The 2 Series is the entry-level model for BMW U.S. lineup. The BMW slots below the 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, and 7 Series. Other entry-level BMW models include the X1 and 320i, both vehicles with four doors unlike the 2 Series.
The 2 Series base engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-four that generates 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and comes equipped in 228i models. When backed by the eight-speed automatic, the 228i convertible delivers 23/24 mpg city/highway (rear-wheel drive) and 23/33 mpg with all-wheel drive. The coupe is rated at 24/35 mpg (RWD), 24/33 mpg with AWD, and 21/32 mpg with the six-speed manual in RWD form (AWD is not available with the six-speed manual). The M240ipacks a 335-hp, 369 lb-ft of torque 3.0-liter twin-turbo I-6 that delivers 21/32 mpg (RWD) and 21/31 (AWD) in the convertible body style and with the eight-speed automatic. The rear-drive six-speed manual gets 19/29 mpg. The M240i coupe is rated at 21/32 mpg in both RWD and AWD. The rear-drive six-speed manual gets 19/28 mpg. The high-performance M2 coupe packs a 365-hp, 343 lb-ft of torque 3.0-liter V-6 backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (20/26 mpg) or a six-speed manual (18/26 mpg).
The Track Handling package, available on 228i models, adds variable sport steering, adaptive M suspension, M Sport brakes, and 18-inch gray wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport performance tires. If you opt for the M Sport package, your 2 Series will be equipped with a thick Nappa Leather M Sport steering wheel, an aerodynamic kit, shadowline trim, and a unique headliner. An available 12-speaker Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system includes a 360-watt amplifier, five tweeters, five midrange speakers, and two central bass speakers located under the front seats.
The IIHS gave the 2021 BMW 2 Series its highest honor of 2021 Top Safety Pick+ for scoring the highest score of Good for all crash evaluations (small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints and seats) and for the second highest score of Advanced for front crash prevention. The 2 Series was able to reduce the speed of a 12 mph frontal collision by 10 mph and the speed of a 25 mph collision by 7 mph thanks to the optional Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation driver assist safety feature found in the available Driving Assistance Plus package. That package also consists of lane departure warning and Pedestrian Protection, a feature that can detect pedestrians and automatically brakes if needed to avoid a collision. Speed Limit Info and automatic high beams are also included in the above package.