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BMW 2 SERIES COUPE 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]

Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
Stock Offer BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
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BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG50.40
  • 0-62mph8.8 secs
  • Top Speed130 mph
  • C02130 g/km
  • BHP136
  • Torque162 lbs/f
  • P11D27%

Review

BMW's best 'real world' car might well be the 218d Coupe. You get the typical BMW coupes compactness, lightness and rapid responses of a good BMW coupe yet prices start at less than £25k and economy is rated at 62.8mpg. That's quite a span of talents.

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BMW demonstrates that coupes can have a sensible side with its 218d. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Background

Start seriously thinking about buying a new car and you'll very quickly arrive at a stark realisation. Your money doesn't go very far. By the time you've added options and on-road costs, you begin to realise that the monthly repayments have stacked up so far, all you'll be able to do is polish the thing and protect your residual values which defeats the object of buying a car in the first place. The ideal package would be a good looking car that was fun to drive, kept hold of its value well, was so economical you'd drive it just for the fun of it and which gave you a kick to own. Oh yes, and didn't cost the earth to buy. That sort of wish list has often remained just that, idle wishes, but with the launch of the 2 Series Coupe, BMW has brought a car to market that might just fit that bill, especially in 218d diesel form. Priced from less than £25,000 and shot through with all of BMW's engineering right stuff, the 218d looks the real deal.

Driving Experience

Okay, so a 218d doesn't exactly sound as if it'll melt tarmac. Under the bonnet is a 2.0-litre diesel engine that's a detuned version of the 190bhp unit found in the 220d. In this guise you get 150bhp and 320Nm of torque which isn't at all bad. By contrast, a Volkswagen Golf GTI makes 350Nm so you're not too far off that sort of overtaking muscle. The 218d is quicker off the line than you'd expect for a diesel too, getting to 62mph in just 8.4 seconds and running onto a top speed of over 130mph which means that you won't find yourself rowing the thing along the outside lane of the M1. These BMW two-litre diesels might be brawny but they're not the most refined engines in the world and they are vocal when you really open the taps. Many drivers will be tempted by the optional adaptive dampers at £750, and they work particularly well on UK roads in Comfort mode, giving a decent suppleness to the ride quality. Even in Sport mode they're usable on a B-road. The 2 Series chassis is communicative and signals its limits of grip really well. You're always aware that drive is going to the rear wheels when piloted enthusiastically and the steering is one of the better electrically assisted setups in its class.

Design and Build

Where the 1 Series Coupe was a purposeful but slightly gawky-looking thing, the 2 Series is an altogether more cohesive piece of penmanship. The dimensions are also a little more generous, adding 72mm to the overall length, 26mm to the width and slicing 15mm off the overall height. Lower, wider and longer tends to equal sleeker. The glasshouse is also a lot more elegantly integrated into the fuselage. In fact the chassis is a modified and slightly shorter version of the 3 Series' underpinnings and it shares its bonnet, front wings and doors with the three-door 1-series. The front end features a broader kidney grille and more aggressive air intakes. Moving back you'll find swept up side skirts, some deeply-surfaced flanks and tight overhangs. Inside, it's much as you'd expect, with improved build quality, with more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and now includes a higher definition 6.5 inch flat screen. Access to the rear and legroom once you're back there is a good deal better than the 1 Series Coupe and shoulder width has also been improved. The boot is a useful 390-litres.

Market and Model

Prices start at just over £24,000 for the SE model with manual gearbox. We've waxed lyrical on the qualities of the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission before and this tacks on around £1,600, bringing with it incremental improvements in economy, emissions and performance. You'll pay another £1,000 over the SE model for Sport trim and another £1,400 again for M Sport equipment, which means the range-topping M Sport automatic will ask just over £28,000 of you. That's still not exorbitant. You can pay over £26,000 for a Honda Civic diesel these days. It's slightly odd that a car that looks so instantly a winning proposition comes with no direct rivals. What else is there that offers this sort of economy and punchiness, in a coupe body that sends drive to the rear wheels? There really isn't anything that directly squares up to the 218d. That doesn't mean that BMW has soft-pedalled on its development though.

Cost of Ownership

Viewed in isolation, the 218d's fuel consumption and emissions figures are outstanding. The manual car returns 65.7mpg and emits just 139g/km while if you stump for the ZF auto 'box, you'll do even better. But here's the thing. The much more powerful 220d coupe is only around £1,600 more model for model, and that seems great value for a whole 40PS more power and economy that's hardly any different. Of course, the alternate view might be that the two cars are so similar that the 218d is what software people would call 'crippleware', a package that's deliberately hobbled to make you spring for the more expensive option. Whatever way you look at it, the 218d is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

There aren't too many cars from major manufacturers that are so singular in their blend of talents that they have no direct rivals, but the BMW 218d coupe is one. Go on. Name another diesel, rear-wheel drive coupe that competes head on? Perhaps this car's only real rival comes from an internecine threat, the 220d. It seems very tempting to spend a little more on a significantly more powerful model, but BMW's trim walk-up is designed to do just that, to convince you that you need an M Sport rather than an SE until you're spending upwards of thirty thousand. Part of the 218d's charm is that it can be relatively inexpensive. Handing over just over £24,000 for the entry-level car represents a bargain for a car so cheap to run and enjoyable to own. Of course, you can buy quicker cars for the money and you can get more economical ones, but few have such a combination of tactility, elegance and cost-effectiveness as the 218d and that's what makes this car so appealing.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
Rear parking distance control
Auto start-stop
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Door/boot open warning
Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Real time traffic information
Speed limiter
Entertainment
BMW professional radio with Single CD player + two way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Chrome kidney grille with high gloss black vertical slats
High gloss shadow line
LED Headlights
M logo designation in chrome on left and right front wings
Model designation
Solid paint
2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
Automatic headlight beam throw control
Automatically dimming rear view mirror
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour roof mouldings
Chrome exhaust tailpipe
Clear lenses direction indicator lights
Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
Daytime driving lights
Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
Dynamic brake lights
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Electrically adjustable and heated M specific exterior mirrors
Follow me home headlights
Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Headlight range control
Heated windscreen washer jets
High level third brake light
LED rear lights
LED welcome home lights
M aerodynamic body styling
Model specific design elements
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
Rear fog lights
Rear window aerial
Reversing light in rear light cluster
Shark fin roof aerial
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
60/40 split folding rear seat
Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED
Automatic single zone air conditioning
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Full black panel display
Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery
Luggage compartment lighting
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Two extra lashing eyes in luggage compartment
12V power socket in centre console
12V power socket in passenger footwell
Anthracite headlining
Conditioned Based Service
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Front door sill finishers with M designation
Front door storage bins
Front floor mats in velour
Front head restraints
Front sliding armrest
Glove box handle with chrome surround
Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats
Leather gearknob
Leather handbrake lever
Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
M designation short gear shift lever
M sport multifunction nappa leather steering wheel
Manually adjustment steering wheel column
Rear coat hooks
Rear folding head restraints
Storage compartment in rear centre console
Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
Welcome lighting
Packs
BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series
Technical
M sport suspension
Battery age recognition function
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Engine cover with BMW roundel designation
Lightweight engineering
Oil dipstick
Trim
Aluminium hexagon interior trim finishers with estoril blue matt highlight
Wheels
18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Bicolour Jet Black with run flat tyres
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Safety
Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking readiness
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Hill start assist
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Side impact protection
Three point seat belts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Drive away door locking
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control including integrated key with blue insert
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Thatcham category 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.164
CO2 (g/km) 140
HC 0.041
Noise Level dB(A) 71
NOx 0.016
Particles 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 176
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 172
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 172
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 151
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 220
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 218
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 174
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1499
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B38B15M0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TWIN TURBO
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 45.6
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 52.3
EC Urban (mpg) 38.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 6.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 7.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 37.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 40.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 42.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 29.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 35.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 36.7
General
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 136
Coin Description i
Coin Series M Sport [Nav]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.8
Engine Power - BHP 136
Engine Power - KW 100
Engine Power - RPM 4400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 162
Engine Torque - MKG 22.4
Engine Torque - NM 220
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 130
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1418
Length 4432
Wheelbase 2690
Width 1774
Width (including mirrors) 1984
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 52
Gross Vehicle Weight 1850
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 390
Max. Loading Weight 505
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 680
Minimum Kerbweight 1345
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.9

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