Forceful acceleration; modest fuel consumption; capable handling; refined ride; premium interior; optional all-wheel drive; top safety scores
Costly options; cramped back seat
Updated engines with minor power hikes turn the previous 228i into the 230i and the former 235i into the 240i. The once-optional Sport Line package (18-inch alloy wheels, sporty styling touches and excellent manual-adjusting sport front seats) has become standard, and what was the Technology options package is now called Navigation. Other options for 2017 include wireless smartphone charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot. See the 2017 BMW 2 Series models for sale near you
There's also an M2 coupe (reviewed separately), which might be the dream choice, but the M240i gets pretty close. Whether you go for the hardtop or the soft-top version is down to your preferences, as is engine preference. Just don't go crazy with the options. Find a BMW 2 Series for sale
The 2017 BMW 2 Series is offered as a coupe or a soft-top convertible in either 230i or M240i trim. The xDrive all-wheel-drive system is a $2,000 option on all models.
The 230i coupe ($34,145) comes standard with the turbo 4-cylinder engine, 17-in alloy wheels, fog lights, 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 230i convertible ($39,945) has a power retractable soft-top in black, brown or Anthracite with silver accents.
The M240i coupe ($45,445) adds more features, including the turbo 6-cylinder engine, 18-in M-designed wheels, an 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 dynamic cruise control.
The M240i convertible ($50,045) shares the 230i convertible's soft top.
The 230i offers a wider range of options than its high-performance sibling. The M Sport package makes the 230i more sporty, with a lowered suspension, 18-in M-specific wheels, an aerodynamic kit and an M steering wheel. The Track Handling package brings an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio steering and upgraded brakes.
All models offer packages that provide the latest in luxury and gadgetry, along with a standalone 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system. Various other options are available, such as navigation, heated front seats, parking sensors, self-parking, rearview camera and a limited-slip differential for the M240i.
Trunk space is a 2 Series strength, measuring 13.8 cu ft. in the coupe -- generous for a compact car. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which BMW says is enough to accommodate a pair of golf bags.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Maintenance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
2017 Audi TT -- It starts out with a higher price than the 230i coupe and even less room for rear passengers, but it's compact, sporty and German.
2017 Chevrolet Camaro -- This is the closest any mainstream American sports machine has come to a European-style driving experience, especially with the relatively new 2.0 turbo engine.
2017 MINI Cooper -- This one isn't endowed with rear-wheel drive or generous amounts of power, but it still has a combination of compact dimensions and a high fun factor.