Many BMW purists are lamenting the, well, softening of the automaker's "Ultimate Driving Machine" edict in favor of more comfort, luxury, and technology in recent models. In most cases, we feel the automaker has achieved a good balance between performance and livability, but, yes, certain models are missing that razor-sharp handling edge we'd grown to expect.
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

Worse Better
Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS, ESC, and side and head protection air bags standard. FCW and AEB standard from 2019.
Road Test

Many BMW purists are lamenting the, well, softening of the automaker's "Ultimate Driving Machine" edict in favor of more comfort, luxury, and technology in recent models. In most cases, we feel the automaker has achieved a good balance between performance and livability, but, yes, certain models are missing that razor-sharp handling edge we'd grown to expect.

The M235i, on the other hand, is a fresh, exhilarating coupe that has been faithfully forged in the classic BMW mold. The car feels taut, quick, and eager. In short, it's a joy to drive.

Seating
2 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
AWD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
convertible
coupe
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 8-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 2-liter 4 turbo (240 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (320 hp)
  • 3-liter 6 turbo (365 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2016 BMW 2 Series owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"There was a known issue with the idrive display and it was addressed at the dealership under warranty promptly"

Anonymous, IL (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"At times back camera doesn’t switch back to normal operation after reversing"

Richard F., DE (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Display screen goes blank

"Screen went blank but resumed working next day. Dealer told me problem was the subject of a service bulletin and was fixed with a software update"

Anonymous, NJ (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Covered by warranty. A sensor failed causing the entire dash to go out"

Anonymous, FL (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"bluetooth intermittent when first receiving calls; caller can hear me, i can't hear caller. Songs/playlist data empty even though it's playing a playlist"

Anonymous, ON (2016 BMW 2 Series)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"In dash navigation is terrible, Siri on my iPhone is much better. It can't find addresses when I am sitting in the driveway - they don't exist according to the NAV. Also, the voice recognition fails on two part street names with two part city names: 1234 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA"

William B., CA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"This system is difficult (complicated) to use so I now use my cell phone"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The music and selecting preset channels for the SIRRIUS radio...they often just disappear and I have to go to the dealer to reset. I al HATE the navigation...it's poorly designed and I prefer my Iphone navigation."

Anonymous, FL (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"To up date the GPS they are asking $300.00 plus instalation"

Richard F., DE (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Radio

"some of the buttons do not "remember" the saved stations"

Patricia K., TX (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Some of the commands they say to use in their instructions don't work: Go Home works, Navigate Home doesn't. Very inconsistent on speech recognition, and I don't have an accent"

William B., CA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Alarm or security system (excluding aftermarket systems)

"the lights went off / blinking as if the alarm were going off, but no sound. Turns out there was an error in the sunroof/alarm module that needed to be replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Brake and blinker lights not working despite a visit to the dealer to repair once"

Anonymous, MA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Got left tail light trouble, had a shorted wire harness"

Joseph I., NY (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"bad turn signal bulb."

Mark F., FL (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Wiring for rear lights was shorting out, due to abrasion. Both sets of wiring were replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"excessive current in rear tail light module required replacement. No problems since replacement."

Anonymous, AZ (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"Rear brake light showed failure warning light. Both rear tail light assemblies were replaced. Bulletin sent to dealers due to many failures in 200 series cars."

Joe Z., FL (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"Twice now, the entire passenger-side rear taillight assembly has failed. The dealer told me that there was burn damage to the wiring and it had to be replaced both times."

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Headlights

"HID control module failed and had to be replaced"

Anonymous, (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Alignment

"dealer claimed alignment within specs"

Lew B., CO (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"The dealer claimed the problem described previously was an alignment issue, bu realignment did not fix the problem."

Anonymous, NH (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Shocks or struts

"car is low to the ground and i live in nyc .. potholes are a killer .. also during winter roads are full of new potholes so i have to weave to avoid ."

Anonymous, CT (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Tire wear is uneven

"tires completely worn out at 6000 mi with severe uneven wear"

Lew B., CO (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Wheel balance

"after purchasing new tires the problem surfaced that tyhe car vibrated at speeds over 55MPH"

Anonymous, NH (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Wheel bearings

"Slight noise (clicking) from the front wheel bearings when under heavy cornering loads. BMW replaced both under warrantee."

Gregory T., UT (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

"water/soap from car wash seeped into trunk shorting out the stereo amp."

Anonymous, TX (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Seals and/or weather-stripping

"Both rear taillights had defective seals and developed condensation inside. Both were replaced under warranty"

Christopher N., CA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Squeaks or rattles

"Rattle in rear seat, dealer took care of it at ne t scheduled service"

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

"When started and first driven the brakes squeak. Dealer says nothing wrong with the breaks."

Anonymous, OH (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"The car when driven on really atrocious MI roads rattles like a 1969 model E. Its built for autobahns not US roads."

Russell H., MI (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Loose exterior trim or moldings

"The moulding around the front window is peeling and cracked."

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"crackling and have dark patches that cannot be removed. Car get washed two to three times in a month and polished to keep it shiny."

Anonymous, CA (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"There was not an applicable field for the issues I've had with this car, but this was the closest match. The car had a total computer failure while driving that put me in a very dangerous situation. I was making a turn in normal traffic at ~40mph when a warning tone sounded and numerous lights and messages started displaying. At the same time, the steering wheel broke from my hand and the gas pedal and brake went unresponsive. The can put itself into limp mode and a message stated to take car to nearest service center immediately. The service center stated that they had never seen such a failure and reset the flex ray system saying they thought that should fix the issue. The issue has not occurred again, however, I have driven the car sparingly since then. Additionally the rear brake heat shields would continuously get debris lodged between the rotor, resulting in an abrupt and very loud screeching noise. This happened routinely over my years of ownership and the dealer stated this was nothing to be concerned with. BMW recently developed a new heat shield and I was able to get the dealer to replace the faulty design with the update and the issue has not occurred since."

Anonymous, AL (2016 BMW 2 Series)
Squeaking

"happens under 60F"

Anonymous, DE (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"Passenger seat belt stopped retracting. The entire seatbelt assembly had to be replaced."

Anonymous, WA (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)
Pipes

"Exhaust system was missing a bolt when car was built"

Anonymous, MA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Convertible top

"Headliner tear from faulty tensor covered by recall"

Anonymous, (2016 BMW 2 Series 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Doors or sliding doors

"Rattles"

Anonymous, IA (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"all wheel drive inop"

H L., PA (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i xDrive 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Electrical failure

"Air conditioning quit blowing cold air. Fix was to insert a resister somewhere in the electrical circuitry. Design change."

John M., SC (2016 BMW 2 Series 228i 2.0-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Radiator

"Radiator apparently failed and/or started leaking. Everything was covered under warranty."

Anonymous, IL (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Timing belt or chain

"Inside intake camshaft spun 1/4 turn out of time while at the dealer for an oil change. Dealer performed leakdown test and found two bent valves. No further damage detected upon mechanic's inspection. Top of engine was replaced at BMW's expense."

Chadwick M., IN (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Spark plugs or wires failure

"The electronic sensor that controls the spark plug firing failed and had to be replaced. Fairly minor problem but difficult to diagnose and was very inconvenient because the car had to be transported to the dealer twice"

Anonymous, SC (2016 BMW 2 Series M235i 3.0-L 6 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

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