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New sporty 2 Series joins BMW stable 

THERE’S no shortage of BMW lovers and their options are growing as the German car maker continues to extend its range.

I have just sampled one of the new kids on the block – a BMW 2 Series Coupe.

And this latest addition proved worthy of its BMW badge during my drive.

Although it’s based on the 1 Series Hatchback, the Coupe has a longer body (11cm) and looks a much more stylish and sporting model with its low, flowing roofline.

Front and rear styling tweaks also give the newcomer a more muscular stance.

A wider track, longer wheel-base and increased body width bring better cabin space and improved driving dynamics.

Unlike some small coupe models, this is a real four-seater as I sampled the rear seats and felt there was ample leg, elbow and headroom for two adults.

As well as increased front headroom and rear legroom, the boot capacity is up by 20 litres to 390 litres which isn’t too bad for a coupe.

It is available in four trim levels – SE, Sport, Modern and M Sport – and the test car was a 220d SE.

There is a choice of six engines and the 2-litre 184bhp diesel unit seemed perfect for this model, proving surprisingly punchy when required and working well through the six-speed manual gearbox.

It can be pushed from standstill to 62mph in 7.2 seconds and also supplied good mid-range acceleration.

Capable of reaching 143mph, the 2 Coupe moved along very smoothly and quietly at motorway speeds.

Its handling while driving on some winding, country roads was impressive as it displayed great agility when tackling fast bends.

And with a choice of driving modes – comfort, sport and eco – the ride set-up can be changed with the touch of a button.

I didn’t expect to get close to the excellent 58.9mpg official fuel economy figure as I was pushing up the revs while enjoying the rear-wheel drive car’s sporty handling.

But despite this I still achieved just under 54mpg during my time with the coupe.

The 2 Series Coupe’s build quality is typical BMW – everything is well put together and there wasn’t a squeak or creak to be heard.

Interior quality is good and I liked the coupe’s lower seating position.

The coupe comes with a generous standard kit.

On the entry level SE this includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, rear park distance control, 6.5-inch colour display screen and iDrive controller, Bluetooth, DAB radio, sport multi-function leather steering wheel and rain-sensing wipers.

You can go a bit crazy with options as the test car’s on-the-road price of £25,865 rocketed up to £34,025 with its £8,160 worth of extras.

But if you steer away from these you will get yourself a very good sporting coupe that isn’t too costly with prices starting at £24,265 for the 218d Coupe SE.

There’s plenty of choice though with three petrol and three diesel engines available.

And for those looking for a real sporting performer, the top-of-the-range 326bhp M235i Coupe capable of 155mpg will deliver this at a cost of £34,250.

Meanwhile, BMW is set to add another new model when the new 2 Series line-up expands at the end of this month.

An Active Tourer model joins the range – featuring the first BMW model with front-wheel drive.

Prices start at £22,150 for the 218i model.