The BMW M235i received a near-perfect score to top Consumer Reports’ road test reviews. The high-performance car scored 98 of possible 100 points – outscoring costlier rivals Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette. The Porsche 911 Carrera S received a score of 95 while the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LT3 got a score of 92.
At a price of $50,400, the BMW M235i is around $60,000 less expensive than the 911 Carrera S and $23,000 cheaper than the Corvette Stingray LT3. Consumer Reports said that the M235i features a “classic BMW mold” and offers “tenacious cornering” on the track, while taking on comfort and luxury.
Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports deputy cars editor, told Bloomberg in an interview that BMW M235i is a “totally dual-purpose car” -- one that can be driven to work safely on weekdays and piloted on the track on the weekend.
BMW has shifted away from its “Ultimate Driving Machine” slogan in past years, and is taking a cue from its old marketing approach with the M235i, Consumer Reports said.
Linkov said that the M235i “seems like it has almost a direct lineage,” to BMWs. The magazine said that while the Corvette and 911 are more powerful than the M235i on the road, BMW’s offering is not far behind and offers more comfort.
Consumer Reports evaluates vehicles on how well they drive, their interior-finish quality, safety and reliability. The magazine’s reviewers said the 911 and Corvette had “excellent and near-identical acceleration and braking results.”
The 911 was deemed superior than the Corvette in terms of higher maximum speed and handling. The magazine, however, said that the Corvette has “quick reflexes” despite being more “about power than grace.”