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MSRP: $32,100 - $44,900
Invoice: $30,030 - $41,810
MPG: 23 City / 36 Hwy
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BMW 2-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 2-Series ranks 3 out of 12 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.

With its powerful engine options and excellent handling, the 2015 BMW 2-Series impresses automotive journalists as one of the most dynamic small cars on the market.

The 2015 BMW 2-Series comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that reviewers think has more than enough power. However, they agree that the available turbocharged six-cylinder engine has tremendous power and delivers quick acceleration. Both engines are paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. Auto writers think the manual shifts easily, and that the automatic shifts smoothly. According to the EPA, the base 2-Series gets up to 23/36 mpg city/highway, which is good for an upscale small car. Critics say the BMW 2-Series has athletic handling and precise steering. They add that the 2-Series also has a quiet, comfortable ride.

Most auto writers report that the 2015 BMW 2-Series has an attractive interior made of high-quality materials. However, a few say the base 2-Series’ cabin has hard plastics and cheap leatherette, and that higher-quality materials are only available in expensive options packages. Reviewers note that the 2-Series has spacious front seats, but that the back seats are on the small side. Standard features in the 2-Series include a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. Available features include a rearview camera, leather upholstery, parallel parking assist, a moonroof, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, lane departure warning, front and rear parking sensors and an upgraded iDrive system with navigation and an 8.8-inch display. While some automotive writers say the iDrive infotainment system is easier to use than in years past, others note it is still more complicated than the systems in rival cars.

  • "Providing generous helpings of performance and refinement in an exceptionally well-executed package, the 2015 BMW 2 Series is a top choice among entry-level luxury cars." -- Edmunds
  • "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. Pricing-from $33,025 for the 228i, from $44,025 for the M235i-will guarantee a certain exclusivity. But it's hard to imagine an unhappy owner." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "If you're looking for comparable fun and refinement at this modest price point, few if any rival coupes compare." -- AutoTrader (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Other Cars to Consider

The Volkswagen GTI hatchback has one of the largest cargo areas in the class, and a lower starting price than the 2-Series. Reviewers think the GTI is very fun to drive, thanks to its sharp steering and quick acceleration. Critics also mention that the GTI has a high-quality interior and comfortable front seats.

Critics report that the Audi A3 has powerful turbocharged engine options and agile handling, complemented by a composed ride. Reviewers say the A3 has an elegant interior, as well as one of most user-friendly infotainment systems in the class.

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Details: 2015 BMW 2-Series

The 2015 BMW 2-Series has four seats and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive (xDrive) is available. The 2-Series comes in two trims: 228i and M235i. The 228i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and the M235i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available. The BMW 2-Series was an all-new model for 2014 and sees few changes for 2015. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from 2014 to the current model year.

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Review Last Updated: 11/21/14

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