In many ways, we’ve seen what’s inside the new 2 Series before. BMW’s ‘layered’ dash architecture has been carried over from the 1 Series and therefore makes the car feel every inch a downscaled 3 Series. The 2017 facelift also saw the interior given a mid-life refresh with a new instrument cluster, new air vents, touches of chrome and better driver's ergonomic with the headline act an updated version of the iDrive infotainment system complete with a refreshed design, sat nav and a touchscreen display.
Downsizing owners of the latter will, therefore, find themselves right at home, if a little thrown by the uncanny shrink-wrap effect that makes it that bit harder to get totally comfy behind the steering wheel and apparently far-flung pedals.
Nevertheless, compared to the old 1 Series coupé, the car is noticeably roomier inside. Few will appreciate the extra 6mm of headroom, but 21mm more rear legroom is not to be sniffed at, although taller rear passengers might find the coupé roofline too close for comfort.
Getting in and out isn’t overly difficult, but the pitch of the rear backrests can make it something of a stomach muscle workout.
Those backrests will fold down should you have the need, but it’ll take quite a load to exhaust the space available in the 2-series’ handsomely proportioned boot. It has grown by 20 litres to 390 litres – a total volume that makes it marginally bigger than a Volkswagen Golf’s.