This BMW 2 Series video review includes information, specs and driving impressions about the 228i and M235i coupes. We discuss performance, handling, fuel economy, pricing, interior space and how it compares to other sport coupes. For more information, read the 2014 BMW 2 Series review.
There are two models. This 228i comes with a 2.0-liter 240-horsepower turbo-4. A pair of sport packages adds bigger wheels, adaptive suspension and steering, a variety of styling changes, and some of the best sport seats on the planet.
The upgrade engine is once again a 3.0-liter turbo-6, but it now produces 320 hp and is only available in the M235i model with the full menu of those performance extras. Think of it as a sort of quasi 1 M. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on both models, but a six-speed manual is a no-cost option.
As you'd expect from a BMW sport coupe, the 2 Series is fantastic to drive. All of its controls are responsive and make you feel truly connected to the car. But what sets it apart, especially from the old 1 Series, is how simultaneously grown-up and comfortable it is. With the optional adaptive sport suspension in Comfort mode, it feels as luxurious as a 5 Series. Put it in Sport and Sport Plus, and not only does the ride firm up, but the steering and throttle also sharpen to make it feel like an entirely different car. Other BMWs have a similar setup, but this is the best yet.
Like the 1 Series, the 2 is only available — for now — as a coupe, but it's gained some interior and cargo space. Now, that doesn't mean it's spacious — the backseat is pretty cramped — but it has an airier feel than a lot of luxury coupes have and much better visibility. Plus, its generous 13.8-cubic-foot trunk is the same as a Mercedes CLA's.
Unfortunately, you don't get a lot for your money. Many competitors are either similarly equipped and cheaper, or similarly priced and better equipped. In other words, its value is questionable, but the amount of fun you can have behind the wheel is not.