2014 BMW 228i Full Test Specs | Edmunds

2014 BMW 2 Series - Road Test Specs

2014 BMW 2 Series Coupe

(2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 8-speed Automatic)


Year Make Model2014 BMW 2 Series 228i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Vehicle TypeRWD 2dr 4-passenger coupe
Base MSRP$33,025
Options on test vehicleM Sport Package ($3,000 -- includes 18-inch wheels, adaptive M suspension, sport seats, high-gloss black trim highlight, aluminum hexagon interior trim, M steering wheel, aerodynamic kit, rear spoiler, shadowline exterior trim, anthracite headliner); Dynamic Handling Package ($1,000 -- includes variable sport steering); M Sport Brakes ($650); Melbourne Red Metallic Paint ($550).
As-tested MSRP$38,225
Assembly locationLeipzig, Germany
North American parts content (%)5


ConfigurationLongitudinal, front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine typeTurbocharged, direct-injected inline-4, gasoline with auto stop-start
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,997/122
Block/head materialAluminum/aluminum
ValvetrainDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.0
Redline, indicated (rpm)7,000
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)240 @ 5,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)255 @ 1,450
Fuel typePremium unleaded (required)
Transmission typeEight-speed automatic with console shifter and steering-mounted paddles with sport/competition modes
Transmission ratios (x:1)I: 4.71; II: 3.14; III: 2.11; IV: 1.67; V: 1.29; VI: 1.00; VII: 0.84; VIII: 0.67; R: 3.30
Final-drive ratio (x:1)3.08
Differential(s)Rear: Electronic brake-actuated limited slip


Suspension, frontIndependent MacPherson struts, coil springs, driver-adjustable multimode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, driver-adjustable multimode variable dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeElectric-assist, speed-proportional, variable-ratio, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.5 to 10
Tire make and modelBridgestone Potenza S001
Tire typeAsymmetrical summer, performance, run-flat (32 psi cold front; 38 psi cold rear)
Tire size, front225/40R18 88Y
Tire size, rear245/35R18 88Y
Wheel size, front18-by-7.5 inches
Wheel size, rear18-by-8 inches
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, front13.4-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron rotors with four-piston fixed calipers
Brakes, rear11.4-inch one-piece ventilated cast-iron rotors with two-piston fixed calipers

Track Test Results

Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)3.3
0-60 mph (sec.)5.1
0-75 mph (sec.)7.6
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)13.5 @ 101.0
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.8
0-30 mph, trac ON (sec.)2.5
0-45 mph, trac ON (sec.)4.0
0-60 mph, trac ON (sec.)6.0
0-75 mph, trac ON (sec.)8.6
1/4-mile, trac ON (sec. @ mph)14.6 @ 99.6
0-60, trac ON with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)5.4
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)28
60-0 mph (ft.)111
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)68.1
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph) ESC ON65.5
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g) ESC ON0.88
Sound level @ idle (dB)43.3
@ Full throttle (dB)75.6
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)63.8
Engine speed @ 70 mph (rpm)2,000

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsBest launch was achieved without using launch control (LC), though the technique was very similar to that of launch control. The 228's LC is really just a metered power brake. We used brake torque to launch but metered the throttle carefully to achieve less wheelspin than LC produced. Best runs were using automatic shifting. Stunning power from the four-cylinder makes the six seem utterly pointless.
Braking commentsWow. Solid, consistent brake response. Short stopping distances and a chassis that's unruffled by panic stops. Impressive.
Handling commentsSlalom: Lenient stability control allows you to throw the 2 Series around a lot before it intervenes. When ESC does step in it does so mildly but effectively. Very good calibration here. This car feels lighter and more willing to change direction than the 235i I drove at the media introduction. Skid pad: Good grip and balance, but lacks steering feel right at the limit. Wants to understeer at steady state, but can be provoked into throttle oversteer if you're aggressive. Still, this isn't a car that will spin easily. Very controllable. Textbook RWD.

Testing Conditions

Test date4/15/2014
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)79.8
Relative humidity (%)16.3
Barometric pressure (in. Hg)28.7
Wind (mph, direction)3.6 - tail/cross
Odometer (mi.)2,214
Fuel used for test91-octane gasoline
As-tested tire pressures, f/r (psi)32/38

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)28 combined/23 city/36 highway
Edmunds observed (mpg)20.3
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)13.7
Driving range (mi.)493.2
Edmunds estimated monthly fuel cost ($)N/A

Audio and Advanced Technology

Stereo description10-speaker stereo system with CD player
iPod/digital media compatibilityStandard iPod via proprietary cable
Satellite radioOptional
Hard-drive music storage capacity (Gb)Not available
Rear seat video and entertainmentNot available
Bluetooth phone connectivityStandard
Navigation systemOptional, hard-drive based
Telematics (OnStar, etc.)Standard
Smart entry/StartOptional
Parking aidsOptional parking sonar front and rear back-up camera
Blind-spot detectionOptional
Adaptive cruise controlNot available
Lane-departure monitoringOptional departure warning
Collision warning/avoidanceOptional
Night VisionNot available
Driver coaching displayStandard

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)3,300
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)3,344
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)51.3/48.7
Length (in.)174.5
Width (in.)69.8
Height (in.)55.8
Wheelbase (in.)105.9
Track, front (in.)59.9
Track, rear (in.)61.3
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)36.5
Shoulder room, front (in.)56.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.2
Seating capacity4
Trunk volume (cu-ft)13.8


Bumper-to-bumper4 years/50,000 miles
Powertrain4 years/50,000 miles
Corrosion12 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance4 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenance4 years/50,000 miles

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