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2015 BMW 2 Series

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/9/2015 Stefan Ogbac

New for 2015

The 2015 BMW 2 Series is now available in a convertible body style and with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system in all models except the M235i convertible. A Track Handling Package is a new option for the 228i Coupes.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 BMW 2 Series is a luxury sports coupe and convertible available in rear-or all-wheel-drive configurations. It replaced the 1 Series and is currently one of the lowest-priced vehicles in BMW's lineup.

Overview

There are two turbocharged engines available in the 2015 2 BMW Series: a 2.0-liter I-4 with 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque in the 228i and a 3.0-liter I-6 with 320 hp and 330 lb-ft in the M235i. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in all cars while a six-speed manual is a no-cost option in rear-drive models. Fuel economy is competitive, especially in the rear-drive 228i Coupe, which achieves 23/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic, 23/ 35 mpg with all-wheel-drive, and 22/34 mpg with the manual. Opting for the convertible doesn't come at the sacrifice of fuel economy with rear-drive variants achieving 23/34 mpg and 22/33 mpg with all-wheel-drive. For such a powerful car, the M235i also has good gas mileage with the rear-drive automatic-equipped coupe and convertible achieving 21/32 mpg. Choosing the manual drops those numbers down to 19/28 mpg in the coupe and 19/26 mpg in the convertible while all-wheel-drive models are rated at 20/30 mpg.

Regardless of the powertrain, drivetrain, and body style combination, the 2015 BMW 2 Series offers exhilarating performance with superb acceleration and driving dynamics. The car's handling, especially in the 228i Coupe with the M Sport Package, is notable due to its light weight, which makes it extremely agile and easy to maneuver. Additionally, the chassis enables the 2 Series to inspire driver confidence with its flat cornering and lack of noticeable body roll. An available Track Handling Package in the 228i Coupe further improves the car's driving dynamics with a lowered and adaptive suspension, variable sport steering, high-performance tires, and M Sport brakes. The M235i offers a lot of driving fun by building onto what makes the 228i fun with a more powerful engine that compliments the car's impressive agility with strong acceleration. Despite its impressive performance, ride quality is a strong point, making the car a viable daily driver.

The 2 Series' interior design, like all BMWs, is minimalist and conservative but made with high-quality materials. Seats are well-bolstered, particularly the ones that come with the M Sport Package, which hold the driver well when driving spiritedly through twisty roads. However, despite being larger, the rear seats are snug for tall adults with limited head- and legroom. Available features include a navigation system, BMW Online and BMW Apps, a Harman Kardon audio system, and heated front seats.

The 2015 BMW 2 Series hasn't been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. A 2014 model earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS with a score of good on all testing categories (good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 2 Series provides excellent driving dynamics and plenty of fun behind the wheel, but not at the cost of fuel economy or everyday drivability. In a 2014 First Test review of a 228i Coupe with the M Sport Package, we said the car provides an excellent balance of performance and daily usability with an excellent chassis that gives it superb handling without sacrificing ride comfort.

Additionally, in a 2014 M235i First Test review, we said that it is "one of the best-driving BMWs in recent memory, on par with the 1M and the last-generation M3 not only in performance standards, but also in how much it makes you smile."

You'll Like

  • Superb driving dynamics in all models
  • Good fuel economy
  • Well-built cabin

You Won't Like

  • Snug rear seats
  • Abrupt engine stop-start feature

Key Competitors

  • Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
  • Audi A3/S3
  • Ford Mustang
  • Volkswagen Golf GTI/ Golf R
  • Nissan 370Z

Rating

4 star

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