How Reliable Is the BMW 2 Series ?

If you’re looking to get a new Beemer at a lower price, the BMW 2 Series is one of the best ways to go. In addition to its lower price point, the BMW 2 Series shines for its lively driving dynamics and plush cabin. But is reliability a selling point of the 2 Series lineup?

Overview of the 2020 BMW 2 Series

The 2 Series is one of the best luxury cars you can buy for under $40k. There are two flavors to choose from in this lineup. The standard 230i model gets its power from an efficient turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower. This model is also available with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. 

The 230i is both strong and fuel-efficient. But there are also a few other powertrains to choose from that offer more power. Next up is the first-ever Gran Coupe trim levels, which include the 228i and M235i models. These variants have a 2.0-liter turbo-four linked to an eight-speed automatic. The turbo-four in the 228i model generates 228-hp, and the one in the M235i has 301-hp. 

An electric blue BMW 2 Series model driving near the beach.
2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe | BMW

There are also two high-performance options available in the 2 Series lineup. The M240i features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that has 335-hp. According to U.S. News’ stats, the M240i can go from 0-to-60 mph in 4.4 seconds, which is almost a full second faster compared to the base model. Lastly, there’s the M2 CS variant that has a potent 3.0-liter, twin-turbo six-cylinder engine that generates 444-hp.

Along with its many performance advantages, the 2 Series also earns praise for its elegant, driver-focused cabin. The 2-Series offers the luxuriousness we expect from BMW, and its tech offerings are pretty satisfying too. Many advanced safety features come standard on the 2 Series, and its infotainment system is easy to use. 

2020 2 Series reliability ratings 

The BMW M240i in Sunset Orange Metallic is ready for anything.
BMW M240i | BMW

Consumer Reports is one of the best resources available to determine a vehicle’s predicted reliability ratings. CR evaluates car reliability across 17 potential trouble spots, including a model’s engine, transmission, and fuel system. Based on these critical areas, CR gave the 2020 2 Series an average dependability rating. On the other hand, J.D. Power gave 2 Series an above-average score based on its 3-year-old car methodology.

Based on CR and J.D. Power’s reviews, we could consider the 2 Series to be a reasonably reliable car. However, there is currently one NHTSA safety recall on the 2020 2 Series. The recall relates to a potential issue with the vehicle’s airbag assembly. 

Other model years to consider


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Overall, the 2 Series has received solid reliability scores since BMW officially introduced it in 2014. According to CR, the 2016 and 2019 model years are the most reliable. Plus, owner satisfaction ratings are also high. BMW 2 Series owners are most satisfied with how their vehicle performs and with its style. Simply put, the 2 Series is a well-rounded luxury model.