BMW M235i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Specification

Basic info

  • Subcompact Cars EPA class
  • Luxury,High-Performance Market
  • Car Primary body type
  • Compact Vehicle size
  • Convertible Vehicle style
  • rear wheel drive Driven wheels
  • 2 Num of doors
  • 8 speed AUTOMATIC Transmission

Engine

  • 3.0 gas Type
  • 320 at 5800rpm Horsepower
  • 330 at 1400rpm Torque
  • 2979 Displacement
  • 6 Cylinder
  • inline Configuration
  • turbocharger Compressor type
  • 10.2 Compression ratio
  • 24 Total valves
  • double overhead camshaft variable valve timing Valve
  • premium unleaded (required) Fuel type
  • 6ITCG3.0 Code

Colours

Interior

  • Terra Dakota
  • Dakota Oyster/Black W/Dark Oyster Accent
  • Coral Red Dakota W/Black Highlight
  • Black Dakota
  • Black SensaTec

Exterior

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic

Roof

  • Brown
  • Moonlight Black
  • Black

Interior Trim

  • 'Fineline' Stream Wood W/Oxide Silver Matte Accent
  • Aluminum Hexagon W/Black High-Gloss Highlight
  • Brushed Aluminum W/Black High-Gloss Accent
  • Aluminum Hexagon W/Estoril Blue Matte Highlight

mpg

  • 21 City
  • 32 Highway

Prices

  • Base invoice $44,385.00
  • Base MSRP $47,700.00
  • Delivery charges $995.00
  • Used private party $40,257.00
  • Used Tmv retail $42,024.00
  • Used trade in $37,915.00

2 Series Convertible Ratings

Grade A
5/5/2015
Performance is the focus of the BMW M235i. As such, handling and acceleration are class-leading, yet the ride quality remains livable for daily driving duties. Interior build quality is superb. Our test car's convertible top only serves to enhance the overall sporty experience, although it limits trunk space.
  • Performance

    Grade A
    Score 9
    Well-suited for commuting everyday, but it's even better when you're driving it hard. The M235i has excellent brakes, a potent turbocharged engine and loads of grip to help it handle as well as any convertible in the segment.
    • Acceleration

      Grade A
      Score 9
      The 320-horsepower 3.0-liter inline-6 propels the M235i convertible to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds (0.3 second slower than the hardtop). Shifts from the 8-speed automatic transmission are quick and extra sharp in Sport Plus mode.
    • Braking

      Grade A
      Score 9
      From 60 mph the M235i needed just 104 feet to reach a stop. The brakes confidently slow the 4,520-pound convertible whether at the track or around town. Pedal feel is firm with short travel. M Sport brakes and summer tires are standard.
    • Steering

      Grade B
      Score 8
      Steering is acceptably heavy, especially at speed, given the car's sporting intentions. The variable ratio steering is also deceptively quick to turn in during low speed maneuvers. Adjustable between Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes.
    • Handling

      Grade A
      Score 9
      This car is stiff and sharp and wholly committed to the task of going fast through turns, especially when switched to Sport Plus mode. Lots of grip from the Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. This car instills driver confidence.
    • Driveability

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Throttle delivery is abrupt in Sport and Sport Plus modes. Eco sits on the opposite end of the sensitivity spectrum. Comfort proved just about perfect, the supple gas pedal and transmission making it a pleasant daily driver.
  • Comfort

    Grade B
    Score 7
    Front seat comfort is excellent. The highly adjustable sport seats will fit most sizes. The plus-2 rear seats are considerably less accomodating. Ride quality is sporty-firm and the cabin is a bit loud due to the canvas top.
    • Seating Comfort

      Grade A
      Score 8.5
      Front seats offer an array of adjustments to keep tall or short drivers comfortable, plus excellent lateral support. The telescopic steering wheel helps, too. Rear seats are confining and best left for small passengers or children.
    • Ride Comfort

      Grade B
      Score 7
      The M235i has a stiff ride, even with the adaptive suspension set to Comfort mode, but not to the point it's harsh. Sport setting may be objectionable for some over potholes. The ride is compliant enough to smooth out smaller bumps, though.
    • Quietness

      Grade C
      Score 6
      The M235i is louder inside than most cars, but gets a bit of a pass due to the convertible top. Still, we expected better. On the plus side, the lack of noise damping allows the exciting exhaust note to freely enter the cabin.
  • Interior

    Grade B
    Score 7
    The cabin is decent ergonomically and a pleasant place to spend extended periods of time, at least for front passengers. Not much space in the rear for full-size humans. Convertible top cramps luggage room somewhat, but interior storage is good. There are some rear visibility concerns.
    • Ergonomics

      Grade B
      Score 7.5
      Well-placed and clearly labeled controls simplify operation and are intuitive enough that you don't have to look away from the road to use them. The iDrive interface has a slight learning curve, but is one of the better systems.
    • Ingress/Egress

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Despite the small dimensions, the M235i is easy to get in and out of, even in tight spaces. Accessing the seatbelts does require a long reach back, though. Climbing into the rear seats is best left to small and limber passengers.
    • Space/Room

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Head, leg and even elbow room are ample for front seat passengers. Dropping the convertible top makes everything better. Kids will be fine in the rear seat, adults will suffer.
    • Visibility

      Grade C
      Score 6.5
      Forward pillars are on the thick side. Rearward views are obscured by small window and large rear passenger headrests. Putting the top down obviously helps. Our test car was equipped with the optional rearview camera and parking sensors.
    • Cargo/Storage

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Overall trunk space is limited by the convertible top storage area. Numerous bins, pockets and cupholders offer plenty of space for small items and drinks inside the cabin.
    • Convertible Top

      Grade B
      Score 7
      Fabric top powers up or down in about 20 seconds and will do so with the car traveling up to 30 mph. Remote top operation, by using the key fob, is possible with the Comfort Access package. Optional rear wind screen is available.
  • Value

    Grade B
    Score 7
    Free routine maintenance is a rare offering in this segment and it sets BMW apart from the pack. Excellent build quality inside and out further helps the M235i's case. Be aware that many popular features are grouped into packages that raise the cost quickly. MPG is merely average.
    • Build Quality (vs. $)

      Grade A
      Score 9
      BMW has a long reputation for building high-quality performance automobiles. That heritage is unquestionably felt inside and outside the M235i convertible. Excellent materials, fantastic panel fitment and no squeaks or rattles to note.
    • Features(vs. $)

      Grade C
      Score 6.5
      The M235i convertible starts around $48,000. Standard features include a sport suspension, upgraded brakes, Xenon adaptive and self-leveling headlights and a 6.5-inch infotainment screen. A rearview camera and navigation cost extra.
    • Cost

      Grade C
      Score 6.5
      As-tested MSRP was $56,600. Our car had $8,900 in options, including top-shelf leather and paint, navigation, rearview camera and heated front seats. Packages can be costly. Some items can be ordered a la carte.
    • MPG

      Grade B
      Score 7
      The EPA estimates the M235i convertible at 25 mpg combined (21 city/32 highway). We averaged 17.1 mpg over 2,300 miles because the car is so fun to drive. Engine Start/Stop feature improves fuel economy in town. Premium fuel is required.
    • Warranty

      Grade B
      Score 7
      4-year/50,000-mile basic and 4-year/50,000-mile drivetrain and 12-year rust perforation warranties are standard. These are typical for the class.
    • Ownership

      Grade A
      Score 8.5
      BMW offers 4-year/50,000-mile free maintenance and 4-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance plans. Mercedes and Audi charge for routine maintenance.
  • Fun To Drive

    Grade A
    Score 9
    Segment-topping performance, high-quality interior materials and a drop-top add up to big-time fun. All but the most sporting BMW enthusiasts will enjoy what the M235i has to offer.
    • Driving Experience

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Only a convertible offers that top-down, wind-in-the-hair freedom many of us crave. Add "M" levels of performance and it makes for a memorable driving experience.
    • Personality

      Grade A
      Score 9
      Lots of fun to be had. The engine sounds great and propels this car quickly down the road. Interior materials are terrific for the class, making the car feel special despite its diminutive size.