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BMW 2 SERIES GRAN COUPE 218i M Sport 4dr

BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
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BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218i M Sport 4dr

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  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph8.7 secs
  • Top Speed134 mph
  • C02123 g/km
  • BHP140
  • Torque162 lbs/f
  • P11D29%


With this 2 Series Gran Coupe model, BMW belatedly joins the market for compact four-door coupes that previously Mercedes had almost to itself with their CLA. It shares nearly all its engineering with the 1 Series hatch, which means it's front-driven. But it's very much more aspirational.

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The 2 Series Gran Coupe is a small four-door Coupe with one key rival very clearly in its sights. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.


You might well be a little unfamiliar with BMW's 'Gran Coupe' formula, even though it's been around since 2012. That was when the Munich maker launched its 6 Series Gran Coupe, basically a four-door coupe based on a 3-box saloon shape for executives wanting something a little more fashionable. Since then, we've also had 4 Series and 8 Series Gran Coupe models. But strangely, never a smaller take on the four-door coupe concept that would take on the car that most tend to think of when it comes to a more compact interpretation of this kind of design, the very profitable Mercedes CLA. This 2 Series Gran Coupe model though, is that car.

Driving Experience

2 Series in BMW-speak can mean two very different things. Either something practical and resolutely unsporting in the form of the front-driven 2 Series Active Tourer compact MPV. Or rewarding and quite dynamic in the form of the rear wheel drive 2 Series Coupe or, to a lesser extent, the 2 Series Convertible. This 2 Series Gran Coupe is front-driven like the Active Tourer but uses the more advanced FAAR platform we've recently seen introduced with the third generation 1 Series hatch for at least some of the BMW 'Ultimate Driving Machine' vibe that you'd ideally want this car to be able to deliver. For our market, the entry-level version in the range is the 218i petrol variant, which uses a 1.5-litre three cylinder 140hp unit and can be had with the option of dual-clutch automatic transmission. There's also a 150hp 218d diesel model. The other two derivatives can be had only with the brand's 8-speed Sport auto transmission. If you've your sensible shoes on, you'll want the 220d, which is offered in front driven or xDrive forms and has a 2.0-litre 190hp four cylinder diesel. If you haven't, you'll be more drawn to the current range flagship, the M235i xDrive, which has a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol turbo developing 306hp and AWD to better transmit torque to the tarmac. It makes 62mph from rest in just 4.9s and has to be artificially restrained at 155mph.

Design and Build

You'll buy this car because of the way it looks - no question. Like most four-door coupes, this one is distinguished by frameless side windows and a swept-back silhouette which makes the car look a fraction more compact than it actually is. This 2 Series Gran Coupe is 4,526mm long and 1,800mm wide, but stands just 1,420mm tall. And it offers plenty of overtaking presence. The slightly angled full-LED headlights draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille, which features bars contoured with an eyecatching vertical indentation. Take a seat up-front and the dash layout is pretty much lifted straight from the 1 Series hatch, which means you get an 8.8-inch 'Live Cockpit Plus' infotainment screen with base 'Sport' trim or a larger 10.25-inch monitor with the 'Digital Cockpit Professional' package that comes with the 'M Sport' or 'M235i models. Where this car aims to steal a bit of ground over its Mercedes CLA rival is when it comes to back seat space. A 2,670mm wheelbase means that there's reasonable space of knees and legs in the rear. Passengers in this part of the car get 33mm more knee room than they would in a two-door 2 Series Coupe, while the seating position is 12mm higher with 14mm more headroom when the optional panoramic roof is specified. Out back, there's a decently sized 430-litre boot, which can be extended by folding down the 40:20:40-split backrest.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £26,000 for the base 218i petrol 'Sport' variant; you'll need £1,350 more to add dual-clutch automatic transmission to it. The 220d diesel costs from around £31,500 in 'Sport' form. In either case, you'll need £2,500 more to add ritzier 'M Sport' trim. You'll need a budget of well over £37,000 for the M235i xDrive variant. As you'd expect for that kind of cash, all variants get an extremely high standard of spec, including full-LED headlights, sports seats and BMW's 'Live Cockpit Plus' package, which gives you an 8-8-inch control display with touch function. 'Sport'-spec models get 17-inch wheels, LED front foglights, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dipping rear view mirror and two-zone climate control, plus BMW's 'Drive Performance Control' driving modes system. 'M Sport' variants meanwhile, are upgraded to 18-inch M light alloy Double-spoke rims. 'M Sport' and M235i variants also get the upgraded 'Live Cockpit Professional' infotainment package with its larger centre-dash 10.25-inch touchscreen and its "Hey BMW' 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' which will allow you to operate many of the car's major functions by merely speaking a command. Plus with this top trim level there's M Sport-tuned steering and suspension. And an aerodynamic body styling kit that re-styles both the front and rear bumpers.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the engineering here is prioritised towards improving efficiency. As a result, the base three cylinder 218i manages up to 47.1mpg (WLTP) and up to 114g/km (NEDC) in manual form. And the 220d delivers up to 57.6mpg (WLTP) and 110g/km (NEDC). The top M235i xDrive variant returns up to 37.2mpg (WLTP) and up to 153g/km (NEDC). On models with auto transmission, this car can be particularly efficient thanks to intelligent connectivity that enables the two auto gearboxes to adapt their shift strategy according to the planned route and driving situation. If this model is equipped with Active Cruise Control, both transmissions will factor in the data from this system and the standard Navigation, to avoid unnecessary gear changes in a quick succession of bends. Across the range, efficiency is also aided by coasting and Auto Start Stop functions that take their cue from the data supplied by the navigation system, the front-mounted camera and the sensors for the optional driving assistance systems. The coasting function de-couples the powertrain from the transmission at cruising speeds when the car is running in either its 'Comfort' or 'ECO PRO' driving modes.


It's surprising that it took BMW so long to bring us this car. It's arch-rival, the Mercedes CLA, has after all been around since 2013 demonstrating the very real global demand for a compact saloon with a trendy coupe-like vibe. Whether you prefer BMW's take on this concept will be purely down to personal preference. It doesn't bring anything particularly new to this profitable sub-segment, but it has the required technology, style and sheer swagger to make the necessary impact. If you were already thinking of buying the 1 Series hatch, we'd encourage you to also consider this Gran Coupe because it's essentially the same car without much of a practicality downside and a considerably more stylish feel. That in a nutshell sums up what this kind of car is all about. Late to this party BMW may be, but the brand has come ready to make an impact.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Front/rear Parking distance control
Active guard plus
Analogue instrument cluster
Attentiveness assist
Auto start-stop
BMW emergency call
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system including 10.25" high resolution display and Intelligent Voice Assistant
BMW Online services
BMW Teleservices
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Connected eDrive Services
Cruise control with braking function
Eco pro mode
iDrive controller on centre console
Integrated navigation data with map data via USB
Integrated owners handbook
Lane departure warning system
M Sports steering
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
Pull away assistant
Speed limiting function
Stereo speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front door trims and rear parcel shelf + 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
Bluetooth audio streaming
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
LED Headlights
Solid paint
Automatically dimming rear view mirror
Body colour door handles
Body colour mirror caps
Chrome 'M' logo side designation
Chrome exhaust single tailpipe, round
Chrome kidney grille frame with Satin Aluminium struts
Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
Fading support
Follow me home headlights
Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
Front door sill finishers in black plastic with M designation in metallic look
Headlight beam throw control
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
High gloss black B pillar finish
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
High level third brake light
LED daytime running lights
LED front fog lights
Model designation on right side of tailgate
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Rear fog lights
Reversing light in rear light cluster
Trailer stability control
42 Litre fuel tank
6 speed manual transmission
Anti roll bar front and rear
Balancer shaft
Double VANOS
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Electronic differential lock
Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
High precision injection
Lightweight engineering
M sport suspension
Petrol Particulate Filter
Illuminated Boston interior trim
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
18" Burnished M double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 819M
BMW mobility system
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Interior Features
12V power socket in centre console
2 cupholders in front centre console
3 rear seat head restraints
3 spoke M sports design leather steering wheel finished in nappa leather with specific M badge
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Anthracite floor mats
Anthracite headlining
Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning
Bag hook in luggage compartment
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Conditioned Based Service
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Foldable luggage compartment floor
Folding storage compartment instrument panel driver's side
Front and rear door pockets
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Gearshift lever with M designation
Glovebox with light
Luggage compartment lighting
Manually adjustment steering wheel column
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
Through load system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Two lashing eyes
Welcome lighting
Connected pack plus - 2 Series Gran Coupe
Extended lighting pack - 2 Series Gran Coupe
Extended storage pack - 2 Series Gran Coupe
M Sport aerodynamics pack - 2 Series Gran Coupe
2 tone horn
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
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
Brake drying
Braking readiness
City braking function
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting + activation of safety battery terminal clamp
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated hand brake
Rear brake discs
Rear child proof door locks
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Ventilated front disc brakes
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Deadlocking function system to all doors
Drive away door locking
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control with integrated key with High-gloss Black inlay and M designation
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 123
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 145
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 126
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 119
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 195
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 192
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 138
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 B38A15M1
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TWIN TURBO
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 12
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 6.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 6.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 47.1
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 50.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 54.3
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 32.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 44.1
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 46.3
Badge Engine CC 1.5
Badge Power 140
Coin Description i
Coin Series M Sport
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 22E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.7
Engine Power - BHP 140
Engine Power - KW 103
Engine Power - RPM 4600
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 162
Engine Torque - MKG 22.4
Engine Torque - NM 220
Engine Torque - RPM 1480
Top Speed 134
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/40 R18
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1420
Length 4526
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1800
Width (including mirrors) 2081
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 42
Gross Vehicle Weight 1885
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 430
Max. Loading Weight 535
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 710
Minimum Kerbweight 1350
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.4


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24 months 12,000 miles p/a £265.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £279.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £242.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £251.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 12,000 miles p/a £260.00 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £272.00 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £233.00 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £241.00 p/m Call Us
48 months 12,000 miles p/a £248.00 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £258.00 p/m Call Us
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £294.99 p/m Call Us
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £305.99 p/m Call Us
24 months 12,000 miles p/a £318.34 p/m Call Us
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £335.83 p/m Call Us
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £291.56 p/m Call Us
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £302.32 p/m Call Us
36 months 12,000 miles p/a £312.40 p/m Call Us
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £327.52 p/m Call Us
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £279.99 p/m Call Us
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £289.99 p/m Call Us
48 months 12,000 miles p/a £298.56 p/m Call Us
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £310.99 p/m Call Us
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
Lease Type
Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £350.00
Head up Display £750.00
Park assist including reversing assistant, lateral parking aid and reversing assist camera £350.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
BMW gesture control £300.00
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system £750.00
Exterior Features
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights £500.00
Detachable towbar £750.00
Electric panoramic glass sunroof £1,000.00
High beam assistant FOC
Individual metallic paint £560.00
Metallic paint £560.00
Sun protection glass £300.00
Interior Features
Driver and front passenger lumbar support £150.00
Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory £750.00
Heated steering wheel £150.00
Comfort pack II - 2 Series Gran Coupe £1,100.00
Individual metallic paint - Storm Bay £560.00
Metallic - Black sapphire £560.00
Metallic - Melbourne red £560.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £560.00
Metallic - Misano blue £560.00
Metallic - Snapper rocks blue £560.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Comfort access system £500.00
Larger fuel tank capacity (50 litres) £50.00
Dakota leather - Black with blue highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Black with grey highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Magma red with grey highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Mocha FOC
Dakota leather - Oyster with grey highlight FOC
Illuminated Berlin interior trim FOC
19" Burnished M double spoke Bi-colour alloy wheels finished in Jet black - style 552M £595.00
Space saver spare wheel £150.00
* option prices shown are estimated