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BMW's latest marketing strategy has seen coupe and convertible versions of its hatchback and saloon models take on different names, hence this being the 2-series rather than new 1-series coupe.
Unlike the 4-series (the convertible and coupe versions of the upper medium 3-series) there is actually a bigger difference in terms of styling between the 1-series hatchback and the 2-series coupe, and the car also grows compared to its predecessor, now offering a 390-litre boot, 30 more than the 1-series hatchback.
The 218d model tested here is a more recent addition to the range and likely to appeal to fleets due to its lower price point in relation to the existing 220d (the cheapest version starts at £24,210 compared with the 220d's £25,810). Economy and emissions are respectable at 117g/km and 64.2mpg.
At 143hp, it's also 41hp shy of the 220d's 184hp but certainly doesn't come across as underpowered on the road. It's like a small version of the 3-series, which is no bad thing, and means the ride, handling and refinement are all impressive.
Lower price point makes the 2-series all the more appealing