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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 Interior

Most reviewers agree that the 2014 BMW 2-Series has a handsome, user-friendly interior design. Some are also impressed with the quality of its interior materials. However, others say they found several plastic panels that seem a little low-rent for a car in this class. They also note that it takes time to learn how to use BMW’s iDrive infotainment interface. Test drivers write that the 2-Series has a nice-sized trunk and spacious front seats. However, as with most small coupes, critics say the rear seat is small.

  • "Inside, the BMW 2 Series is every bit as appealing as the larger 4 Series, thanks to a functional, attractive design and high-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The car's cabin is stylish and simple. It's put together well and made of noticeably high-quality materials." -- MSN Autos
  • "Both 2-series models have interiors plucked from the corporate parts bin, meaning there's a lot of unadorned plastic and imitation leather inside unless you're willing to indulge in the option list." -- Car and Driver
  • "Inside, the 2-Series is a clear evolution of the outgoing 1. It clear and logically-arrayed dashboard offers few surprises to anyone who has been in a recent BMW product. We were, however, rather disappointed with the hard plastic BMW uses on the 2's lower dashboard and center console, which seems out of place on a car that can easily exceed $50,000 with a few options added." -- Left Lane News

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Seating

The 2014 BMW 2-Series seats four and comes standard with leatherette upholstery and eight-way manually adjustable front seats. Available features include leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Reviewers say the 2014 BMW 2-Series has plenty of space up front. As is expected with a small coupe, most critics write that the back seat is cramped for adults, but is fine for kids or cargo.

  • "There's plenty of room in the forward cabin for all but NBA centers. The back seats are everything you can reasonably expect them to be: perfect for small humans, decent for the slight of frame, doable when need be for a standard American." -- Autoblog
  • "It's even smaller from the back seat, which generally remains a kids-only affair, but we're used to that from the 1 Series." -- AutoTrader
  • "Even though the 2 Series is longer, wider and taller than the 1 Series it replaces, it is still a compact coupe. The rear seat is too small for adults and is best reserved for children or extra luggage." -- Edmunds

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2014 BMW 2-Series include HD Radio, a USB port, Bluetooth, a personalized key fob that can remember climate control and other settings 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, a touchpad input and an 8.8-inch high-resolution display.

Test drivers agree that the BMW 2-Series’ straightforward dashboard control layout and gauges make it a user-friendly car, for the most part. However, reviewers note that the 2-Series’ iDrive infotainment system has a learning curve, and they point out that some rival infotainment systems are less complicated. They appreciate the iDrive’s optional 8.8-inch, high-resolution display, and that it responds promptly to user inputs.

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  • "Longtime BMW enthusiasts will feel right at home in the 2014 2 Series. The simple-yet-elegant dash layout combined with unambiguous instrumentation reinforces the 2's position as a true driver's car." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the iDrive system looks good and responds quickly to commands, we've found it takes some getting used to. Compared with competitors' electronics interfaces, you'll often have to take a few more steps to reach the desired functions, so it's worthwhile to get acquainted with the system before hitting the road." -- Edmunds
  • "Although still too menu-intensive for our tastes, iDrive is notable for its excellent high-resolution display." -- Left Lane News (optional 8.8-inch display)

Cargo

The 2014 BMW 2-Series has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is decent compared with rivals like the Acura TSX. Split-folding rear seats are standard. Reviewers agree that the trunk is decently sized for a small car.

  • "Trunk capacity is a respectable 13.8 cubic feet, and the rear seats fold to allow transport of longer items." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk capacity also gets a bump, going from 13 cubic feet to 13.8 cubic feet. Those might not sound like big numbers, but it's a nice trunk for a little car." -- Autoblog
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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