Forceful acceleration; modest fuel consumption; fiercely capable handling; refined ride; premium interior; optional all-wheel drive; top safety scores
Costly options; not much rear space
Some driver aids -- like forward-collision mitigation, lane-keeping assistance and parking sensors at both ends -- are now standard.
Only the buyer can make the decision between the soft-top or the coupe. The 230i is appreciably less expensive, but still has the ability to thrill, so that might be our choice unless we really wanted to spend another $10,500 or thereabouts. When resale time rolls around, it will probably be easier to sell versions with the automatic transmission.
The 2019 BMW 2 Series is offered as a subcompact coupe or soft-top convertible in either 230i or M240i trim. The xDrive all-wheel drive system is a $2,000 option on all models.
The 230i coupe ($36,295) comes with the turbo 4-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED lighting (including fog lights), push-button ignition, 10-way power-adjustable front seats, simulated leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a rearview camera, parking sensors front and rear, lane-departure warning, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connectivity and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in screen.
The 230i convertible ($42,095) has a power-retractable soft-top in black, brown or Anthracite with silver accents.
The M240i coupe ($46,795) adds more features, including the turbo 6-cylinder engine, 18-in M-designed wheels, adaptive M Sport suspension, sport exhaust, upgraded brakes, variable-ratio steering, adaptive headlights, a sunroof, a rear spoiler, front sport seats with 4-way lumbar support and driver's-side memory settings, sport instrument cluster, a satellite radio and dynamic cruise control.
The M240i convertible ($51,395) has a soft-top like the 230i convertible.
The 230i offers several features as options that are standard features in its higher-performance sibling. But specific to this humbler model is the M Sport package with a lowered suspension, 18-in M-specific wheels, aerodynamic kit and M steering wheel. The Track Handling package brings an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio steering and upgraded brakes.
A Convenience package brings self-dimming mirrors, a moonroof, lumbar support, ambient cabin lighting, keyless entry/ignition and satellite radio. A Premium package includes all of the content from the Convenience bundle and adds Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, navigation with real-time traffic updates, heated front seats/steering wheel and a universal garage door opener.
Other extras include a standalone 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system, Wi-Fi, wireless device charging, active cruise control, self-parking and a limited-slip differential for the M240i.
Trunk space is a 2 Series strength, measuring 13.8 cu ft. in the coupe -- generous for such a compact car. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which BMW says is enough to accommodate a pair of golf bags.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2019 Audi TT -- It starts out with a higher price than the 230i coupe and offers even less room for rear passengers, but it's compact, sporty and German. Updated for this model year.
2019 Chevrolet Camaro -- This is the closest any mainstream American sports machine has come to a European-style driving experience, especially with the 2.0-liter turbo engine.
2019 Mini Cooper -- Not endowed with rear-wheel drive or generous amounts of power, but still combines compact dimensions with a high fun factor.