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2016 BMW 2 Series Overview

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The BMW 2 Series is the brand’s compact luxury vehicle, offering a combination of sophistication and performance in one small package. This model has two basic body styles, the convertible and coupe, both of which are two-door designs. First developed in 2014, the 2 Series is taking the place of many other models in the BMW lineup, including older 1 Series models. Starting at $32,850, the 2016 2 Series comes with some new high-tech features, upgraded brakes and steering, and some new options to choose from. This model’s main competitors are the Audi A3, Acura ILX, and the Mercedes CLA.


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What’s New for the 2016 BMW 2 Series?

The 2016 BMW 2 Series is getting more standard features than previous model years. For example, the M235i gets most options from the Premium package (which is no longer available) on the base model. This includes things like sport seats, keyless entry, and satellite radio among other things. A new Luxury package is available for those looking to add chrome and premium leather, and minor tuning changes increase handling and response. The M Sport package also comes with a refreshed and slightly more aggressive look.

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2016 BMW 2 Series Exterior

Though the 2 Series is not quite as stout as the 1 Series models it is replacing, the 2 Series still comes with a lean, compact design. This sporty roadster is the heart of BMW, giving you a more direct feel while still retaining an air of luxury. The 228i is only 105.9 inches long and weighs 3,295 pounds (MT). In addition to its compact roadster design, a low beltline, classic kidney-shaped grille, and athletic stance give it a true aura of sportiness.

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Exterior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series 228i

  • All-season tires, 17-inch Y Spoke light alloy wheels, Halogen free-form front fog lights, Halogen free-from front fog lights, Sport kidney grille

Exterior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive

  • Halogen free-from front fog lights, 17-inch Y Spoke light alloy wheels, Sport kidney grille, All-season tires, Halogen free-form front fog lights

Exterior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series M235i

  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport performance tires, Xenon Adapative Headlights, Rear spoiler, 18-inch Double Spoke Ferric Gray light alloy wheels, Aerodynamic kit, Ferric Gray mirror caps, Sport kidney grille

Exterior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series M235i xDrive

  • Rear spoiler, 18-inch Double Spoke Ferric Gray light alloy wheels, Aerodynamic kit, Ferric Gray mirror caps, Michelin Pilot Super Sport performance tires, Xenon Adapative Headlights, Sport kidney grille

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2016 BMW 2 Series Performance

With a lightweight design and massive engine—comparatively speaking—the 2016 2 Series has impressive performance. The M235i xDrive comes with 320 horsepower and does 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. Engineers have tweaked the suspension and handling on this model year as well, improving your ride and giving you better control at high speeds. Plus, the new 2 Series has near 50/50 weight distribution and a standard eight-speed transmission. The M Sport package improves aerodynamics and gives it a more aggressive look, though the real key to improving performance is opting for xDrive.

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2016 BMW 2 Series Efficiency

The standard TwinPower turbo engine gets up to 34 highway mpg, which is pretty impressive for a roadster. However, this powertrain has 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. The 3.0-liter M Performance turbocharged engine comes with up to 320 horsepower, though fuel economy dips to 30 highway mpg. This is just slightly worse than the 2015 model year.

All mpg figures are EPA estimates.

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2016 BMW 2 Series Interior

As you would expect from a BMW, the interior is refined, bold, and comfortable. A high-gloss Black trim with Oxide Silver trim adds a touch of class, while features like iDrive are welcome additions to the infotainment system. Other standard features include HD Radio, HiFi sound, and BLUETOOTH®. Dual-zone climate control and SensaTec upholstery are great for comfort, and owners can upgrade to a two-way power moonroof on upper-level coupe trims. The convertible trims have three soft-tops in Black, Moonlight Black, and Brown that open and close in 20 seconds at speeds up to 30 mph. Plus, new materials reduce sounds, and models equipped with Comfort Access let you remotely open and close the top.

Interior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series 228i

    • Interior Features: Dual-zone automatic climate control, Folding rear-seat headrests, 60/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats, 8-way manual adjustable front sport seats, SensaTec upholstery, Tilt/telescopic steering wheel, Rain-sensing windshield wipers
    • Radio and Technology: USB audio connection, iDrive system with 6.5-inch center screen, HD Radio, Pre-wiring for SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner, HiFi Sound System with anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player, Engine start/stop button, Hands-free Bluetooth

Interior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive

    • Interior Features: Folding rear-seat headrests, 8-way manual adjustable front sport seats, 60/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats, Rain-sensing windshield wipers, SensaTec upholstery, Dual-zone automatic climate control, Tilt/telescopic steering wheel
    • Radio and Technology: HD Radio, iDrive system with 6.5-inch center screen, HiFi Sound System with anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player, USB audio connection, Pre-wiring for SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner, Engine start/stop button, Hands-free Bluetooth

Interior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series M235i

    • Interior Features: Folding rear-seat headrests, 60/40 split-down through-load rear seats, Dual-zone automatic climate control, Automatic-dimming rear-view mirror, BMW Ambiance lighting, 2-way power glass moonroof, Three 12V power sockets, Tilt/telescoping steering wheel column, 10-way power front sport seats
    • Radio and Technology: HiFi Sound System with anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player, iDrive system with 6.5-inch center screen, USB audio connection, HD Radio, Pre-wiring for SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner, Engine start/stop button, Hands-free Bluetooth

Interior available on the 2016 BMW 2 Series M235i xDrive

    • Interior Features: Three 12V power sockets, 10-way power front sport seats, Dual-zone automatic climate control, Folding rear-seat headrests, 60/40 split-down through-load rear seats, BMW Ambiance lighting, 2-way power glass moonroof, Tilt/telescoping steering wheel column, Automatic-dimming rear-view mirror
    • Radio and Technology: HiFi Sound System with anti-theft AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player, Hands-free Bluetooth, HD Radio, Pre-wiring for SiriusXM Satellite Radio Tuner, Engine start/stop button, USB audio connection, iDrive system with 6.5-inch center screen

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2016 BMW 2 Series Safety

Standard safety features include an advanced airbag system, ABS, tire pressure monitoring, and a supplemental airbag restraint system. Programmable Daytime Running Lights are a convenient feature, and models also come with BMW Assist eCall™. A Driver Assist package comes with added sensors and cameras as well. This model is a 2016 Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, making it one of the most impressive models in its segment in terms of safety.

Standard Safety Features

    • Anti-lock braking system
    • Tire Pressure Monitor
    • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
    • Front airbag supplemental restraint system
    • Front knee airbags
    • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
    • Anti-theft alarm
    • LATCH attachments for child-restraints
    • Interlocking door anchoring system

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