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2015 BMW 2-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 2 Series is one of the highest-ranked luxury small cars. It combines lively engine power with an engaging ride, and it earns a superb reliability rating to boot.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Potent powertrains
  • Great safety and reliability ratings
  • Cramped rear seats

Rankings & Awards

The 2015 BMW 2-Series's #1 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Luxury Small Cars category. It was a finalist for our 2015 Best Upscale Small Car for the Money award. Currently the BMW 2-Series has a score of 8.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.8
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 10.0
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2015 BMW 2-Series Overview

Is the 2015 BMW 2 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2015 2 Series is an excellent luxury small car that features a powerful duo of engines, with 240 or 320 horsepower, depending on which engine you pick. With its tight handling, it’s also a joy to drive. Inside, the 2 Series boasts luxurious interior materials and easy-to-use infotainment controls. However, rear-seat space is in short supply. 

Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 26 BMW 2 Series reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2015 BMW 2 Series?

Based on listings for the 2015 BMW 2 Series on our site, the average list price is $26,700, which is a little high for the class. Prices range from $19,700 to $33,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW 2 Series Cost to Own?

The 2015 BMW 2 Series' five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $30,980, or $6,196 per year. That's about average for a luxury small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 2 Series?

At $35,300, the starting price of the 2019 2 Series is well above the average price of a used 2015 2 Series. That said, there are some notable changes that may be worth the extra costs for some shoppers. The 2019 2 Series comes with more standard advanced safety features, such as lane departure warning, daytime pedestrian monitoring, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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There are a few new luxury small cars within the 2015 Series' price range, including the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which has a starting MSRP of $32,500. This Benz features a peppy turbocharged engine, quality interior materials, and an intuitive infotainment system.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 2 Series Is Best?

The 2015 BMW 2 Series is part of a generation that debuted with the 2014 model. For the 2015 model year, all-wheel drive and a new convertible body style became available. BMW added a performance-oriented M2 trim for 2016. The 2017 2 Series received a boost in horsepower for its first two trims, and wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hot spot became available. BMW made power-adjustable front seats, LED headlights, and LED fog lights standard for the 2018 model year.

It may not come with as many features and as much horsepower as some new models, but most shoppers should be content with the 2015 BMW 2 Series. It’s less expensive to purchase, but it's still very potent and well-equipped.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW 2 Series?

The 2015 BMW 2 Series has an above-average reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW 2 Series Recalls

At the time of writing, there are no recalls for the 2015 BMW 2 Series. Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used BMW 2 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 2 Series comes in two trims: 228i and M235i. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive (also known as xDrive) is available.

The base 228i has a solid list of standard features, including synthetic leather upholstery and a 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment system with Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. It also comes equipped with an energetic 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

The upgraded M235i trim switches the base engine out for a 320-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder engine. This trim also comes with an adaptive suspension system.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 2 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2015 BMW 2 Series a Top Safety Pick+ and gave it the highest rating of Good in all crash tests performed. Properly equipped models earned the second-highest rating of Advanced for front crash prevention. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not crash test the 2 Series.

The 2015 2 Series doesn't come standard with any advanced safety equipment. However, it is available with front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane departure warning.

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2015 BMW 2 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 2 Series or 2015 Audi A3?

The 2015 Audi A3 is another luxury small car with peppy engines and agile handling. Like the 2 Series, the A3 suffers from cramped rear seats. The A3 is more affordable, and unlike the BMW, it comes standard with leather upholstery. However, the 2 Series has a more-powerful base engine, a larger cargo area, and a much higher reliability rating than the A3. The BMW is the better car in this matchup.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 2 Series or 2015 Mercedes CLA?

The 2015 Mercedes CLA is a four-door sedan with an excellent reliability rating, strong engines, and a quality cabin. Like its BMW rival, it has limited rear-seat space. However, it has a stiffer ride, and more complicated infotainment system than the BMW. For those reasons, we suggest skipping the CLA and sticking with the Bimmer.

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2015 2 Series Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW 2 Series Drive?

There are two engine options for the 2015 2 Series: a standard 240-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and the M235i’s 320-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder. The base engine has plenty of pep, but the M235i’s engine has enough power to throw you back in your seat.

An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard in both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (xDrive) models. However, you will only find the available six-speed manual transmission in RWD models. The automatic transmission has smooth shifts, and the manual gearbox is good for quick throws of the gearshift.

The 2 Series has one of the most engaging and enjoyable rides in the class. Both the base model and M235i tackle corners with ease. To truly carve up corners, however, you’ll want to opt for the M235i.  

Does the 2015 BMW 2 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2015 2 Series gets 23 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway with the base 228i trim, which is great for the class. The M235i trim returns 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

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2015 2 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 2 Series Seat?

The 2 Series seats up to four people in two rows, but like most coupes and convertibles, there isn't much head- or legroom in the rear. However, those occupying the first row of seats should have a good amount of space, comfort, and support. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard. Genuine leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, and sport seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW 2 Series?

For installing child safety seats, there are two full sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

2015 BMW 2 Series Features

This Bimmer's standard iDrive infotainment system earned mixed reviews. Some critics praised its logically arranged controls and quick response times, but others claim that some response times are lagging. A 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio are standard. Upgrades include a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, navigation, a touchpad controller and an 8.8-inch display.

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2015 BMW 2 Series Dimensions

BMW 2 Series Cargo Space

The 2015 2 Series coupe has a 13.8-cubic-foot trunk, which is decent for a luxury small car. Convertible models have a smaller capacity of 11.8 cubic feet.

2015 2 Series Length and Weight

The 2015 2 Series is approximately 14.5 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,295 to 3,765 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 BMW 2 Series Built?

BMW built the 2015 2 Series in Germany.


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