2015 BMW 2-Series | New Car Review
* Step up into M territory and the 2-Series is an absolute monster.
* Not entire sure what was going through their mind when they got around to pricing it.
There’s something about the way the angular headlamps, sculpted hood, and carefully crafted contours along the bumper come together. Channeling its sporting pretensions through its design, the 2015 BMW 2-Series almost looks ready to pounce on anything in its path at any given time. Along the length of the vehicle, deep grooves in the bodywork give the 2-Series a certain edge, which is completed with a black diffuser and twin chrome tail pipes at the rear.
Unmistakably BMW, the interior isn’t very creative, but boy is it well put together! When behind the wheel of the 2015 BMW 2-Series, you’re likely to feel cocooned in what most would refer to as a cockpit with its driver oriented dashboard, than merely the interior of a vehicle belonging to the D-segment of the market.
Equipped with what BMW calls a Driving Assitant, the sizeable display atop the dashboard makes use of cameras and sensors to aide driver’s if the vehicle drifts out of its lane, if it notices inattention from the driver, and also if it notices pedestrians’ crossing the street. Fitted with City Brake Activation, the 2-Series takes over and applies the brake if it notices the driver hasn’t reacted in time, in order to prevent collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians as well.
What’s on offer?
Two versions of the 2015 BMW 2-Series are on offer: a 2.0 litre twin turbo 4-cylinder found in the 220i, and a 3.0 litre twin turbo V6 found in the M235i. While the former kicks out 184 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds, the M’s 326 horsepower and 450 Nm of torque rocket it to a 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds. Mated to an 8 speed automatic transmission, both variants send power to the rear wheels to reach top speeds of 230 km/h and 250 km/h respectively.
Going up against the Chrysler 300 and the Opel Insignia, the newest member to the Bavarian family is at a slight disadvantage are far as costs go. Wearing a starting price of AED 175,000, which increases steadily to AED 280,000 for the M235i, it is significantly more expensive than its rivals; but as they say, it’s also the badge you pay for…
|Specifications||2015 BMW 220i||2015 BMW M235i|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl||3.0 litre Twin turbo V6|
|Max Power |
|184 hp @ 6,250 RPM||326 hp @ 6,000 RPM|
|270 Nm @ 4,500 RPM||450 Nm @ 4,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||8 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||7.0 secs||5.0 secs|
|Top speed||230 km/h||250 km/h|
|Price||AED 184,000 - 212,000||AED 239,000|