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Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety: 10.0
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2017 BMW 2-Series Review

The 2017 BMW 2 Series sits near the top of our luxury small car rankings. It boasts dynamic performance and a comfortable interior, and it earns high marks for safety and predicted reliability.

Pros & Cons

  • Three formidable engine choices
  • Athletic handling
  • Great safety and predicted reliability ratings
  • Roomy trunk for a coupe
  • Tiny rear seats
  • High list prices and ownership costs

New for 2017

  • Increased engine power
  • Updated trim names
  • Wireless charging and Wi-Fi hot spot became available

2017 BMW 2-Series Overview

Is the 2017 BMW 2 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2017 2 Series is a great used luxury small car that delivers the performance you expect from a BMW. The base engine is a good starting point for this coupe, but the turbocharged six-cylinder engines in the M240i and performance M2 truly stand out. With precise steering and a connection to the road that many small and sporty cars can't match, the 2 Series is fun to drive.

Despite being BMW's entry-level car, the 2 Series retains the brand's luxury and refinement. The front seats are well-built for a day of cruising or roaring down twisty roads, and the infotainment features are user-friendly. A cramped rear seat is pretty much a given for a car of this size, though the trunk is surprisingly big. One turnoff to the 2 Series may be its cost – average list prices are thousands of dollars higher for this BMW than for comparable rivals, and you'll likely spend thousands more in operating expenses.

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How Much Is the 2017 BMW 2 Series?

Prices for the 2017 2 Series range from about $30,000 to around $50,000. The 2017 M2 has an average price of almost $53,000. This data comes from nearly 200 listings for the 2017 2 Series on our site. Actual prices fluctuate depending on the vehicle's features, mileage, condition, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW 2 Series Cost to Own?

The 2017 2 Series tends to be more expensive than its competitors when it comes to gas, insurance, repair, and maintenance costs. You can expect to pay around $30,800 over five years for these expenses. By comparison, a 2017 Audi A3's five-year cost estimates are about $5,200 lower than the 2 Series’, while the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA's cost projection is about $2,300 lower.

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

For 2018, BMW made LED headlights and fog lights, a rearview camera, and power-adjustable front seats standard in the 2 Series. The instrument cluster was also slightly revised and updated. If none of these changes are that important to you, you may want to consider buying a used 2017 2 Series instead of a new 2018 BMW 2 Series. You'll likely save thousands of dollars by going with a used model.

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For what you might pay for a used 2017 2 Series, you may want to consider a new luxury small car like the 2018 Kia Stinger. This all-new model enjoys a very high ranking and one of the lowest MSRPs in the class, at just under $32,000. The Stinger boasts standard amenities like leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. However, you may want to upgrade to the Stinger GT and its 365-horsepower twin-turbocharged V6 engine. It'll still cost you $38,350 to get into that model, which is far less than the average price of used 2017 M2 models.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 2 Series Is Best?

BMW launched its new entry-level coupe with the 2014 2 Series. The 2015 2 Series saw the introduction of xDrive all-wheel drive and a convertible version, and the M2 made its debut for the 2016 model year.

Two new turbocharged engines debuted for 2017 – a 248-horsepower four-cylinder and a 335-horsepower six-cylinder – bringing an increase of 8 and 15 horsepower, respectively, over the 2016 BMW 2 Series’ engines. Those new engines also changed the 2 Series' trims from 228i and 235i to the new names of 230i and M240i. Wireless device charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot also became available for 2017.  

You can likely save money by shopping for older 2 Series models, but you'll have to weigh the savings against changes that BMW made for each year.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW 2 Series?

The 2017 BMW 2 Series has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 BMW 2 Series Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are no open recalls that apply to the 2017 BMW 2 Series.

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Which Used BMW 2 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 BMW 2 Series is available in three trim levels (230i, M240i, and the M2) as well as coupe and convertible body styles. The main differences between the models are what powertrain and performance features they come with.

The base 230i is the best value. Its 248-horsepower engine is perfectly suited for daily driving. If you can find a good price, the M240i could be a good bet with its 335 horses, sport-tuned steering, and upgraded suspension. However, the M2’s performance chops probably aren’t worth its lofty price.

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Certified Pre-Owned BMW 2 Series Warranty

Though it may cost a bit more, a certified pre-owned 2 Series may suit you better. Among luxury brands, BMW's CPO is pretty average for the coverage and benefits that it provides.

The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified-pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

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How Safe Is the 2 Series?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2017 BMW 2 Series a 2017 Top Safety Pick+, the agency’s highest accolade. The IIHS gave the 2017 2 Series the highest rating of Good in five crash tests, along with high marks for its available front crash prevention technologies and headlight performance.

There are no standard driver assistance features in the 2017 BMW 2 Series. Available technologies include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, speed limit information, adaptive headlights, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

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2017 BMW 2 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 2 Series or 2017 Audi A3?

The 2017 Audi A3 has a below-average predicted reliability rating, but otherwise, it’s a well-rounded car. It has commendable safety scores and an elegant interior, with touches like standard leather upholstery and a power-adjustable driver's seat. The A3 has a somewhat small second row, but its four doors make for easier entry and exit than in the 2 Series. Like the BMW, the Audi is also available as a convertible. Horsepower in the A3 starts at 186, which is a far cry from the 2 Series' standard 248 horsepower. However, the high-performance RS3 exceeds the M2’s power output by a healthy 35 horses. Though the 2 Series is the better car overall, you'll have to decide if it's worth the higher cost. The average price for a BMW is about $10,000 higher than that of the A3. Going with the Audi could also save you about $5,000 in five-year operating costs.

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 2 Series or 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA?

There are few reasons to buy the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA over the 2 Series. Both cars have solid predicted reliability ratings, but that's about where the similarities end. The CLA's handling falls short of the 2 Series’, and the standard 208-horsepower engine in the Mercedes is nothing to write home about. Although the 375-horsepower CLA AMG version offers more thrills behind the wheel, the 2 Series lineup offers better performance overall. Inside the CLA, some hard plastic surfaces detract from an otherwise upscale appearance, and the second row is tiny. A sloping roofline limits back-seat headroom in the CLA, and it obstructs outward visibility for the driver. Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system can be confusing to use, and BMW's iDrive is more user-friendly. Although buying a CLA will likely save you lots of money over a 2 Series, it's not as good a car.

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2017 2 Series Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW 2 Series Drive?

A main draw to the 2017 BMW 2 Series is its powerful engine lineup. It all starts with the 230i, which comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 248 horsepower. The 2 Series feels more powerful than its output suggests. It takes off quickly from a stop, and you can easily speed up to merge onto a freeway or overtake other cars. If you're considering a 2 Series to be a daily driver, the 230i trim will likely be a great match. The 2 Series M240i puts out 335 horsepower with its 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder engine. Both the 230i and the M240i are available with either an eight-speed automatic transmission or a six-speed manual gearbox, and either rear- or all-wheel-drive.

The high-performance 2017 BMW M2 features a six-cylinder turbo engine that makes 365 horsepower. It can sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The M2 also has an overboost feature, which increases torque for better acceleration from a stop. Your transmission choices for the M2 are a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. It's only available with rear-wheel drive.

What makes the 2 Series so fun to drive is its deft handling, which ensures that you'll be able to tackle twisty roads with ease. The steering is accurate and responsive, with a distinctly sporty feel. The base 230i also has a smooth ride that's just as good for around-town driving as it is for cruising on the highway. Thanks to the car's small size, it's also easy to squeeze into tight spaces or maneuver through tight traffic.

The M240i and M2 trims have upgraded steering, brakes, and suspension that give it even more control around turns and better stopping power. However, the sport-tuned suspension also results in a firmer ride. Performance-minded folks should be fine with that, though.

Does the 2017 BMW 2 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 2 Series 230i with rear-wheel drive and the automatic transmission gets 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the class. An automatic-equipped 230i xDrive model (all-wheel drive) drops the highway mileage to 33 mpg. The best fuel economy for the M240i is 21 mpg city and 32 mpg highway.

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2017 2 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 2 Series Seat?

The 2017 BMW 2 Series seats four on standard leatherette upholstery. Power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and leather upholstery are available. The front seats are comfortable and snug – a sign that this is a car with sporting intentions. However, like most sporty coupes, there's little room in the back seat. Putting an adult passenger back there is a good way to make an enemy, but small children will be fine.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW 2 Series?

The BMW 2 Series has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections in its second row. The Insurance Institute for Highway gave the system the top rating of Good for its ease of use. The lower anchors are hidden behind plastic flaps instead of buried in the seat cushions, which makes them easy to find.

2017 BMW 2 Series Features

Standard features in the 2017 BMW 2 Series include automatic climate control, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, and the iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch screen. Available features include proximity key entry, a moonroof, satellite radio, navigation, wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, Apple CarPlay, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system.

The iDrive interface is quick to respond to your commands, and the functional central controller is a pleasant reminder that you're in a luxury car. At first, the menus may seem a bit complex and hard to navigate, but the system gets easier to use with practice.

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2017 BMW 2 Series Dimensions

BMW 2 Series Cargo Space

With 13.8 cubic feet of space, the BMW’s trunk is quite impressive for a luxury small car. Convertible models lose a little bit of room; they offer 11.8 cubic feet with the top up and 9.9 cubic feet with it down.

2017 2 Series Length and Weight

The 2017 2 Series is 14.6 or 14.7 feet long, depending on the model. Curb weight values range from 3,380 to 3,790 pounds, depending on model and transmission.

Where Was the 2017 BMW 2 Series Built?

BMW built the 2017 2 Series in Germany.

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