2015 BMW M235i: Heated Seats and Steering Wheel Are Smart, Lifesaving
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 8, 2016
Living in Los Angeles, I get real spooked when the temperature drops below 60 degrees. What is this? Antarctica? The Apocalypse? I can't wear flip-flops in either.
I checked for the Four Horsemen while fleeing the cold and jumping into our 2015 BMW M235i. Once inside, I remembered a crucial item on the Monroney sticker: The Cold Weather Package.
The $700 option adds heating to the front seats and steering wheel. The additions might sound strange for a convertible, but some of my most enjoyable drives have been in cool weather with the top down and heat blowing at full blast. I put the seat heater on full boogie and looked for the button that would do the same for the steering wheel. After a moment of thumbing around, I found it.
The button is hidden out of the way, on the bottom left side of the steering column. It illuminates when pressed, and the instrument cluster shows a notice.
With hands and butt warming, I set off to do some errands. Later, I was pleased to find the M235i remembers to turn the heating back on after being parked for a short period. It's a small detail, but one that makes the M235i seem cleverer than cars that make you hit the buttons again after you've left the grocery store.
Plus, it feels great to this sensitive-to-winter-type Californian
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor