The main reason for this is the electric steering. There are two trim levels: 228i and M235i. The 2-series is tall, narrow, and oddly proportioned—just like a 2002. The M235i was even more impressive, performing the same task in only 106 feet 104 feet for the convertible. During Edmunds testing, a 228i M Sport came to a stop from 60 mph in 111 feet, a better-than-average performance. However, if a thrilling and sophisticated driving experience is what you're after, the 2 Series is the car to beat. Yet there's less than three seconds overall between my best lap in the 228i and Seaman's best lap in the M2.
And this is very definitely major league performance. With a brief spin of the tires on the shoulder, we're on the way back down. Also, even though the M235i is only 3 inches longer and one inch wider than the 135, it drives like a much bigger car--more akin to a 3 series. Materials quality is very good for an entry-level luxury vehicle, giving up little to the ostensibly fancier 4 Series. The Cold Weather package includes headlight washers, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. It features light-weight suspension parts to reduce unsprung mass and gets high-performance brakes that were tested on the Nurburgring. Sixty-two is done in 5.
A newer year model will be worth more at trade in time. Cannot wait to drive it each day. Among similarities are the body structure, market segment, starting price, fuel economy, height, and maximum occupancy. In normal driving situations, the 2 Series behaves like any other small luxury car. The M2 gets double duel exhaust tail pipes that are moved inward to emphasize the width of the car. With the M235i, you just steer until you hear squealing and rely on the larger rear tires to hold on.
When not taking me to airports, the M235i has been taking me to motorbike training. Nearly half price in just 2 and a half years! That's not to say the M235 was bad, it was just so hard to find the right one for me. Both are fresh designs and achieve new levels of driving refinement and interior quality. Also for 2018 there's a performance pack 2 that's well worth it. The ultra-supportive sport seats that are now standard on all versions of the 2 Series provide a high degree of adjustability and are comfortable even on long treks. I'll be in the 1M for this leg of the trip. I ordered one in December, was supposed to enter production this week.
At the next sufficiently straight spot in the road, I come to a halt and let everybody catch up so we can swap cars. So 5 grand difference for not much added benefit. Among similarities are the body structure and market segment. You see, I think the M235i is a brilliant little car. The motor sounds wicked, and from a roll, you can count on it to defeat most machinery south of a C7 Corvette.
I would price around for the best deal on a 2017. When that doesn't work, I run past him to the 228i and close the door, betting that Okulski has left the keys in it. The script called for the computerized, market-researched M2 to be blown into the weeds by the soulful, old-school 1M. Finally, I'd think your could do better on price for the 2016 that you are looking at. Maybe it's the lower speeds, maybe it's the manageable size, maybe it's the low weight, but this is a car that you can drive right up to the limit of the tires and stay there.
The M235 has adjustable dampers, which I almost never use, but some might see this as a benefit. The M2 is powered by a powerful version of the turbocharged straight-six engine. We start the day with a friendly dice between Okulski and me, swapping between the M2 and the 1M and running a few drag races on the main straight before getting into it for real. In the end, the Mustang deal was too good to pass up and the car just put a smile on my face every time I drove it. The fourth-place car is clearly the M235i. Automatic transmission as standard equipment.
Job one was taking art director Matt Tarrant and clobber on a trip to Cornwall. Best of luck with your decision and purchase. If you buy and plan to keep it more than seven years, getting a last-year's-leftover will not hurt you much when it's time to trade or sell. I know compared with my 2011 335d the differences are very substantial. Inside, the cabin is replete with high-quality materials for the entry-luxury class and looks like a slightly scaled-down version of the slightly larger 4 Series. Also, the 2016 2 Series Coupe M235i xDrive has a more powerful engine and gets 5 mpg less than the 2015 4C Coupe. Considerable celebration, as well, because we'd all like to be able to walk into a showroom and buy a new Bimmer that really delivers the goods.