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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.