Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S Still #1 Despite 98 Out Of 100 Score For BMW M235i


Tesla Model S: Highest Score ever. 99 out of 100

Tesla Model S: Highest Score Ever. 99 out of 100

The Tesla Model S is still currently the highest rated automobile by Consumer Reports for the second year in a row, with a score of 99 out of 100.

BMW M235i

BMW M235i

This is the highest score ever achieved by any automobile. Consumer Reports further claims that the Model S is the best all-around vehicle (more on that here).

Recently, Consumer Reports tested a BMW M235i, a $50,000 2-door coupe.  It scored just a hair under the Model S’s score, with 98 out of 100. The M235i is the highest rated BMW ever tested by Consumer Reports. The vehicle’s score surpassed the Porsche 911 and the Corvette Stingray’s scores, but fell 1 point shy of the Tesla Model S.

It is claimed that the M235i has a mix of track capabilities and can be used for daily driving, all with upgrades in comfort and luxury over the discontinued 135i.

Consumer Reports’ deputy cars editor, Jon Linkov, recently stated during an interview on the M235i:

“This really is a totally dual-purpose car.”

“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.”

Though as far as someone’s typical daily needs, we think the Model S fulfills them and then some.  There’s really no need for a gas burning Bimmer when the range champ Model S is available.

Source: Bloomberg

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17 Comments on "Consumer Reports: Tesla Model S Still #1 Despite 98 Out Of 100 Score For BMW M235i"

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Really, how many people need a car they can ‘take to the track on the weekend’, why is this even part of the scoring?

Totally agree! I’m still laughing at that “take to the track on the weekend” comment.


The way CR rates/scores cars often seems arbitrary. I suspect they just rank the cars subjectively based on a gut feeling, then work backwards, justifying the rankings by finding “faults” with various and sometimes frivolous aspects of different cars.

As someone who regularly takes a car ‘to the track on the weekends’ I can tell you it totally applys. Just becuase it isn’t of interest to you doesn’t mean it isn’t of interest to anyone. As of today there is no electric production vehicle that is a suitable weekend track car so I am considering an M235i to supplement my Volt daily driver. So in my case, there is a need for a gas burning Bimmer.

good point. “Taking a car to the track is relevant to the .0002 percent. Tesla you are missing this whole market (of schlepps)

Man, go and find yourself better things to do than risking your life.

“the track” could mean the long strip of straight freeway…

We’ve all seen the videos of “track” races of Model S vs. some other car on the city streets.
So yes, it is taken to the “track”.

Tesla sold 536 Model S in Norway in June.

The Leaf sold 313 and the Mitsu Outlander 211.

The VW Up sold 250. The Up comes in an ICE version and as the VW electric-UP. About 75% of VW Up sales in Norway are electric, so the majority of Up sales are electric.

Here’s a link to the stats:

Here’s something Model S fans might get a kick out of……This is from the Best Selling Cars Blog.

Here’s the comment from Best Selling Cars for May 2014 sales in Norway and the phenomenal showing by Tesla.

“And the first relevant piece of information about the Norwegian new car market this month (May, ’14) is that it continues to behave like it’s on another planet, or at least 10 years ahead of any other market in the world… If you thought the Tesla Model S had exhausted all its potential after its incredible run over the past few months (#1 last September and December, #2 last November), well you were wrong. Very wrong. In March the Model S delivers no less than its best performance yet, and by far. Thanks to an incredible 1,493 sales, it grabs 10.8% of the Norwegian car market, the first time an all-electric model manages that feat anywhere in the world.”

Did Consumer reports retest the Model S or just use last year’s scores? Thanks.

wondering that myself. Also wondering if they will receive a 100 once the supercharger network is complete. I think that was the 1 point missing….?

Looking at recent sedans Like the Impala, Model S, and M235i, it seems that scoring 97+ points is becoming somewhat pedestrian. This means manufacturers have upped their game which is great for consumers as they have great options in the relatively low price (Impala), Mid-price (235i) and the Luxury (Model S).

Whoops. I meant 95+ points.

The way that Consumer Reports grades cars, I’m thinking they’ll end up giving the Tesla Model X a score of 120. 😉

the track is what matters man!!!!!


This idea of track is simply silly. I saw this BMW 235 and this is car is just part of the same old from BMW. I imagine this is more like political.

How’d they give that wimpy gas guzzler a 98?