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Ottawa Auto Show: 2015 BMW 2 Series

Published on March 19 2015

''And while the BMW 2 Series might be the smallest in the lineup, the use of interior space is generous''

While it was a sad day when BMW announced the 1 Series would no longer be, they made sure to follow up quickly with the birth of the 2 Series, which came in as its replacement. The 2 Series offer just as much spunk, attitude and dynamism as the 1 Series, which just a tad more space. Oh, and there’s an M version too… 

Granted, the M235i isn’t a real M car, it still offers more power and performance than the base 2 Series models, and it’s aesthetically more aggressive as well -- and it’s even available in coupe or convertible guise, and rear- and all-wheel drive. 

As for the other non-M models in the 2 Series lineup, there is only one: a 228i that’s available as a coupe (with or without xDrive) and a cabriolet. The 228i is equipped with a 2.0L inline-4 engine that’s good for 241 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. Opt for the M version (M235i) and you’ll see that engine size increases to a 3.0L inline-6 TwinPower turbocharged mill that’ll give you 322 horsepower and 332 lb-ft of torque.   

Unless you opt for an xDrive version, power is sent to the real wheels of each 2 Series model, and you can chose between an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters and a 6-speed manual. 

With stiff competition coming from the likes of Merc’s brand new CLA, the added available cabriolet version of the 2 Series really sets it apart. Not only is this a dynamic, performance-driven vehicle from the Bavarian giant, but it also offers a model that lets you drop the top and enjoy the blissful summer months.  Said roof is cloth and takes mere seconds to retract of replace. 

And while the BMW 2 Series might be the smallest in the lineup, the use of interior space is generous and you’ll not be hard-pressed to find a comfortable seat in the 2 Series, even if it’s not in the driver’s seat.

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