2018 BMW 2-Series

Interior


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2018 BMW 2-Series Interior Review

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Interior: 8.1

With its sophisticated yet subdued styling, the 2018 BMW 2 Series exudes German refinement. Its technology is similarly refined, and though the infotainment system is user-friendly, it does take some time to get used to it. This car best accommodates two people, as the back seat is too cramped for adults. The 2 Series has more trunk space than most vehicles this size.

  • "The 2 Series uses interior components from larger and more expensive models in the BMW lineup. The design and quality of materials are close to identical, and as a result the car exceeds entry-level expectations." -- Edmunds
  • "Materials are high quality, and the interior's fit and finish are impressive. BMW interiors are never overly ornate, and the interior of the new BMW 2 Series is simple and elegant." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Seating

The 2 Series comes standard with SensaTec upholstery (BMW's synthetic leather), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats, and a 60/40-split-folding rear seat. Available seating options include leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

The front seats have supportive cushions, with ample power adjustments to set a comfortable driving position. Legroom is limited in the back seat, and though this is typical for a vehicle this size, there are roomier rivals available within the class (such as the larger Mercedes-Benz C-Class). It's especially easy to clip a child safety seat into either of the 2 Series' rear seats. Both come with a set of tether and lower anchors, and all hardware is user-friendly.

  • "The front sport seats offer adjustments for seat cushion angle and length, with power side bolsters. Tall and short drivers alike will find a perfect position. The rear seats are cramped and suitable for children only." -- Edmunds
  • "It's tight in the back seat, which is generally a kids-only arrangement." -- Autotrader
  • "Seat comfort is exceptional as is the driving position." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

The 2 Series' standard infotainment system consists of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch display, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Push-button start, automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera are also standard.

Optional features include an 8.8-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, navigation, a wireless smartphone charger, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless Apple CarPlay, and satellite radio. Also optional are a moonroof, ambient lighting, a proximity key, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, high-beam assist, and automatic high beams. You can opt for an active driving assistant, which prompts you to slow down before a curve, as well as adaptive headlights and real-time speed limit information.

BMW's iDrive infotainment system takes a bit of getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, the system is easy to use. Depending on the version, you can control the interface using a controller knob, voice commands, or the touch screen.

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  • "Well-placed and clearly labeled controls simplify operation and are intuitive enough that you don't have to look away from the road to use them. The iDrive interface has a slight learning curve, but it's one of the better systems available." -- Edmunds
  • "The newest iDrive interface is the best yet, straightforward and user-friendly." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • "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 (2015)

Cargo

The 2 Series Coupe has a 13.8-cubic-foot trunk, which is generous for this class. A folding rear seat with a 60/40 split comes standard, giving you extra room when you need to haul larger items. Cargo space lowers to 11.8 cubic feet with the top up in a 2 Series convertible and 9.9 cubic feet with the top down.

  • "Trunk capacity is above average for the class. Remote latches in the trunk make folding the split rear seats effortless." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is a 2 Series strength, measuring 13.8 cu ft. in the coupe -- generous for a compact car. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which BMW says is enough to accommodate a pair of golf bags." -- Autotrader (2017)
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