#269 2020 BMW 2 Series First Impressions; Why Manufacturers Shouldn't Charge a Premium for Safety Features

published 8 months ago by Consumer Reports

This week we give our first impressions of the 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe, discuss its driving characteristics, and how it compares to its competitors, like the Genesis G70. CR has released a new study which finds that on many vehicles important advanced safety features like AEB (Automatic Emergency Braking) and FCW (Forward Collision Warning) are only available in expensive optional packages, and paired with less crucial amenities (such as sunroofs and heated seats.) We talk about the importance of these life saving systems, and why they should be standard on every car. We also answer questions about the safety of Tesla’s chargers and other home EV chargers in wet, rainy conditions; why tires could become noisy after they are rotated; and suggest a fun, manual transmission car for a teen driver under $15k.     -----------------------------------   Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at    Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify:      SHOW NOTES -----------------------------------   00:00 - Introduction 01:33 - CR’s Vehicle Safety Features Study 05:58 - 2020 BMW 228i xDrive Gran Coupe First Impressions 11:39 - Question #1: How safe are EV home chargers in wet weather? 14:10 - Question #2: Why tires might become noisy after a rotation? 16:49 - Question #3: What is a cool and fun, but also safe and reliable, manual transmission car for teen?   ----------------------------------    Coronavirus Resource Hub   New Consumer Reports Study Finds Automakers Charging Premium for Safety   First Drive: 2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Makes Luxury More Affordable   2019 Genesis G70 Quick Drive   2014 Mazda3 first Drive   2014 Toyota Corolla first drive   -----------------------------------   Check out   for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: 

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