BMW 2 Series Convertible (2015) Review
BMW 2 Series Convertible (2015) At A Glance
The BMW 2 Series Convertible occupies a special niche in the market, being a compact drop-top with genuine driver appeal. Thanks to a range of powerful engines, the 2 Series impresses on the open road, but is just as satisfying for commuting through town. Having an upmarket badge on the bonnet certainly adds to the appeal of the handsome styling. There’s also a well-made interior that includes plenty of standard equipment. The only drawback is limited practicality, with diminutive rear seats and a boot compromised by having to store the folding fabric roof.
Since launch in late 2014, BMW has managed to sell more than 750,000 examples of the 2 Series Coupe and Convertible across the globe. Given that sports cars typically sell in smaller volumes, it is a glowing endorsement for the car’s overall package.
Such success was undoubtedly helped by the handsome styling of the 2 Series Convertible, which boasts sharp lines and neat details. It certainly looks expensive, while the higher trim levels add an additional layer of sportiness to proceedings. The folding fabric roof drops beneath the rear deck in just 20 seconds, leaving clean lines on the exterior. It does eat into boot space, though.
Adding to the appeal is an interior that befits the premium price tag. Ignore the slightly cheaper-looking trim lower down the cabin and almost everything you touch feels like a quality component. The seats offer plenty of adjustment, with the sport versions on some trim levels adding further support for cornering. Features like a digital dashboard and leather upholstery on key models further push the premium feel.
There are, however, limits to what BMW can do with a compact convertible. While the two front occupants may feel comfortable, cramming anyone beyond child-size into the rear seats is almost a human rights violation.
They are notably short on legroom, and the roof severely limits headroom when raised. The optional wind deflector, which does a great job of stopping buffetting when cruising top-down, renders the back seats unusable.
As mentioned, boot space is restricted by the need to store the folding roof when lowered. Even with the roof up, 335 litres of cargo capacity is hardly something to boast about. But the 220-litre space with the hood retracted means your shopping plans will need to be carefully considered. Alternatively, make use of the back seats for carrying extra bags.
There will be few complaints about how the 2 Series Convertible drives. Compared to rivals such as the Audi A3 Cabriolet, the BMW is in another league when it comes to handling.
Its steering is incredibly precise and accurate, letting the driver thread together their favourite bends. It’s also reassuringly easy to park, and will cover motorway miles without any drama. Only a stiff ride on M Sport cars with larger wheels can cause some irritation.
There’s a range of engines on offer: three petrols and two diesels. Performance stretches from mild to wild, with an option to suit all needs and budgets. The two diesels favour long-range motorway cruising, especially with the excellent automatic gearbox. Alternatively, the M240i petrol delivers true sports car pace.
It leaves the 2 Series Convertible with remarkably few faults. This is a car that absolutely nails the brief for a compact premium cabriolet.