2015 BMW M235

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Key Specs

of the 2015 BMW M235. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • None of the 1 Series' awkward lines
  • Snug cabin still accommodates taller people
  • Excellent handling and balance

The Bad

  • Expensive
  • Lack of expected standard features

Notable Features of the 2015 BMW M235

  • All-wheel-drive version now available
  • Offered in 228i or M235i form, both with turbocharged engines
  • Coupe or convertible

2015 BMW M235 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

BMW's 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 228i and M235i. The 228i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the M235i is motivated by a 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.

New for 2015
A convertible body style is new for 2015, and the 2 Series now offers all-wheel drive in addition to rear-wheel drive. A new Track Handling Package for the 228i includes a 10-millimeter lower ride height, an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio and variable-effort steering, upgraded brakes and 18-inch light-alloy wheels with performance tires.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Fog lights
  • Available adaptive headlights with LED accent lighting
  • Available rear spoiler and body kit
  • Available moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • iDrive multimedia system with a 6.5-inch screen
  • Available navigation system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available Harman Kardon audio system
  • Available self-parking system
  • Available heated front seats and steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i)
  • 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (M235i)
  • Six-speed manual ...
Vehicle Overview

BMW's 2 Series is the company's entry-level car. It is a sporty two-door coupe or convertible with seating for four. It's available in two models: 228i and M235i. The 228i has a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the M235i is motivated by a 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder. Competitors include the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe.

New for 2015
A convertible body style is new for 2015, and the 2 Series now offers all-wheel drive in addition to rear-wheel drive. A new Track Handling Package for the 228i includes a 10-millimeter lower ride height, an adaptive suspension, variable-ratio and variable-effort steering, upgraded brakes and 18-inch light-alloy wheels with performance tires.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • 17-inch alloy wheels; 18-inch wheels available
  • Fog lights
  • Available adaptive headlights with LED accent lighting
  • Available rear spoiler and body kit
  • Available moonroof

Interior Highlights

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • iDrive multimedia system with a 6.5-inch screen
  • Available navigation system
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Available Harman Kardon audio system
  • Available self-parking system
  • Available heated front seats and steering wheel

Under the Hood

  • 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (228i)
  • 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder (M235i)
  • Six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Automatic stop-start system
  • Available adaptive suspension

Safety Features

  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Front-seat side-impact airbags
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Available backup camera
  • Available front and rear parking sensors
  • Available lane departure warning

Latest 2015 M235 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Perfect balance

by zlbdad from Boston,MA on August 25, 2018

It's comfortable and fast and fun...and it actually can seat 4! I look forward to many years of fun in this vehicle. Great lines and styling Read full review

(5.0)

Best Value BMW...

by dc1 from sf bay area on April 17, 2018

I've owned an M5 and and M3, and now have an M235i. While not a full bore 'M' car, the little M235i is a ton of fun, gets good mpg, handles beautifully, and is just fun to own and drive. Bulletproof ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 BMW M235 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 BMW M235 has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / unlimited distance

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by BMW

Program Benefits

Comprehensive inspection by BMW technician, 24/7 Roadside Assistance, BMW Assist. Exceptional vehicles with exceptional coverage

  • Limited Warranty

    Unlimited Miles for 1-Year

    BMW Certified Pre-Owned: Covers you for unlimited miles for 1-year, after the expiration o f the 4-year / 50,000 mile New Vehicle/SAV Limited Warranty for a total of 5 years with unlimited miles. This includes up to 5 years and unlimited miles of BMW Roadside Assistance and BMW Assist (TM) on many late model BMW vehicles. Additional plans are available to extend your vehicle's coverage for up to a total of 6 years with unlimited miles. See your BMW Center for details.
  • Eligibility

    Under 5 years / 60,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Comprehensive inspection.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The M235 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

D

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

B

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

C
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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