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2014 BMW 2 Series

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2014 BMW 2 Series Review

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A spiritual successor to BMW’s legendary 2002 coupe, the all-new 2 Series is a fresh face in the burgeoning field of entry-level luxury cars.

Taking the place last year’s 1 Series line, the 2014 BMW 2 Series embodies a more sophisticated demeanor while holding true to BMW’s established brand pillars of safety, efficiency, and dynamism without compromise. The standard 228i strikes a satisfying balance between handling prowess and price, while the sport-oriented M 235i crams big performance numbers into a compact package. Until the next-generation 1 Series sedan arrives sometime in 2017, direct competition for the BMW 2 Series consists of similarly-sized 4-door rivals like the well-rounded Audi A3, stylish Mercedes-Benz CLA, and value-driven Acura ILX.

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If you’re in the market for an agile handling, premium sports coupe with striking good looks and efficient performance, the 2014 BMW 2 Series deserves a test drive. The upscale nature of 2 Series also makes it a viable alternative to current 4 Series shoppers who would gladly sacrifice some interior space for a near-$10,000 savings.

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The Audi A3 and Acura ILX offer the flexibility of four doors as well as seating for five. In addition, comparably-equipped versions of the A3, ILX and CLA 250 undercut the 2 Series by a few thousand dollars.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 BMW 2 Series is 4-seat, 2-door coupe and an all-new nameplate for the U.S. market.

Driving the 2 Series
Driving Impressions

As the only rear-drive car in its class, it should come as little surprise that the BMW 2 Series coupe reigns supreme in the fun-to-drive department.

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... experience isn’t reserved exclusively for the range-topping M 235i either, as the 240-horsepower 228i and its available 6-speed manual gearbox are more than capable of giving dedicated sports cars a run for their money. The combination of tidy dimensions and a tight turning circle make the 2 Series easy to park and maneuver as well. At highway speeds, the cabin is less immune to wind noise than the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA, though neither of which can match the BMW when it comes to stability and overall ride compliance. Despite the fact that 228i models fitted with an automatic transmission earn an EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway rating, we managed to exceed that figure by nearly four marks in real world testing. This places the 2014 228i on the same efficiency plane as the less-powerful CLA 250.

BMW APPS
With BMW Apps, iPhone users can browse their Twitter and Facebook feeds as well as listen to streaming music services like Pandora, MOG and TuneIn Radio all through the optional navigation system display.

PARKING ASSISTANT
It’s no secret that parallel parking is one of the most frustrating aspects of driving. Thankfully, the BMW 2 Series offers a feature called Parking Assistant that can seek out available parking spaces and automatically steer the coupe into a designated spot. Next stop: fully autonomous driving.

2014 BMW 2 Series Details
Interior

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. The latest-generation iDrive terminal (a fixed remote that controls multimedia and connected devices) is relatively easy to use regardless of skill level. There are, however, some cut-rate plastics in evidence, and the sun visors do not extend to block the sun at certain angles. While the Audi A3 and Acura ILX maintain a slight advantage in rear legroom, the 2 Series offers considerably more rear legroom and headroom than the CLA 250.

Exterior
2014 BMW 2 Series photo

Whereas the outgoing 1 Series was undeniably cute, the 2014 BMW 2 Series takes on a distinctly masculine aesthetic to help expand its appeal to male drivers. This edgier appearance is set off with dramatically swept-back headlights, BMW’s now-signature L-shaped taillights, and a more tapered roofline. The M 235i takes that visual profile to the next level with a deeper front apron, larger air intakes, contoured rocker panels, and a unique rear lower valance. On the functionality front, the 2 Series coupe offers a respectable 13.8 cubic feet of trunkspace, besting its Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Acura competitors by a slight margin.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In base form, the 228i comes standard with 8-way manually-adjustable front seats, a 60/40-split rear seat, 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and a 10-speaker audio system with a 6.5-inch display and HD Radio. Although the A3 charges extra for 2 Series standards like a USB port, dual-zone climate control, and rain-sensing windshield wipers, the Audi includes a moonroof, xenon headlights, a 12-way power driver’s seat, and leather upholstery for about $2,000 less than the BMW. The Mercedes-Benz CLA’s standard equipment roster is comparable to that of the 2 Series. In terms of safety, every 2014 2 Series includes eight airbags, a full range of electronic stability aids, and a 10-year subscription to BMW Assist eCall telematics (an embedded telephone with automatic collision notification and 24/7 emergency services).

Optional Equipment

The M Sport and Dynamic Handling Packages for the 228i are designed to close the performance gap on the M 235i. The former includes sport front seats, 18-inch wheels wrapped in performance rubber, and an M Sport steering wheel, while the latter contains all that plus an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio steering and upgraded brakes. There’s also a highly-recommended Driver Assistance package that bundles together a backup camera with active guidelines and front and rear parking sensors.

Under the Hood

Motivating the 2014 BMW 2 Series is a pair of potent but efficient turbocharged engines.

The 228i packs BMW’s 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, while the M 235i comes fitted with a retuned version of the firm’s popular 3.0-liter inline-6. Both engines send power to the rear wheels through a standard 8-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed manual. To help improve fuel economy in the city, all 228i models include an auto-stop/start function that shuts off the engine at complete stops. And, with 240 horsepower, the 228i holds the title as the most powerful base model in its class.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,000-6,500 rpm
255 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/36 mpg (automatic), 22/34 mpg (manual)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
320 horsepower @ 5,800-6,000 rpm
330 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (automatic), 19/28 mpg (manual)

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2014 BMW 2 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.9
Out of 10

Based on 9 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.2/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    10.0/10
    Performance
    10.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.4/10
    Styling
    9.8/10

My favorite BMW yet!

By on Friday, July 15, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "none"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Awesome driving little coupe. Loads of fun, great handling, peppy turbo 4, and aggressive styling. And 35mpg hwy to boot!"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

An Enjoyable Ride

By on Thursday, July 14, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Driving experience and quality."

Cons: "None really."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have had this car for several weeks. I considered the Audi A3 or A5 but, just a personal note, I view them as expensive VWs and my history with VW products is very bad. I had a BMW for three years, 3 series, before I picked up this 228xi and had zero issues. The power and handling of this 228xi is excellent. The build quality seems very high. The interior is a joy, I really like the coral red interior. It really sets the vehicle apart. Very rich looking. I have noticed many, many admiring glances. As another reviewer noted, I find myself really waiting for my morning drive to work and the ride home. The car is really a lot of fun to drive."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

2015 M235xi

By on Saturday, March 19, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great to drive anywhere anytime"

Cons: "Price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I did the Euro delivery on my M235xdrive car last February at the BMW Welt. It was the 2nd time we did Euro delivery and it was just fabulous. We drove through Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the dead of winter and never had any problems driving on snow or in the mountains. The Euro delivery gives you your own travel agent and discounts on hotels etc. I would highly recommend the trip. The only downside is that you do not have your car fro approx. 6 weeks from the time you drop it off until you get it at your dealership. I have had the car for 14 months and I have never had a single problem. I am averaging 23.5 miles to a gallon in the city and 31 mpg on the road. It handles great in snow and ice, rain and sun. The michelin super sport A/S 3 all season tires work great in any road conditions. I have owned BMW's since 1982 (including a 1992 M3 and a 2000 M5) and this is by far the best overall BMW I have owned."

7 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Ultra-high performance with commuter comfort

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 21,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, fit and finish, 32 mpg"

Cons: "No spare tire or temp. guage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has been simply amazing! It is everything one would expect from a mid-range BMW, reliable, comfortable, quiet until pushed hard and amazing power and handling. I really don't know how BMW does it but this just excels in so many ways. Fits like a glove, easy to see out of, great fit and finish, and gets quite a few stares with the aggressive front end and staggered tires. All in all a great car that I have fallen in love with."

8 people out of 14 found this review helpful

This car is AMAZING

By on Thursday, August 6, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "acceleration, handling, feel, looks, sound"

Cons: "the Dakota leather is weird"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

pretty in the AZ sky

"Seriously, when I was looking for BMWs, I looked at all the reviews. Google it, you wont be sorry. I ended up on a waiting list and bought an X3 while I waited for my turn at this car. There was no M2 to speak of yet so this was the way to go. After driving this beauty, I could not find a flaw! The handling, the acceleration, the look, the feel!! The new StingRay couldn't ditch me, she is that good! Unless you are a SERIOUS M fan, you wont need to spend the 55,000 projected starting price on the M2 when it hits showrooms in January 2016, this will put a grin on your face every time you fire up that turbo 6!!"

7 people out of 11 found this review helpful

pretty in the AZ sky

excellent enthusiast car

By on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 230

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "handling and balance"

Cons: "cost of extras and add ons"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"great handling and nimble. reminiscent of the e46, but with much more power and torque. yet very comfortable for a daily drive."

12 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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