MSRP
$35,300

2019 BMW 2-Series Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The interior of the 2019 BMW 2 Series is handsome and modern. The cabin is brimming with first-class materials. An appealing amount of technology comes standard – including added safety features for 2019 – and the infotainment system is straightforward to use once you are familiar with it. The front seats and trunk are spacious, but the back seat is not roomy enough for adults to spend the day.

  • "Everything about the 2 Series has a solid and reassuring feel. Interior materials are top-notch, and all elements are precisely fitted. It is a true BMW from top to bottom." -- Edmunds (2018)
  • "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 (2018)
  • "Despite high-class cabin materials, the 2 Series leaves no doubt it's here to entertain." -- Autotrader (2018)

Seating

You can seat four people in the 2 Series. The front seats – outfitted with sport bolstering and 10-way power adjustments – are comfortable and spacious. The same can't be said for the back seat. Only kids will find this a congenial zone, though that is typical for a coupe this size.

The 2 Series comes standard with SensaTec upholstery (BMW's synthetic leather) and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Leather upholstery and heated front seats with 14-way power adjustments are available.

There are two complete sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the 2 Series' rear seats. The hardware is easy to find and use. A rearward-facing car seat may be difficult to fit in this BMW, however, due to the limited amount of legroom.

  • The 2 Series feels thrillingly taut from the driver's seat, which is a welcome departure from BMW's increasing tendency for luxury these days. It's tight in the back seat, which is generally a kids-only arrangement." -- Autotrader
  • 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 (2018)
  • "Seat comfort is exceptional as is the driving position." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Interior Features

The base set of technology in the 2019 2 Series includes BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch infotainment display, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, HD Radio, push-button start, a proximity key, and automatic climate control. The list of standard safety features gets a big boost this year, thanks to the added Active Driving Assistant. This suite of advanced safety features contains daytime pedestrian monitoring, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warning. Also standard are front and rear parking sensors, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and a rearview camera.

Available upgrades for the infotainment system include an 8.8-inch touch screen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system, Apple CarPlay (annual subscription required), navigation, and satellite radio. Additional options include a moonroof, ambient lighting, active park assist, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and adaptive headlights.

Once you're familiar with the infotainment interface, it's fairly straightforward to use. For added convenience, consider adding Apple CarPlay, which is available in even the base 230i.

See 2019 BMW 2 Series specs »

  • "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 (2018)
  • "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 that you can expand by collapsing the 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Trunk size decreases in the 2 Series convertible to 11.8 cubic feet with the top in place and 9.9 cubic feet with the top down.

  • "Trunk space is a 2 Series strength, measuring 13.8 cu ft. in the coupe -- generous for such a compact car. The convertible offers about 9 cu ft., which BMW says is enough to accommodate a pair of golf bags." -- Autotrader
  • "Trunk capacity is above average for the class. Remote latches in the trunk make folding the split rear seats effortless." -- Edmunds (2018)

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