2018 BMW 2 Series Walk Around

The BMW 2 Series, as much as possible, carries the idea of the half-century-old 2002, not unlike the way the Porsche 911 hasn’t totally forgotten the 356 with its bathtub shape. The 230i is modern without being retro. Unlike the 3 Series sedan, whose four doors ride under a long pseudo-coupe, the 2 Series is the right size to fit under a roofline that slopes just right, to the trunk. A lip spoiler helps.

The 2 is clean and taut, with a comfortable greenhouse. It clearly reflects German design thinking.

But it’s actually prettier, definitely classier and more eye-catching, in the convertible. It’s a lovely cloth top that comes in several colors.

The M2 has all the right body clues, without being overstated or in-your-face aggressive. At both ends, between black mesh and big pipes, it looks ready for business.


For a sports coupe, the cabin is spacious in front, with a smaller version of the 3 Series dash panel, and a standard tilt-telescope steering wheel, to give the driver more arm room. There’s something we like about a BMW with cloth upholstery, but it is true that the optional leather is more in keeping with the BMW image.

There is a glove box, two cupholders, and roomy pockets in the doors. There are some hard plastics tucked in low-traffic places.

The rear seat is a long way from being comfortable for everyone, but at least there’s a function that makes climbing in and out easier. It’s particularly useful in the convertibles, whose rear seat is narrower to fit the top and its mechanism.

The convertible’s power top can be dropped or raised at speeds up to 30 mph, in about 20 seconds.

The trunk is 13.8 cubic feet, about average for a compact coupe. It’s not a hatchback (but think of the added versatility if it were). But the rear seat’s ability to split and fold allows room for cargo.

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