2015 BMW M235i: Stiff Structure Doesn't Ruin the Ride
August 5, 2015
In Edmunds testing, our 2015 BMW M235i long-termer accelerated from 0-60 mph in 4.8 seconds, zipped around the slalom course at 71.3 mph and held on around the skid pad at 0.93 g. Even if it's not a traditional M division car, the M235i has very respectable sporting cred.
And just like BMW's best cars, the M235i still has enough comfort baked in to make it suitable for driving every day.
Chopping off the 2 Series' roof to make it a convertible doesn't seem to have degraded the car's structural rigidity. In the last two weeks of driving our M235i, I've only noticed minor vibrations in the structure once or twice that probably wouldn't have occurred in the coupe (when driving over bumpy corners). Otherwise, this thing is stout.
That probably helped BMW's engineers further dial in the suspension tuning they wanted. Compared to a typical workaday family sedan, yeah, the M235i rides a bit stiff, even with the standard adaptive suspension dampers set to the Comfort driving mode. But considering what kind of car this is, I don't find it to be too much. I like the stable, buttoned-down feel, and many road bumps are smoothed out.
Adjusting the suspension to Sport does tighten everything up to the point where you probably wouldn't want to drive around with it on all the time. It can get pretty rough. But the tuning is really easy to adjust with the rocker switch right next to the gear shift lever.
If you're coming up to a turn where you want to drive with enthusiasm, just punch up Sport or Sport+, then turn it back to Comfort when you're done.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,445 miles