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BMW 228i – Hands Down the Better Car in the Lot



Admittedly, a BMW is not for everyone. Its sticker prices practically limit the number of people who can own one. For comparison, you can buy a modern SUV with the money that you will spend for the cheapest BMW model.

However, if you really have the money, then you owe it to yourself to consider getting the BMW 228i. It will satisfy your need for style, speed and power. This is a car that is really worth all the pennies that you will spend.

It is lined up against luxury sedans such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3. Therefore you will be in good company if you opt to get this car. It offers the agility and dynamism which is characteristics of the cars in its class. But it offers good fuel economy which is not present with its rivals.

In fact it has several plus points compared to its competitors: it is stretched 1.2 inches more between the axles, it is 1 inch wider and it is also 2.5 inches longer.


If you are interested, here are the important specifications you need to know about the BMW 228i:

  • Engine: 2.0L turbo 4 cylinders, dual overhead Cam (DOH)
  • Maximum Power: 240 horsepower at 5,000 rpm
  • Maximum Torque: 255 lb.-ft. at 1,450 rpm
  • Transmission: 8 speed automatic
  • Drive train:  Rear wheel drive
  • Steering: Rack and pinion, power assisted
  • Suspension system: Front Suspension – MacPherson strut, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar; Rear Suspension – Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar, Multi-link system, Coil Spring, Gas damper, Anti roll bar
  • Brake system: Front Brakes – disc- ventilated; Rear Brakes – disc
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Fuel consumption: 23 mpg city/36 mpg highway
  • 0 to 60 mph: 4.9-6.3 seconds


The BMW 228i is equipped with a 240 horsepower, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine which makes it one of the most powerful cars in its class. This engine is surprisingly stable and whips this compact coupe from true stop to 60 miles per hour in only 4.9 seconds.

With its all-wheel drive variant, the car needs only an average of 13.7 seconds to reach the quarter mile at a velocity of about 101 miles per hour.

If you need more power, you can opt for a more powerful variant, the M235i. It has a 3.0 liter turbocharged inline 6 cylinder engine and can deliver 320 horsepower using the same powertrain.

Fuel Efficiency

BMW designed a fuel delivery system that enables the 228i get more miles for the gallon. The base model uses an auto-stop-start system that turns off the engine when you are at a complete stop.

With this feature, the BMW 228i gets 28 miles per gallon combined. The EPA rates this car at 23 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. This makes it one of the top cars in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency. Most of its rivals are only within the 18 to 25 mpg combined.


Driving the BMW 228i gives you the impression that it is the easy to maneuver. This car has a tight turning circle that will enable you to easily park and maneuver it effortlessly. Although it is not as silent as the Audi on the highway, this car is more comfortable and definitely more stable on the road.

Cabin Amenities

The interior amenities of the 228i characteristically typify a BMW car. It has BMW’s standard simple and yet elegant layout of the dashboard, where there is clear instrumentation – rightly fitting its reputation as a driver’s car.

The cabin has been upgraded by neat items such as the iDrive which is the terminal’s fixed remote. You can use it to manage the car’s multimedia and its connected devices. This car also offers more rear legroom compared to its rival, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250.


The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) took the BMW 228i in its series of crash tests. It has so far passed these tests with good marks.

The car obtained ‘good’ marks in the following IIHS crash tests:

  • Small overlap front test
  • Moderate overlap test
  • Side test
  • Roof strength test
  • Head restraint and seats test
  • Front crash prevention – 4 out of 6 marks

The results are not so surprising considering the safety items that come as standard for the BMW 228i. These safety features include rollover sensor which is designed to deploy the side curtain airbags if there is an impending rollover.

There are also driver and front passenger knee airbags, and additional airbags located in the lower instrument panel in order to minimize knee injuries should the car suffer a frontal crash.

Other safety features include electronic stability control, programmable daytime running lights, anti-lock brakes and many more.

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