High Spirits: BMW 2-Series Coupe – Express.co.uk
Besides being the first production car to feature a turbocharged engine (no, it wasn’t Saab) the 02 put the Bavarian company on the shopping lists of anyone who enjoyed their time behind the wheel.
That may be ancient history now but BMW claims its latest car the 2-Series Coupe “carries the spirit of the 02”.
As if those weren’t big enough shoes to fill the 2-Series effectively replaces BMW’s previous small two-door coupe, based on the 1-Series. And remember the 135i flagship of that range had serious drivers queueing at showroom doors.
Can the 2-Series achieve similar heights? As far as its looks go you’d have to say yes. The overall styling of the coupe is far easier on the eye than the more notchback look of its old 1-Series counterpart,although that was popular enough for 150,000 of them to leave showrooms since its launch in 2007.
Not only that but the 2-Series range will also spawn a convertible and a people-carrier called the 2-Series Active Tourer which arrives at the end of the year.
BMW’s answer to Ford’s S-Max, the Tourer will be front-wheel drive (unlike the rear-wheel drive coupe and forthcoming drop-top) and will be available in five or seven-seater versions.
With BMW trying to push the 2-Series as a driver’s car it makes the Active Tourer nomenclature an odd choice.
Returning to the present the coupe will be available initially with two turbocharged petrols and a turbo-diesel.
The entry-level 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol is capable of the 0 to 60mph sprint in 7.0 seconds and 47.1mpg while the more serious M235i petrol boasts a 326bhp twin-turbo propelling the car from 0 to 60mph in just 4.8 seconds.
The 2.0-litre turbo-diesel produces 184bhp and can take the BMW from 0 to 60mph in a very respectable 7.1 seconds while boasting 64.2mpg.
Other engines will join the range in due course. If those impressive on-paper figures aren’t enough to convince you then the baby BMW’s on-road experience certainly will. This is a far more refined and comfortable car than the 1-Series Coupe.
With road, wind and engine noise kept to a minimum it’s an effortless car to drive whether in city traffic or cruising on the motorway.
As far as everyday driving is concerned your immediate impression is one of a far more mature, complete and better thought-through set of wheels.
The ride is good too with great composure even over broken roads though the sportier modes noticeably firm matters up.