2 Pros and 2 Cons of Daily Driving a 2023 BMW 2 Series
Four-door sedans are an easy choice for a daily driver. But what if you want a two-door sports car to be your one-car solution? As a daily driver, the 2023 BMW 2 Series coupe has a few drawbacks, but there are also some positives that make it a better choice than you might think.
Pro: The BMW 2 Series is immensely comfortable
Despite its relatively small size, the BMW 2 Series is a comfortable daily driver. In the M240i, you get Vernasca leather bucket seats that provide excellent support even for a long commute. Thigh extensions, adjustable bolsters, and toasty seat heaters mean that, no matter the time of year, you’ll be comfortable behind the wheel.
Con: Fuel economy could be better
In both the BMW 230i and M240i, fuel efficiency is sacrificed for exciting performance. Of course, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the 230i is a touch better at an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. But the M240i I tested fares far worse for its 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six. Here, I achieved a mere 23 mpg combined, and even in EcoPro mode it can scarcely nudge 30 mpg on the highway.
Sure, it’s plenty of fun when you put your foot down. But if you’ve got a long commute, the fuel costs are sure to add up in a hurry.
Pro: Better cargo space than you’d expect
With 14 cubic feet of cargo space, the trunk of this BMW 2 Series coupe is ample for daily use. Golf or gym bags can fit without issue, and the folding rear seat affords more space when you need it. Even on its own, it’ll handle as many as 10 grocery bags with ease. And even if you’re packing for a weekend away, the 2 Series trunk has enough room for your luggage.
In my experience with taking the M240i to a race weekend, it fit my 12-pack cooler, a small grill, and two duffel bags without incident. Not bad for a sports car.
Con: The rear seats are terrible
Make no bones about it, the BMW 2 Series makes a big compromise for rear-seat passengers. For all the front-seat comfort and trunk space, the back seats really suffer in this two-door sports car. If you have a family or run a carpool, this isn’t the daily driver for you. Not only are the rear seats cramped for legroom at 32.2 inches, but the seats themselves are hard and narrow. Overall, it’s tough to imagine anyone having a good time back there for more than a few minutes.
Verdict: The 2023 BMW 2 Series is a good, not great daily driver
Far from a hardcore sports car, the BMW 2 Series is a competent daily driver with a fun streak to keep a smile on your face. Just keep in mind that if you need to haul passengers or you’re worried about fuel costs, this probably isn’t the car you want for your daily commute.