BMW 2 Series Coupe Diesel Earns Three Stars in Green NCAP

You might know Euro NCAP, but have you heard of Green NCAP? Backed by the same New Car Assessment Program, it assesses vehicle cleanliness. This program has evaluated multiple BMWs since launching in early 2019.

The recent front-wheel-drive 118i 1 Series earned two and a half stars, just like the mechanically akin 220i 2 Series Active Tourer. The pre-LCI 320d 3 Series, larger than the prior-gen X1, also scored two and a half stars. As expected, the discontinued i3 snagged a perfect five-star rating.

Among the five vehicles recently assessed by Euro NCAP’s affiliate was the G42-coded 2 Series Coupe. This model, a rear-wheel-drive 220d with automatic transmission, boasted 18-inch wheels and 225/45 R18 tires, contributing to its weight of 3,587 pounds (1,627 kg). Surprisingly, this diesel-engined model earned three solid stars in 2023, when diesel faces criticism. Whether in cold, warm lab tests, or on-road drives, it consumed about 5 litres per 100 kilometres.

Moreover, the BMW 220d Coupe faced a Highway Test, using about 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres. Green NCAP noted significant N2O emissions from its diesel engine, creating a ‘climate-damaging’ impact. Concluding the review, this compact sports coupe secured three green stars and an average score of 55%.

Remember, the 220d Coupe boasts a 2.0-litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, outputting 190 horsepower and a commendable 400 Newton-meters (294 pound-feet) of torque. This sole diesel 2er, with rear-wheel drive and automatic transmission, rockets from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.9 seconds and hits a top speed of 147 mph (237 km/h).

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