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2016 BMW 2 Series Review

By Matt Zimmerman


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2016 BMW 2 Series

BMW 2 Series is among the luxury vehicles of the time. It comes in two different models, 228i and M235i.  228i has the 2.0 L 4 cylinder turbo-charged engine while the M235i is equipped with 3.0 L 6 cylinder turbo- charged engine. Both the cars have the efficiency of the DOHC intercooler technology. 2016 BMW 2 Series is an extraordinary combination of speed, luxury, and safety which is one the of the major reasons behind its popularity.

BMW AG (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG) has the history of developing luxury vehicles. Beside street-legal vehicles, BMW has even ruled the Pro-Am and Pro racing tracks. The massive line of production units of the BMW holds distinction in every setup of the motoring. It has different sections for the creation of the electronic cars, mini cars, and the luxuries. However, not to mention, Rolls – Royce Motor Cars are owned by BMW.

BMW 2 Series is considered to be the successor of the BMW 1 Series, while M235i matches the specifications of the BMW 1 Series. Interior, as well as some portions of the exterior, demonstrate that 2 Series is certainly based on the costume of the 1 Series.

2016 BMW 2 Series is a semi-luxury sports car and the pricing begins from $32,850. Pretty decent on the paddle, the eco-luxury version of the BMW is evenly decent on the wallet.


2.0 L and 3.0 L8 – speed automatic

6 – speed manual

240 hp and 320 hp255 lb – ft and 330 lb – ft
0 – 62 MPHTop SpeedBody StyleMPG
5.3s and 4.4s155 mph (250 km/h)Coupe


22 City/ 34 Highway


Hood of 2016 BMW 2 Series

The car comes in two different driving versions; the all-wheel – drive and front wheel drive. Generally, the 2 Series is the front wheel drive cars. But in exceptional circumstances, the car can be tuned to the BMW xDrive which enables the car with all-wheel – drive. In all-wheel – drive the distributed ratio of power is 40:60.

The turbocharged engines give a smart boost to the performance of the car. The gasoline engines have the power to pick a sharper acceleration in a minimal time frame of 4.4 seconds. Preferably this makes the 2 Series a sports car.

The “i” letter in the model of the car shows that it has the capacity of the hybrid performance. Both the models of the 2 Series are capable of driving with the electric power over the battery and can smoothly ride up to 30 – 35 mph. It has 4 driving modes, while one of them definitely concise with the hybrid tech. The city drive version with the adaptive cruise control technology makes the car ride over the economy.

Germans lead the world with their spectacular steer – engineering. BMW 2 Series can drive smoothly over curly roads and country paths as it has smoothest steering control systems. The all – on – own drive scenario makes the steering more fun when driving over twisty roads.


BMW M235i
2016 BMW 2 Series Exterior

The classy exterior of the 2016 BMW 2 Series, gives a dashing look like a luxurious sports car. The attractive headlights, smart use of curves, netted opening in front bumper and aerodynamics have played a good role in beautifying the cosmetics of the car.

Well, if the vehicle is taken in for speed and performance, it is an outclass. But it is not preferable for domestic driving. Carrying seniors and kids along with the trunk full of load, makes the competitors rule the road. 2 Series have a pretty huge trunk, as compared to the hatchbacks and some other coupes. But the trunk opening is a bit smaller. This becomes the catch in the car.

The increased size of the wheels and tires provide more road grip, allowing the driver to ride smoothly over uneven paths. Beside road grip, alloy, and solid metals have allowed it to lose 15% of the weight than its ancestors.


Interior of 2016 BMW 2 Series

You have to be shorter than 6’ to fit in the rear seats of the car. It has pretty smart and adjustable seats in the front. But when it goes at the back, you have to be smarter even. When riding in a 2 Series, the passenger will always wish to be the driver.

Besides the seating capacity at the back, the car is equipped with the weather settings device at the back even. It enables the back seat passengers to adjust the climate control.


Features of 2016 BMW 2 Series

Generally, the infotainment system in most of the cars comes with the size of 6” screen. However, 2016 BMW 2 Series has got a 6.5” and 8” screen on the infotainment system. GPS, Bluetooth and smartphone support is a common culture in the vehicles today. But the best support is that which equals in all the territories. BMW 2 Series GPS not just works in the originated places. But it has been equipped with the transmissions of almost all the territories of the world.


2016 BMW 2 Series Safety

The 2016 BMW 2 Series is amongst the best 10 vehicles in the world having safest driving packages. Besides the conventional airbags and RTA predictors, 2 Series have been equipped with the Radar Sensors. It detects the pedestrians and warns the driver about the minimal system. Moreover, automatic braking and Anti – Lock Disc Brake feature is common in the semi-luxury sports cars of today.

The Radar Sensors have even helped the electronic design. The RTA predictors are installed on the front and back bumpers.  It enables the driver to learn about the minimal distance from the approaching or reaching an object.

See Also: Top 10 Safest Cars


Acura ILX

2016 BMW 2 Series has got a huge reception from the speed lovers. The driver seat has added more to this heat. But when coming to the competition, the price level of 2 Series is a bit higher than the competitors. We do find a competitor which is the Acura’s Sedan ILX having mediocre specifications and a lower price level. Though Mercedes CLA Class and Audi’s semi-luxury cruiser is even some sort of the competitors. But the competition laid in class and luxury by Acura ILX is worthwhile.

2016 BMW 2 Series has been rated as 95% favorite car for the American drivers. While when it comes to global rating, it has been rated as the 98% best car on the globe. For a fair advice, before investing in some other semi-luxury sports car, do give BMW 2 Series a look. It has the potential.

On the other hand, you may also check out our review of the BMW 3 series.



About Matt Zimmerman

Matt is no stranger to the automotive world, writing about cars since 2008 as a contributor for several huge automotive websites such as Car and Driver, AutoEvolution, Motor1, CarAdvice or MotorTrend. A true fan of everything with wheels, his garage includes a dozen of different cars, including an old BMW M3 and a Tesla Model S. Learn more about GCB's Editorial Process.

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