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The redesigned BMW 2 Series is bigger, more powerful, and a little bit heavier, and incorporates the latest performance, safety, and infotainment technology in the automaker's compact coupe. Available either as the rear-wheel-drive 230i coupe powered by a 255-hp turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine or the all-wheel-drive M240i XDrive powered by a 382-hp turbo inline-six, the 2 Series can go from zero to 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 mph with the right options selected.
Active safety and driver assistance features such as FCW, AEB, and adaptive cruise control are standard on both versions of the car, and upgrades such as head-up display, digital instruments, and adaptive suspension are available. The 2 Series goes on sale in November.
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2021
This small coupe is exhilarating to drive, with razor-sharp handling and a sporty feel that is missing in other recent BMWs. The 230i is the base version and comes with a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine; the uplevel M240i has a terrific 335-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder that responds instantly to every prod of the throttle.
The transmissions are slick and super-responsive. The excellent front seats are very supportive, but the rear seats are tight. Interior appointments are first-rate, and the iDrive control system is logical once mastered. All-wheel drive and a convertible are available. FCW and AEB are standard. The four-door Gran Coupe rides on a completely different platform, which is shared with the X1 and X2.
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2014-2020
2014 Redesign Year
The small 2 Series coupe and convertible has razor-sharp handling and a sense of immediacy that is unlike other recent BMWs, which seem to focus more on luxury and comfort. The 228i comes with a 240-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the up-level M235i we tested has a terrific 320-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder.
Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The excellent front seats are surrounded with ample space, but the rear seats remain very cramped. Interior appointments are first rate but the iDrive unified control system remains a bit of a pain to learn and use. . A sportier, more-powerful M2 version arrived in 2016. Updates for 2017 brought a change in nomenclature, with the base 228i becoming the 230i and powered by a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Changes for 2020 included the Gran Coupe 4-door versions, 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive, which were based on a different, less performance-oriented platform.
$32,975 - $49,625
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$30,875 - $47,175
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$27,825 - $41,875
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$24,725 - $37,350
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$19,275 - $30,800
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$16,450 - $25,575
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$14,825 - $22,725
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