BMW knows very well that it’s paramount to invest plenty in the entry-level lineup, which is both affordable and interesting right now. That’s why we have been receiving an extraordinary 2-series since a while ago, a sporty compact with enough power to surprise us.
In 2017, BMW made important changes to the 2-series, adding a bigger, more efficient engine, enhancing handling, and improving many other things that were great already. Now, it seems like the German carmaker doesn’t have any intentions of modifying what is remarkable and jeopardize the success of a model in the process.
With the 2018 2-series, changes are substantial but they come in different forms, everywhere but under the hood.
Affordable, Surprising Equipment
Within the 2018 2-series, we find the 230i and the M240i, two models that are going to shape the series at will. Nevertheless, different configuration pushes them forward. For the 230i, BMW chose a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four that can produce up to 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of maximum torque.
On the other hand, the M240i is getting a turbocharged 3.0-liter that generates 335 horsepower and a maximum torque of 369 lb-ft, numbers that performed very well on the 2017 model. Acceleration was around 4.3 seconds from zero to 60 mph (100 km/h) with the M240i. With the same setup, we can expect the same act on the track.
To finish this setup, the 2018 2-series gets a standard 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Rear-wheel-drive comes as standard too but xDrive is available as an option to send torque to all wheels. In many cases, excepting models with xDrive configuration and 230i convertibles, a 6-speed manual transmission is available as well for no extra cost.
As we mentioned before, BMW decided to keep with exterior and interior changes, not modifying what already works great under the hood. So, at first sight, we can see the new headlights and slightly revamped front fascia. The 2018 2-series is getting hexagonal open LEDs as standard, one of the novelties.
With larger front intakes, we have a wider appearance when seeing it from that end. Other detailing makes what the front fascia is now. For the rear, the only real change is the new LED taillights.
Two new sets of wheels come for both models within the 2018 2-series. The 230i is getting 17-inch double-spoke wheels along with all-season run flat tires, a pleasant surprise. For the more expensive M240i, the rims specifications are 18-inch size plus M double-spoke design, wrapping them with performance tires. Upgraded tires will be available as optional.
While the exterior doesn’t surprise too much, BMW invested most of this year’s efforts for the 2-series in the interior. The carmaker added plenty of new detailing and materials, revamping the central dashboard and HVAC. Side vents now have metal accents and high-gloss plastic for the console.
Amenities like the cup holder, glove compartment, and buttons on the doors were redesigned as well. The 2018 2-series also gets the iDrive 6.0 infotainment system with touchscreen capabilities.
The Bottom Line
The 2018 2-series is a pleasant and positive iteration of what was already great. BMW did a wise thing by maintaining the winning formula. The minor details now added are there to improve the experience a little bit more.
The price hasn’t been announced yet.