2016 bmw 2-series Model Overview
New for 2016
Changes for the 2016 BMW 2 Series are focused on the convertible variant, which is offered this year with some packaging changes. The M Sport Line has been replaced with the M Sport package, which has the same content. Automatic high beams are now part of the Driver Assistance Plus package while the Premium package is no longer available with leather upholstery. A new Luxury package has been added to the 228i convertible models, which comes with chrome exterior accents, a body color front splitter and chrome exhausts. Oyster Sensatec leatherette upholstery is now available in combination with the sport seats.
The 2016 BMW 2 Series is a compact luxury car available as a coupe or convertible and in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations.
Two engines are available in the 2016 2 Series, a 240-hp 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with 255 lb-ft of torque in the 228i, and a 3.0-liter turbo I-6 with 320 hp and 332 lb-ft in the M235i. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all variants while a six-speed manual is only available in the rear-drive M235i and the 228i coupe. Fuel economy in the 228i is impressive with the coupe rated at 23/36 mpg city/highway with the automatic and 22/34 mpg with the manual. The all-wheel-drive 228i Coupe is rated at 23/35 mpg. 228i Convertibles are rated at 23/34 mpg in rear-drive configuration and 23/35 mpg with all-wheel drive. Despite its power, the M235i is relatively fuel efficient at 20/31 mpg with the automatic and 19/28 mpg with the manual while the all-wheel-drive variant is rated at 20/30 mpg. Convertible variants of the M235i are rated at 20/31 mpg with the automatic and 19/26 mpg with the manual.
In addition to the standard dual front, front-side, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 2 Series also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Additional safety and driver aids can be had with the optional Driver Assistance Plus package, which comes with the Active Driving Assistant, a system that bundles together lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features include 60/40 split-folding rear seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette upholstery, USB, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and the four-mode Driving Dynamics Control. HID headlights can be had as part of the Lighting package while a rearview camera is part of the Driver Assistance package. Navigation and BMW Online with BMW Apps can be had as part of the Technology package. The Cold Weather package adds heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. Standalone options include a Harman/Kardon audio system, the parking assistant, and enhanced Bluetooth connectivity with smartphone intergration. In the 228i, buyers can also opt for the Track Handling package, which adds M Sport brakes, variable sport steering, 18-inch alloy wheels with summer performance tires and adaptive M suspension.
What We Think
A return to form for BMW, the 2016 2 Series offers a great blend of performance, handling, and fuel efficiency in a compact package. In a comparison test that also included the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG and Subaru WRX STI, the M235i placed second because of its back-to-basics driving dynamics, combining power with excellent handling. However, it lost out to the WRX STI because it didn’t handle bumps as well and had little standard equipment despite its mid-$40,000 starting price.
In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the M235i is one of the best-driving modern BMWs, with performance rivaling the previous generation M3 and 1M Coupe. The turbo I-6 provides plenty of power without much turbo lag while the eight-speed automatic fires off shifts quickly and aggressively in Sport+ mode. Even the less powerful BMW 228i is an excellent performer, as we noted in a 2014 First Test review, featuring strong power from the 240-hp turbo I-4, quick and responsive shifts from the 8-speed automatic, and engaging driving dynamics. Even with the more aggressive suspension options, the 228i rides well and doesn’t sacrifice handling for comfort, striking an excellent balance between agility and compliance.
- Excellent handling on all models
- 228i is fun and fuel efficient
- Both engine choices offer strong power
You Won’t Like:
- Not many standard features
- Unrefined start/stop system
- M235i doesn’t handle bumps well