BMW M235i Approaches Tesla Score in Consumer Reports Test
The BMW M235i has secured the German automaker its highest-ever score from Consumer Reports, beating the Porsche 911 and Chevrolet Corvette.
The M235i earned 98 out of a possible 100 points, making it the Munich-based carmaker’s highest-rated vehicle of all time. The highest rated car by Consumer Reports is the Tesla Model S with 99 points.
As road-tested, the M235i had a price tag of $50,400, or about $60,000 less than the Porsche 911 Carrera S, which received a score of 95. The BMW is $23,000 cheaper than Chevrolet Corvette Stingray LT3, which scored a 92.
The M235i has a “classic BMW mold” and offers “tenacious cornering” on the track, while embracing the company’s recent focus on comfort and luxury, the Yonkers, New York-based magazine said.
“This really is a totally dual-purpose car,” Jon Linkov, Consumer Reports deputy cars editor, said in an interview. “This is a car you could drive to work every day of the week without it killing you. And then you could go take it to the track on the weekend.”
“It seems like it has almost a direct lineage,” to BMWs, Linkov said. “This is just an inspiring, sporty car, plain and simple.”
Consumer Reports evaluates cars on how well they drive, their interior-finish quality, safety and reliability.
Make and model Overall test score
Tesla Model S (base, 85 kWh) 99
BMW M235i 98
Mercedes-Benz S550 (AWD) 96
Porsche 911 Carrera S 95
Mercedes-Benz E250 BlueTec 93
Chevrolet Corvette Stingray 3LT 92
Audi A8 L 91
Chevrolet Impala 2LTZ 90
Audi A6 (3.0T) 90
Infiniti Q70 (M37) 90
Audi A7 3.0 TDI 90