Shoulder room in the back is also limited by the shape of the bodywork. New light-alloy wheels, new paint finishes, excellent practicality. Just as the 6 Series and 4 Series are the sportier, two-door body-styles of the 5 Series and 3 Series, so the 2 Series is a coupe that uses 1 Series foundations. And the choice of light-alloy wheels has also been expanded — to 17 designs in 16-, 17- and 18-inch formats. Indeed, the convertible might be considered a 2+2 — adults might find the task of fitting in the rear just a little more of a struggle thanks to the adjustments necessary to cater for the folding roof. Match that figure, and the 52-litre fuel tank should allow a range of around 745 miles.
It consists of two protective aluminium bars fitted within the head restraints which will be deployed if the car is likely to roll over. Turning circle and fuel tank Turning circle 10. The Parkers Verdict There is not much to fault here. As a result, the body shell is around 20 per cent stiffer than before, meaning body wobble is kept to a minimum, again aiding performance and refinement. Available upgrades for the infotainment system include an 8. The 4 Series is a far bigger car nowadays — almost 21cm longer and 5cm wider than the 2. While xDrive all-wheel drive is available on the Coupe, it's not even an option on the Converible.
I drove the powerful M850i with four-wheel-drive xDrive - it has a £107,045 price tag, a £7,000 hike on the hard-top coupe version. Each of those figures can be improved upon slightly by choosing the optional eight-speed automatic gearbox. But they do flip-down to create extra stowage space from the boot behind. We recommend spending the extra money to get one of these in a higher spec, mainly to give yourself the best of choice of engines and optional kit. Most of the interior is carried over from the 2 Series Coupe, in fact, meaning the Convertible is a comfortable cruiser, helped by a new triple-layer insulated roof that keeps road noise to a minimum. This ensures both rear wheels have the optimum traction through a corner, increasing stability.
Beware the quick-sounding 230i, however, as it actually uses the same turbocharged 2. Fabric top: Open and closes in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. Weights Lightest Heaviest 1,415kg 218i Coupe 1,695kg M235i Convertible Find out more! The rear seats can adjust to expand and maximise the boot space, which was great to get longer things in. The Gran Coupe is essentially the four door version of the very attractive and sporty looking Our friends over the road at kindly offered me a test drive over the Christmas holiday period. Do it via the manual paddles and it's an even more effective sound-track to your driving. The two rear seats give little room save for small children or the odd emergency run. Compare Cars Select cars that interest you and see a side-by-side comparison.
But switch into 'sport' mode and put your foot down and whoosh. With the roof up there's very little head room, too, and even shorter adults will find their scalp rubbing the rooflining. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? Trunk size decreases in the 2 Series convertible to 11. This is a good place to start. Rivervale Contract Hire and Leasing are a broker not a lender. It's not just about performance - it's about living the dream.
Vehicle performance figures shown are for base model. Leather upholstery and heated front seats with 14-way power adjustments are available. Exterior Year Cargo capacity Analytics 2019 350 liters Over 90 liters compared to previous modification 2018 350 liters 2017 350 liters 2016 350 liters 2015 350 liters 2014 350 liters 2013 350 liters 2012 350 liters 2011 350 liters 2010 350 liters 2009 350 liters 2008 350 liters 2007 350 liters 2005 260 liters Over 30 liters compared to previous modification 2004 260 liters 2003 260 liters 2002 260 liters 2001 260 liters 2000 260 liters 1999 230 liters 1998 230 liters 1997 230 liters 1996 230 liters 1995 230 liters 1994 230 liters 1993 230 liters Exterior Year Cargo capacity Analytics 2019 440 liters Over 30 liters compared to previous modification 2018 440 liters 2017 440 liters 2016 440 liters 2015 440 liters 2014 440 liters 2013 440 liters 2012 440 liters 2011 440 liters 2010 440 liters 2009 440 liters 2008 440 liters 2007 440 liters 2006 440 liters 2005 410 liters Over 5 liters compared to previous modification 2004 410 liters 2003 410 liters 2002 410 liters 2001 410 liters 2000 410 liters 1999 410 liters 1998 405 liters 1997 405 liters 1996 405 liters 1995 405 liters 1994 405 liters 1993 405 liters 1992 405 liters 3-Series Gran Turismo Exterior Year Cargo capacity Analytics 2019 480 liters Over 20 liters compared to previous modification 2018 480 liters 2017 480 liters 2016 480 liters 2015 480 liters 2014 480 liters 2013 480 liters 2012 480 liters 2010 460 liters Over 20 liters compared to previous modification 2009 460 liters 2008 460 liters 2007 460 liters 2006 460 liters 2005 460 liters 2004 440 liters Over 5 liters compared to previous modification 2003 440 liters 2002 440 liters 2001 440 liters 2000 440 liters 1999 440 liters 1998 440 liters 1997 435 liters 1996 435 liters 1995 435 liters 1994 435 liters 1993 435 liters 1992 435 liters 1991 435 liters 3-Series Touring Exterior Year Cargo capacity Analytics 2019 495 liters Over 35 liters compared to previous modification 2018 495 liters 2017 495 liters 2016 495 liters 2015 495 liters 2014 495 liters 2013 495 liters 2012 495 liters 2011 460 liters Over 25 liters compared to previous modification 2010 460 liters 2009 460 liters 2008 460 liters 2007 460 liters 2006 460 liters 2005 460 liters 2004 435 liters Over 65 liters compared to previous modification 2003 435 liters 2002 435 liters 2001 435 liters 2000 435 liters 1999 435 liters 1998 370 liters 1997 370 liters 1996 370 liters 1995 370 liters. Boot space While boot space in the 2 Series coupe is a generous 390 litres, it drops to 335 litres in the convertible — and you can only use 280 litres of that if you want to put the roof down. Insurance groups Despite being a convertible, choosing the 2 Series drop-top shouldn't make much difference to your insurance premiums. Four engines upon launch There is a quartet of engines on offer when the 2 Series Convertible hits our shores.
Premium: The soft top version costs an extra £7,000 It also has four layers in its lightweight and sound-deadening insulated electric fabric top available in standard black or an optional anthracite silver. The hardware is easy to find and use. However, the 1 Series underpinnings are obvious, and the soft-top 2 Series feels more like a modified hatchback to drive than an out-and-out sports car. For added convenience, consider adding Apple CarPlay, which is available in even the base 230i. If you want a low-slung coupe, so logic would have you believe, you buy a 4 Series two-door. The soft-top stows away neatly under a cover finished in colours that complement and match the instrument panel and interior door and side panel trim.
Remote latches in the trunk make folding the split rear seats effortless. The 220d diesel represents the best compromise, however, as with 187bhp and 400Nm of torque it has plenty of performance and is very nearly as efficient. It is one of two engines are available from launch — both linked to a silky eight-speed automatic gear-box with paddle-shift manual over-ride. At 6 foot 4, the position of the rear view mirror caused some concern, taking up a hefty portion of sight due to the low angle of the windscreen. All prices and deals are subject to terms and conditions.
A third brake light embedded in the boot lid adds to the low-slung look. The bandwidths allow for differences in the choice of wheel and tire sizes and items of optional equipment and can be changed by the configuration. It was updated in 2017 with new lights, a redesigned bumper and a slightly wider grille. It's tight in the back seat, which is generally a kids-only arrangement. The crystal gear selector impresses, as did the glistening metallic flecks in the exterior paint work, the beautiful light-tan tan leather interior, and the sharp Bowers and Wilkins hi-fi system. In fact, the car offers a practical interior and a decent-sized boot.
It's also worth noting that putting the optional plastic wind deflector in place means you can no longer access the rear seats, so you need to choose between reduced buffeting at speed and the ability to carry two more passengers — you can't have both. The control system for all the extra gadgets is based on a 360 degree turning nob very similar to Mercedes models, and was easy enough to use, it did however feel a little over complicated sorting out the sat nav. Specific to the M235i model is a limited-slip differential option, which is a must for driving on track. It comes with electric opening as standard, so you can begin the process from the key fob before even reaching the car. Style is a very important factor in the compact cabriolet sector, and the Convertible is among the most desirable models on sale.