Novelties for 2018 include an available all-wheel-drive system, more standard equipment, and standard sport seats for the 228i model. Also, adding leather and exterior chrome trim is a new Luxury package. We should expect the vehicle’s release date sometime later this year.
This vehicle’s list of technological features and specs will certainly avail very few competitors, as it offers complete comfort irrespective of whether it is cruising on the highway or winding mountain road. And just like the 1 Series before it, BMW has enabled the 2 Series to combine a wide array of robust engines to offer a laudable performance.
In a more practical sense, the vehicle is able to hit 60 mph in just 0.4 sec slower than the top-rated Ford’s GT. Opting for the M235i with an engine capable of generating up to 320 ho even gets you a more dynamically impressive performance. Some of the performance specs that enable such impressiveness include bigger wheels, fine-tuned adjustable suspension, and stronger brakes.
Interior wise, the vehicle comes replete with top-notch materials and technologies even for its standard model. On the flipside though, the backseats are tight and, according to us, should be left to the children if comfort is to be appreciated. Other alternatives to consider include Ford Mustang, Audi A3, Chevrolet Camaro, and Cadillac ATS.
2018 BMW M235i Exterior Changes & Interior Review
Available as a 2-door coupe or a convertible with a maximum seating capacity of up to four people is the 2018 BMW 2 Series that comes with only two trims: the entry-level 228i and the M235i convertible.
We should expect the 228i coupe to come equipped with leatherette upholstery, 7-speaker sound system, 17” alloy wheels, 8-way manual front seats, HD radio, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, automatic dual-zone climate control, a 6.5” touchscreen display, BMW’s iDrive electronics interface, foglights, automatic headlights, and a CD player.
Opting for the available Premium package will get you a satellite radio, ambient interior and exterior lighting, power-folding heated side mirrors, keyless ignition, driver memory functions, keyless entry, and auto-dimming and rearview mirrors.
The 2018 BMW M235i comes equipped with a sport exhaust system, 18” wheels, upgraded aluminum trim, a rear spoiler, a sportier variable-ratio steering, summer performance tires, gray exterior mirror caps, a more powerful 6-cylinder engine, upgraded brakes, a sunroof, and adaptive suspension dampers.
Optional packages for both the 228i and the m235i can be ordered separately. Some of these optional features include several tire options, 18”wheels, an aerodynamic body kit, M Sport steering wheel, a sport suspension, and a Shadowline exterior trim.
As for the comfort-oriented Luxury package, expect chrome exterior trim, leather seats, and 18” wheels. Other packages include the Technology and Cold Weather packages. They come bundled with a higher-resolution 8.8” touchscreen display, an enhanced driver information display, headlight washers, heated steering wheel, front heated seats, BMW apps including Facebook and Pandora integration, a navigation system, an upgraded iDrive controller, and BMW Remote Services.
2018 BMW M235i Engine Specs
By default, the 2 Series comes as a RWD, but the optional xDrive is also available on every model. Standard transmission is the 8-speed auto, while the 6-speed manual comes at no additional cost on the rear-wheel-drive models.
The 2018 BMW 228i coupe comes with a turbocharged 2L 4-cyl engine that is capable of generating up to 240 horsepower and 255 pounds of torque. During our test drive, the rear-wheel-drive 228i coupe was able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 5.1 seconds.
Stepping up to the 2018 BMW M235i gets you a 3L 1-6 cylinder engine good for 320 horsepower and 330 pounds of torque. The RWD hustled to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
As per the EPA ratings, expect 23/35/27 mpg for a RWD and an AWD coupes with an auto transmission system. The convertible coupe gets 23/34/27 mpg with a RWD, and 22/34/26 mpg with an AWD.
The EPAs fuel economy ratings for the m235i with an auto stand at 20/31/24 mpg with a rear-wheel-drive, and 20/30/23 mpg with an all-wheel-drive. The manual transmission drops them to 19/28/22 mpg.
Price & Release Date For The New 2018 BMW M235i
Expect to pay around $36,763 for the 2018 BMW M235i convertible car. As for the release date, expect them sometime later this year.