Friday 19 December 2014

BMW Series evens the odds

Martin Brennan

Published 18/05/2014 | 02:30

PRESENCE: The BMW 2-Series Coupe grabs the attention. Photo: Max Earey
PRESENCE: The BMW 2-Series Coupe grabs the attention. Photo: Max Earey

BMW is playing the numbers game. The new 2-Series Coupe has taken over from the 1-Series Coupe and the 3-Series Coupe is now the 4-Series Coupe/Cabriolet.

It is even numbers from now on.

The new 2-Series Coupe is a real attention-grabber with a strong presence on the road. Behind the wheel, it is even more impressive but the hefty on-the-road price of €35,700 for the entry-level 218d SE is its weak point, considering it is a model with restricted space behind the front seats.

The 1-Series was tighter on space but it was also a decent drive. The 2-Series Coupe has a lower profile, it is longer and wider – all these features combine to give it a more muscular stance on the road.

To accommodate the new strong appearance, the track is wider by over 40mm and the wheelbase has been stretched by over 30mm. The result, apart from the improved driving dynamics, is that there is now more space but like most Coupe modes at this level, rear legroom for adults is still tight.

These issues apart, this car is all about driving pleasure and up front, there is no complaint about shortage of space here. Driver and passenger are well catered for in terms of creature comfort and safety features. Behind the wheel, the handling is crisp, the steering gives a good feel for the road and the 220d twin-turbo diesel with 184bhp on tap gives an engaging drive.

There is also a choice of settings for the suspension to add to the fun. Comfort or Sport modes are there at the flick of a switch.

This version comes in at €38,480 on-the-road and the 218d Sport version with high specification is priced at €37,190. Standard equipment includes automatic climate control, Bluetooth, parking aids, rain sensing wipers, 6.5-inch colour screen and 17-inch alloy wheels in the 220d SE model. Martin Brennan

Sunday Independent

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