The 2015 BMW 228i gets a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 240 horsepower, and routing it to the rear or all four wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The M235i uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine, boasting 320 horsepower, and also available with the same drivetrain options. To help improve fuel economy in the city, all 228i models include an auto-stop/start function that shuts off the engine at complete stops. And its 240 horsepower gives it the title of the most powerful base model in its class. In fact, its excellent performance will make you question whether the 80 extra horsepower you get in the M235i is worth the money.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,000-6,500 rpm
255 lb-ft of torque @ 1,450-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/36 mpg (automatic, RWD), 22/34 mpg (manual, RWD), 23/35 mpg (automatic, AWD), 23/34 mpg (convertible, RWD), 22/33 mpg (convertible, AWD)
3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
320 horsepower @ 5,800-6,000 rpm
330 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/32 mpg (automatic, RWD), 19/28 mpg (manual, RWD), 20/30 mpg (automatic, AWD), 19/26 mpg (convertible, manual), 21/32 mpg (convertible, automatic)
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