Launched in 2014, the BMW 2 Series is premium compact car that's one of the most accessibly priced models in the manufacturer's lineup. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2 Series provides rewarding driving dynamics and a sporty exterior, and it's offered with a broad range of feature content.
BMW 2 Series Overview
The BMW 2 Series first hit the market in 2014, and it was initially available solely as a coupe. The convertible joined the lineup in the 2015 model year. The 2 Series was built to provide a relatively affordable alternative for the budget-conscious shopper seeking to get behind the wheel of a BMW. Though it's less spacious and less well-equipped than other models in the marque's roster, the 2 Series succeeds in delivering a memorable and invigorating driving experience.
BMW's 2 Series has sheet metal that is low-slung and modern, with broad shoulders and sculpted surfaces. All models come standard with rear-wheel drive and an eight-speed transmission, and a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive are available. The 2 Series comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and a more powerful turbocharged 3.0-liter engine is available.
With the 2 Series, you get a sport compact that strikes a nice balance between comfort and performance. The car provides energetic acceleration and keen driving dynamics, but it's also agreeable on rough roads, with ride quality that's pleasant enough to make it an amenable daily driver.
The design within this BMW's cabin is minimalist and straightforward, but the look of the interior is elevated with high-quality materials. The front seats are roomy enough, but the rear seats are best left for children and those of smaller stature.
There's a decent array of amenities on board the BMW 2 Series. Base models come with leatherette upholstery, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and a 60/40-split folding rear seat. Standard technology features include Bluetooth connectivity and a sound system with HD radio.
The list of available features includes navigation, adaptive headlights, power-adjustable front seats, leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, parking sensors and a rearview camera. The 2 Series is also available with active safety features such as lane departure warning and forward collision mitigation.
When the 2 Series was first launched, all models were rear-wheel drive only, but in 2015, all-wheel drive became available in certain trims. For 2016, BMW made all-wheel drive available across a wider range of 2 Series trims, and it introduced additional standard features —such as sport seats—to certain models. A new Luxury package brought amenities such as leather and chrome exterior trim. The 2017 2 Series’ engines were upgraded to provide a slight increase in power, and the trim-level nomenclature was changed to reflect this.
There's no shortage of skilled entry-level luxury cars, and you'll want to take a look at models like the Audi A3, Cadillac ATS and Mercedes-Benz CLA if you're shopping in this segment. The one thing that sets the BMW 2 Series apart is its commitment to delivering strong driving dynamics, and it's a compelling pick for drivers seeking a luxury compact that promises fun times behind the wheel.