The 2015 BMW 228i is the best option in entry-level luxury cars with good performance and well-accomplished sophistication package. It is remarkably fast yet fuel-efficient engine, exceptional handling, agile ride, and first-class, full feature cabin. The drawbacks are no available sedan body style and poky backseat. The 228i can be equipped with all-wheel drive and a new Track Handling package, a different name of Dynamic Handling package from last year. The convertible is also available that come with a cloth roof that can open and close in 20 seconds at up to 30 mph speed.
Engine and Performance
The 2015 BMW 228i is offered in standard rear-wheel-drive but there is optional xDrive all-wheel drive. Standard transmission is eight speed automatic while only RWD models can have a six speed manual at no-cost. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in 228i generates 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. It can sprint to 60 mph in just 5.1 seconds with an automatic RWD 228i. Engine choice and a coupe or convertible body style affect the number of EPA-estimated fuel economy. The automatic transmission 228i rear-wheel drive coupe returns 28 mpg combined, 23 mpg city and 36 mpg highway while the all-wheel drive model gets 27 mpg combined, 23 city and 35 highway. The manual 228i RWD gets only 26 mpg combined, 22 city and 34 highway. An RWD 228i convertible return 27 mpg combined, 23 city and 34 highway while the AWD gets 26 mpg combined, 22 city and 33 highway.
Options and Trim Levels
The 2015 BMW 228i is one of the two trim levels of the BMW 2 series, the 228i and M235i that both comes in either a two-door coupe or four-seater convertible. Both body styles have the same feature unless the convertible has automatic roll cascading loops and a cloth power roof. The 228i’s standard equipment include automatic headlights, rain-detecting wipers, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated power-folding side mirrors, automatic dual-zone climate control, eight-way manual front seats, cruise control, leatherette furnishings, rear 60/40-split folding seatbacks, and leather-draped steering wheel with tilt-and-telescoping adjustment and shift paddle on automatic-transmission variant. In electronics department, there are standard USB ports, BMW’s iDrive 6.5-inch electronics display, Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, and 10-speaker sound system.
The 2015 BMW 228i can have optional xenon headlights and the M Sport, Sport Line, and Track Handling packages. The Sport Line package offers sport-tuned non-adaptive suspension, 18-inch wheels wrapped with some tire options, manual 8-way front sport seats and some aesthetic updates. The M Sport package offers adaptive suspension dampers, the sport seats, 18-inch M wheels, M Sport steering wheel and exterior upgrades. Track Handling package provide 18-inch wheels, the adaptive dampers, and sportier steering and brakes.