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in Upscale Small Cars

MSRP: $32,100 - $43,100
Invoice: $29,530 - $39,650
MPG: 23 City / 36 Hwy
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BMW 2-Series Review

The 2014 BMW 2-Series ranks 2 out of 13 Upscale Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW 2-Series, as well as reliability and safety data.

Test drivers agree that the 2014 BMW 2-Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in the class thanks to its agile handling and powerful engine options.

The base 2014 BMW 2-Series comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and reviewers think its strong acceleration should be more than enough to satisfy most drivers. However, they note that the turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the M235i delivers even more potent acceleration. Both engines can be matched with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Reviewers like the precise shifting action of the manual transmission and the smoothness of the automatic. The 228i gets up to an EPA-estimated 23/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for an upscale small car. Reviewers report that the 2-Series has sharp handling, great steering feedback and a firm, yet comfortable, ride.

Automotive writers say that the 2014 2-Series has an attractive, user-friendly interior. Some say its interior materials are high-quality, but others think the 2-Series’ cabin has a bit too much hard plastic. As with most small coupes, reviewers are pleased with the 2-Series’ spacious front seats, but they say the back seats are best suited for kids or cargo. The 2-Series’ trunk is decently sized for the class. Critics report that the gauges and controls in the 2-Series’ cabin are easy to read and use, but some say its iDrive infotainment system is more complicated than the systems in rival cars. Standard features in the 2014 BMW 2-Series include HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Available features include a moonroof, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, an automatic parallel parking system, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and an upgraded iDrive system with navigation and an 8.8-inch high-resolution display.

  • "If you're looking for comparable fun and refinement at this modest price point, few if any rival coupes compare." -- AutoTrader
  • "An appealing blend of performance, refinement and style make the 2014 BMW 2 Series a standout among entry-level luxury cars." -- Edmunds
  • "If you're in the market for an agile handling, premium sports coupe with striking good looks and efficient performance, the 2014 BMW 2 Series deserves a test drive." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Like many coupes, the 2 Series is a little blind in the quarters and to the rear. BMW extols a 0.8-inch expansion in rear-seat legroom, but it's still a very tight fit. Also, there is neither a convertible model nor an all-wheel-drive option. For now, the 2 Series is rear-drive only. Even so, based on this first exposure, the 2 Series looms as a star in its segment as a compact rear-drive coupe with a sports car soul." -- Popular Mechanics

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Other Cars to Consider

The Acura TSX has a lower starting price than the 2-Series and comes standard with more features, such as heated leather seats and a moonroof. Critics agree that the TSX is a sporty car with agile handling, a firm, yet comfortable, ride and a high-quality interior.

Reviewers say the Volkswagen GTI hatchback, which costs less than the 2-Series, is a blast to drive thanks to its athletic handling and peppy acceleration. The GTI also offers more cargo space than the 2-Series and critics point out that it has a high-quality interior with spacious front and back seats.

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Details: 2014 BMW 2-Series

The 2014 BMW 2-Series is a four-seat, rear-wheel drive coupe. Two trims are offered: 228i and M235i. The 228i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the M235i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. The 2-Series is available with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight speed automatic. The 2014 BMW 2-Series is an all-new model that replaces the 2013 1-Series.

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Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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