BMW 2 Series soft-top sky-high chic

PUBLISHED: 06:45 13 June 2015

BMW 2 Series Convertible blends style and praciticality in a prestige open-air package.

BMW 2 Series Convertible blends style and praciticality in a prestige open-air package.

Tom Kirkpatrick; BMW AG

BMW’s new 2 Series Convertible positions the compact drop-top a notch above its 1 Series predecessor thanks to more space, greater refinement and a polished new look, says Iain Dooley.

What’s new?

This 2 Series Convertible promises many improvements over its 1 Series predecessor. BMW’s new naming sees the 1 Series the sensible hatchback, with the new 2 Series family boasting an aspirational coupe and convertible.

The 2 Series drop-top is a little bigger than the old car in all the important areas. It also boasts a new, cleaner and more powerful engine line-up and an upmarket cabin layout and ambience to compliment the car’s more elegant, sophisticated exterior design.

BMW 2 Series Convertible

Price: BMW 228i M Sport Convertible, £31,550 (range £29,180 to £37,715)

Engine: 2.0-litre, 242bhp four-cylinder turbo petrol

Transmission: 8-speed auto driving the rear wheels

Performance: 0-62mph 6.0 seconds; top speed 155mph

MPG: 42.8 combined

C02 emissions: 154g/km

Looks and image

Compact premium convertibles are big business. They are hugely popular among buyers seeking an aspirational purchase that’s both affordable and practical. UK buyers, despite some iffy weather, are some of Europe’s most ardent fans. This 2 Series Convertible is the logical evolution of BMW’s compact offering. Familiar looks – inside and out – plus the powered fabric roof and extra space over the old car should endear it to those seeking a solid all-rounder keen to blend style and practicality.

Space and practicality

Key dimensions have grown slightly in the change from 1 to 2 Series – the boot is a useful size even with the roof down, while front-seat occupants have nothing to worry about. Those in the back are unlikely to sign up willingly for long journeys but there’s a little more space to make short trips less of a chore.

Behind the wheel

The 228i model offers a decent blend of performance and refinement. This is a turbo four-cylinder car, not a six-pot model, for improved economy and emissions. There is also a less powerful 220i and a 220d turbo diesel

Unless you opt for the M235i, in the real world this convertible is happiest driven at a sensible pace with more enjoyment from dropping the roof and taking it easy. Roof-down refinement is good – especially with the wind deflector. Factor in the option of an eight-speed auto gearbox and the 228i’s relaxed approach to motoring is refreshing.

Value for money

Don’t forget to budget for a few choice options. BMW’s latest high-end navigation and infotainment packages are worth a look, while alternative cabin trim and upholstery combinations can do wonders to the conservative default.

Who would buy one?

There’s a lot to like about the 2 Series Convertible. Its modest size makes it a good fit for urban dwellers yet it offers a sensible balance of space if you need to do more than the weekly shop. All the basic mod cons are present, ensuring the ownership experience is refined. For an undemanding life in the hands of style-conscious owners it will fit right in.

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