what's new in BMW 2 Series
the BMW 2 convertible get two new engines with a corresponding name change for the two distinct models, now known as the 230i and M240i.
Impressively quick performance yet fuel-efficient
Handling inspires confidence without sacrificing ride quality
Interior is well made and has a long list of features.
Base models don't always have the features you want.
Backseat is cramped for adults
The 2017 BMW 2 Series is offered with a choice of two different engines.
The 230i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The M240i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder that produces 335 hp and 369 lb-ft.
BMW estimates this latter powertrain will rocket the M240i from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
Rear-wheel drive is standard for the 2 Series, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is available as an option. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, with a six-speed manual offered as a no-cost option on rear-wheel-drive models only.
EPA fuel economy estimates are 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway) for the 230i coupe and 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway) for the 230i convertible.
All-wheel-drive versions of the 230i coupe and 230i convertible come in at 27 mpg combined (24 city/33 highway) and 26 mpg combined (23 city/33 highway), respectively.
EPA estimates for the M240i coupe are 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway) with the automatic transmission and 22 mpg combined (19 city/28 highway) with the manual transmission.
The M240i convertible is rated at 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway) with the automatic and 23 mpg combined (19 city/29 highway) with the manual.
Adding all-wheel drive to either the M240i coupe or convertible gets you 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway).
All 2 Series models have an automatic stop-start function, which shuts off the engine when you're stopped to save fuel.
Automatic-transmission cars also have a launch control feature for full-speed getaways.
On the road, the 2017 BMW 2 Series quickly makes it clear that it's a serious sport coupe.
The 2 Series suspension does an exemplary job of smoothing out rough pavement, even with the available adjustable dampers dialed in to their firmest setting. In terms of handling, the 2 Series seems as docile as any other small premium car in ordinary driving, yet it delivers a thoroughly engaging driving experience on a winding stretch of road thanks to precise steering and carefully controlled body roll.
In short, the combination of civilized ride quality and crisp handling make this compact car everything you expect from a real BMW.
Even the four-cylinder 230i offers acceleration lively enough to satisfy the vast majority of buyers. The M240i's new 3.0-liter six-cylinder delivers startling performance that shows what 335 hp beneath the hood of a small car can really do.
The smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission performs well, but it's nice to see BMW still offers the six-speed manual gearbox as a no-cost option for those who prefer a more hands-on driving style.
Slip inside the 2017 BMW 2 Series and you'll find highly adjustable sport seats that provide good support in spirited driving and above-average comfort on extended jaunts.
The rear seats are as cramped as you'd expect from a car this size, making them best suited to small children or as a place to stash a jacket, purse or backpack.
In terms of ambiance, the passenger cabin is attractive, functional and especially quiet in hardtop form, and it features good quality materials. The BMW iDrive infotainment system that's used to call up various settings on the standard 6.5-inch display (or the optional 8.8-inch screen that comes with the Technology package) responds quickly to inputs, though in our experience it takes a few more twirls of the control knob and a couple of extra clicks to accomplish common tasks than similar systems from competing manufacturers.
Out back, the 2 Series hardtop offers a decent-sized trunk with 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The convertible's trunk checks in with just about 9 cubic feet.
Standard safety equipment on the 2017 BMW 2 Series includes four-wheel antilock disc brakes, and special brake technology not only compensates for fade in high-performance driving but also keeps the brakes dry and responsive in wet weather.
Traction and stability control are standard, as is hill start assist for manual-transmission cars.
Front-seat side airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags (coupe only) are also standard.
Optional safety equipment includes front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, lane departure warning system, and forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking.
During Edmunds testing, the 2016 version of the 228i M Sport came to a stop from 60 mph in 111 feet, a better-than-average performance.
Last year's M235i was even more impressive thanks to its high-performance tires, performing the same task in only 106 feet (104 feet for the convertible).
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the 2 Series its top rating of Good in the small-overlap front-impact, moderate-overlap front-impact, side-impact and roof strength crash tests. The seat and head restraint design was also rated Good for whiplash protection in rear impacts.