Don’t routinely assume that simply because the two Sequence Coupe is the bottom quantity in BMW’s lineup that it’ll even have probably the most entry-level and cheap-feeling inside. You see, you’d be half proper in making that assumption, for such an honor belongs to the two Sequence Gran Coupe. Regardless of the 2 being branded “2 Sequence,” they’ve little or no in widespread. The Gran Coupe is a front-drive-based, four-door sedan whereas the Coupe is a rear-drive-based two-door literal coupe.
Similar to BMW borrowed the three Sequence’ powertrains for the brand new 2 Sequence, it additionally borrowed the three Sequence’ inside. That’s an enormous plus for the two Sequence Coupe in our e-book, for the three Sequence enjoys an opulent inside look with a sensible structure and wonderful know-how. Earlier than we dive into the nitty gritty there, although, let’s check out the usability and utility of the two Sequence’ insides, which is maybe probably the most perplexing factor about it.
From a pure numbers standpoint, it’d make sense to imagine the brand new 2 Sequence goes to be oodles extra sensible than the outgoing one. It’s 4.3 inches longer, 2.6 inches wider and has a 2.0-inch longer wheelbase. One would possibly anticipate that a few of this additional house has been put to make use of increasing the passenger compartment, however not so quick. Rear legroom is down by 0.8 inch within the 2022 automotive. Shoulder room ticks down by 1.7 inches and headroom is down an much more impactful 1.5 inches because of a minor discount in total peak. Even the trunk house is down by 3.8 cubic-feet. Say, what now?
Even when all of the above is results of BMW altering the way in which it measures interiors, which is actually potential, that would not change the truth that the brand new 2 Sequence backseat and trunk aren’t that scorching regardless of the larger exterior dimensions. The size and width are there for dealing with, stability and design functions, not for turning the two Sequence right into a household automotive. If you’d like a BMW coupe with a large rear seat, the 4 Sequence Coupe and its snout await.
Clearly, the precedence of BMW’s private luxurious coupe is the driving force. Check out the two Sequence’ (left above) and three Sequence’ (proper above) interiors side-by-side, and attempt to choose aside the variations. It’s not fully apparent at first look, and that’s on goal. With the ability to get pleasure from BMW’s luxurious fittings and greatest tech within the smaller 2 Sequence package deal is a boon for individuals who need the smallest and lightest rear-drive BMW mannequin (or a two-door BMW with out that snout).
The 230i tester (although every little thing on this story equally applies to the M240i xDrive) we’ve got is fitted with the BMW Dwell Cockpit Skilled improve, which replaces the usual analog gauges and eight.8-inch infotainment show with the absolutely digital 12.3-inch digital cluster and 10.25-inch infotainment show. It’s nicely definitely worth the $900 choice, as the larger screens look nice, and BMW’s iDrive 7 software program is spectacular to make use of with the additional actual property. The iDrive rotary knob is neatly positioned in a pure spot to the precise of the shifter, however those that desire utilizing the touchscreen will get pleasure from that it’s canted towards the driving force and responds to inputs immediately.
Whereas different, newer BMWs are dropping quite a lot of bodily controls, the two Sequence retains its horizontal row of bodily buttons. It makes local weather management changes (each automotive might use a fan velocity management for auto local weather management), quantity positive tuning and different important automotive controls a simple process. We don’t admire it or name it out sufficient, however BMW’s “driver help methods” shortcut button proper subsequent to the hazard button is tremendous sensible. No menu diving is critical while you need to fiddle with the controls. Simply faucet the shortcut, and you may shortly flip every little thing off when encountering a twisty stretch of pavement that you simply’d desire the lane-keeping system not interrupt.
Ergonomically, the two Sequence is virtually there as a driver’s automotive. You possibly can transfer the seat far down into the automotive to really feel nearer to the bottom (or ought to you’ve extra-long legs), however the steering wheel doesn’t provide wherever close to sufficient downward tilt to accommodate the decrease seating place. That is the case with most fashionable BMWs, and similar to these, I discovered myself begrudgingly transferring the seat as much as comfortably match the steering wheel place. Visibility is stable throughout for a two-door coupe. It’s an ideal view searching over the comparatively lengthy hood, and it was straightforward to see rearward with out a lot grievance both. Simply ensure you do not forget that the doorways are lengthy and heavy while you swing them open to get out — it is a coupe in any case.
In relation to inside customization and coloration choices, BMW presents you some alternative, but it surely’s not a buffet. Our favourite choices are the Tacora Purple and Oyster white leather-based. In case you desire the free-of-charge Sensatec, each Canberra Beige and Cognac (darkish tan) add a bit of fashion over a primary black inside. Our tester is fitted with the shiny black inside trim, however we’d recommend choosing both of the 2 aluminum trim choices as a substitute for $150 additional.
The two Sequence’ inside is basic BMW by and thru. It’s the most cost effective rear-drive-based BMW, however not like the final 2 Sequence or its 1 Sequence predecessor, it doesn’t offer you a second-rate expertise inside. That’s correctly, for the two Sequence is and stays probably the most enthusiast-focused BMW within the lineup, and there’s no cause that fans shouldn’t be capable to get pleasure from all of Munich’s luxuries in a smaller and extra participating automotive.