Take a casual glance at the BMW 4 Series Convertible and you could be forgiven for thinking it was actually the fixed-roof Coupé. That’s because BMW has chosen to give the Convertible a folding metal roof rather than a cloth one, which is great for keeping more noise out on the move, but not so great for the amount of added weight you’ll need to cart about.
There’s the choice of three different petrol engines and three diesel units that are all up to the job, though, as well as four different trims, a manual or automatic gearbox and two or four-wheel drive. Ultimately, BMW should have all of your needs covered.
That said, there are some tempting choices out there that could vie for your attention. Mercedes’ C-Class is a similarly premium offering, and Audi has recently introduced the latest version on its open-top A5.
Read on to see whether you should be choosing one of those rivals over the BMW, and also to find out, if you do choose the 4 Series, which trim and engine options we recommend.