2014 BMW M235i coupe

Pros: Acceleration is pleasingly brisk in 228i and truly invigorating in M235i; agile handling; more affordable than larger 4-Series; comfortable ride quality with available adaptive suspension

Cons: Still a bit pricey; extra-cramped rear seat is best suited for children or packages; limited cargo space

CG Says: BMW adds a new compact-sized coupe to its car lineup for 2014. The BMW 2-Series replaces the outgoing 1-Series in BMW’s lineup, and it’s a bit wider and longer than its predecessor. For 2014, the 2-Series is available solely as a 2-door coupe, in 228i (powered by a 240-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder) and M235i (powered by a 322-hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder) trims. An 8-speed automatic transmission is standard with both engines, though a 6-speed manual is available on either as a no-cost option. Available features include lane-departure warning, forward collision warning and mitigation, heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and park-assist sensors. The BMW 2-Series coupe offers genuine BMW performance and character in a smaller, more affordable package. You’ll be giving up passenger and cargo room in the bargain, but to some sporty-car buyers, the 2-Series’ compact dimensions are an asset.

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2014 BMW 228i coupe