BMW's Questionable 2 Series Replacement : Tom's Opinion
I am pretty torn here.
Here I am, yet again, writing another article that I wasn’t planning on doing. This time, it Is the new, facelifted BMW 2 Series. I am utterly conflicted on my thoughts of this, like I am with most of BMW’s recent releases. If you give it a week or two, I generally come to a conclusion that is often positive for the German manufacture.
So, here is the new 2 Series. Yeah, I’m not sure what to think either. A few little figures for your brain for the top-spec M240i: a 3.0L straight-six, giving 374hp and a 0-60 time of 4.3 seconds. This is all well and good, sort of the usual for a powerful, non-M BMW, but the figures aren’t what I am on the fence about. It’s the looks. Below you can see a comparison of the pre-facelift and the new model, both of which have questionable looks. As a bit of confusing context, I am a supporter of the new M3 and M4 kidney grilles, however I do like the smaller grilles on this 2 Series. The angular lines on the new front bumper are very pleasant to the eye too. But eyes are the worrying thing for this car, since it looks cross eyed. They’re both looking opposite directions, like the have a magnetic repulsion to one another. This trend of funky lights continues to the back of the car. Although ‘funky’ isn’t the exact word that I would use for the taillights, since in my honest opinion, I think they’re straight up hideous. On the other hand, they didn’t really hit the spot with the old 2 Series lights. The headlights were alright, but the taillights look like a frowning monobrow, which unfortunately is not pretty. I do like the rest of the new rear bumper, it’s got a nice chunkiness to it, as if the car itself is a teaser to the anticipated M2.
Overall, I would say this is overall, marginally better than the previous 2 Series, which was just the new 1 Series with a butt-lift. On the old one, the front was just really off for a saloon. I do think it works with the 1 Series (if you get the black grilles, they’re less ostentatious), but it just looks like the rear of the old 2 Series was a rushed after thought. I can and will always appreciate BMW trying new designs to give their cars a bit of originality and a feeling of frequent changing along with a hope of improvement. Sadly, they just missed the mark this time. I’m sure these new lights will grow on me in time, but until then, save money and get the first-gen 2 Series.