Motor Trend 228i review

by Member - Angelbones on June 3, 2014, 9:56 pm

The 228i Coupe is the entry-level vehicle in BMW's 2 series line-up, offering rear wheel drive and compact size. Powering the 228i is a 2.0 liter four cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 255 torques. The 228i isn’t exactly a lightweight at 3334 pounds, but according to a recent review by MotorTrend, it gets along just fine. Check out some highlights from MotorTrend’s review.

Despite not having a substantial weight advantage, the 228i does feel sprightlier than the four-cylinder 3 Series. The power is more than adequate to propel the dimensionally smaller 2 Series, and as always the eight-speed automatic transmission makes the most of that power.

Whether I was maneuvering through freeway traffic or pulling into a narrow parking spot, the 2's smaller size made a noticeable difference. That extra awareness instills more confidence when attacking curvy on-ramps, allowing the driver to really push the limits. And with the 2 Series' competent chassis, those limits are relatively high. Turn-in is sharp and immediate, and the car will hold its arc without much fuss or noticeable body roll. Part of this can be attributed to the M Sport model's Adaptive M suspension, which includes electronically controlled shock absorbers.

Brake feel is confident and linear, which could have something to do with the $650 M Sport brakes, an optional package that adds larger rotors at either end, along with blue-painted calipers.

The interior is styled in typical BMW fashion, and resembles that of a scaled-down 3 Series. The sport seats that come with the M Sport package provide excellent support, with plenty of side bolstering to keep you in place when the need to carve a few canyon roads arises. Back seat passengers won't be terribly uncomfortable either.

The bottom line is that the 2 Series is a huge win for BMW enthusiasts everywhere, and even if it isn't the reborn 2002 that BMW's marketing campaign says it is, it still marks a return to form for the roundel brand.

Read the full review from MotorTrend here!

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8 responses to Motor Trend 228i review commented:
June 3, 2014, 10:39 pm

Thanks for sharing !!
Don228i commented:
June 4, 2014, 12:23 am

I'm looking for topgear review on the 228i. Anyone found it ?

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sstarrx3 commented:
June 4, 2014, 7:49 am

Don't read the comments after the article. Nothing but negative haters lashing out. Seems many are calling it a chick car. Don't see that at all. I really think testosterone makes SOME people stupid! When they get a little older and start losing some of it maybe the brain will start functioning on all cylinders!
Sike2014 commented:
June 4, 2014, 9:21 am

The comments were fascinating. Amazing how people can be negative about a car with this level of performance, quality and MPGs that is being sold for what, in today's market, is a very reasonable price. This might be one of the most well rounded cars being sold, but I am biased.
rmjames007 commented:
June 5, 2014, 1:22 pm

Cool article but the 2 was to replace the 1. I would have rather the interviewer talk about the 2 in-comparison to the 1
caycep commented:
August 21, 2014, 10:55 pm

procrastinating by googling youtube videos hehehe
pw4 commented:
August 22, 2014, 9:59 am

caycep - thanks - a bit of procrastinating is welcome while I wait months for my 2-series on a boat!

Don228i - Top Gear UK first-drive review of M235i from back in January: commented:
August 22, 2014, 6:00 pm

Thank you for sharing.