BMW 228i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Specification

Basic info

  • Subcompact Cars EPA class
  • Luxury,Performance Market
  • Car Primary body type
  • Compact Vehicle size
  • Coupe Vehicle style
  • rear wheel drive Driven wheels
  • 2 Num of doors
  • 8 speed AUTOMATIC Transmission

Engine

  • 2.0 gas Type
  • 240 at 5000rpm Horsepower
  • 255 at 1450rpm Torque
  • 1997 Displacement
  • 4 Cylinder
  • inline Configuration
  • turbocharger Compressor type
  • 10 Compression ratio
  • 16 Total valves
  • double overhead camshaft variable valve timing Valve
  • premium unleaded (required) Fuel type
  • 4ITCG2.0 Code

Colours

Interior

  • Dakota Black W/Red Highlight
  • Dakota Oyster/Black W/Dark Oyster Accent
  • Black Dakota
  • Oyster Dakota
  • SensaTec Oyster
  • Terra Dakota
  • Dakota Coral Red W/Black Highlight
  • Black SensaTec W/Red Highlight
  • Black SensaTec

Exterior

  • Midnight Blue Metallic
  • Jet Black
  • Moonlight Silver
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Sparkling Brown Metallic
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Estoril Blue
  • Valencia Orange
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Deep Sea Blue Metallic

Interior Trim

  • Silver Matte
  • Coral Red Matte Highlight
  • Fine-Wood 'Fineline' Stream
  • Black High-Gloss Highlight
  • Aluminum Hexagon
  • High-Gloss Black
  • Estoril Blue Matte Highlight
  • Brushed Aluminum

mpg

  • 23 City
  • 36 Highway

Prices

  • Base invoice $29,530.00
  • Base MSRP $32,100.00
  • Delivery charges $950.00
  • Used private party $24,508.00
  • Used Tmv retail $25,817.00
  • Used trade in $22,772.00

2 Series Coupe Ratings

Grade A
4/17/2014
Despite being BMW's entry-level model, the new 228i requires few sacrifices. Performance is stunning, with the ability to entertain even seasoned drivers. At the touch of a button, its personality transforms from sports-coupe to comfortable tourer/commuter. Rear-seat space is limited, but it still remains our top pick.
  • Performance

    Grade A
    Score 9
    Acceleration, braking and handling all combine to make the 2014 BMW 228i an inspiring performer. With the optional M Sport adaptive suspension, the poised handling doesn't come at the expense of comfort. There's a great seat-of-the-pants feel, which instills confidence.
    • Acceleration

      Grade A
      Score 9
      The 240-hp 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine gets the 228i up to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds, faster than pretty much all rivals. Whether storming onto highways or just commuting, shifts from the 8-speed automatic transmission are quick and smooth.
    • Braking

      Grade A
      Score 9
      With the optional M Sport brakes and summer tires, the 228i stopped from 60 mph in only 111 feet. During these panic stops, distances were consistent and the car remained composed and controllable.
    • Steering

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Optioned with the variable sport steering, the 228i is responsive. Effort is light at slow speeds and weights up appropriately when going faster. Feedback is a little lacking, but the M steering wheel feels great in your hands.
    • Handling

      Grade A
      Score 9
      It's an absolute joy to toss the small 228i into a series of sharp bends. In Sport Plus mode, the stiffer suspension settings relay all vital information to the driver and the stability control allows for some thrilling histrionics.
    • Driveability

      Grade A
      Score 9
      In Comfort or Eco Pro modes, the softer suspension settings and dialed-back throttle response make the 228i well-mannered for everyday driving. The start/stop feature is quick to respond and requires no forethought from the driver.
  • Comfort

    Grade A
    Score 9
    Even though the BMW 228i can deliver thrills on a winding mountain pass, the ride quality can still be adjusted to a compliant level. And at least for the front passengers, the level of comfort is exactly what you'd expect from a luxury brand.
    • Seating Comfort

      Grade B
      Score 8
      The optional front sport seats offer manual adjustments for seat cushion angle and length, with power side bolsters. Tall and short drivers alike will find a perfect position. Rear seats are cramped and suitable for children only.
    • Ride Comfort

      Grade A
      Score 9
      The optional M Sport adaptive suspension gives the 228i a wide range of comfort and performance. In Comfort mode, the vast majority of ruts and bumps are smoothed out admirably. But even in Sport mode, bumps are never intrusive.
    • Quietness

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Wind noise is essentially absent and road noise never grows beyond barely-detectable levels. The little engine noise heard at higher revs sounds slightly burly and pleasing. The amount of insulation is excellent for the class.
  • Interior

    Grade B
    Score 8
    The 228i uses interior components from larger and more expensive models in the BMW lineup. Design and materials quality are close to identical, and as a result it exceeds entry-level expectations.
    • Ergonomics

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Well-placed and clearly-labeled controls simplify operation and are intuitive enough that you don't have to look away from the road to use them. The iDrive interface has a slight learning curve, but it's one of the better systems.
    • Ingress/Egress

      Grade B
      Score 7
      As small as the 228i is, getting in and out of the front seats is relatively pain-free, even in tight parking spaces. Long reach back to grab the seatbelt, though. The rear seats are best left to smaller and more limber passengers.
    • Space/Room

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Front seats easily fit taller occupants, with a wealth of head and legroom. Rear seats lack both, and the low seat cushions make them suitable for children only. In truth, this is expected from any compact coupe.
    • Visibility

      Grade B
      Score 8
      The forward roof pillars are on the thick side, but overall visibility is commendable. Even without the optional rearview camera and parking sensors, the 228i is easy to maneuver into a tight parking spot.
    • Cargo/Storage

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Trunk capacity maxes out at 13.8 cu-ft, which is large for the class. Remote latches in the trunk make folding the split rear seats effortless. Numerous bins, pockets and cupholders adequately accommodate personal affects.
  • Value

    Grade B
    Score 8
    The 228i coupe represents the least expensive BMW currently available, with a starting price of $33,025, or about $3,000 more than the Mercedes-Benz CLA and Audi A3 sedans. For the added cost you get sharper performance and refinement, though you are lacking two extra doors.
    • Build Quality (vs. $)

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Everything about the 228i has a solid and reassuring feel. Interior materials are top-notch and all elements are precisely fitted. It is a true BMW from top to bottom.
    • Features(vs. $)

      Grade B
      Score 7
      The addition of the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages, and upgraded M Sport brakes, brought the as-tested price to $38,225. Navigation and heated seats are bundled in packages; if ordered they would push the price beyond $40,000.
    • Cost

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Taking into consideration the 228i's performance and refinement, it challenges the pricier Mercedes CLA45 AMG and Audi S3. It also calls into question the justification to upgrade to the more powerful M235i variant.
    • MPG

      Grade C
      Score 6
      EPA estimates of 28 mpg Combined (23 City/36 Highway) are comparable to other cars in its class, but we were unable to achieve those figures. We only managed 31 mpg on our highway-heavy evaluation loop and 20.3 mpg overall.
    • Warranty

      Grade B
      Score 7
      BMW's 4-year/50,000-mile basic and powertrain warranties are typical for cars in this class. Also customary is the option to extend coverage at additional cost.
    • Ownership

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Free scheduled maintenance is included for 4 years/50,000 miles. Mercedes and Audi offer this at added cost. Roadside assistance is also included for the same duration and is common for the segment.
  • Fun To Drive

    Grade A
    Score 9
    The 228i can be wildly entertaining behind the wheel. Even with what's considered its base engine, power is plentiful and its high handling limits are well matched to it. When driving close to those limits, the little coupe instills confidence.
    • Driving Experience

      Grade A
      Score 9
      The optional M Sport adaptive suspension gives the 228i a wide range of capabilities, from compliant cruising to aggressive cornering. Few cars possess this kind of well-rounded character.
    • Personality

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Compact proportions mixed with sharp BMW styling endow the 228i with a playful yet refined demeanor. It's essentially a fun, sporty car for people with more discerning tastes. But one that's still relatively affordable.