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BMW 2 Series Convertible review

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BMW 2 Series Convertible
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21 Jul 2017 21:19 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 12:56

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The 2 Series Convertible looks expensive next to the Vauxhall Cascada and Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet, but it is very closely priced with its nearest rival, the Audi A3 Cabriolet. Close enough that a good finance deal from either side could be the decider in pure financial terms. However, in its cleanest forms (the 118d and 220d diesels), the BMW can’t quite match the Audi’s CO2 emissions, even if the two are more evenly matched on official combined fuel economy. For us, the pick of the engines is the 118d. The 220d is stronger and even emits slightly less CO2 in the right trim and wheel combination, but it isn’t available in our favourite trim and the 118d is strong enough to be more than capable in and out of town.

Our pick of the trims is entry-level SE and it’s well equipped. 17in alloy wheels, air-con, BMW’s 6.5in colour screen iDrive infotainment system with DAB radio, sat-nav and Bluetooth, LED headlights, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers are all included. It means there’s little point in upgrading to the Sport or M Sport, unless you particularly like their more aggressive styling.

There's no shortage of safety equipment on the 2 Series Convertible. You get front, side, knee and head airbags as standard, along with Isofix child-seat attachments on the rear seats. The options list includes adaptive headlights and automatic switching between low and high beams. It’s impossible to say how the car would fare in a crash because neither it, nor the 2 Series hatch it’s based on, has been subjected to the Euro NCAP crash safety test.

Every BMW comes with a three-year warranty without mileage limitation and three years’ roadside assistance. Reliability is a little hard to predict since there’s little historic data for this model, but BMW as a brand came a disappointing 28th out of 37 manufacturers in the What Car? reliability survey, which relates to vehicles over three years old.

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Verdict

Not quite a class leader, but still a comfortable, fun to drive open-top

  • Compliant ride
  • Sharp handling
  • Strong performance
  • Rear seats are cramped for adults
  • Diesel engines are noisy under load
  • Mid-spec trims are not such great value
There are 4 trims available for the 2 Series sports. Click to see details.See all versions
SE
Our pick of the trims and it’s well equipped. 17in alloy wheels, air-con, BMW’s 6.5in colour screen iDrive infotainment system with DAB radio, sat-nav and Bluetooth, LED headlights, rear parking se...View trim
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Sport
Sport models focus on delivering a more aggressive look inside and out on top of SE’s equipment, getting different 17in alloy wheels, ambient interior lighting, a sports steering wheel and sports s...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport trim only ups the ante over Sport by getting large 18in wheels, an M Sport braking system, sports suspension, half cloth, half Alcantara seats and an upgraded stereo. Unless you have to hav...View trim
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M240i
This performance model is a trim in its own right. Different 18in alloy wheels, full leather seats, a unique steering and suspension set-up and unique bodystyling set it apart from the rest of the...View trim
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