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      05-12-2014, 08:42 AM   #1
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Edmunds tests the 228i

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Not bad test numbers from conservative Edmunds.

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Thanks to a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution and excellent outward visibility, the 228i playfully bounds from corner to corner with solid athleticism and instills very high levels of driver confidence. Steering is quick with appropriate effort, though feedback at the limit could be better. Considering the 228i's 3,344-pound curb weight, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo engine provides more than enough power to entertain even jaded pilots.

2014 BMW 228i

At our test track the 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque propelled the rear-wheel-drive 228i to 60 mph in a very quick 5.1 seconds. The eight-speed automatic capitalizes on all available power with well-spaced gears and quick, smooth shifts. Gearchanges can be commanded by the driver through wheel-mounted paddles, which work as well as an automated dual-clutch transmission. Even better, the traditional automatic doesn't exhibit the low-speed lurches from which many automated manual transmissions suffer.

The $650 M Sport brakes repeatedly brought the 228i to a stop from 60 mph in a very short 111 feet, all while remaining very composed and controllable.
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Why Should You Consider This Car?
The execution of the 2014 BMW 228i is simply impressive. The 228i makes few compromises and you can tailor one to your taste — whether it favors luxury or performance. As potent a performer as the 228i is, it weakens the case for upgrading to the M235i.

Why Should You Think Twice About This Car?
Rear-seat space is the main drawback to the BMW 228i. It holds two adults and their luggage comfortably, but not much else. In its defense, competitors suffer the same fate to varying degrees. We also couldn't replicate the EPA's fuel economy ratings, but as manufacturers are so fond of saying, "Your mileage may vary."
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5.1 seconds 0-60, huh? Didn't the other test show 4.9? Both significantly better than the advertised 5.4.
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http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/2-series/...oad-test1.html

Not bad test numbers from conservative Edmunds.
The 228i is scoring about the same 0 - 60 times as the outgoing 135i.
In the past week I've read test times of 4.9 sec and 5.1 seconds with the auto tranny.
Dunno how they did that with 50 less HP and 42 less ft lb torque than the 135i, but they did it.
Those clever Germans.
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It's all about that launch control and close gearing of the 8AT. If I can break 6 seconds in my 6MT I'm satisfied.
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      05-12-2014, 09:18 AM   #5
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I wish somebody reputable would test the 6MT 228i. To me it doesn't feel as quick as the auto.
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http://www.edmunds.com/bmw/2-series/...oad-test1.html

Not bad test numbers from conservative Edmunds.

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Thanks to a nearly perfect 50/50 weight distribution and excellent outward visibility, the 228i playfully bounds from corner to corner with solid athleticism and instills very high levels of driver confidence. Steering is quick with appropriate effort, though feedback at the limit could be better. Considering the 228i's 3,344-pound curb weight, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-turbo engine provides more than enough power to entertain even jaded pilots.

2014 BMW 228i

At our test track the 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque propelled the rear-wheel-drive 228i to 60 mph in a very quick 5.1 seconds. The eight-speed automatic capitalizes on all available power with well-spaced gears and quick, smooth shifts. Gearchanges can be commanded by the driver through wheel-mounted paddles, which work as well as an automated dual-clutch transmission. Even better, the traditional automatic doesn't exhibit the low-speed lurches from which many automated manual transmissions suffer.

The $650 M Sport brakes repeatedly brought the 228i to a stop from 60 mph in a very short 111 feet, all while remaining very composed and controllable.
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Why Should You Consider This Car?
The execution of the 2014 BMW 228i is simply impressive. The 228i makes few compromises and you can tailor one to your taste — whether it favors luxury or performance. As potent a performer as the 228i is, it weakens the case for upgrading to the M235i.

Why Should You Think Twice About This Car?
Rear-seat space is the main drawback to the BMW 228i. It holds two adults and their luggage comfortably, but not much else. In its defense, competitors suffer the same fate to varying degrees. We also couldn't replicate the EPA's fuel economy ratings, but as manufacturers are so fond of saying, "Your mileage may vary."
Not bad
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I wish somebody reputable would test the 6MT 228i. To me it doesn't feel as quick as the auto.
I don't think it is. The 435i 6MT was tested by C&D @ 5.2 seconds to 60 mph, and that's compared to 4.9 seconds for the 228i AT.
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0-60 is not that meaningful, there will be a huge difference in power in reality when you aren't doing a launch and stopping at 60.
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Wow and they are not even using 1 ft rollout as I thought they were. I know many car magazines do that but i just read they dont. For those of you interested in what roll out is there is an article about it on edmunds.com about how they test cars.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/f...nd-trucks.html
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Wow and they are not even using 1 ft rollout as I thought they were. I know many car magazines do that but i just read they dont. For those of you interested in what roll out is there is an article about it on edmunds.com about how they test cars.

http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/f...nd-trucks.html
Yup, edmunds times are consistently slower than other car review sites since they don't use the rollout. That's why these results are quite impressive!
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Thanks for all the context above, guys!
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'Twin turbo' and an 'auto manual' transmission??? I know it doesn't have a twin turbo and thought the trans was not a dct?
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I test drove the new AT 228i at the dealership (before I had purchased my 335i) and it was a blast. The compact size of the car, the gearing, and the suspension make it a lot of fun to drive. The M235i hadn't arrived yet so I hadn't driven it but I thought the 228i would be sufficient. Plus, with a turbo engine, its easy enough to change a few components, add a new tune, and get a lot more power.
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wonder how close m2 will be to M235 in price/performance
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I wish somebody reputable would test the 6MT 228i. To me it doesn't feel as quick as the auto.

MT will never be as quick as the new ZF 8 speed auto. My 8AT f30 was significantly faster than my current 6MT f30. My MT almost feels like a de-tuned version of the auto.
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I drove a 228 and it was awesome. The next day I bought a 428, only because I need a tad more room inside. If I could have been happy with the smaller size, the 228 was more than enough for me.
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'Twin turbo' and an 'auto manual' transmission??? I know it doesn't have a twin turbo and thought the trans was not a dct?
EDIT: I'm not sure where you read 'auto manual', but as other posters have pointed out, I don't see it.

The 228i has the ZF sourced 8-speed automatic with a torque converter (same as every other non-DCT equipped BMW). Edmunds, just like the rest of the automotive press, are too lazy and bored with their jobs to get the details right.
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MT will never be as quick as the new ZF 8 speed auto. My 8AT f30 was significantly faster than my current 6MT f30. My MT almost feels like a de-tuned version of the auto.
Yes, that is my impression as well, after comparing the 228i auto I test drove with my 288i 6MT. Although I think mostly it's because the auto is quicker off the line. If I do an aggressive clutch engagement around 3500 RPM as opposed to a more typical 1500 rpm, she pulls pretty hard. I think the MT can come close to matching the 8 speed 0-60, but you have to give it a pretty hard launch. For obvious reasons, I don't like doing that to my own car.
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The 228i has the ZF sourced 8-speed automatic with a torque converter (same as every other non-DCT equipped BMW). Edmunds, just like the rest of the automotive press, are too lazy and bored with their jobs to get the details right.
The Edmunds article does say it has a traditional auto - am I missing the mistake in the article ?
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'Twin turbo' and an 'auto manual' transmission??? I know it doesn't have a twin turbo and thought the trans was not a dct?
Directly from the article:
"Gearchanges can be commanded by the driver through wheel-mounted paddles, which work as well as an automated dual-clutch transmission. Even better, the traditional automatic doesn't exhibit the low-speed lurches from which many automated manual transmissions suffer."

They did goof and call it a twin-turbo though.
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I wish somebody reputable would test the 6MT 228i. To me it doesn't feel as quick as the auto.
Yeah agreed and I think this is the same for the F30. I have a 6MT 328i and had a 8AT loaner a couple weeks ago and the auto felt like it had another 50 hp on my car. These motors really, really love the auto.
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