2015 BMW 2-Series vs. Its Competition

2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

There’s a new class of compact luxury sports cars on the market, with the Mercedes-Benz CLA and all-new Audi A3 joining the BMW 2-Series.

While the CLA-Class offers a more powerful high-performance option—with a dual-clutch transmission—the rear-drive dynamics of the 2-Series may better suit the enthusiast.

Audi’s A3 and S3 promise similar measures of sport and refinement as the 2-Series, but wrapped in a more techno-modern style that may appeal to some buyers.

Both the CLA-Class and A3 are sedans, however, so the coupe buyer may not care for the extra pair of doors.

Lexus’ IS 250 is also an alternative, though again, it’s a sedan, and it’s significantly less sport-minded than the BMW, especially when the German car is chosen in M235i form.

2015 BMW 2-Series Convertible2015 BMW 2-Series
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2015 Porsche Cayman GTS2015 Porsche Cayman
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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2015 BMW 2-Series is a well-rounded luxury sports coupe with looks, handling, features, and speed that belie its entry-level positioning.
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.
8.2
The 2015 CLA is a small Mercedes done right, with enough of the brand's style and refinement mixed with a dash of youthfulness.
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The 2015 Porsche Cayman remains a focused 911 alternative, at an easier-to-swallow price.
MSRP From   
$32,100$29,900$31,500$52,600
Gas Mileage   
20 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded H-6
EPA Class   
Subcompact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsTwo-Seaters
Style Name   
2-Door Coupe 228i RWD4-Door Sedan FWD 1.8T Premium4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD2-Door Coupe
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4552
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
CoupeSedanSedanCoupe
Transmission   
Automatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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