by Gabrielle DeSantis

Consumer Reports recently revealed its picks for the best new cars that nobody buys. The 2021 BMW 2 Series managed to snag the top spot on the list. According to the organization, while this year’s new 2 Series earned high marks in road tests and predicted owner satisfaction, it’s just not a hit among new car shoppers. Let’s talk about why Consumer Reports says this “hidden gem” deserves a second look.

The 2021 BMW 2 Series is the best new car that nobody buys

2021 BMW 2 Series | BMW

While Consumer Reports calls the 2021 BMW 2 Series a “hidden gem,” there’s really no beating around the bush here. The 2021 BMW 2 Series just isn’t that popular among new car shoppers. In fact, according to the organization, the 2 Series is the best new car that nobody buys.

Consumer Reports isn’t wrong either. Based on information gathered from the Automotive News Data Center, BMW sold fewer than 20,000 units in 2020. Now, roughly halfway through 2021, the automaker has sold just over 9,000 2 Series models. You may be asking yourself, what gives?

The organization surmised that the BMW 2 Series found itself among the best new cars that nobody buys simply because it’s a sedan. While trucks and SUVs continue to grow in popularity, sedans are “falling out of style.” But does that mean you should skip the BMW 2 Series? Not necessarily. After all, Consumer Reports does call it a hidden gem.

This 2021 BMW 2 Series aced Consumer Reports’ road test

Perhaps what’s most enticing about the 2021 BMW 2 Series is how well it did in Consumer Reports’ road tests. In fact, this new BMW model practically aced the organization’s road tests, having earned an impressive 98/100. 

Break that score down, and you’ll be pleased to know that the organization also gave the 2 Series a five out of five in several categories, including acceleration, transmission, routine handling, emergency handling, and braking. Unfortunately, the 2 Series did earn a disappointing one out of five headlights rating.

Consumer Reports says this BMW model is pretty satisfying

A grey 2021 BMW 2 Series parked in a city
2021 BMW 2 Series | BMW

The 2 Series didn’t just earn high marks in Consumer Reports’ road tests. It was also able to secure a four out of five predicted owner satisfaction rating. While that’s certainly not a perfect score, it’s still pretty impressive. The organization predicts that owners will be most satisfied with the BMW model’s driving experience, styling, and overall comfort. 

The 2 Series is one of the cheapest new BMW models

The 2021 BMW 2 Series isn’t just one of the best new cars that nobody buys. It’s also the best new sports car under $40,000, according to Consumer Reports. This year’s model outranked vehicles like the 2021 Porsche 718 Boxster, 2021 Toyota Supra, and the 2021 Ford Mustang to land in the top spot.

As for how much it costs? The base model Gran Coupe starts at $35,700 and comes standard with a 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. Meanwhile, standard interior features include SensaTec upholstery, multi-zone climate control, an 8.8-inch instrument cluster, and a high res 8.8-inch central information display featuring navigation, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay.

Is buying this new BMW model worth it?

There’s no denying it. The 2021 BMW 2 Series really is a hidden gem. But does that make buying one worth the spend? If you’re in the market for one of the best new cars, then it just might be. Why not take it out for a test drive to find out for yourself?

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