2016 BMW 2-Series Review

The 2016 BMW 2 Series ranks near the top of its class. It has refined driving dynamics, impressive safety scores, and above-average reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful turbocharged engines
  • Pleasant ride and handling
  • High fuel economy
  • Handsome interior materials
  • Cramped rear seats




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.7
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.0
Safety: 10.0
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2016 BMW 2-Series Overview

Is the 2016 BMW 2 Series a Good Used Car?

The BMW 2 Series is a great pick if you’re shopping for a used luxury small car. Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2 Series is one of the most fun-to-drive cars in this class. It rewards drivers with athletic handling, a comfortable ride, and muscular engine options. The 2 Series is sensible too. It offers high fuel economy, user-friendly tech features, excellent safety scores, and a long list of available safety features. One downside is the 2 Series’ lack of space in the rear seats.

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How Much Is the 2016 BMW 2 Series?

You can expect to pay between $23,000 and $40,000 for a used 2016 BMW 2 Series. These figures are based on over 120 listings for this vehicle on our site. The average price is $31,500, but for the high-performance M2 model, the average price is about $52,700. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW 2 Series Cost to Own?

The 2 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $28,300, or about $5,650 per year. That’s higher than average for the luxury small car class. By comparison, the 2016 Volvo S60 and Acura ILX have lower five-year costs of around $23,600 and $24,600, respectively.

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

A new 2018 BMW 2 Series starts at $34,950. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2 Series, especially if you want a base model with few options. However, there are a couple of perks to buying new. You won’t have to worry about a questionable maintenance history. You’ll also get the Apple CarPlay system, which became available for 2017. Despite these additions, the 2016 model is the more practical choice.

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For a less expensive new sports car, consider the 2018 Toyota 86, which starts at just $26,255. The two-seat 86 doesn’t offer the BMW’s high horsepower, but it is similarly agile and fun to drive.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW 2 Series?

The 2 Series has above-average reliability, earning 3.5 out of five points in J.D. Power’s reliability ratings.

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2016 BMW 2 Series Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2016 BMW 2 Series coupe or convertible.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 2 Series Is Best?

The 2016 BMW 2 Series marks the third model year of the car’s first generation. There have been relatively few changes to the 2 Series over this generation. The most substantial updates arrived in 2015 and 2016. The 2 Series gained a convertible body style and available all-wheel drive (xDrive) for the 2015 model year. For 2016, BMW added the high-performance M2 model to the 2 Series’ lineup. There really isn’t a bad pick within this generation, but you can save a few thousand dollars by shopping for the 2014 and 2015 models.

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Which Used 2 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 2 Series is available as a coupe or convertible, and there are three trim levels: 228i, M235i, and M2. The base BMW 228i model has a 240-horsepower engine. It comes standard with a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, remote keyless entry, leatherette upholstery, automatic climate control, cruise control, fog lights, and alloy wheels. Convertible models have an electric-operated soft top.

The BMW M235i has a 320-horsepower engine and adds an adaptive suspension, exterior cosmetic updates, proximity keyless entry, adaptive headlights, and a moonroof. The coupe-only BMW M2 has a 365-horsepower engine and adds a navigation system, Harman Kardon stereo, and heated front seats. All of these features are available with the 228i trim as well. Other available features include leather seats and a suite of advanced safety features.

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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 BMW 2 Series a 2016 Top Safety Pick+. The 2 Series received a Good safety score (the highest available) in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not test the 2016 model.

The 2 Series is available with a rearview camera, parking sensors, parallel park assist, and adaptive pivoting headlights. Active Driving Assistant – including forward collision warning with brake assist and lane departure warning – is also available.

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2016 BMW 2 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 2 Series or 2016 Audi A3?

The 2016 Audi A3 is a decent pick in this class. It’s available as a four-door sedan, two-door convertible, or plug-in hybrid hatchback. The A3 has a more luxurious interior than the 2 Series, and it delivers better fuel economy – up to 39 mpg combined city/highway. Audi also offers an S3 variant, which can compete with the racy M235i and M2 models. That said, the A3 rates below average for reliability, making it tough to recommend over the BMW.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 2 Series or 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA is another worthwhile option to consider. The coupelike CLA sports a posh interior with quality materials, muscular turbocharged engine options, and lithe handling. It’s an engaging car to drive, but it’s maybe too engaging. The CLA’s stiff ride can quickly become tiresome on rough pavement. Stick with the more refined 2 Series.

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2016 2 Series Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW 2 Series Drive?

The 2 Series has three turbocharged engine options: a 240-horsepower four-cylinder (228i), a 320-horsepower six-cylinder (M235i), and a 365-horsepower six-cylinder (M2). A six-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; an eight-speed automatic transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and all-wheel drive (xDrive) are available.

The 228i’s four-cylinder is punchy, and it hustles the BMW from zero to 60 mph in just under six seconds. That’s a significant amount of muscle for such a small car, and it makes the 228i very fun to drive. If you still want more punch, the M235i and M2 deliver. Both race to 60 mph in under five seconds. All three engines feel refined and offer brisk throttle response. The six-speed manual slides through its gears quite smoothly. The eight-speed automatic delivers prompt up- and downshifts, and it has shift paddles to change the gears manually. There is one hiccup – the M2’s dual-clutch automatic transmission is a bit rough in stop-and-go driving.

The 2 Series continues to please with its exceptional driving dynamics. The BMW remains stable around sharp turns. Its brakes slow the car confidently, and its steering feels responsive and well-weighted. A tight turning radius makes the 2 Series easy to park as well. What’s unusual is how comfortable the 2 Series is to drive. Its suspension soaks up rough pavement nicely, even with the racy M235i and M2 models. These performance-tuned models feature an adaptive suspension (optional for the 228i with the Track Handling package).

Does the 2016 BMW 2 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The BMW 228i gets excellent fuel economy, ranging from 22-23 mpg in the city and 33-35 mpg on the highway. The BMW M235i earns a respectable 19-20 mpg in the city and 27-30 mpg on the highway. The BMW M2 gets 20/26 mpg city/highway.

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2016 2 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 2 Series Seat?

The BMW 2 Series is available as a two-door coupe or two-door convertible. Both models have four seats. The front seats are comfortable, supportive, and they provide good head- and legroom for taller drivers and passengers. However, the rear seats are cramped. They’re best for seating smaller children. Leatherette seats are standard, while genuine leather and heated seats are available. The 2 Series’ cabin stays quiet at higher speeds, thanks to ample sound insulation in the coupe models. The convertible’s soft top lets in noticeably more wind noise. The interior materials in both models have a premium look and feel, but the overall styling is reserved.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW 2 Series?

The 2 Series has two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The IIHS gave the vehicle’s LATCH system a Good rating for ease of use.

2016 BMW 2 Series Features

All 2 Series models come standard with a 6.5-inch iDrive infotainment screen, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a satellite radio. Available features include a navigation system with a larger 8.8-inch screen, a Harman Kardon stereo, and an app suite. The iDrive infotainment system is controlled using a rotary dial and buttons located on the center console. It has a learning curve, but overall the system works well and responds quickly to inputs. Additional audio and climate controls are neatly arranged on the dashboard and within easy reach.

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2016 BMW 2 Series Dimensions

BMW 2 Series Cargo Space

The BMW 2 Series coupe and convertible have 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the luxury small car class. The coupe’s rear seats fold in a 60/40 split and allow longer items to fit in the trunk. The convertible’s rear seats fold as one piece, revealing a slim pass-through area into the trunk.

2016 2 Series Length and Weight

The 2 Series is 14.6 feet long. Depending on the engine and trim level, the 2 Series’ curb weight ranges from 3,295 to 3,765 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 BMW 2 Series Built?

The BMW 2 Series was built in Germany.

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