2-Series cockpit carries over dated BMW center-stack design but has quality materials.
2-Series has choice of 240-hp 2.0L turbocharged 4-cyl. or 320-hp 3.0L turbocharged I-6 N55 mill (shown left), a 3-time Ward's 10 Best Engines winner.
18-in. sculpted wheels eye-catching design feature of M235i grade.
Red leather interior, optional on 2-Series, jazzes up otherwise monotone passenger space.
Rear seat comfortable, thanks to more head and shoulder room than in larger 4-Series coupe.
2-Series almost 3 ins. (76 mm) longer than outgoing 1-Series, and 8.1 ins. (206 mm) shorter than 4-Series.
BMW's smallest car is bigger than before, and carries over an updated, higher-torque version of the excellent N55 engine. But the 2-Series' interior disappoints with a predictable look. (See related story: BMW 2-Series Winner of a Bimmer.)
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