CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Essex Life today CLICK HERE

Easily Converted

PUBLISHED: 10:15 23 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 June 2015

BMW test drive

BMW test drive

Archant

BMW’s new 2 Series Convertible will mean there will be many happy to swap their current car of choice for this soft top, writes Carlton Boyce

BMW’S 2 Series range continues to grow with the addition of a convertible model. It’s an obvious move, given the affection with which convertible BMWs are held, yet it’s not without risk as it places the Bavarian car head-to-head with some high-end rivals, including the brilliant Audi A3.

For me, the 2 Series Convertible is a two-seater. Yes, you can fit small children in the back, but even they will complain at the lack of legroom after a few miles. That this is the extent of the bad news tells you just how good the rest of the car is. For a start, it’s a handsome thing; very handsome indeed, with a tautness and muscularity that looks even better in real life than in the publicity shots.

Convertibles are all about the roof and this is a good one; it can be electronically raised or stowed in under 20 seconds and, best of all, it can be done on the move at speeds of up to 31mph, helping you eke out the sun’s rays until the very last moment. It’s also very well insulated, making it one of the quieter convertibles in its class.

The interior is exactly what you’d expect from a modern BMW and the lack of rear-seat legroom does mean that the space for the front seat occupants is better than average and helps make it feel like you are driving a bigger car than you actually are.

Four trim levels are offered: Sport, Luxury and M Sport, with the top-of-the-range M235i getting a trim level all of its own. All are appealing but it’s easy to get carried away and find yourself inexorably climbing the ladder all the way. And then there is the extensive options list to consider, offering a bewildering range of stuff you probably don’t need.

The entry-level model is the 134bhp, 1.6-litre petrol for just over £26,000 with a manual gearbox. It’s a decent enough car, feeling very well balanced, but for a relatively small increase you can choose between petrol and diesel, both in four-cylinder, 2.0-litre form; respectively named the 220i and 220d. Both start at just under £30,000 and are worth the premium over the 218i. The addition of an automatic gearbox adds around £1,500, which is probably worth paying as it offers some real advantages in drivability and economy.

Power fiends can opt for the turbocharged ‘four’ in the 228i. Boasting 245bhp, the £31,550 model offers probably as much performance as anyone really needs in a car of this type. The six-cylinder M235i tops the range. It’s a glorious engine and a fine chassis, but it does cost more than £37,000 — and that’s before you even glance at the options list.

If you’re thinking of taking the plunge, the 220d Sport with an automatic gearbox and a nice metallic paintjob can be had for under £32,000, which seems like fine value to me. Residual values should be good too, just in case you need any further persuasion.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Essex Life visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Essex Life staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Essex Life account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Essex Life

Tue, 12:54

The agricultural heritage of the county cannot be underestimated. Here Stephanie Mackentyre visits three farms that have been feeding Essex for generations

Read more
Tue, 12:23

Laurie Page of the Public Rights of Way Team at Essex County Council shares with us this beautiful six-mile walk around Bradwell’s stunning coastal delights

Read more
Tue, 10:07

As an enduring British institution, it’s incredibly important to get your Sunday lunch right. Here are 12 pubs in Essex that know how to deliver precisely what you require.

Read more
Mon, 12:47

For those still figuring out how to spend your Friday through Sunday, we’ve rounded up 5 of Essex’s best things to do to ensure no second of your weekend is wasted

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

Over the October half term Essex will be filled with spooky events that’ll be sure to put you in the ideal mood for Halloween. Here are 15 great places for kids and adults alike

Read more
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We’ve put together 15 questions that will push your knowledge of Essex to the limit - let us know how you’ve done on social media!

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Paycocke’s House and Gardens, now owned by The National Trust, is one of the county’s most precious historic sites and 2018 marks 500 years since the death of the man who gave the house its name. Ruth McKegney tells the tale of this Coggeshall jewel

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Essex Life Food & Drink Awards for 2018 took place on September 27th at Down Hall Hotel

Read more
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Treat yourself to a pint of real ale surrounded by fresh sea air and coastal views at any one of these 12 glorious Essex pubs

Read more
Friday, October 5, 2018

With one of the warmest and driest summers on record, this year has been a difficult one for gardeners. Susie Bulman from The Beth Chatto Gardens at Elmstead Market shares some top tips for plant survival, even in these conditions

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search