2015 BMW M235i: Tight Back Seat for Adults, But That's OK
July 31, 2015
About a month ago, Caroline wrote that the backseat of our long-term 2015 BMW M235i is not all that dog-friendly. You pretty much know that if a back seat isn't comfortable for dogs, it's not going to be all that great for humans.
That didn't stop me from trying it out anyway. If you're sitting in back with the top up and you're taller than 5-foot, 10-inches, your head will rub against the ceiling. Legroom is similarly tight, although you can splay out your legs a bit to give you a bit room for your knees.
If there's another adult sitting next to you, hope that he or she smells nice since you'll be sitting shoulder-to-shoulder (here in the office, I'd personally pick Mike Monticello to sit next to, since he's a bit shorter than me and always smells delightful).
The thing is, though, I'm actually quite fine with our M235i having a small backseat.
You almost expect a luxury coupe or convertible to have a small backseat. Many of them are ridiculously tight, in fact. By comparison, I'd say the rear quarters of the 2 Series are actually pretty decent. But really, what are you doing hauling around adults in your M235i anyway? Going golfing? Good luck trying to fit golf bags in the trunk. Frisbee golf, maybe. Try the 4 Series instead.
Now, loading up your kids (should you have some, of course) in the M235i for school or other activities is a more realistic endeavor. Little kids are small enough to be comfortable in the back and skinny enough to slip past the narrow opening provided by powering the front seat forward.
Here's the takeaway: I see buying a new 2 Series as the closest approximation you can get to the iconic 1999-2005 BMW 3 Series, at least in terms of driving spirit. Smaller usually equals less weight, and less weight usually equals more fun. If having a small backseat is the sacrifice to gain the M235i's dynamic goodness, I'm quite okay with that.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 4,371 miles