BMW 2 Series Convertible (2015–)

Model History

September 2014

BMW 2 Series Convertible unveiled

Joined 2 Series Coupe and 2 Series Active Tourer in the line-up from February 2015, with prices starting at £29,180 OTR. The new car replaces the 1 Series Convertible.

The BMW 2 Series Convertible will be available with a choice of four engines, including a new 2.0-litre diesel for the 220d and, for the first time in a BMW convertible, an M Performance variant, the M235i.

Model

Power
PS

Torque Nm

0 – 62mph seconds

Top Speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 Emissions g/km

Price

BMW 220i Sport Convertible

184

270

7.5 (7.6)

144 (140)

41.5 (44.1)

159 (149)

£29,180

BMW 228i M Sport Convertible

245

350

6.1 (6.0)

155* (155*)

41.5 (42.8)

159 (154)

£31,550

BMW M235i

Convertible

326

450

5.2 (5.0)

155* (155*)

33.2 (35.8)

199 (184)

£37,710

BMW 220d Sport Convertible

190

400

7.5 (7.4)

140 (140)

60.1 (64.2)

124 (116)

£29,965

* Electronically limited. Figures in brackets denote models with an automatic transmission.

The BMW 2 Series Convertible is longer (by 72mm) and wider (by 26mm) than the model it replaces, and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. These increases have been put to good use to enhance passenger access and space, increase driving enjoyment with the roof down and change the proportions so that BMW’s latest compact convertible looks even more stylish.

The electrically operated folding soft top lowers or raises in just 20 seconds at the touch of a button, and can be carried out at speeds of just over 30mph. Additional insulation in the skin of the soft-top improves acoustic comfort, with a 4db noise reduction, and adds to the year-round usability of the car. An easier-to-use optional wind deflector provides greater protection against turbulence when travelling top-down.

Once folded, the soft top disappears fully into the boot to give the BMW 2 Series Convertible a premium ‘boat deck’ appearance. Luggage capacity increases by 30 litres to 335 litres, making it the largest boot in its class. A through-loading system is optionally available to increase versatility.

Rear access benefits from an 11mm wider aperture when the front seats are tilted forwards. Large door pockets, a spacious glovebox, a central storage compartment and two cup holders provide improved in-cabin storage.

Torsional stiffness has been raised by 20 per cent and bending stiffness is 10 per cent higher, despite a decrease in body weight, thanks to extensive use of high- and ultra-high-strength steels.

The M Sport suspension and braking system, with model-specific tuning, are standard on the 228i and M235i, which also has custom-tuned Variable Sport steering. The suspension set-up and damping of the range-topping model takes into account, not only its exceptional performance, but also the characteristics introduced by its soft roof. Options include a BMW M Performance limited-slip differential.

The 220d and 220i models are available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trim while the 228i is offered in M Sport only and the M235i has its own unique specification. SE models will become available at a later date.

Standard specification on all models is comprehensive and includes alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Drive Performance Control, Keyless go, a Sport instrument cluster, dual dark chrome exhaust tailpipes for 220i and 220d Sport models, Sports seats and a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel.

The 220i and 220d Luxury models are distinguished by larger alloy wheels; Chrome finishers on the vertical slats of the front air inlet, front grille, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes and rear bumper; Fineline Wood with Oxide Silver accents and Dakota leather upholstery.

M Sport versions have High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim, Aluminium Hexagon trim with Estoril Blue accents, extra-wide High-gloss Black kidney grille slats, a Sport instrument cluster, dual chrome exhaust tailpipes, M Sport suspension, an M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel, M aerodynamic body styling and M door sill finishers. There is also an M Sport Plus package of Ferric Grey 18-inch alloy wheels, headlight wash, harman/kardon loudspeaker system, M Sport brakes, Xenon headlamps and a grey windscreen shade band.

The specification of the M235i includes 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, Ferric Grey air blades and mirror caps, dual-zone air conditioning, Dakota leather upholstery, Extended Lighting and Storage, M Sport suspension and braking, an M rear spoiler and unique M logos on the wings.

May 2016

M240i convertible replaces M235i convertible

BMW M140i has a zero to 62mph time of 4.6 seconds (automatic). The BMW M240i Coupé performs the same sprint in the same time. The M240i Convertible goes from rest to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds yet at the same time there is a reduction of up to seven per cent in fuel consumption. Official figures for the BMW M140i hatchbacks and M240i Coupé are 36.2mpg (manual) or 39.8mpg (Sports Automatic), with respective CO2 figures of 179g/km and 163g/km. The M240i Convertible is capable of 34.0mpg in manual guise and 38.2mpg as an automatic, while their respective CO2 emissions are 189g/km and 169g/km.

Model

Price
from

OTR

Power
Hp

Torque
Nm

0 – 62mph Seconds

Top Speed Mph

Combined Mpg

CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW M140i

£31,875

340

500

4.8 (4.6)

155*

36.2 (39.8)

179 (163)

BMW M240i Coupé

£35,090

340

500

4.8 (4.6)

155*

36.2 (39.8)

179 (163)

BMW M240i Convertible

£38,535

340

500

4.9 (4.7)

155*

34.0 (38.2)

189 (169)

*Electronically-limited

The compact size of the Twin Scroll turbocharger makes it extremely efficient, and it is linked to an indirect intercooler. These new M Performance models also feature electric wastegate control, a close-coupled catalytic converter, an on-demand cooling pump and map-controlled oil pump, electronic power steering, Auto Stop Start and Brake Energy Regeneration.

The six-speed manual transmission includes an engagement control function which blips the throttle on downshifts for increased smoothness and sportiness. The optional eight-speed Sport Automatic gearbox now has a wider spread of ratios to enhance efficiency and is capable of multiple downshifts for greater responsiveness. It incorporates Launch Control with a predictive shift strategy, all linked to the navigation system so that the car can extract every last fraction of performance when accelerating from standstill. A rev-linked vibration damper enhances smoothness and improves the rich sounds the driver hears, further aided by an acoustic shield beneath the bonnet.

OTR prices for the BMW M140i starts at £31,875, the BMW M240i Coupé costs £35,090 and the Convertible is listed at £38,535.

May 2016

New 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines introduced

The 2.0-litre engines employ a Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct fuel injection and VALVETRONIC and Double VANOS valve control. They are available in 20i, 25i and 30i outputs, delivering 184hp, 224hp and 252hp respectively. The upgrade can be spotted externally on the 20i by twin exhaust tailpipes.

Model

Price
from

OTR

Power
Hp

Torque
Nm

0 – 62mph Seconds

Top Speed Mph

Combined Mpg

CO2 Emissions g/km

BMW 120i

£23,980

184

290 (270)

7.1

143 (140)

47.1 (48.7)

138 (133)

BMW 125i

£28,610

224

310

6.1

151

47.9

134

BMW 220i

£26,865

184

290 (270)

7.1 (7.2)

146 (143)

47.1 (48.7)

138 (133)

BMW 230i

£29,710

252

350

5.8 (5.6)

155

44.1 (47.9)

147 (134)


Acceleration times with the new engines are trimmed and fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions also fall in many models, in some cases by up to 17g/km, with advantages for Benefit-in-Kind taxation and Vehicle Excise Duty.

An eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission becomes standard for the 125i, while on the BMW 2 Series Coupé and Convertible a 230i takes the place of the former 228i. Prices start at £29,830 OTR for the 2 Series Convertible.

May 2016

BMW 2 Series gets latest iDrive interface and enhanced connectivity services

Incorporated into the BMW Professional media system, the latest iDrive interface and enhanced connectivity provides a simpler menu navigation requiring fewer clicks to move between key sections such as map view, messages, entertainment and media and an increase in RAM to improve performance. This new system also allows the wireless integration of selected third party applications from a compatible mobile device.

In addition to the already standard Bluetooth connectivity this can be further enhanced by opting for the new Enhanced Bluetooth which alongside the upgraded BMW Professional Navigation system now includes Wireless Charging, WiFi Hotspot preparation and an additional USB socket.

Accessing a library of over 30 million tracks available to stream at any time as part of BMW Online Entertainment is now even easier thanks to the new Connected Music feature. This introduces the additional option, when listening to the radio, of recognising the track, artist or album. The listener can then search for and stream other music by that artist or music of the same genre.

What does a BMW 2 Series Convertible (2015) cost?

List Price from £26,325
Buy new from £21,591
Contract hire from £218.27 per month