Summary, Prices, Specs

By June 1, 2014

Summary

The BMW 2 Series offers beautiful design, great proportions and unsurpassed performance in the newly emerging sub-compact luxury category. The M235i offers loads of power and fun on the track, and the 228i should be plenty of car for the everyday driver. We were disappointed with the interior, however.

NewCarTestDrive.com senior correspondent Laura Burstein wrote this report after her drive of the M235i near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:BMW 228i ($32,100); M235i $43,100
Engines:2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged inline-4; 3.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged inline-6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 8-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):driver and passenger dual-stage front airbags, seat-mounted front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, traction control, stability control, BMW's Assist eCall emergency telematics system with 10 years of service
Safety equipment (optional):rearview camera, anti-theft alarm system, BMW remote services with remote door unlock and stolen vehicle recovery, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian warning, city collision mitigation
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Leipzig, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):BMW M235i ($43,100)
Standard equipment:automatic climate control, Sensatec faux leather upholstery, 10-way power front sport seats with 2-way power-adjustable side bolsters plus adjustable heard rests and thigh support, tilt-and-telescoping M Sport steering wheel with multifunction controls, sport instrument cluster, pushbutton start, power windows and mirrors, cruise control, BMW's iDrive interface with 6.5-inch color display, trip computer, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, audio system with CD player, HD radio and satellite radio capability, 60/40-split folding rear seats, power sunroof, automatic stop/start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic headlights, sport exhaust system, adaptive M sport suspension, sport brakes, variable sport steering, aerodynamic body kit, xenon adaptive headlights, LED accent lights, retractable headlight washers, rear spoiler, 18-inch alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot SuperSport summer performance tires
Options as tested (MSPR):Melbourne Red Metallic ($550); Premium Package ($2,300): leather upholstery, keyless entry, ambiance lighting, universal garage door opener, one-year satellite radio subscription, auto-dimming rearview and exterior mirrors; Technology Package ($2,150): Navigation, real-time traffic, BMW Online and apps, Bluetooth audio streaming
Destination charge:$925
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSPR):$49025
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):320 @ 5800-6000
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):330 @ 1300-6000
Transmission:8-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: mpg
Wheelbase:105.9 in.
Length/width/height:174.7/69.8/55.8 in.
Track, f/r:59.9/61.3 in.
Turning circle:35.8 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:40.1/NA/41.5 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: in.
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.5/NA/33 in.
Cargo volume:13.8 cu. ft.
Payload: Lbs.
Towing capacity: Lbs.
Suspension, f:independent, aluminum double-pivot spring, strut-type, electronically controlled damper
Suspension, r:independent, steel five-link, electronically controlled damper
Ground clearance:5.1 in.
Curb weigth:3505 lbs.
Tires:225/40ZR18 front; 245/35ZR18 rear
Brakes, f/r:vented disc/vented disc with ABS, CBC, EBD
Fuel capacity:13.7 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of June 1, 2014.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-332-4269 - www.bmw.com