Forecourt Update: BMW 2 Series Convertible
BMW 2 Series Convertible Replaces 1 Series Convertible
What Is it?
The BMW 2 Series Convertible is the open top version of the 2 Series coupé and replaces the 1 Series Convertible. It has 2 doors, 4 seats, a fabric roof and launches February 2015.
BMW says it is longer and wider than its predecessor to “enhance passenger space and access”. So, a rear passenger – that has to lean a front seat forward then climb through the gap before sitting - now has a larger aperture. Cargo capacity has also risen by 30-litres, to 335. BMW claims the 2 Series Convertible has the “largest boot in its class”.
What Are The Engine Options?
Power comes courtesy of the 4 engines listed below. On average, these consume 18% less fuel that their predecessors. Figures in brackets relate to models with auto transmission:
|Model||Displacement in litres||hp||Torque Nm||0-62 mph||Top Speed||Combined mpg||Emissions g/km|
|220i Sport||2.0||184||270||7.5 (7.6)||144 (140)||41.5 (44.1)||159 (149)|
|228i M Sport||2.0||245||350||6.1 (6.0)||155 (155)||41.5 (42.8)||159 (154)|
|M235i||3.0||326||450||5.2 (5.0)||155 (155)||33.2 (35.8)||199 (184)|
|220d Sport||2.0||190||400||7.5 (7.4)||140 (140)||60.1 (64.2)||124 (116)|
What Are The Trim Options?
The 220d and 220i are available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trim. The 228i comes in M Sport form and the M235i has its own, unique, specification.
The Sport includes: alloy wheels, automatic air-con, a keyless go system, sport instrument cluster, sports seats, tyre pressure monitoring system and leather steering wheel.
The Luxury trim benefits from larger wheels, chrome exterior trim and leather seats. The M Sport adds: firmer M Sport suspension, aerodynamic body styling, and M sill finishers.
The M235i includes 18-inch double-spoke alloys, dual-zone air conditioning, leather upholstery, M Sport suspension and brakes, M rear spoiler and M logos on the wings.
Anything Else I Need To Know?
The electric fabric roof can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds. Once lowered, it is concealed in the boot to provide a “premium boat deck appearance” to the car's exterior.
The roof incorporates more sound insulation than its predecessor that – the manufacturer claims - “adds to the year-round usability”.
How Much Is It?
220i Sport - £29,180
220d Sport - £29,965
228i M Sport - £31,550
M235i - £37,710.