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2015 BMW M235i Convertible Long-Term Road Test

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2015 BMW M235i: Setting Records on its First Road Trip, Part 1

by Cameron Rogers, Associate Editor on March 21, 2016

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To my knowledge, our 2015 BMW M235i had never been on a road trip in the 11 months it's been a part of our fleet. A lack of long-distance trips affects overall fuel economy and Best Range and Best Fill MPG records. It also makes it difficult to hit the 20,000-mile goal we set for long-term cars.

To make everything a little more balanced, I decided to take it on a road trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Here's how the drop-top sports car fared on the 900-mile round trip.

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2015 BMW M235i: Heated Seats and Steering Wheel Are Smart, Lifesaving

by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on January 8, 2016

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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.

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2015 BMW M235i: The Case for a Practical Sports Car

by Travis Langness, Social Media Editor on November 18, 2015

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They aren't designed for adults with legs, but our long-term 2015 BMW M235i definitely has rear seats. It also has doors that open wide, a relatively quiet ride at idle and a windshield you can see out of. Combined with overall drivability, these practical bits make the M235i a pretty practical sports car.

It's not a hardcore racecar like our long-term Dodge Viper and that's a good thing.  

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2015 BMW M235i: The One Button Every Car Needs

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 13, 2015

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Our long-term 2015 BMW M235i has a switch every car needs and you won't believe what it is.

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2015 BMW M235i: The Bad Kind of Loud

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on September 30, 2015

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Convertibles have inherent sacrifices. They're heavier, less stiff, and fabric isn't as good at insulating you from sound as are layers of metal and sound dampening.

I'm usually okay with sacrifices in the first two categories. I like convertibles and I like cruising with the top down more than I like the fractional benefit that lightness and stiffness give to my cruising.

It's the third item — quietness — where our 2015 BMW M235i makes me question our decision to get the droptop.

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2015 BMW M235i: Swampy Seats

by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on September 23, 2015

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A few months ago, I called out our 2015 BMW M235i as having the best seats in the fleet. Not only did it rhyme, but it was true. These things are great. Well-bolstered, lots of adjustment, great position — love 'em.

Until the mercury rises above 90. Then there are some issues.

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2015 BMW M235i: Well-Insulated and Impressive Soft Top

by James Riswick, New and Used Car Editor on September 17, 2015

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While Josh Sadlier and Company were driving the Yugo to Monterey Car Week in what can only be described as an exercise in automotive self-flagellation, I accompanied them in my 1998 BMW Z3 2.8 roadster. Needless to say, my experience was exponentially more pleasant.

However, my old Z3 has only a single-layer soft top, producing intrusive wind noise at 65 mph or higher. Strong winds that weekend made it even worse. After an hour of roar and the odd high-pitched whistle, "tiresome" would be an insufficient adjective.

I share this story to illustrate just how far soft-top convertibles have come, and specifically, BMW's. The one in our 2015 BMW M235i is truly impressive.

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2015 BMW M235i: Stiff Structure Doesn't Ruin the Ride

August 5, 2015

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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.

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2015 BMW M235i: Tight Back Seat for Adults, But That's OK

July 31, 2015

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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.

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2015 BMW M235i Convertible: Dog Report

June 30, 2015

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Our long-term 2015 BMW M235i isn't ideal for medium-size senior dogs. I learned this when I took my 11-year-old pitbull Mya to my folks' place for Father's Day.

Since Mya is an old girl she's always uncomfortable, always groaning. She can't jump anymore so we bought her a dog ramp to get in and out of tall cars. But since our M235i was low enough, that shouldn't have been an issue.

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2015 BMW M235i: One Size Fits All

May 18, 2015

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I am height-challenged in the sense that my gawky, 6-foot 4-inch frame makes it difficult to fit perfectly in many compacts and sports cars. Imagine my delight when I climbed into our 2015 BMW M235i for the first time to find that the small convertible offered plenty of room to stretch my legs. Even better is the ample head room afforded by a tall roof and adjustable seat bottom.

Im not the only one surprised by the M235is unexpected amount of driver space.

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2015 BMW M235i: Best Seats in the Fleet

May 5, 2015

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The seats in our Volvo have received praise here. And they're fine if you like firm seats with minimal adjustments, rigid bolsters, stiff leather, no thigh support and a headrest that's constantly punching you in the brain stem.

The seats in our 2015 BMW M235i have none of these downsides and are my new favorite seats in the fleet. By far.

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2015 BMW M235i: First Chance to Test Sun-Reflecting Leather

April 23, 2015

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We've had a great many long-term BMWs during my eight-plus years at Edmunds, but our 2015 BMW M235i is the first convertible. That means we've never had a chance to try a feature that has intrigued me since it was introduced for the last-generation 3 Series convertible: sun-reflective leather.

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2015 BMW M235i Convertible: Introduction

April 16, 2015

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It's been a couple of years since we last had a convertible in the Edmunds long-term test fleet. Now that BMW has released a drop-top version of the compact and lively 2 Series, we figured it's as good a time as any to break out the sunscreen.

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