The small 2 Series coupe and convertible has razor-sharp handling and a sense of immediacy that is unlike other recent BMWs, which seem to focus more on luxury and comfort.
The 228i comes with a 240-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder while the up-level M235i we tested has a terrific 320-hp, 3.0-liter turbo six-cylinder.
Transmission choices are a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic.
The excellent front seats are surrounded with ample space, but the rear seats remain very cramped.
Interior appointments are first rate but the iDrive unified control system remains a bit of a pain to learn and use. .
A sportier, more-powerful M2 version arrived in 2016.
Updates for 2017 brought a change in nomenclature, with the base 228i becoming the 230i and powered by a 248-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
Changes for 2020 included the Gran Coupe 4-door versions, 228i xDrive and M235i xDrive, which were based on a different, less performance-oriented platform.