With a low starting price, the 2022 2-series Gran Coupe plants its flag on the affordable end of the BMW lineup and satisfies driving enthusiasts with a frisky demeanor. Like rivals such as the Audi A3 and the Mercedes-Benz A-class, the 2-series Gran Coupe offers a premium cabin in a compact body with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the hood. All-wheel drive is optional, but all models come with the same eight-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance M235i model makes a stout 301 horsepower, but its ride is stiff-legged and may not appeal to all drivers. Handling is playful, but the 2-series Gran Coupe’s front-wheel-drive platform doesn’t impart the same litheness of BMW’s larger, rear-wheel-drive-based sedans.
What’s New for 2022?
The 2-series Gran Coupe sees few changes for 2022. A new Dynamic Handling package is available on the base 228i models, and buyers can now order integrated navigation for the digital gauge display as a standalone option. Meanwhile, the universal garage-door opener, lumbar support, wireless smartphone charging pad, and the premium Harman Kardon stereo system have been removed from the options sheet. Two new colors are now available—Phytonic Blue Metallic and Skyscraper Grey Metallic—but buyers can no longer order the black leather upholstery with blue accents.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
Driving enthusiasts will likely yearn for the hotter M235i model, but for the majority of drivers the base 228i Gran Coupe will surely satisfy. We’d skip most options, but adding the Convenience package—keyless entry, driver’s-side lumbar support, and a panoramic sunroof—seems like a no-brainer.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
Both 2-series Gran Coupe models come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The one in the 228i makes 228 horsepower, whereas the M235i’s produces 301 horses. All-wheel drive is standard on the M235i and optional on the 228i; an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard across the line. Around town, the 228i feels sprightly and eager, and at the test track, it delivered a brisk 5.1-second run to 60 mph. A short test drive in the M235i, however, will push that car from your mind. The M235i makes the entry-level model feel tame, and in our hands, it blasted to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds. That’s quicker than the X2 M35i SUV, which has the same powertrain. It hit 60 in 4.6 seconds during a comparison test.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA rates the 228i xDrive Gran Coupe for 23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined, and on our 200-mile highway fuel-economy loop, it posted an impressive 37 mpg. The more powerful M235i model earns nearly the same ratings as the 228i: 23 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 26 mpg combined. What’s more, in our testing, it delivered 37 mpg too. For more information about the 2-series Gran Coupe’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Cabin styling matches that of modern BMWs such as the 3-series sedan and the X3 SUV. It’s a simple driver-focused design featuring ambient interior lighting that illuminates the dashboard and door panels. BMW claims that rear-seat legroom is nearly the same as the larger 3-series sedan’s, but overall the cabin feels snug for both front- and rear-seat passengers. The 2-series Gran Coupe’s small cargo area is good enough for grocery runs and weekend road trips, and the back row folds down to accommodate bulkier cargo. We fit five carry-on suitcases back there with the seats up and 14 with them down.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The driver faces a 10.3-inch reconfigurable digital gauge display and a dashboard-mounted 10.3-inch touchscreen. The latter is angled slightly toward the driver for ease of use. Navigation and SiriusXM satellite radio come standard, but a wireless smartphone-charging pad and Harman Kardon stereo system will cost extra. And BMW provides Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility at no charge.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
BMW’s Active Driving Assistant, which includes a suite of driver-assistance features to help reduce the likelihood of an accident, comes standard. For more information about the 2-series Gran Coupe’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
- Standard blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross-traffic alert
- Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
BMW offers a warranty package that matches what its European rivals provide, and then it sweetens the deal with three full years of complimentary scheduled maintenance. Audi offers just one year of included service visits, and Mercedes-Benz doesn’t offer any.
- Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles