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8.5

Overall

Scorecard

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 Review

The 2015 BMW 2 Series ranks near the top of the upscale small car class for its excellent safety scores, thrilling performance, and upscale interior.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Athletic handling
  • Potent powertrains
  • Great safety score

 

 

  • Cramped rear seats

 

2015 BMW 2-Series Overview

Is the 2015 BMW 2 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2015 2 Series is a good used car that's among the most fun-to-drive models in the class, thanks to its powerful engines and spry handling. It gets excellent fuel economy estimates and top-tier safety scores too. The cabin looks and feels upscale, and there are many user-friendly tech features.

Used 2015 BMW 2 Series Performance and Interior

A turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers BMW 228i coupe and convertible models, while the performance-oriented M235i has a turbocharged six-cylinder. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard with both rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (xDrive) models. A six-speed manual transmission is only available with rear-wheel-drive models. The 228i's peppy engine easily gets the car up to speed, while the M235i's turbo six-cylinder has enough power to throw you back in your seat. With the base engine, the 2 Series gets up to 23 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. That's excellent for a luxury small car. The 2 Series lives up to its sporty looks, with agile cornering abilities that are sure to put a smile on your face. The M235i is especially athletic thanks to its standard adaptive suspension.

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Mostly refined materials line the 2 Series' chic interior, though there are some cheaper materials than you'd find in more expensive BMW models. The 2 Series seats four on leatherette upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and front sport seats with added side bolstering are available. The front seats are comfortable, but the roof limits visibility to the rear. Like most coupes, there is little head- and legroom in the rear seats. There are full sets of LATCH connectors on each of the rear seats for attaching child safety seats.

All 2 Series models come equipped with the iDrive infotainment system, which features a 6.5-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Some models add a Harman Kardon audio system, satellite radio, or an upgraded iDrive system with an 8.8-inch display and a touchpad controller. For the most part, iDrive is user-friendly and responds quickly to inputs, though some settings are buried deeper in menus than those in competitors' infotainment systems.

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Used 2015 BMW 2 Series Prices

Prices for the 2015 2 Series coupe range from around $24,000 for the base 228i model to about $34,000 for the M235i xDrive trim. Pricing varies with vehicle condition, mileage, and location.

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We Did the Research for You: 22 Reviews Analyzed

Our goal is to make the car buying process easy for you. We've gathered and analyzed 22 BMW 2 Series reviews and included information on safety, reliability, gas mileage, and more to help you decide if the 2015 2 Series is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW 2 Series?

The 2 Series has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five. While that's in line with the scores of most rivals, it's above average among all vehicles on the market.

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How Safe Is the 2 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2 Series a Good rating (the best possible) in every crash test category, naming it a 2015 Top Safety Pick+. 

No advanced safety systems come standard in the 2 Series, but front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, and lane departure warning are available. 

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Should I Consider Another Used 2 Series?

The 2 Series launched as an all-new model for the 2014 model year. BMW made some major changes for the 2015 model year, adding a convertible body style to the lineup and making all-wheel drive available. If you don't want a convertible or a model with all-wheel drive, you may find a 2014 model that has all the features you desire for less money. BMW introduced the high-performance M2 for the 2016 model year.

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Which Used BMW 2 Series Is Right for Me?

Unless you need incredible power, stick with the base 228i. It has plenty of features and a peppy engine. The M235i model is best suited to drivers looking for quicker acceleration and sharper handling.

You may also want to 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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2015 BMW 2 Series and Other Cars to Consider

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

The Audi A3 shares many of the 2 Series' strengths and weaknesses. It has athletic handling, punchy engines, and a high-end interior, but it has little cargo space and a cramped rear seat. The 2 Series' better predicted reliability rating helps it place higher than the A3 in our luxury small car class. A notable difference between the two is that the A3 is a four-door sedan, providing easier access to the rear seats than the 2 Series.

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

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class earns a slightly higher predicted reliability score than the 2 Series, but overall the BMW is the better car. The CLA-Class has a cramped cabin like the 2 Series, but its performance isn't as good. The Mercedes has potent engines and spry handling, but ride handling suffers. Like the A3, the CLA is also a four-door sedan.

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