Independent, Expert EV Reviews & Advice Since 2006


Sports Cars

BMW 2 Series Coupe 218d SE Automatic

BMW 2 Series Coupe 218d SE Automatic

Key stats

  • Model/Engine size: BMW 2 Series Coupe 218d SE Automatic
  • Fuel: Diesel
  • Range (WLTP): 51.4 mpg
BMW 2 Series Coupe 218d SE Automatic


BMW has decided that its model numbering system needs an overhaul. The 2 Series is what we used to call a 1 Series Coupe; the name change is because this gives a more exclusive feel to the 2 Series.

BMW has a great record of delivering cars with excellent fuel consumption and it has now managed to eke a little bit more out of the new model. The familiar 2-litre diesel unit is now matched with a new optional 8-speed automatic gearbox which maximises fuel economy at all speeds but is particularly effective at higher speeds.

The characteristics that we loved in the 1 Series Coupe are all still present: 50:50 weight distribution, top notch material quality, rear-wheel drive, strong performance and great fuel economy – which, incidentally, can also be achieved in the real world.

If you don’t fancy the automatic gearbox you can save a healthy chunk of cash and get the six-speed manual, something that is worth seriously considering as fuel consumption is only slightly worse. In either case you get engine start/stop and gear change indicators to maximise efficiency.

The 218d is more expensive than the 118d was, but part of that will be due to the BMW now meeting Euro 6 regs which means that PM and NOx are on a par with petrol engines. This means that the diesel engine can now achieve very low CO2 emissions without increasing local air quality emissions, making it a genuinely low emissions package.

Read our full BMW 2 Series Coupe review

Specifications BMW 2 Series Coupe 218d SE Automatic

  • Fuel economy, extra urban: TBC
  • Fuel economy, urban: TBC
  • CO2 emissions: 119 g/km g/km
  • VED: First year £210, then £145 per year
  • Weight: 1450 Kg
  • BIK Company Car Tax (2023/24): 31%
  • Price: £29,395
  • Insurance group: 20
  • Power: 148 bhp
  • Max speed: 133 mph
  • 0-62mph: 8.2 seconds
  • Torque: 236 lb ft @ 1750 - 2500 rpm