2014 BMW 2-Series vs. Its Competition

2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2014 BMW 2-Series is rather unusual among the subcompact luxury coupe class, as it packs punchy turbo engines, but offers less focus on sporting performance than some.

Compared to the new ranks of small luxury sedans, its tight back seat and two-door layout is less useful, but perhaps more stylish.

The all-new 2015 Audi A3 promises to be one of the more practical bets in pint-sized premium cars, with a four-door layout and Audi's typical attention to detail, though it's a bit less sporty until you upgrade to the S3 version.

Mercedes-Benz's CLA Class likewise offers four doors for its four seats, but the four-door-coupe profile limits the size and utility of the second row.

In AMG form, the CLA is even sportier than the M235i, and comes with standard all-wheel drive--and it's priced just about the same.

Porsche's Cayman is a premium two-door, but it's a two-seater only, and in an entirely different class of performance--and price.

The Lexus IS 250C may be the 2-Series' closest natural competitor though it tends more toward luxury than performance.

The Lexus is beginning to show its age, too, but convertible lovers will enjoy the folding hardtop, regardless.

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Quick Specs
The 2014 BMW 2-Series takes the former 1-Series Coupe into more mature, well-equipped, design-forward territory.
8.0
The 2015 Audi A3 and S3 put more pressure on "premium" small sedans, with real prestige in their badges and real potential in their spec sheets.
9.0
The 2014 Porsche Cayman adds power, lightness, and comfort improving on the strengths of the last generation while fixing the weaknesses.
MSRP From   
$32,100$29,900$42,860$52,600
Gas Mileage   
22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe 228i RWD4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Prestige250C 2-Door Convertible2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4542
Passenger Doors   
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Body Style   
CoupeSedanConvertibleCoupe
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD