BMW has announced full details and pictures of the 2 Series Convertible, which will go on sale from February 2015. Prices start from £29,180 rising to £37,710.
The 2 Series Convertible, which replaces the 1 Series Convertible, joins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Coupé in the range. It is 72mm longer and 26mm wider than its predecessor, while the boot is now 335 litres – an improvement of 30 litres.
Four engines are available. The 220i entry-level lump has 184hp, 270Nm of torque and can hit 0 to 62mph in 7.5 seconds. Fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions are 41.5mpg and 159g/km, respectively, with the six-speed manual.
The 228i, meanwhile, takes 6.1 seconds from 0 to 62mph and the efficiency figures are the same as the 220i, only you get 245hp and 350Nm of torque to play with. Then there’s the 220d with 190hp, 400Nm, 60.1mpg and 124g/km if you want something more frugal.
Atop the range is the M235i Sport Convertible, which achieves 0 to 62mph in 5.2 seconds – 0.4 seconds slower than the Coupe – and is electronically limited to 155mph. 33.2mpg and 199g/km are the efficiency figures. The optional eight-speed automatic available on all models improves fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
The soft-top roof folds down in 20 seconds at the touch of a button and it does so up to 30mph so there’s no need to pull in and stop if Mother Nature tries to ruin your day. Additional padding in the roof is said to reduce noise by 4db, making the cabin quieter, while an optional wind deflector should help mitigate turbulence when the wind is in your hair.
All models feature auto Start-Stop for saving fuel in busy traffic as well as brake energy regeneration, Bluetooth connectivity, alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Keyless go, Sports seats and a multi-function leather steering wheel.
M Sport models add a different interior trim, M Sport suspension, M Sport steering wheel, M bodykit and M door sills. The optional M Sport Plus package builds on the M spec with M Sport brakes, Xenon headlights and 18-inch alloys in Ferric Grey.
We loved the M235i as it’s a great mix between sensible and a full-on M4. Hopefully the Convertible is more of the same, only breezier. Stay tuned for our full review.