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2014 BMW 2 Series

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/28/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Vehicle Overview

The 2 Series replaces the 1 Series and carries on that model's small, rear-drive two-door formula. Though it's still relatively small, the 2 Series is larger than the 1 Series it replaces, at 2.8 inches longer and 1.3 inches wider.

Two trim levels are offered for the 2 Series, including the 228i and sporty M235i. The 228i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 producing 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, which can be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The M235i is powered by a more potent version of BMW's turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6, which is tuned to 320 hp and 330 lb-ft. The car also has its choice of transmissions, though with the eight-speed auto it's estimated to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds. Stop-start is standard on both models with either transmission. The M235i also gets special chassis tuning with an M Adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes, variable sport steering, and stickier Michelin Pilot Super Sports tires. The 228i with manual transmission is EPA-rated at 22/34 mpg city/highway, while automatic models achieve 23/36 mpg. BMW estimated the M235i will achieve 22/32 mpg equipped with the eight-speed auto and 19/28 mpg with the manual.

Inside, the 2 Series features a driver-oriented design, though there's seating for three other passengers. Rear occupants have more space than they did in the 1 Series, with 0.8 inches more legroom and 0.7 inches more headroom. Sensatec faux-leather comes standard, while genuine Dakota leather is available. BMW's iDrive controller operates the standard 6.5-inch free-floating display. When Navigation is selected, the screen is upgraded to 8.8 inches while the iDrive control knob receives an integrated touchpad. As with other BMWs, the 2 Series is available in two trim packages, including BMW Sport Line and M Sport. Sport Line adds high-gloss black exterior touches, 18-inch alloy wheels, variable-color ambient lighting, and special seat upholstery. The M Sport package (available for the 228i) drops the suspension 10mm and adds lightweight 18-inch alloys and unique bodywork.

New for 2014

Unlike the 1 Series, the 2 Series is currently only offered as a coupe, which means no convertible model for 2014. The M235i offers performance not seen in a BMW small two-door since the limited-production 1 Series M Coupe.

You'll Like

  • Larger, more usable size
  • Great performer in M235i trim
  • Available manual transmission

You Won't Like

  • Back seat is still tight for adults
  • Steering is slightly overboosted
  • No M2…yet

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz CLA
  • Audi A3/S3
  • BMW 320i

Rating

4 star

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