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2020 BMW 2 Series Overview

The 2 Series, BMW's smallest and purest car, replaced the similar 1 Series when it debuted in 2014. It was treated to upgraded engines in 2017 and visual updates in 2018. For 2020, it gets a few additional tweaks.

As before, BMW offers the 2 Series as both a fixed-roof coupe and a soft-top convertible. Each body style cuts a handsome figure, so BMW introduced only the subtlest styling changes. Those changes are limited to darkened rear lights, a new Long Beach Blue metallic paint color, black grille surrounds for most trims, and optional matte carbon fiber trim. While there are four seats, the rear seats are mainly meant for occasional use. The coupe boasts a respectable 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, while the convertible offers 11.8.

Both body styles of the 2 Series come in two flavors: the 230i and the M240i. The 230i houses a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with start-stop technology, making 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Beyond that, you can select from standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) or BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system. Most 230i units come paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, but enthusiasts will be pleased to note that a 6-speed manual transmission remains an option for the coupe. For further enhancement, BMW lets you specify a Track Handling Package with specially developed Michelin Pilot Super Sport performance tires. The M Sport trim, which includes an aerodynamic and aggressive body kit that’s meant to evoke BMW’s M series of performance cars, is also available. All in, the 230i reaches 60 mph in as few as 5.3 seconds and delivers fuel economy as high as 24 mpg city, 32 highway, and 27 combined on premium fuel. The 230i xDrive can get to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and returns 21, 31, and 24 combined.

Moving over to the M240i gets you quite a bit more, starting off with the M Sport body kit as standard fare. Sitting beneath its hood is a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine with start-stop technology, pushing 335 hp and 369 lb-ft to either the rear or all four wheels. Just as with the 230i, a 6-speed manual is an available option. The M240i with the automatic transmission also benefits from uprated brakes, a sport exhaust system, and launch control that maximizes acceleration from a stop. The M240i shaves the 0-to-60 time down to just 4.4 seconds while still achieving maximum fuel economy ratings of 22, 30, and 25.

In typical BMW fashion, the 2 Series offers a comprehensive list of standard and optional features. Standard on every vehicle are LED headlights and fog lights, 10-way power front seats, leatherette upholstery, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, a 7-speaker sound system, keyless start, a 6.5-inch infotainment screen, and automatic climate control. Keyless access, navigation, Apple CarPlay integration, a heated steering wheel, a Harman Kardon audio system, heated front seats, adaptive LED lights, wireless charging, and genuine leather upholstery are just some of the available add-ons. Dakota leather is a new addition for 2020.

For safety, the 2 Series includes a reversing camera, daytime pedestrian protection, front-collision warning, lane-departure warning, a driver-awareness alert, rain-sensing wipers, automatic high beams, and parking sensors on every vehicle. The only optional safety feature is a parking-assist feature. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the 2 Series Good scores in every category except its headlights last year.

While the updates are minor, the 2020 BMW 2 Series is as smart a choice as ever.

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