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4 out of 5 stars

For The BMW 3 Series Convertible is great to drive, easy to live with and refined with the roof down.

Against It's expensive to buy and run, the ride is firm ride, while limited rear legroom and boot space will detract from the car's appeal.

Verdict The best of both worlds; a coupe that's also a convertible – but it comes at a price.

Go for… 320d SE

Avoid… 335i M Sport

BMW 3 Series Convertible
  • 1. The handling is responsive with good feedback through the steering wheel, and there's plenty grip in corners. The ride is slightly firm, but shouldn't irritate.
  • 2. Legroom for the two rear seats is modest at best, and with the roof folded-down there's room only for a medium suitcase or a couple of holdalls.
  • 3. Petrol-powered 3 Series convertibles are cheaper on the used market, but won't hold their value as well as the diesel models.
  • 4. Insurance costs are higher than rivals, with cars ranging from group 30 through to 42.
  • 5. Check the roof works correctly, with no squeaks, groans or jerky movements when it's raised or lowered.
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