d or a 225d but they've all got much the same 2.0-litre turbodiesel under the bonnet, just in different states of tune. Respectively you get 150, 190 and 224bhp from them. There's about £4,000 difference in price between the 150 and 224bhp variant but I have to wonder whether a clever chap with a laptop wouldn't be able to turn a 150bhp model into something far more potent in the space of a few minutes. What price your warranty though? The 190bhp 220d version gets to 62mph in just 7.1s and runs on to 143mph. Do you really need to go much faster than that? If the answer is yes, then there's the auto-only 225d variant that improves those stats to 6.3s and 150mph.

Design and Build

The old 1 Series Coupe featured some aesthetics that I never really got comfortable with. From some angles it looked great, all muscle and attitude, while from others it looked about as elegant as Jimmy Nail in Jimmy Choos. This 2 Series though, well, it's a very different story. Squint and you can see elements of the 1 Series Coupe in the shape of the glasshouse, but that gawkiness has gone, replaced by a far more elegant, cohesive look. While I don't think it's quite as good looking as the bigger 4 Series Coupe, it's nevertheless a handsome car. Call it a seven out of ten as a neighbour's curtain twitcher. There's plenty of space up front although shorter drivers might feel as if the high waistline of the car is a bit enveloping. All round visibility is good, with pillars being made as thin as possible and the mirrors are a decent size too. Out back, there's more space than in the old 1 Series Coupe but it's not somewhere a grown adult would choose for any length of time. The two rear seats are well shaped but are best left for the kids or chucking coats and bags onto. Still, some recompense comes with the size of the boot. Although that pinched tail would seem to suggest that the boot's going to be close to useless, if you can post your gear through the fairly small aperture, there's actually a lot of space to play with - some 390 litres in fact.

Market and Model

Expect to pay somewhere between £27,500 and £30,000 for your 220d, depending on your choice between SE, Modern, Sport or M Sport trim levels and manual or automatic transmission. Rivals to this model are all front-wheel driven - models like Volkswagen's Scirocco and SEAT's Leon SC, cars that simply don't feel quite the same. Standard kit includes rain sensing wipers, a 6.5-inch display, a DAB tuner, Bluetooth, USB and rear parking sensors. Go for the M Sport trim and you'll get 18-inch alloys, M Sport suspension, sports seats trimmed in cloth and Alcantara, the M body kit, and an M Sport multifunction wheel amongst other tinsel. Oh, and the head liner in anthracite. BMW gets very antsy if I don't mention that. Upgrade to M Sport from SE and it's a hefty £2,350 jump but there are intermediate trims to land on if you don't want to spend that much. Safety is, as you'd expect from BMW, well accounted for. There are the usual twin front, side and curtain airbags, plus a very good latest generation DSC+ stability control system that gives you a bit of leeway when the car's switched into Sport+ mode but will ultimately step in to the rescue if your ambition outweighs your talent.

Cost of Usership

Developing horsepower isn't particularly tricky. Doing it while preserving fuel economy and keeping emissions in check is what separates the best engineers in the automotive world and the rest. And from where I'm sitting it would appear that a good slug of the world's best automotive engineers reside in or around Munich. Put simply, the BMW 2 Series needn't be an expensive car to run. Let's take this 220d as an example. The 220d will cost you just under £26,000 in SE trim which might seem a bit steep if you were looking at, say, a Peugeot RCZ 2.0-litre diesel which would save you £2,000 upfront. Then you start looking at the figures a bit more closely and realise that the 163bhp Peugeot will return 54mpg and emit 135g/km of carbon dioxide. It's rated at insurance group 29. Then you look at the BMW. Here you're getting a car with more than 20PS more under the bonnet but which will return 64mpg and emit just 115g/km, a whole banding lower than the French car. Insurance is four groups lower. Then you delve deeper and look at the residual values of the two cars. After three years and 36,000 miles, the Peugeot will be worth less than £10,000 whereas the BMW will still command almost £12,000.

Summary

If you've been following this from the start, it's not going to come as any great surprise to learn that this 220d BMW 2 Series has racked up a whole load of ticks in the plus column and not a great deal of crosses on the negative side of the ledger. Put simply, it's the car we'd been hoping BMW would build but had almost given up on. It blends just the right amount of modern safety and convenience features with a decidedly old-school approach and we couldn't have asked for any more than that. How does it compare to its key rivals? What rivals? This car doesn't really have any that directly square up to it. There's the Toyota GT 86 at the bottom of the range and the Porsche Cayman at the top, but neither come with diesel engines. Those affordable coupes that do - cars like Volkswagen's Scirocco and SEAT Leon SC - are front-driven and less rewarding to drive. This then, is some car. The best one BMW builds? It gets my vote.

CO
0.249
CO2 (g/km)
120
HC
Not Available
HC+NOx
0.046
Noise Level dB(A)
75
NOx
0.029
Particles
0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
148
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
177
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
173
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
144
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1995
Compression Ratio
16.5:1
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
4
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
90
Engine Code
B47D20U0
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery
COMMON RAIL
Gears
6 SPEED
Number of Valves
16
Transmission
MANUAL
EC Combined (mpg)
61.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
68.9
EC Urban (mpg)
53.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
5.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
48.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
53.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
55.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
42.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
42.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
49.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
51.4
AdBlue
Yes
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
150
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
d
Coin Series
M Sport [Nav]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
26E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
Not Available
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Safety Assist %
Not Available
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Service Interval Mileage
18000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
8.5
Engine Power - BHP
150
Engine Power - KW
110
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
236
Engine Torque - MKG
32.6
Engine Torque - NM
320
Engine Torque - RPM
1500
Top Speed
132
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear
245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare
RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style
M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 461M
Wheel Type
18" ALLOY
Height
1418
Length
4432
Wheelbase
2690
Width
1774
Width (including mirrors)
1984
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
52
Gross Vehicle Weight
1930
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
Not Available
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
390
Max. Loading Weight
510
Max. Roof Load
75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
690
Minimum Kerbweight
1420
No. of Seats
4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.9
M sports suspension
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Electric power steering
Rear parking distance control
Servotronic PAS
Servotronic system
Aluminium hexagon interior trim finishers with estoril blue matt highlight
Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish
6 speakers
BMW professional radio with Single CD player + two way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system
High gloss shadow line
M logo designation in chrome on left and right front wings
Model designation
Solid paint
LED Headlights
Automatic air conditioning
Automatic single zone air conditioning
Full black panel display
Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery
Ambient lighting
Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED
Luggage compartment lighting
BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series
60/40 split folding rear seat
Folding rear seat head rests
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Height adjustable drivers seat
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 461M in ferric grey

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Price
Transmission Manual Automatic Automatic Manual Automatic
Fuel Type Diesel Petrol Petrol Petrol Petrol
Seats 4 4 5 5 4
Doors 2 2 5 4 2
CO2 125 g/km 140 g/km 139 g/km 147 g/km 133 g/km
MPG 58.9 46.3 46.3 44.1 47.9
BHP 190 184 184 156 180
0 to 62 7.4 sec 7.9 sec 7.7 sec 8.2 sec 7.0 sec

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