Authoritative acceleration; modest fuel consumption; capable handling; refined ride; premium interior; available all-wheel drive; top safety scores
Tight back seat; M235i's questionable value
The 2 Series convertible debuts, and all-wheel drive is now optional on most models. Otherwise, the 2 Series receives just minor feature changes. See the 2015 BMW 2 Series models for sale near you
Stick with the 228i. It's a modern BMW, and it's a heck of a bargain, too. Find a BMW 2 Series for sale
The 2015 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 an $1,800 option on all models except for the rear-wheel-drive-only M235i convertible.
The base 228i coupe ($33,050) comes standard with the turbo 4-cylinder engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, push-button ignition, manually adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, iPod/USB connectivity and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in screen.
The 228i convertible ($38,850) substitutes a power-retractable soft top in black, brown or Anthracite with silver accents.
The M235i coupe ($44,050) adds a slew of features, including the turbo 6-cylinder engine, 18-in M-designed wheels, an adaptive M Sport suspension, upgraded brakes, variable-ratio steering, adaptive xenon headlights, a sunroof, 10-way power front sport seats with driver memory, a sport instrument cluster and dynamic cruise control.
The M235i convertible ($48,650) shares the 228i convertible's soft top.
The 228i offers a wider range of options than its high-performance sibling does. You can dress up the aesthetics and handling with the Sport Line package (18-in alloys, sporty styling cues, excellent manual 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 it also includes the adaptive suspension if you decide against the M Sport package.
All 2 Series models offer Premium and Technology packages that provide the latest in luxury and gadgetry, along with a stand-alone 12-speaker Harmon Kardon audio system. Numerous other options and packages are available.
Trunk space is a 2 Series strength, measuring just under 14 cu ft. for the coupe, which is a lot of space for a little 2-door car. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which BMW says is enough to accommodate the all-important 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||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
Ford Mustang -- The reinvented 2015 Mustang has some European looks and manners to go with its all-American attitude.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe -- It may be in the twilight of its career, but the Genesis Coupe offers more power and torque than the 228i does and for less coin.
Scion FR-S -- Can you do without some of the BMW's refinement? If so, the slower, louder FR-S will reward you with superior handling. It's that good.