If the BMW M235i is a bit too far out of reach for you and the 220i just doesn’t cut it, BMW Australia has just announced the new mid-spec 228i which could be more to your liking.
Under the bonnet sits the most powerful iteration of BMW’s 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as seen in many other ’28i’ models. It produces 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque. The grunt is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission (no manual), and into a rear-wheel drive setup.
Out on the tarmac the 228i brings eyebrow-raising performance, with 0-100km/h coming up in 5.7 seconds – about as quick as many V8s not that long ago – while the fuel economy is rated at a respectable 6.3L/100km.
Being the mid-spec model, the 228i comes with plenty of creature comforts and standard features. Highlights include 18-inch alloy wheels wearing staggered 225 front and 245 rear tyres, bi-xenon headlights with washers, dual exhausts, and the choice of either the Sport Line trim package or the Modern Line.
Inside is a comprehensive ‘Business’ grade navigation system and multimedia screen with iDrive control, blending in various apps and services into the one 6.5-inch display. It includes a six-speaker stereo with full connectivity and optional internet.
All variations come with six airbags, leather trim, dynamic stability control, corner brake control, and BMW’s Driving Experience Control with four driving settings; Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport +. Each of the modes alter the throttle, steering, and gearshift response and feel.
Prices for the 228i start at $64,400 excluding on-road costs, placing it in the middle of the $50,500 220i and the $79,900 M235i.