2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

Joel Helmes road tests and reviews the 2015 BMW 228i Coupe.

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

The BMW 2 Series is here and coupe and convertible versions are available.

Of course, if you weren’t aware, the convertible/coupe version of the entry-point to the BMW range was previously part of the BMW 1 Series range, though to simplify the line up the new 2 Series classification was introduced by BMW.

Prices start at $64,400 for the BMW 228i Coupe, top-down fun will cost you a price premium of $4,500 across the three different model grades that the 2 Series is offered in.

Naturally, a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is the power plant offered in the 228i and it offers a healthy 180kW and 350Nm, 0-100km/h is covered in just 5.7 seconds!

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

That quick 0-100km/h sprint time is impressive, what really leaves you smiling though is the way the power is delivered by the TwinPower turbo engine. Quiet and sedate when cruising around, but then wonderfully sporty and meaty when required.

There are four different drive modes too and this really helps create the almost ‘duality’ of the BMW. There’s Eco, Comfort, Sport and then Sport+ modes to choose from. Sport+ mode alters the vehicles traction control settings and is really something to handle with care.

Though Sport mode and with the transmission pushed over to the sport shift gate – this is one fast and enjoyable car.

It goes without saying that the engineering across the rest of the BMW 2 Series is just as impressive. The steering is sublime, ride and handling – perfect and the feel is that of a ‘machine’ rather than a steel box with wheels.

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

And really, that’s why you pay the premium for a BMW. On paper $64,400 looks like a lot of money for a small four-seat coupe that doesn’t even come standard with a reverse camera. It’s this wonderful, unique BMW feel that makes it worth finding the extra dollars.

For the record, fuel consumption is listed at a claimed combined 6.3L/100km, I averaged 8.9L/100km in a week of predominantly city/suburban driving.

Inside the cabin, well its typical BMW. Simple, nicely laid out and quiet. There are definitely some traditional BMW elements including the traditional speedo/tacho design and the radio control buttons (that are essentially redundant now).

Why are they redundant? Because the BMW Connected Drive system is such a pleasure to use. It takes some getting used to, no doubt, but when you are used to the dial-type control and the software it becomes a pleasure to use.

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

You can even bring up digital gauges showing your current power/torque usage – though probably not a great idea to be watching them while you’re driving!

Sat-nav comes as standard, though a reverse camera is part of the $1,000 Advanced Parking Package which also includes Auto Park Assist. An options box well worth ticking and reasonably priced.

Being a BMW the options list is scary! The car that I drove had the $2,400 Comfort Pack that includes heated/electric front seats and key proximity central locking. It was also fitted with the $1,192 optional Harman/Kardon stereo system (which is just amazing!!).

You can also tick the boxes for things like Adaptive M Suspension ($1,538), a heated steering wheel ($308) and an electric sunroof ($2,000) to name just a few extras.

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

Planning on taking people in the back of your new BMW 228i Coupe? Well, headroom isn’t too bad and access via the tilt/slide front seats is pretty easy – legroom though is fairly limited.

If it’s just two up front then you will enjoy a decent amount of legroom, cabin storage areas are reasonably sized – though the door storage spots are hopelessly small.

Boot space, not bad.

At this stage there isn’t an ANCAP safety rating for the BMW 2 Series Coupe/Convertible.

2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review
2015 BMW 228i Coupe Review.

Summing it up; people may accuse BMW drivers of being posers and I’m sure some are. I like to think though that the majority of new BMW vehicles delivered go to the homes of people who appreciate them as ‘driving machines’.

I’m an unabashed fan of the BMW range in 2015 and the new 2 Series is a wonderfully well-balanced, tight and finely engineered vehicle.

Yes, there’s a price premium and you know you’re going to be ticking a few of those optional extra boxes and that will blow-out the price. But, if you love it and want to get an impressive little offering in your garage then the BMW 228i Coupe is a great choice.

For a closer look, check out our video review of the BMW 228i Coupe.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 BMW 228i Coupe

Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 180kW and 350Nm

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Safety: Not tested

Warranty: Three years

Origin: Germany

Price: From $64,400




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