Used test: BMW M235i vs Ford Mustang

A used BMW M235i is an excellent buy for its six-cylinder sophistication, but can the V8 brawn of a pre-owned Ford Mustang beat it?...

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What Car? team
23 July 2017

Our verdict

The Mustang isn’t perfect, but it’s certainly great fun and offers something unique for the money: a real V8 muscle car experience. It’s well equipped, too, offering many luxuries as standard that were options on its rival.

Used test: BMW M235i vs Ford Mustang

However, the Mustang loses out here because it simply isn’t as polished an all-rounder as the M235i, and its hefty running costs really cannot be ignored. The interior quality isn’t as good, either – something that you may have been able to justify when new because it was the cheaper of the two. However, two years on, it’s the M235i that costs significantly less to purchase.

All things considered, the Mustang is a fun weekend toy, but a disappointing everyday car. The M235i, on the other hand, satisfies both the heart and the head in equal measure, making it the superior used purchase. The fact that it’s cheaper and has the better warranty is just the icing on the cake.

Used test: BMW M235i vs Ford Mustang

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1st – BMW M235i

Used test: BMW M235i vs Ford Mustang

For Better to drive; lower running bills; more practical; a classier interior

Against Offset pedals; slightly numb steering

Verdict A coupé you can buy with your head and your heart

Rated 4 out of 5

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2nd – Ford Mustang

Used test: BMW M235i vs Ford Mustang

For Glorious V8 engine; strong resale values; lots of standard kit

Against High running costs; disappointing interior quality; infotainment system is worse than BMW's; poor rear head room

Verdict Huge appeal as a weekend toy, but not as an everyday car

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: BMW M235i

Engine size 3.0-litre petrol

List price when new £35,075

Price today £21,000

Power 322bhp

Torque 332lb ft

0-60mph 4.9sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 34.9mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 189g/km


Specifications: Ford Mustang 5.0 V8 GT

Engine size 5.0-litre petrol

List price when new £33,995

Price today £29,500

Power 410bhp

Torque 391lb ft

0-60mph 5.0sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 20.9mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 299g/km


Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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