2015 BMW M235i: Hair-Saving Wind Deflector
April 24, 2015
There are definite cons to driving a convertible. One is a sunburn, another is fussed hair. Donning a hat can be a solution to both, but with time can also cause the dreaded hat hair. Or perhaps you'd like the feel of a light breeze in your hair, but would rather not resemble Diana Ross upon arrival. While clouds or the roof can fix the sun issue, our 2015 BMW M235i's wind deflector can take care of the, well, wind.
Enclosed in a fabric bag, the wind deflector folds up to roughly the size of a pizza box and can live in the surprisingly spacious (for a convertible) trunk. To affix it, you unfold it and plug the longer bit into the round plugs behind the front seats. You then turn the knobs to fit the rear section into its plugs. That's it.
Raising and lowering the deflector is easily accomplished while moving and can remain in place even when the roof is raised. And really, why not, considering that the back seat is barely habitable?
As for its performance, the wind deflector successfully eliminates the breeze that swirls from behind, preventing annoying ear wind and unfortunate cow licks. Raising the side windows (there is a button that can raise or lower all at once) further reduces the side wind, leaving the desired light breeze even at highway speeds. Female companions may not even need that otherwise requisite hair tie.
This wind deflector isn't quite as impressive as the fully-powered one in our former long-term Porsche 911 Cabriolet, but it's nevertheless a very useful and well-executed feature. After all, who likes fussed hair?
James Riswick, Hair and Beauty Editor @ 787 miles