By on January 3, 2022

We’re wading into dangerous waters with this one, since the BMW jihad fan base generally has strong opinions about the particular spec of a vehicle, spewing chassis numbers through their adenoids like water from a fire hose.

Still, we know a thing or two about cars around here, leading us to give it a go. The 2-Series (officially hyphen-free but it looks weird that way) has recently been refurbished and while it does have a set of too-small taillamps, it at least avoids the Bugs Bunny grille slapped on its older cousins.

Starting MSRP for the 2-Series now stands at $36,350. As we learned earlier this week, that sum is well below the average price of a new vehicle in America and not far off the average price of a used one, fer chrissakes. The days of finding a new sporty car for under 20 grand are long gone, then.

This price slots us into a 230i Coupe, stickered about $12,000 adrift from the M variant if you’re wondering. BMW says this less-expensive model should crack off 0-60mph runs in the 5.5-second range, thanks to its 255 horsepower turbocharged inline-four engine. Adding the M Sport package will pack $3,250 onto your bill but bring no extra ponies. It will supplant the standard suspension with M suspenders, however, along with a few design extras. It also unlocks the tasty Portimao Blue paint color. The new Barney Purple Thundernight Metallic shown here is available on the base car for $550.

Eighteen-inch all-season run-flats are standard kit, though a 19-inch option with wheels of a similar design is on the table for 600 bucks. Selecting any of the performance-grade tires necessitates the M Sport bundle as well. Cognac-hued upholstery is a no-charge option, though it is of the man-made Sensatec variety and not real leather. And, to avoid infuriatingly persistent fingerprints, be sure to spec the aluminum mesh-effect interior trim. It’s $150 well spent since you’d probably fork out that much in soft wipes over the life of the car.

Here’s where the arguments start. Recall the M Sport package above? In addition to that option, one can also pop for the $1,900 Dynamic Handling group. It includes the all-important M Sport rear diff which helps harness power properly, plus adds M Sport brakes with your choice of red or blue calipers. If you’re hitting up the M Sport life, you might as well add that diff and do it properly.

Those of us in the Rust Belt should be aware a base 230i doesn’t include heated seats or steering wheel, features which can be added as a stand-alone deal for $550 or as part of more pricey options packages. Saying those items should be standard equipment is at least one thing on which we can all agree.

Please note the prices listed here are in American dollars and are currently accurate for base prices exclusive of any fees, taxes, or rebates. Your dealer may (and should) sell for less (obscene market conditions notwithstanding). Keep your foot down, bone up on available rebates, and bargain hard.

[Images: BMW]

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17 Comments on “The Right Spec: 2022 BMW 2-Series Coupe...”

  • avatar

    BMW really ruined this car. Just terrible

  • avatar

    One the one hand, once you option this up properly, you’re at a mid-40s price point, which isn’t a ton of money for a “real” RWD-chassis BMW coupe. Styling isn’t great, but at least it’s an actual coupe, not the usual silly “gran coupe” stuff BMW is doing these days.

    But this is still a $40,000-plus car with a 2.0T. The obvious cross-shop here is with a similarly priced Mustang 5.0, and that’s the way I think nine out of ten shoppers (with me being one of the nine) would go.

    I suppose, though, that we should be glad BMW is still making this, and if you *have* to have a BMW, this isn’t such a bad deal, as long as you’re not into stoplight-dragstrip shenanigans. BMW used to sell plenty of stuff that was satisfying to drive even though it wasn’t uber-quick (the old straight-six 3-series coupes like the 325 come to mind).

    • 0 avatar

      I don’t really see the appeal of loading up the 4-cylinder BMWs. The car described by Matthew is about $44K. The RWD M240i isn’t out yet, but similarly equipped I anticipate it would be ~$47.5K.
      Yes, you don’t *need* 382hp, but you don’t *need* the Dynamic Handling Package either.

      So I say either go I6 or keep the sport package options on the shelf. A “Sport Line” 230i with heated seats and the upgraded stereo is ~$38k.

      • 0 avatar

        If you absolutely, positively HAVE to have a BMW coupe, then this doesn’t strike me as a bad deal per se, but it doesn’t make much sense to anyone else. The BRZ/86 offer similar performance for a lot less money, and you can pick up a lightly optioned Mustang V8 with far greater performance for about 38K.

        But it’s the nature of a BMW to be overpriced, I guess.

  • avatar

    Skip this and buy a VW.

    • 0 avatar

      I have a ’19 Golf R as my daily, and a ’21 M2 Competition as my “fun” car. The outgoing F87 2-series is (was) spectacular. Yeah, it was getting a bit long in the tooth, with most of the interior design dating back to 2011 or so. But the exterior – SOO sexy, one of BMW’s best designs in the last 2 decades IMHO, and the 405-hp S55 under the hood is pure bliss. My Golf R makes an absolutely perfect (for my use case) daily. This new G-series generation 2-series coupe is ugly as sin to my eye, from virtually every angle. It’s also bigger and heavier than the outgoing car, which kills off part of its charm. We’ll see what they do with the next M2, which is due late this year.

  • avatar

    Overpriced is just one part of equation. The other part are repairs. Isn’t esier just to buy older BMW without all that magic and gizmos. Or G35.

  • avatar

    Nope. Don’t want four cylinders in a BMW. Would rather have any of the following at this price point:

    – Mustang GT with MagneRide
    – Model 3 RWD
    – The world’s best E92 335is

  • avatar

    I had a 128 “nothing burger”. The only options were the sport package and stereo upgrade (that second thrown in to close the deal at the height of the 08 recession).

    I miss it, and would probably love this car, but would miss the sweet NA I6 and stick shift.

  • avatar

    For a street car I would do sport line with premium 2 and a moonroof delete.

    The seats were always the big draw with the old sport package. BMW has helpfully decoupled the sport seats from the harsh suspension. The diff isn’t necessary for a street car either, especially with 255 hp. Older non-M BMWs that are often well respected made due without a limited slip.

    It’s still problematic to have a 2.0T priced against a mustang GT. I bet r mustang holds value better too. And no manual transmission on a car like this is BS. Some of the cost is BMW offers most options a la carte. I’m not sure what a GT with equipment equivalent to a premium 2 package costs.

    Advantages for the 2-series vs a mustang gt are it’s a smaller car with a longer wheelbase and a bigger back seat. You can put humans back there. If you drive a lot the drastically better MPG helps.

  • avatar

    Got me a leftover ’21 VW Jetta GLI autobahn and black package and oh yeah a 6 speed manual for under $32k. I’m a happy camper.

    • 0 avatar

      You did well to just find a GLI – they’re thin on the ground around here. When I picked up my ’21 GLI S last spring, I had my eyes on an Autobahn. Kinda wish I had the pano roof and the better sound system (I traded from an A3, which had both), but overall, I’m happy as hell with the one I have (DSG, by the way).

  • avatar

    I’d hold off for the possible GR Corolla, instead of the BMW i4 gasser. Or, if FWD is OK, the Civic R. Both much more viscerally engines (assuming Toyota keeps the I3 from the Yaris. It’s almost too “engaging.”) Or, just get the ‘Stang or 86.

    I4s don’t have to be boring (Civic R, FiST…..), but BMW’s 2 liter really is. The GTI’s 4 ain’t all that, either. But it’s still less dull than the BMW version.

    • 0 avatar

      As 2.0Ts go, BMW’s is actually one of the best (try a Mercedes C-class if you disagree) – it’s just not a great choice for a car like this when you can get far more engine for the same money.

  • avatar

    “Those of us in the Rust Belt should be aware a base 230i doesn’t include heated seats or steering wheel, features which can be added as a stand-alone deal for $550”

    $36K to start… but you pay more now for what are at this point standard “luxury” features.

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