BMW describes the new 2 Series’ interior as “sports car flair meets a premium ambiance.” They nailed it. The driver-focused cockpit is better than ever with the gear lever, iDrive 7 knob, start/stop button, and mode selector ideally placed for the driver to access. An 8.8-inch touchscreen is standard along with analog gauges and a 5.1-inch driver information display.
Upgrading to the BMW Live Cockpit Professional tacks on a 12.3-inch digital display and a 10.25-inch touchscreen. A head-up display, a first for the model, is also available. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 10-speaker Hi-Fi sound system come standard but audio lovers will probably want to upgrade to the 14-speaker Harmon Kardon system.
The M Sport Package, standard with the M240i and optional with the 230i, brings an M leather steering wheel, cushioned knee pads located on the center console, M pedals, and M logoed floor mats and cluster displays. We also like the optional ambient lighting found in the map pockets, door handle trim, footwells, and center console. Rear seat space, though bigger than before, is still tight for two full-sized adults. SensaTec upholstery comes standard and Vernasca leather, available in several colors, is optional.