2015 BMW 228

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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW 228. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • None of the 1 Series' awkward lines
  • Snug cabin still accommodates taller people
  • Excellent handling and balance

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Lack of expected standard features

Notable Features of the 2015 BMW 228

  • All-wheel-drive version now available
  • Offered in 228i or M235i form, both with turbocharged engines
  • Coupe or convertible

2015 BMW 228 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

BMW's 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 228i and M235i. The 228i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the M235i is motivated by a 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.

New for 2015
A convertible body style is new for 2015, and the 2 Series now offers all-wheel drive in addition to rear-wheel drive. A new Track Handling Package for the 228i includes a 10-millimeter lower ride height, an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio and variable-effort steering, upgraded brakes and 18-inch light-alloy wheels with performance tires.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Fog lights
  • Available adaptive headlights with LED accent lighting
  • Available rear spoiler and body kit
  • Available moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • iDrive multimedia system with a 6.5-inch screen
  • Available navigation system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available Harman Kardon audio system
  • Available self-parking system
  • Available heated front seats and steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i)
  • 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (M235i)
  • Six-speed manual ...
Vehicle Overview

BMW's 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 228i and M235i. The 228i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the M235i is motivated by a 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.

New for 2015
A convertible body style is new for 2015, and the 2 Series now offers all-wheel drive in addition to rear-wheel drive. A new Track Handling Package for the 228i includes a 10-millimeter lower ride height, an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio and variable-effort steering, upgraded brakes and 18-inch light-alloy wheels with performance tires.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Fog lights
  • Available adaptive headlights with LED accent lighting
  • Available rear spoiler and body kit
  • Available moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • iDrive multimedia system with a 6.5-inch screen
  • Available navigation system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available Harman Kardon audio system
  • Available self-parking system
  • Available heated front seats and steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i)
  • 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (M235i)
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic stop-start system
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available lane departure warning

Latest 2015 228 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.8)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

fast & fun

by Rhody from Exeter on August 27, 2018

great car . As fast as a boxer,yet has a back seat and trunk. Also handles as well as boxer ,but cheaper. Very good on gas. 4 modes of driving and 8 speeds . Quick shift auto or paddles or stick ... Read full review

(4.0)

Nice car for the money

by paposalsa from Williamsburg on August 24, 2018

This car might not have the power of the M235 or M2 however as a daily driver has enough power and comfort. You can upgrade the car easy since a lot is compatible with the high end models. Nice car ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW 228 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2015 BMW 228 i

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Certified Pre-Owned Elite with less than 15,000 miles; Certified Pre-Owned with less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    1 year/unlimited miles from expiration of 4-year/50,000-mile new car warranty

  • Powertrain warranty

    N/A

  • Dealer Certification Required

    196-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The 228 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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