2015 BMW M235i: Top-Down Takes a While
by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on February 2, 2016
Maybe it's just that I've spent a lot of time in our long-term Mazda Miata lately and it has a top that goes down quicker than the car can accelerate to 60 mph. But when I'm in our long-term 2015 BMW M235i and I deploy the convertible top, it feels like an eternity passes before the process completes.
Here are a few videos of the top going up and down. You can time it yourself or trust that we used a stopwatch at the track, recording a time of 21 seconds for the top to come down, and another 21 seconds for it to go up.
For comparison, I dove in to our records and found data on an 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet. It took 19 seconds for the Audi's top to come down, 20.5 seconds to go up. Not a huge difference, so I kept digging.
I found a 2015 Corvette convertible: 20 and 20. A 2015 Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabriolet? 19 and 21 seconds, respectively.
Smaller cars are even quicker. The Fiat 500 Cabrio? 13.4 seconds to drop the top, 14.8 to put it up. One of the quickest folding tops I found was the Jaguar F-Type convertible: 10 seconds down, 11.5 up.
In the end, almost every vehicle I found among our recent testing history had a faster folding cloth roof than the M235i, confirming my suspicion that the top is complicated and that it moves way too slowly. I'll be sure to add that one to my list of reasons to buy the better-looking, hardtop version instead.
Travis Langness, Social Media Editor @ 13,979 miles