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2021 BMW 230

2021 BMW 230

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$35,900 — $43,850 MSRP
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Coupe
4 Seats
24-28 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Snug cabin still accommodates taller people
  • Excellent handling and balance (two-door)
  • Ride quality (Gran Coupe)
  • Display quality (Gran Coupe)
  • Decent trunk room (two-door)

The Bad

  • Small dashboard screen (two-door)
  • Numb steering (Gran Coupe)
  • Turbo lag (Gran Coupe)
2021 BMW 230 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2021 BMW 230
  • Four-seat coupe or convertible
  • Five-seat, four-door Gran Coupe body style
  • Choice of turbocharged engines
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Forward collision warning standard

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2021 BMW 230 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2021 BMW 2 Series?

The BMW 2 Series is the brand’s entry-level car. It’s available as a four-seat coupe or convertible and a five-seat, four-door Gran Coupe. 

The coupe and convertible come in 230i and M240i form. The 230i is powered by a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the M240i gets a 335-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Both versions are offered with rear- or all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. 

The Gran Coupe is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 228 hp in the 228i and 301 hp in the M235i. The Gran Coupe has standard all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Competitors include the Audi TT and Mercedes-Benz A-Class

What’s New on the 2021 BMW 2 Series?

The coupe and convertible gain standard Apple CarPlay smartphone connectivity, while the Gran Coupe adds Android Auto and a digital instrument panel. 

What Features in the 2021 BMW 2 Series Are Most Important?

Standard features include:

  • 17-inch wheels
  • LED headlights
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Push-button start
  • Forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors

Available features include: 

  • Keyless access
  • Power moonroof
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Wireless device charging
  • Harman Kardon stereo

Should I Buy the 2021 BMW 2 Series?

As BMW’s lineup expands and becomes more technologically complex, the 2 Series coupe and convertible offer the well-balanced, sporty driving experience upon which the brand built its reputation. The 2 Series also has a surprising amount of interior and trunk room for its size. The Gran Coupe, however, uses a front-wheel-drive platform, and the car’s driving experience doesn’t measure up to BMW standards.  

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Exterior Styling
(5.0)
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(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)
(5.0)

Happy customer!

by car buyer from Fairfield, DT on February 15, 2021

I recently bought a new car from BMW of Bridgeport. My convertible is both a high performance car but a beautiful car as well. I'm very happy with it. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2021 BMW 230 currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2021 BMW 230 has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by BMW

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

  • View All CPO Program Details

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 230 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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