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MSRP: $32,100 - $44,900
Invoice: $29,530 - $41,310
MPG: 23 City / 36 Hwy
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BMW 2-Series Interior

Most critics think the 2015 BMW 2-Series has a classy, well-constructed interior with high-quality materials. Some say that the 2-Series shares much of its interior styling with more expensive BMW models like the 3-Series and 4-Series. However, others write that the base 2-Series is fitted with cheap materials. Critics think the 2-Series has good trunk space for a small coupe as well as spacious front seats. While automotive journalists report that the iDrive infotainment system is easy to use, some point out that rivals’ systems execute commands more efficiently.

  • "Inside, the 2 Series employs an understated, driver-centric control layout that will be instantly familiar to BMW fans. Materials quality is very good for an entry-level luxury vehicle, giving up little to the ostensibly fancier 4 Series." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the 2-Series borrows much of clean design and comfortable appointments with the iconic 3-Series sport sedan; the two also share numerous powertrain and platform components. A duo of simple, legible gauges greet the driver from behind a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, while a choice of brushed aluminum, wood or silver matte trims adorn the dashboard and door panels." -- Left Lane News
  • "The car's cabin is stylish and simple. It's put together well and made of noticeably high-quality materials." -- MSN Autos (2014)
  • "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 (2014)

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Seating

The 2015 BMW 2-Series seats four, comes standard with leatherette upholstery and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. Sport seats, leather upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats are available. Automotive journalists report that the 2-Series’ front seats are comfortable, but that they don’t provide good rear visibility. They add that the back seats don’t have a lot of leg- and headroom, as is the case with most coupes, and that they’re only suitable for adults on short trips.

  • "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." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Supportive standard seats or optional sports thrones provide a comfortable experience for those sitting up front, though limited leg- and headroom means that the rear seats are an occasional-use only affair." -- Left Lane News
  • "Our preference is for the ultrasupportive sport seats, whether you get the 228i's optional manual chairs or the M235i's standard power thrones." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2014)

Interior Features

The 2015 BMW 2-Series comes standard with a USB port, Bluetooth, HD Radio, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display and a key fob that remembers climate, seat and audio settings. Available features include a rearview camera, parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, a moonroof, satellite radio, lane departure warning, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and an upgraded iDrive system with navigation, a touchpad controller and an 8.8-inch display.

Some critics feel that the standard iDrive infotainment system, which was complicated to use in the past, has developed into an easy-to-use system that promptly responds to user inputs. However, others say some commands take too long to execute, and that rivals such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer simpler infotainment systems.

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  • "All 2-Series models are fitted as standard with BMW's knob-based iDrive infotainment system, which has evolved over the years from a bewildering complex unit to surprisingly simple and user-friendly system." -- Left Lane News
  • "While the iDrive system looks good and responds quickly to commands, we've found it often requires a few more clicks and whirls of the dial to access desired functions as compared with Audi's MMI or Mercedes' COMAND interfaces." -- Edmunds

Cargo

The base 2015 BMW 2-Series has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is good for a coupe. Automotive journalists say the 2-Series has a roomy trunk considering its size, and that the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats make packing long items possible.

  • "Trunk capacity in the coupe is a respectable 13.8 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks fold down 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 (2014)
Review Last Updated: 11/21/14

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