Good news just keeps coming for BMW, as Consumer Reports has just handed out a stunner of a verdict – the M235i, a spritely, 320-horsepower coupe that starts at just $43,100 has bested the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Porsche 911, vehicles that can easily cost twice as much and come to battle with considerably more power.

CR awarded the spiritual successor to the 1 Series M Coupe a score of 98 out of 100, beating out the 911 and the Stingray by three and six points, respectively. In fact, the M235i is remarkably close to the Tesla Model S' 99, making it one of the highest scores CR has ever handed out. It's also, not surprisingly, the highest-rated BMW ever.

Of the M235i's many attributes, Consumer Reports cited the car's performance potential as well as its quiet ride and comfort for front-seat passengers. While it's a shock to no one, CR called out the limited space in the backseats as well as some finicky controls as this Bimmer's biggest shortcomings.

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      bonehead
      • 6 Months Ago
      personally im impressed by the 228. Ive seen tests where it can scoot 0-60 in 4.9 and is rated at 36mpg hwy which is more than the honda fit. Even if those numbers are slightly off that is an amazing achievement in a 3400lb car
      rsxvue
      • 6 Months Ago
      Please stop referring to the M235 as a spiritual successor to the 1M, it isn't a full fledged M car like the 1M. If it's a successor to anything, it's the 135is. Wait till the M2 comes out to make that claim.
      Avinash Machado
      • 6 Months Ago
      Kudos BMW.
      Master Austin
      • 6 Months Ago
      A bias publication that awards vehicles for being dull, boring, slow and safe marshmellowy vehicles has an opinion about performance vehicles, thats a hoot !
        Doug Nash
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Master Austin
        Perhaps you intended to say "biased"? Consumer Reports is objective. They accept no advertisements, and purchase their products for testing with their money. So, you're essentially 100% wrong with your assessment of that organization.
      Sorten Borten
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does anyone under the age of 65 consult CR for car reviews? I can't imagine it being used as a source to select a BMW or Porsche.
        bookemd
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Sorten Borten
        Well for cars I feel it's subjective, people are going to buy what they want anyway and could care less what CR thinks. For cars I think though there are many people who know absolutely nothing about them, (you would be surprised) that follow it as their bible. I am much much younger than 65 and have been very happy with CR recommendations on household products for example, there it works, but cars can be another story. I'll say they love Toyota, and I have to say after having a 96 Corolla, the damn thing was bullet proof. But I would never get another Toyota, because of the biblical boringness of their stuff. So, people who look at cars as an appliance will listen to the appliance rating masters. Long story short.
      rex
      • 6 Months Ago
      CR, really? My go to source for performance car selection, not! V-8 or die. Take the vett or none. AB love with Bummers is showing it metro-guy/gal roots. I wonder if they know the difference between a bmw and a cactus? lol We have one bmw dealer here and walk in in jeans and boots and they tell you parts receiving is in the rear. Should I go on about the electrical problems and lack of service, nah.
        truewhiteboy
        • 6 Months Ago
        @rex
        Umm, alright then. I'm sorry that you feel that way about a smaller car with a rather potent turbo 6 that handles incredibly well and is extremely tunable (or at least the 135 was). V8's are great fun as well and I look forward to seeing how the new 2015 Mustang GT does against the new M3 considering how close they were in 2011, but I'm not sure why you're limiting yourself to just one engine setup when there are a lot of fun ones out there.
      Tom
      • 6 Months Ago
      This means absolutely nothing to me. CR is the publication that constantly recommends the Toyota Camry, the worlds most boring and overrated car. So any opinion about the ranking of this BMW from them means dick. The BMW maybe a great car, but I wouldn't take CR's opinion on it.
        icemilkcoffee
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tom
        They recommend the Camry for people looking for an appliance car, and recommend the 235 for people looking for a sports coupe. You got a problem with that?
          Doug Robb
          • 5 Months Ago
          @icemilkcoffee
          CR looks at vehicles in a similar segment, so they must be rating performance coupes as a group. I suspect they're rating the BMW in a different group than the Corvette and the 911 which compete closer in price and performance. They do give much higher ratings to certain cars than they do for something like a Camry which is a good car but not nearly as good as the Tesla or the BMW.
      Ray
      • 6 Months Ago
      Cool car. Fake engine sound piped through the stereo? Puleeeze. Pass.
        BG
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Ray
        Fake engine sound is so utterly stupid, it is hard to believe that they allocated some of their acoustic engineers to spend time on such a project. Is this for the McMansion nincompoop set who want to think they are driving some growly V8 car?
      rationalone
      • 6 Months Ago
      another bit of absolute rubbish from the Yahoo "automotive" writer and Consumer Reports. The BMW is in no way comparable to the Corvette and Porsche, both of which have far superior performance envelopes. Nonsense.
        Mobis21
        • 6 Months Ago
        @rationalone
        "Absolute rubbish?" Why? Because you disagree with their analysis? and opinion?
      Zaki
      • 6 Months Ago
      Irrespective of CR opinion or rating, the M235i is one of the more desirable BMWs in quite some time.
      WindsWilling
      • 6 Months Ago
      While I think the 235i is a fantastic car, I would never, ever, ever read consumer reports for a review of anything. Especially a car. For obvious and known reason.
        brandon
        • 6 Months Ago
        @WindsWilling
        What are the "obvious, known reasons"? I don't recall ever really hearing anything that bad about them. They seem, from what I have read, to be pretty fair.
      EricG
      • 6 Months Ago
      Well, that clinches it, BMW must be making their best sports coupes ever if CR loves them. CR has always had the inside line on top-notch reviews on the best sporting machinery. I especially loved their reviews of the Toyota Camry and the Subaru Forester.
        Gorgenapper
        • 6 Months Ago
        @EricG
        Your sarcasm would be lost were it not for my razor sharp wit.
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