Speed Week: The Hot Hatches
Aspirational, affordable, and with blistering performance. And perfect for the school run. What more could you possibly want?
Posted: 28 Jul 2014
Good job it has that meaty straight-six up front, because once this thing gets going, you forget the fat talk. The combination of the turbo and six cylinders gives the M235i a thick spread of power, without feeling too boosty in the middle. Rather, you feel as if the turbo is there to lend a hand, not to grab all the attention. Then, where other - typically four-cylinder - turbos run out of puff, this one finds an extra pair of lungs. So you can keep going and going until it's really growling and hungry for another gear from the ever-so-slightly gristly manual 'box.