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2014 BMW 2-Series Review

The new-for-2014 BMW 2 Series ranks high in a competitive class thanks to its excellent overall performance and high safety scores. However, its coupe body style limits passenger space. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful pair of engines
  • Agile handling
  • Good safety scores
  • Small back seat




Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.5
Safety: 10.0
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2014 BMW 2-Series Overview

Is the 2014 BMW 2 Series a Good Used Car?

With potent turbocharged engines and dynamic handling, the 2 Series is one of the purest BMWs available in terms of performance. This coupe luxury small car isn't ideal for family duty, but a simple and upscale interior along with plenty of features make the 2 Series an attractive choice for those who want a spirited and engaging daily driver.

Used 2014 BMW 2 Series Performance and Interior

The 2014 BMW 2 Series is available with one of two engines: a turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, and a turbocharged inline-six that puts out 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. Both deliver satisfying amounts of muscle for most driving situations, including pushing the pedal hard to merge into highway traffic. You can find either 2 Series version with a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. Fuel economy estimates range from 23 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway for a 228i with an automatic transmission down to 19/28 mpg city/highway for an M235i with a manual. 

The rear-wheel-drive 2 Series provides commendable performance. It can slice through corners with precision and balance, and it communicates a good amount of road feedback. Available performance upgrades include sport steering, an adaptive M Sport Suspension, and M Sport brakes.

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The 2 Series only seats four people on standard SensaTec leatherette upholstery. Some used 2 Series models may have full leather, power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, or sport seats. There is plenty of space for the driver and front passenger, and the available sport seats provide good side bolstering and support. The back seat is unsurprisingly cramped and better left to smaller occupants. The 2 Series has two complete LATCH car-seat connections in its second row. 

Standard features in the base BMW 2 Series 228i include alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a USB port, HD Radio, push-button start, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display screen. Other available features include a heated steering wheel, a moonroof, proximity key entry, satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround sound audio system, Bluetooth audio streaming, a rearview camera, parking sensors, and navigation with an 8.8-inch display screen. The iDrive system takes some time to learn, utilizing a physical control knob instead of a touch screen. Once you're familiar with it, the interface is user-friendly and functions well. 

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Used 2014 BMW 2 Series Prices

Average prices of a used 2014 2 Series range from around $22,200 for a base 228i to about $31,700 for the M235i. What you end up paying will depend on the car's mileage, features, and location, as well as where you live. Prices can also fluctuate with demand.

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We researched and analyzed an array of professional reviews alongside safety and reliability data, cost of ownership estimates, and much more to help you decide if the 2014 2 Series is the right used car for you. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW 2 Series?

J.D. Power and Associates gives the 2014 2 Series a reliability score of 3.5 out of five, which is just above the industry-wide average of three out of five.

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How Safe Is the 2 Series?

The 2014 2 Series received the highest rating of Good in all five individual crash tests at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There are no standard driver assistance features in the 2 Series, but some models may have adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, parking sensors, a rearview camera, parallel parking assist, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. 

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Should I Consider Another Used 2 Series?

The BMW 2 Series debuted for the 2014 model year, replacing the outgoing 1 Series coupe. While 2014 models will likely be cheaper than successive versions, they lack the upgrades made shortly after. The 2015 model year saw the introduction of a convertible and available all-wheel drive, while 2016 debuted the high-performance M2 coupe and additional standard equipment for the M235i.  

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Which Used BMW 2 Series Is Right for Me?

The 2014 2 Series is available in two trim levels: 228i and M235i. Features availability is similar between models, and the extra engine power from the M235i likely won't make much of a difference for most shoppers. Your best bet is to shop for a 228i, but you'll want to find a model with some added packages, such as the Premium package, which adds leather seats, power-adjustable front seats, a moonroof, and satellite radio. The Driver Assistance package is a highlight too, with a rearview camera and parking sensors.

For more peace of mind, consider a certified pre-owned 2 Series. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully. 

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2014 BMW 2 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 2 Series or 2014 BMW 3 Series?

The 2 Series slots under the 2014 BMW 3 Series as the brand's entry-level model, and it is more straightforward in what it offers. While the 2 Series is only available as a coupe and with two engine options, the 3 Series is a sedan that's also available in wagon and hatchback variants, with rear- or all-wheel drive. The 3 Series has several engine options that range in power from 180 to 300 horsepower, including fuel-efficient diesel and hybrid variants. Average list prices and predicted ownership costs are relatively comparable between these models. The 3 Series has slightly better reliability ratings, and it's seating for five and roomy second row make it a more practical choice for a daily driver. 

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 2 Series or 2014 BMW 4 Series?

Among the Bimmers that dominate our upscale small car rankings, you should also consider the 2014 BMW 4 Series. For this model year, BMW spun off the 3 Series into this new coupe model line. The 4 Series leads the class in overall performance, with raucous engine power and even better handling than the 3 Series, thanks to its lower and wider stance. However, it costs more to buy and own than the 2 Series. 

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 2 Series or 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

Like the 2 Series, the 2014 Mercedes CLA-Class was an all-new entry-level model for this year. However, the BMW is the better car. Average purchase prices and ownership costs are higher for the CLA, but it gets barely better reliability ratings. Both cars have a small back seat, and the Mercedes' infotainment system isn't as intuitive as BMW's iDrive. The front-wheel-drive CLA is fun to drive, but it doesn't match the overall athleticism of the rear-drive 2 Series. Ride quality in the CLA is harsh, especially in the performance AMG version.

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