BMW offers a nice flavour among its vast collection of convertibles for this year: the 2015 BMW 228i Convertible. As expected, the luxury-lined power machine with a conservative air has its own magic and not it is not only because of its brand but because it has the guts of being a mage on the road.
Set to compete with the road masters in the likes of Audi A3, Acura ILX and Mercedes Benz CLA-class, this one bimmer is a certified must have for lovers of freedom, air and speed.
Exterior and Interior Styling
Remember in the stories when powerful mages have to disguise in simple grey cloaks? Many have underestimated these folks and this may just be the case for 228i Convertible. It has the simple elegance that may be scoffed at by the uber-stylish or edgy crowds but the mean-looking headlights and twin grilles posted mid front (nostalgic of flaring nostrils) give off a cue for thirst in road competition.
The top-down fabric can be neatly folded in mere 20 seconds. However, the cabin inside is a little bit constricted and you may need to fold your knees and squeeze yourself a little bit most especially if you’re a large guy.
Ride quality on smooth pavement has the calm and controlled assurance with the steering steady and weighty on center. As it is, as a bearer of the 228i moniker, it has the famous 8-speed Steptronic transmission that has sporty tuning when in fully automatic mode.
Wrapping up the details, our newest favorite road mage has the refined and minimalist style, upgraded power and a good budget for fuel. The dashboard may lack the presence of the touchscreen infotainment but the buttons, knobs and control system are all in neat, organized array.
- Engine : 2.0L Turbocharged and Intercooled 4-cylinder, rear placement
- Transmission : 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
- Drivetrain : RWD
- Power : 240hp
- Torque : 255 lb.-ft
- Top Speed : 130 MPH
- Mileage : (city) 23 MPG; (highway) 34 MPG
- Price : starting at $38,895 to $53,870 as tested