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2016 BMW 2-Series Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 BMW 2-Series was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

The majority of test drivers say the 2016 BMW 2-Series has a luxurious cabin outfitted with top-notch materials and attractive trim. However, a few say that the base model has lots of plastic and faux leather materials, and for better quality you need to opt for extra-cost, optional equipment. Auto writers say the 2-Series' front seats are comfortable but its back seats have poor space for adults. Critics are fairly pleased with the 2-Series' trunk space considering the car's small overall size. The iDrive infotainment system is user-friendly and responsive, reviewers agree.

  • "Inside, the cabin is replete with high-quality materials for the entry-luxury class and looks like a slightly scaled-down version of the slightly larger 4 Series." -- Edmunds
  • "Inside, the 2-Series borrows much of clean design and comfortable appointments with the iconic 3-Series sport sedan; the two also share numerous powertrain and platform components. A duo of simple, legible gauges greet the driver from behind a sporty three-spoke steering wheel, while a choice of brushed aluminum, wood or silver matte trims adorn the dashboard and door panels." -- Left Lane News
  • "The car's cabin is stylish and simple. It's put together well and made of noticeably high-quality materials." -- MSN Autos (2014)
  • "Both 2-series models have interiors plucked from the corporate parts bin, meaning there's a lot of unadorned plastic and imitation leather inside unless you're willing to indulge in the option list." -- Car and Driver (2014)

Seating

The 2016 BMW 2-Series seats four on leatherette upholstery and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. Sport seats are newly standard for 2016, and leather upholstery and heated and power-adjustable front seats are optional. Test drivers say the front seats are comfortable and supportive. However, they complain that the back seats are short on head- and legroom, making them a poor option for adults on long trips.

  • "The ultra-supportive sport seats that are now standard on all versions of the 2 Series provide a high degree of adjustability and are comfortable even on long treks. As for rear passenger space, the 2 Series is a compact car, and adults won't fit comfortably unless they're compact themselves. That's not unusual for the segment, though, and the backseat works nicely as a parcel shelf or a place to buckle in small children." -- Edmunds
  • "[The front seats] provide a comfortable experience for those sitting up front, though limited leg- and headroom means that the rear seats are an occasional-use only affair." -- Left Lane News
  • "Like many coupes, the 2 Series is a little blind in the quarters and to the rear. BMW extols a 0.8-inch expansion in rear-seat legroom, but it's still a very tight fit." -- Popular Mechanics (2015)
  • "There's plenty of room in the forward cabin for all but NBA centers. The back seats are everything you can reasonably expect them to be: perfect for small humans, decent for the slight of frame, doable when need be for a standard American." -- Autoblog (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 BMW 2-Series comes equipped with a USB port, Bluetooth, BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display and a key fob with memory settings for climate, seat adjustment and audio. Optional equipment includes a rearview camera, automatic parallel parking assist, front and rear parking sensors, a moonroof, satellite radio, lane departure warning, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo and an upgraded iDrive system with an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation and a touchpad controller mounted on the center console.

Most critics think the iDrive system has a straightforward interface and is much easier to use than previous versions of the system. They add that the system is responsive, though some functions may require a few more user inputs than rivals' systems.

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  • "While the iDrive system looks good and responds quickly to commands, we've found it often requires a few more clicks and whirls of the dial to access desired functions as compared to Audi's MMI or Mercedes' COMAND interfaces." -- Edmunds
  • "All 2-Series models are fitted as standard with BMW's knob-based iDrive infotainment system, which has evolved over the years from a bewildering complex unit to surprisingly simple and user-friendly system." -- Left Lane News

Cargo

The 2016 BMW 2-Series has 13.8 cubic feet of trunk space, which is typical for a coupe. Test drivers say that, considering the 2-Series' small size, trunk space is fairly good, and its 60/40 split-folding back seats make it easy to load long items.

  • "Trunk capacity in the coupe is a respectable 13.8 cubic feet, and the rear seatbacks fold down to allow transport of longer items." -- Edmunds (2015)
  • "Trunk capacity also gets a bump, going from 13 cubic feet to 13.8 cubic feet. Those might not sound like big numbers, but it's a nice trunk for a little car." -- Autoblog (2014)

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