I bought the basic 'plain Jane' model because I already own a 2016 5 series which we use for long trips. Never was really considering this model until I drove it at the dealership....it was fun. I am 72 years old and 6'2" and yes, I go through a circus act to get in the back seat area. But in reality, at home there is only the wife and myself. If we have to share the car with adult passengers, you can make it work. Frankly, I enjoy just getting out and driving this little coupe. I have taken it out on a road trip, and it is a comfortable ride. It is not made to be a luxuary riding vehicle, so yes, you will feel bumps..so what? My only complaint is that the seat belt is a far reach behind me, and I do not have satellite radio, or a navagation system but like I say...I bought the 'plain jane' and I can live without the extras......after all, I grew up in those years where you paid extra for an AC radio, and later, air conditioning was extra when it came on autos. The insturment panel reminds me of the old racing cars. This 4 cylinder turbo gas car has neck popping pick up, tracks true and will hug the curves. It is comfortable, and BMW put some style and nice lines on this car. Take a test drive and see if you remember when you once had a car that put a smile on your face, just driving no where in particular.
December 29, 2016: My review of this car remains unchanged. Believe it or not, I wrote BMW about the navagation system on my 5 series asking why, with all their technical knowledge, they did not have a simple way to update navagation. My 2 series does not have navigation, but I solved it with a 10 year old Nuvi I put on the console held with a rubber band when I took a long trip. I get free life time updates on a hand held Nuvi that I paid around $200 for, and it has voice directions and shows filling stations hospitals etc...everything the high priced autos have, only the new car systems of major brands, are already 2 to 3 years old when they hit the show room floor. I can update my Nuvi by plugging it into my computer. I get ALL of North America on it. Right down to the new bypass installed around a park near my home.
Again. I love driving the 228i. Have had absolutly no problems with it, hugs the road and curves. Great pickup and will get you around slow moving traffic in a flash on the expressway. You can also pack more into the trunk then you think. I do carry an air pump and a can of sealant because I have run flat tires, and while they have been no problem, I am just old school and needed peace of mind.
228i xDrive SULEV 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Superb handling in all driving modes.
4 runflat tires, no spare! (I don't know where a person would buy a BMW with non-runflat tires, ALL models have them)
I don't know if I mentioned this, but great handling!! All modes.
Very comfortable seats
My local dealer, is second to none. Especially where service is involved.
Very tight body with no creaks or rattles.
228i with track package.....Unless you enjoy being on a track, everyday driving with adaptive m suspension (THp) is frustrating. The adaptive suspension in comfort but mostly sport is jittery and jiggly on ever road that has a less than perfect Tarmac.
Tire and road noise is disgusting.
The car does not feel planted on the road except for highway driving. Steering is very capable and firmly hefty in sport( if you can bear the suspension)
A great car except for the ride ; most of the time!
Not a big car guy...just know what I like...and what I have experienced...YMMV.
Traded in a 2014 Honda Accord Coupe, loved it and would have bought a 2016 but Honda gussied it up, added chrome and lost the clean lines I prefer. Also, took delivery of a new Colorado last year (worst purchase ever), just replaced it with a new Tacoma (a great truck).
For me, the comparison between the Japanese products with which I am familiar and the German offering is quite interesting. While I would not trade my BMW coupe for anything, I think the Japanese are a bit ahead in a couple of areas. The 2 Series coupe auto shift is not nearly as smooth as what I am used to in the Tacoma or Honda. In fact, I sometimes think I could manual shift smoother.
It was not a deal breaker but my 2014 Honda had perforated leather seat inserts, just like i used to spec out when I sold new business jets. It makes the leather softer to sit on and cooler in the summer. The leather on my new 2 Series did not come perforated which I would have preferred.
In spite of BMW's very clever use of computer technology, the main gages are what we in the aircraft industry call steam gages. I would have preferred to have digital read outs. After all, this is 2016!!!
While there is a bit of wind noise, it provides a great driving experience.
Sept 2016...Received a note from Edmunds to update my review so will oblige:
Was in France last week and had the occasion to ride in a nearly new Renault. Loved the one piece digital instrument panel that was deep set under a full length glare shield. The digital drive info and navigation screen all integrated into this one piece display.
Arrived home and was picked up at the airport by a friend driving her new Series 5 BMW. While the display appeared to be electronic, the instruments depicted analog or steam gauge presentations.
Guess the Germans are wedded to this technology!!!
This is an amazing car! This is my first BMW and to be honest, I can't believe I've lived this long without one! I have the convertible and it is so beautiful. I love driving it and can't get enough of it. I have a 2006 GTO as well and they look quite nice in the garage together!
I've had this car for 6 months now and it is still as fantastic as ever. It gets so many compliments!!! So glad I purchased this quick little beast.