Jalopnik embarked on a coast-to-coast trip aboard the new BMW 228i Coupe. After almost two weeks with the little, yet potent bimmer, the Jalopniks concluded that this is the best enthusiast bimmer you can buy now.
“The 228i represents the best all-around BMW performance car for your dollar,” says Patrick George of Jalopnik.
So what led them to this conclusion? Here is an excerpt from their lengthy review:
There’s this idea out there that to get a good BMW, you have to have the hardest, nastiest, angriest, M-iest version possible, the one with all the turbos and all the cylinders and all the carbon fiber. The 228i proves that wrong.
To understand this car, you have to go back to the idea behind the original 2002 and other New Class sedans and coupes: they were made to drive like sports cars while offering levels of practicality that sports cars couldn’t. A sedan for sporting. A sport sedan, if you will! BMW certainly wasn’t the first to do that, but their idea was the one that prevailed. And the 228i fulfills that mission perhaps better than any other car in the current lineup.
It’s something you can live with and have a ton of fun with in equal measure. BMW still nails that, despite all the grief we give them over its other weird product decisions.
The 228i has this BRZ-esque agility to it that makes it feel sharper than the M235i. Like most new BMWs it has variable drive modes that tweak throttle response and steering feel, but I found it best in the default Comfort mode; in that setting the steering has a dancer-like grace to it that doesn’t need any artificial tightening. It feels plenty balanced on its own.
In fact, let’s talk about balance for a moment. That’s what’s so great about the 228i. You may think you’re losing out by opting for the 2.0-liter turbo four over the M235i’s 3.0-liter inline six, but you’re not.
The base price for the BMW 228i Coupe is $32,100, without the $925 destination and handling fee. And it can be ordered with the beautiful M Sport Package. Or with the Track Handling Package.
So what do you think? Is this the best bummer you can buy now?
BMW 228i Coupe specifications
- Four-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology (twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Direct Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double-Vanos
- Capacity: 1,997 cc
- Output: 240 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm
- Max. torque: 258 lb-ft at 1,250 – 4,500 rpm
- Acceleration [0 – 60 mph]: 5.4 seconds with 8-speed sport automatic
- Top speed: 130 mph / 210 km/h (250 km/h / 155 mph with Sport Line or M Sport)
- Preliminary EPA Mileage Estimates (mpg) – 23 city/35 highway/27 combined for the 8-speed sport automatic. 22 city/34 highway/26 combined for the 6-speed manual