500 miles review in the M235i.
The last 290 miles averaged 31.6 mpg (30.1 according to the trip computer), which covered a mixture of motorway (some in EcoPro mode) and town driving. Not bad, considering the Scirocco did about the same.
The half analogue, half digital dash is quite cool, especially at night. However, there's no engine temperature gauge or dip stick to check oil level, and iDrive only gives a binary output. Still can't figure out how to save radio stations to the quick access buttons on the centre console. Also, anyone know how or if it's possible to mute the radio using the buttons on the steering wheel? The music and phonebook interface are excellent, syncing contacts and music collection from my Nexus 5 is as simple as switching on Bluetooth on the phone.
In terms of driving, it's effortlessly fast. The cabin is so well insulated from external noises, no wonder they had to pump fake engine sounds through the speakers, but at least BMW did it right. On the topic of sound, I love the noise the exhausts make at start up and the looks people make since they don't expect it to sound that good, or bad . Don't think I'll bother with the M Performance exhaust. Most importantly, it feels rear driven, and of course it under-steers a lot less when compared to all my previous FWD cars.
Jury's out with getting the LSD. It was p1ssing it down last week (yeah, welcome to Scotland in the summer) and I had no problems with traction driving through big puddles. There's loads of grip in those MSS. The ride in Comfort is good and doesn't lose the plot in Sport and Sport+. The driving position is spot on (mainly because there's loads of adjustments available), the gear change is lovely, the clutch is so easy to use that it's really difficult to stall.
Can't say much on XPEL protection film, as I've been extra careful keeping a bigger distance from the car in front and not tailgate , but it seems to be doing it's job. Gtechniq coatings are awesome, making my weekly washes quick and easy. No scouring pads required for bird poo .
So yeah, really enjoy driving the M235i. Didn't think I expected it to be this good. Can't wait for a mini road trip around some of the best roads in Scotland.