2015 BMW M235i Convertible: Dog Report
June 30, 2015
Our long-term 2015 BMW M235i isn't ideal for medium-size senior dogs. I learned this when I took my 11-year-old pitbull Mya to my folks' place for Father's Day.
Since Mya is an old girl she's always uncomfortable, always groaning. She can't jump anymore so we bought her a dog ramp to get in and out of tall cars. But since our M235i was low enough, that shouldn't have been an issue.
What became an issue, however, was that the two-door configuration didn't give her the wide berth she needed to feel comfortable clambering in or out. The front seat only moves forward so much and even with the seat tilted forward, she was skeptical of how to get out (see above photo).
Smaller and younger dogs won't have an issue, I imagine. That center cupholder also made it uncomfortable for Mya to stretch out. During the 50-minute ride, she kept fidgeting and finally just sat up and stared hopefully out the window, waiting until we reached our destination. Small dogs can just curl up in one seat.
But at least there were rear-seat vents that were at "sleeping dog" face level, especially crucial that weekend when temperatures hit the high-90s.
Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor