2015 BMW 2 Series - The Other BMW

No later than last year, the BMW 2 series took its rightful place in the BMW lineup, giving the 1 series the boot.

The new entry-level coupe is an insight into everything its bigger sisters are, in a smaller package.

For 2015, BMW has moved forward with the design introduced a little over a year ago. The sleek, elegant, and well-proportioned silhouette will drive into the new year in its coupe form. A convertible version is also available. Also offered under the M banner, the M235i goes a little further in terms of style and sports specialized bumpers, side skirts, 18-inch alloy wheels, and chrome exhaust pipes. 

Everything in the BMW 2 series screams ‘‘take me for a drive.’’ From the sleek and minimalist tool cluster to the almost empty-looking center console to the electric, bucket front seats, and cabin ergonomics, it’s all about the driver. Though the car remains pretty roomy for a compact coupe, seating at the back can be quite limited for adult sized passengers. Access has been simplified thanks to the “Easy Entry” function, so that rear passengers aren’t entirely ruled out. However, cargo volume is more than reasonable considering the format of the car with 390 liters of space, a 20-liter increase on the 1 series.

Features such as navigation, complete infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera with Park Assist Distance, heated steering wheel, etc., are only some of the options available on the 228i. The M235i receives a little extra to add to its athletic nature, such as a special tool cluster, M branded gear lever and steering wheel, and much more. Either versions remain modest in terms of electronic driving assists, keeping the technologies to a minimum and focusing the attention on the driving experience.

There are two versions available of the BMW 2 series: the entry-level 228i that comes equipped with a 4 cylinder, 2.0L twin-turbo engine that still manages to give a 241 hp kick and 258 lb-ft of torque. With it, you have a choice of a standard 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifts. The same transmission options apply to the M235i, but are teamed with a 3.0L, 6 cylinder engine that produces an output of 322 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.

New in 2015 is the option of switching the rear-wheel drive to the xDrive, all-wheel drive layout, available on both versions of the 2 series. The only thing left to do is pick the colour that is just right for you. Come have a look at the new 2015 BMW 2 series and take it for a spin at Elite BMW.

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