2016 BMW 428 review

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BMW 428 highlights

Customer rating


  • Dynamic handling
  • Good fuel economy
  • Upscale interior


  • Lack of standard driver aids
  • Limited rear-seat headroom (Gran Coupe)
  • Automatic stop-start system can be intrusive

Mileage (EPA estimate)

21 city, 33 highway, 25 combined

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A luxury car with three configurations

The 2016 BMW 428 is a small luxury car with seemingly endless choices to suit your fancy. First, you can choose between three body styles: coupe, convertible, or hatchback (Gran Coupe). From there, you have choices between rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, and automatic transmission and manual. Rest assured that whichever BMW 428 you choose, you’ll get a small but powerful luxury vehicle that’s incredibly fun to drive—and that looks great doing it. Packed with tech features and premium amenities, the BMW 428 should be on the shortlist for your next luxury car.

All BMW 428 years

What is new for the 2016 BMW 428?

  • The 428 is available in a new trim called the XI Gran Coupe.
  • The I xDrive Gran Coupe trim has been discontinued for 2016.
  • 428 trims have been upgraded with Manual Transmission as standard equipment this year.
  • Automated Parking features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The I Gran Coupe trim now comes with Overhead Airbags and Side Airbags as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 BMW 428

1. Choice of three body styles 

The 2016 BMW 428 is available in three distinct body styles: coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe (hatchback). Looking for a two-door luxury sports car with room for four? Go for the coupe. Dreaming of driving down the highway with the wind in your hair and an unblocked landscape all around you? Choose the retractable hardtop convertible. Need a little more room for passengers and cargo? The four-door, five-seat hatchback is your best bet. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a BMW 428 to suit your lifestyle. 

2. Solid performance 

If you’re looking for driving excitement, the 2016 BMW 428 delivers. The turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine makes 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque and is powered by rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The AWD coupe can race to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds (according to the manufacturer, when new)—enough acceleration to keep a smile on your face. With an engaging engine and punchy acceleration, you’ll be itching to get behind the wheel of this luxury sports car. 

3. Choice of automatic or manual transmission 

Eight-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models of the 2016 BMW 428, but a six-speed manual transmission is available on the rear-wheel-drive coupe. The automatic transmission is smooth, refined, and completely capable in full auto mode, though you can get closer to the action by selecting manual mode and using the paddle shifters. If you’re a traditionalist who relishes the experience of driving a stick, you’ll love the buttery feel of the manual transmission. Whatever you choose, the BMW 428 is sure to please. 

4. Good fuel economy 

Once you get behind the wheel of the 2016 BMW 428, you won’t want to be deterred from your pursuit of the open road. And you may not have to be—when equipped with the eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, all body styles of the BMW 428 get an EPA-estimated 27 mpg combined.

That way, you and your crew can spend more time with the sunroof or convertible top open and the breeze blowing as you enjoy your time on the road together. 

5. Upscale interior 

Step inside the 2016 BMW 428, and you’ll have a feeling of being transported to a world of understated luxury. You’ll love the classic analog gauges, flowing interior trim lines, and premium materials. The front sport seats are comfortable and supportive, with power-adjustable side bolsters so you can find the ideal position, and driver’s seat memory settings so you can ensure perfect comfort every time. Whether you choose a model with standard leatherette or available Dakota leather upholstery, you’ll get a taste of the finer things in the BMW 428. 

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

4.8 out of 5

6 customer reviews
Above Average

RepairPal gave the BMW 428 an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks BMW 428 28th out of 68 among Luxury Midsize Cars.

RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a BMW 428 is $609, compared to an average of $617 for Luxury Midsize Cars and $591 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

According to RepairPal, BMW 428 owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.2 times per year, compared to an average of 1.4 times for Luxury Midsize Cars and 1.3 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 11% for the BMW 428, compared to an average of 13% for Luxury Midsize Cars and 14% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

BMW 428 features and specs

I 2WD 2D Convertible

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cruise Control
  • Hard Top
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • Turbo Charged Engine
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automated Parking
  • Blind Spot Monitor
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Harman Kardon Sound
  • Head Up Display
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Parking Sensors
  • Rear Spoiler
  • Rear View Camera
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Engine type

Turbo Gas

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Overall length






Leg room

F 42.2"/R 33.1"

Head room

F 40.4"/R 37.1"

Front tires


Rear tires


Seating capacity




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