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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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Interior layout

The interior layout, fit and finish

The 2 Series – and therefore the 2 Series Convertible – is based on the latest 1 Series hatchback, and it inherits one of that car's biggest interior flaws: its offset pedals in manual form. As a result, you have to sit at a slight angle, which gets uncomfortable on long journeys. However, in automatic form, with only two pedals and just your right foot moving between them, this is less of an issue.

The standard manual seat adjustment is also a pain, particularly as changing the height means pulling a lever and using your body weight to drop or raise the seat, which is awkward. It’s worth adding the electric seat adjustment if you can, although it’s not cheap and you’ll still have to pay extra to get adjustable lumbar support on top of that.

Still, the Convertibles’ standard seats are supportive and comfortable, and the dash is simple, clearly laid out and of good quality, featuring a mix of soft plastics and textured surfaces. Over-the-shoulder visibility isn't great roof-up due to the car’s thick rear pillars, but standard rear parking sensors make it easier to live with that.

Another plus is BMW’s superb infotainment system iDrive, which, as standard, consists of a 6.5in colour screen controlled by a rotary dial and menu shortcut buttons between the front seats. Sat-nav, DAB radio and bluetooth are bundled in too. It’s worth upgrading to BMW’s Professional system because that brings a larger 8.8in screen that can also be controlled by touch, as well as more online services and a slicker sat-nav experience. However, it’s disappointing that BMW charges extra on both systems to add the smartphone mirroring technologies Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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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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