Forceful acceleration; modest fuel consumption; capable handling; refined ride; premium interior; available all-wheel drive; top safety scores
Tight back seat; costly options
The all-wheel-drive M235i xDrive Convertible is a fresh model for this year. Sport seats have become standard in the 228i. Features from the previously optional Premium bundle have been absorbed into the M235i's inventory of standard equipment. And a Luxury package with chrome exterior accents has been introduced. See the 2016 BMW 2 Series models for sale near you
There's a lot of fun in taking a less powerful car to its limits, as opposed to having a more powerful car and never getting the chance to really explore its abilities, so no one will think badly of you if you buy the 228i. But if you could afford either model, you should test drive them both and then make a choice. Find a BMW 2 Series for sale
The 2016 BMW 2 Series is offered as a coupe or soft-top convertible in either 228i or M235i trim. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is a $2,000 option on all models.
The 228i Coupe ($33,845) comes standard with the turbo 4-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a push-button ignition, manually adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connectivity and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in screen.
The 228i Convertible ($39,645) substitutes a power-retractable soft-top in black, brown or Anthracite with silver accents.
The M235i Coupe ($45,145) adds more features, including the turbo 6-cylinder engine, 18-in M-designed wheels, the adaptive M Sport suspension, a sport exhaust, upgraded brakes, variable-ratio steering, adaptive xenon headlights, a sunroof, a rear spoiler, 10-way power front sport seats with driver memory, a sport instrument cluster and BMW's dynamic cruise control.
The M235i Convertible ($49,745) shares the 228i Convertible's soft-top.
The 228i offers a wider range of options than its high-performance sibling. The aesthetics and handling are enhanced with the Sport Line package (18-in alloys, sporty styling touches and excellent manual-adjusting sport front seats), while the M Sport package takes the 228i even closer to the M235i's standard state of tune, including an adaptive suspension. The Track Handling package equips the 228i with the M car's variable-ratio steering and upgraded brakes and includes the adaptive suspension (should you decide against the M Sport package).
All models offer packages that provide the latest in luxury and gadgetry, along with a stand-alone 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system. Various other options are available, such as navigation, heated front seats, parking sensors, self-parking, a rearview camera and a limited-slip differential for the M235i.
Trunk space is a strength for the 2 Series: The coupe has 13.8 cu ft. of space, which is generous for a compact car. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which BMW says is enough to accommodate a pair of golf bags.
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2016 Audi TT -- The TT starts out with a higher price than the 228i coupe and even less room for rear passengers, but it's compact, sporty and German.
2016 Chevrolet Camaro -- The Camaro is the closest any mainstream American sports machine has come to a European-style driving experience, especially with its new 2.0-liter turbo engine.
Used BMW M3 -- The M3 comes with a choice of sedan, coupe or convertible body styles, plus a ton of driving pleasure.