2015 BMW M235i: Trades Small Rear Seat for Bigger Trunk
August 10, 2015
That the 2015 BMW M235i should be able to handle some grocery-getting and other details of the day-to-day shouldn't be surprising, even if it is a convertible. This is, after all, a $50,000 car. And even if it's main purpose is to be a tightly-wound little carving machine that can dress down when the sun is up, you should expect some measure of daily utility for fifty large.
The flipside of the M235i's stingy rear seat room, well-documented in our travels, is that it enables a trunk shape and volume that's fairly useful for resupplying the pantry. Although it tapers closer to the rear seat backs, the trunk is surprisingly deep, if narrow
I had assumed the folding fabric top, mechanism and tonneau cover would significantly eat into trunk space when the top was down. It does, but it's all so neatly hidden away and centered over the top of the trunk that it's not the space-eater you'd think.
Nearly one year after the M235i convertible's launch, BMW still isn't showing SAE trunk volume numbers. Back on its release, BMW noted that by European measurements, which differ from SAE standards, the 2 Series improved on the 1 Series convertible trunk volume by nine percent with the top up, seven percent with the top down.
The 1 Series convertible offers 8 cubic feet of storage with the top down, so figure that the 2 Series offers a shade more than one-half cubic foot. That's not mind-bending expansion clearly, but better than none and as you can see in the photos, you can haul eight grocery bags in tidy fashion.
The bags that back up against the rear seats get compressed a bit from their normal 14-inch height from the soft-top well up above, but they fit. The black fabric bag in front of the bags holds the folded wind deflector, if you were wondering.
Time to see how much luggage and golf gear will fit.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor