2014 BMW 2-Series Review

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Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

The 2014 BMW 2-Series takes the former 1-Series Coupe into more mature, well-equipped, design-forward territory.

The BMW 1-Series Coupe is no more--but it's being replaced by the new 2-Series. Longer, wider, and roomier, as well as slightly more expensive, the new 2014 BMW 2-Series Coupe offers familiar drivetrains and styling in an improved, upgraded package.

Smoother, sleeker, and sportier are the buzzwords for the new 2-Series. Building on the proportions of the previous 1-Series Coupe, the slightly larger 2-Series wears its curves and angles with more grace; the sometimes-awkward angles of the 1-Series are gone. The proportionately long hood, arched roof, and stubby tail echo the former 1-Series, but are wrapped in flowing curves and undulating surfaces that reflect influence from the larger 4-Series Coupe.

Inside, the cabin has been updated as well, with a split design that places a clear emphasis on the driver. As with the larger BMWs, a range of trim and appearance packages offer customizable look and feel for the discerning driver.

At launch, two engines will be offered: the 228i gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine rated at 240 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque; the M235i gets BMW's 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, rated at 322 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque in this application. Both can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. In 228i form, the new coupe accelerates to 60 mph in 5.4 seconds when equipped with the automatic; the M235i auto hits 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds.

Despite the extra power of the M235i, both score similar gas mileage figures. Both models get their best numbers with the automatic transmission, the 228i scoring 23 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 27 mpg combined. With the manual gearbox, the 228i rates 22/34/26 mpg. The M235i with the eight-speed auto scores 22 mpg city, 32 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined; with the manual, it's good for 19/28/22 mpg.

With the larger exterior dimensions of the new 2-Series Coupe comes more interior space, too. The tight rear seat of the previous 1-Series grows with an additional 0.8 inches of leg room. That's not likely enough to make it truly comfortable for most adults, but it should improve short-trip suitability. A special Easy Entry function for the front seats improves rear-seat accessibility, while the door entry itself grows by 0.4 inches. Taller drivers (and passengers) will also appreciate a similar increase in front-seat head room.

The trunk space in the 2-Series also grows with its overall size, with an opening that's 1.5 inches wider than before, growing by 0.7 cubic feet to 13.8 cubic feet total. The rear seat is a 60/40 split-folding unit that folds down to allow larger cargo. Around the cabin, two cupholders, large door pockets, and a glove box offer space for smaller items.

As for features, the 2014 BMW 2-Series promises a setup worthy of the brand, including optional navigation with iDrive, a touch-sensitive console controller, a central display up to 8.8 inches wide, a wide array of driver assistance and connected services, and several advanced safety features. High-end entertainment and electronics are also available, including a Harmon Kardon HiFi audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, and more.

The 2014 BMW 2-Series hasn't yet been crash-tested by either the National Highway Traffic Safety Ad ministration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The BMW 2-Series makes its global debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next January, and goes on sale shortly afterward at a starting price of $33,025 for the 228i and $44,025 for the M235i (prices include $925 destination and handling fee).

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March 31, 2016
2014 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe 228i RWD

Sweet machine

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We previously had a 2003 BMW 330i and it was getting up in the miles - 130,000+ - so we started looking for a replacement. We wanted something about the same size - a coupe - so we had to choose between the 2... + More »
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June 1, 2015
2014 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe M235i RWD

best daily driver that I have ever owned

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Fun car to drive with great styling and performance.
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April 28, 2015
2014 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe 228i RWD

Great value and bag for the buck.

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I'm a former 328i Sport owner who just moved into a new 228i Sport. Pleasantly surprised that the 228 seems quieter and smoother riding then the 328i, but still manages to have better dynamics. The stop/start... + More »
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April 13, 2015
For 2014 BMW 2-Series

The fun to drive factor/performance of my M235i is off the chart's.

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I have owned my M235i bimmer for one year. I haven't put a lot of miles on it, but so far have had no issues with the car. I feel the build quality is excellent. Front passengers have great comfort and room... + More »
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October 3, 2016
2016 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe M235i RWD

Most fun of any car I have owned.

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Really enjoy the size and the power. Much like the e46 2001 I had.
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October 22, 2015
2016 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe 228i RWD SULEV

True to the BMW tradition

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Have owned several BMWs over the years (my first was the 1600 from 1968.) The 2 Series compensates for what BMW's other series have become: bloated and cushy to satisfy American tastes. When I recently drove... + More »
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October 12, 2015
2016 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Convertible 228i xDrive AWD

Way better than my Audi A3

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Rides better, transmission better, LCD controls easier to use and understand.
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August 15, 2016
2015 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe 228i RWD

Perfection on wheels.

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As an old guy, 75, I still like to go fast in a car that handles well. My 228i has the MSport and Track Paks and is everything I could ask for in a car. The acceleration is very quick and it reaches triple... + More »
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June 22, 2015
2015 BMW 2-Series 2-Door Coupe M235i RWD

Owesome car

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Plenty of power and control, the only problem I encounter will probably be the tires, didnt get the michellin, the ones I gat are too hard and slipery, not enough traction for the kind of power this car has... + More »
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April 29, 2015
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Quality, comfort, quite, reliable SUV

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RX350 is my 2nd Lexus car. My 1st Lexus is 2000 EX300 and very reliable for 15 years. This Rx350 has well design exterior|interior. The interior has many considered features such as driver side cup holder. The... + More »
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