2015 BMW 2-Series

228i RWD 2-Dr Coupe I4 auto trans

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Back when 1989 was the year on the calendar and not an album title, you wanted to be seen in a BMW convertible. It was the ultimate car for yuppies. Now the yuppies have grown older, and BMW has spawned all manner of people movers to meet their needs. But it still offers the classic yuppie mobile -- minus the big 1980s car phone -- in the form of the 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible.
The simplicity of the new 2 Series convertible starts with its cloth top. Anyone considering a 4 Series hardtop convertible should note that the smaller, cheaper 2 Series offers more trunk room with the top down and weighs some 370 pounds less. The rear seats fold down to create even more trunk room. You’ll be carrying everyone else’s golf bags.
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Otherwise, this convertible is very much the same as the 2 Series coupe we’ve come to know and love. It comes in similar flavors: four-cylinder 228i or six-cylinder M235i with either standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive. (All-wheel drive won’t be available with the six until summer.) The M235i convertible also can be paired with a six-speed manual transmission, something that isn’t offered on any 4 Series convertible.
The electrically powered top will deploy or retract in 20 seconds, and its lines don’t disturb the look of the bodywork whether the top is up or down, although we still find the 2 Series looks a bit too tall and stubby, like the 1 Series it replaces. It’s a bit longer and wider than its predecessor, but sitting next to a 2015 BMW X6 M, it looks almost delicate.
2015 BMW 228i Convertible Rear Interior View
We set off in a rear-wheel-drive 228i equipped with an optional sport suspension. BMW’s 240-hp, turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine has no trouble getting us up to speed, although we wish it sounded a little livelier doing so. The quick-shifting ZF-built eight-speed automatic is a master at managing this engine’s somewhat peaky powerband. Our yearlong experience with a manual transmission BMW 328i leads us to believe that even if a stick were offered for the four-cylinder, the automatic would be the right choice.
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Roads in this part of Austin are far too straight for our liking, but we’re still able to appreciate that ineffable BMW feel that must have seemed so amazing decades ago. The 2 Series convertible feels solid, utterly undisturbed by the loss of its upper structure. The electrically assisted steering offers natural weight and decent feedback. And, of course, the sun is shining and the wind is in our hair.
Wind is also in our ears, and the clumsy rear windscreen is difficult to erect from inside the car. Easier to press a button and raise the nicely insulated top, which can be done at speeds up to 30 mph.
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The 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible is neither the ultimate BMW nor the typical one. Even the 2 Series lineup will soon expand to include the likes of a seven-seat, front-wheel-drive van. But this car remains an essential BMW, reminding us, even on a brief drive, why we like this brand so much in the first place.

2015 BMW 228i Convertible Specifications

On Sale: Now
Base price: $38,850
Engines: 2.0L turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4, 240 hp @ 5,000-6,500 rpm, 255 lb-ft @ 1,450-4,800 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed automatic
Layout: 2-door, 4-passenger, front-engine, RWD or AWD convertible
EPA Mileage: 23/34 mpg (city/highway)
Suspension F/R: Strut-type, coil springs/multilink, coil springs
Brakes: Vented discs
Tires: 205/50R-17
L x W x H: 174.7 in x 69.8 x 55.6
Wheelbase: 105.9
Trunk space: 13.8 (top raised)
Weight: 3,625
0-60 mph: 5.7 seconds
Top speed: 130/155 (optional) mph
2015 BMW 2 Series
2015 BMW 2 Series

New for 2015

The BMW 2 Series now offers the xDrive all-wheel-drive system with the 228i and M235i, in addition to making the Track Handling Package available on 228i Coupe models.

Vehicle Overview

The BMW 2 Series is a sporty coupe that fits below the 4 Series as the automaker’s smallest available coupe. The 2 Series replaces the discontinued 1 Series.


The 2015 BMW 2 Series is a two-door coupe or convertible that is available in rear- or all-wheel drive, and comes with an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual. xDrive models are only available with the automatic, as are all convertibles. The 228i models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 that makes 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque, which is good for the following EPA-estimated city/highway ratings: Coupe 23/35 mpg (automatic/RWD) and 22/34 mpg (manual/RWD) 23/35 mpg (automatic/AWD); Convertible 23/34 mpg (automatic/RWD) and 22/33 mpg (automatic/AWD). The M235i models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 that makes 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque, which received a range of EPA-ratings: Coupe 21/32 mpg (automatic), 19/28 mpg (manual), 20/30 mpg (automatic/AWD); Convertible 21/32 mpg (automatic), 19/26 mpg (manual).
Notable features on the 2015 2 Series include an 8.8-inch iDrive infotainment screen, Harman Kardon premium audio system, adaptive HID headlights, parking assist (automated parallel parking and spot finding), a moonroof, BMW Apps (including M Laptimer), lane departure warning, frontal collision warning/city collision mitigation, pedestrian warning, and an adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers.
The 2015 BMW 2 Series has not been evaluated by the NHTSA but is considered a 2015 Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.

What We Think

The 2015 BMW 2 Series is a return to form for BMW, welcomed by enthusiasts (and journalists) because of its simplicity. The things that made the 3 Series great are alive and well in the 2 Series, but have become dull in the more luxury-oriented 3. In the M235i, BMW offers “the best six-cylinder motor not made by Porsche” and a chassis we’ve called “perfectly balanced” and “predictable.”
In an Around the Block Review of a 2014 BMW M235i coupe, we said, “The M235i exhibits the kind of focus that is too often missing from modern BMWs that try to please an ever-wider audience.” We liked it so much that we named it a 2015 AUTOMOBILE All Star, and after a spirited drive through some twisty, deserted, back roads with a Volkswagen GTI we said, “The [2-Series] and GTI might be starting from two polar opposites—a rear-wheel-drive coupe trying to downsize and simplify, the front-wheel-drive hatch trying to muscle up -- but the goal is roughly the same. Fun for real people on actual roads.”
You’ll Like
  • Back-to-basics luxury sports coupe
  • 320-hp turbo I-6
  • Balanced and predictable chassis
You Won’t Like
  • No M2 … yet
  • Can get pricey with options
Key Competitors
  • Mini Coupe
  • Subaru BRZ
  • Scion FR-S
  • Mercedes Benz CLA-Class
  • Audi A3/S3
  • Acura ILX


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BMW has long been know for its sporty rear-wheel-drive cars, but that tradition is beginning to change as the company moves toward models based on front-wheel-drive architectures. See, for instance, the arrival of the 2016 BMW X1, as well as the 2 Series Gran Tourer and Active Tourer models in Europe. Based on the company's new Concept Compact Sedan, that trend is likely to continue, as BMW works to fight the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class with a smaller, front-drive entry-luxury sedan.
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Rear-wheel-drive coupes bring to mind beefy engines with high cylinder counts, fat tires, and blaring exhaust notes. People often forget that there are other ways to enjoy the handling benefits of a longitudinally mounted engine and a roof over your head. Today, you can even get rear-wheel-drive dynamics and muscle-car looks with 4-cylinder engines in cars like the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, and now the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro. So here’s the lot of them -- all 8 coupes you can buy now with rear-wheel drive and a 4-cylinder engine.
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The BMW 2 Series coupe is heralded by many enthusiasts as today’s purest expression of the “Ultimate Driving Experience” spirit, but BMW is attempting to expand its smallest model’s appeal with the new 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible. This droptop model will officially debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in a few weeks, and is set to go on sale in the U.S. in early 2015.
2014 BMW M235I Front Three Quarter Turn
The 2015 BMW 2 Series will be offered with all-wheel drive, whereas the cars are currently available only as rear-wheel-drive coupes. For the new model year, BMW will add the 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive models to its 2 Series lineup.

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2015 BMW 2-Series Specifications

Quick Glance:
2.0L I4Engine
Fuel economy City:
23 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
36 MPG
240 hp @ 5000rpm
255 ft lb of torque @ 1450rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats (optional)
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear (optional)
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation (optional)
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
Unlimited miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
IIHS Overall Side Crash
IIHS Best Pick
IIHS Rear Crash
IIHS Roof Strength
IIHS Front Small Overlap

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