BMW 4 Series Convertible (2014) Review

BMW 4 Series Convertible (2014) At A Glance

Stylish looks and very desirable. 435i is an amazing engine with thunderous performance. Superb handling. Rides better than coupe.

Roof only works up to 8mph.

New prices start from £39,220
Contract hire deals from £277.86 per month
Insurance Groups are between 30–42
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

Style, quality and desirability. If that's what you're looking for in a convertible then there's plenty of choice from the premium manufacturers. So what makes the BMW 4 Series stand out?

Well unlike alternatives from Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the 4 Series stands out by virtue of its metal folding roof. It means the BMW is more secure when parked and quieter on the move. It may add some weight, but the benefits more than make up for it. 

Being a BMW it handles immensely well with great agility, helped by the rear-wheel drive set-up. There are also xDrive four-wheel drive models, but only on top versions. What is impressive is the ride quality. It's actually better than the 4 Series Coupe, making the convertible very comfortable, even if you go for an M Sport model.

If you want affordable running costs then the 420d is the one to go for. It has decent performance but will prove usefully economical with around 46mpg in real world driving. Yet the best engine is the 435d. True, it's not cheap with a list price of more than £50k, but it's effortless fast and sounds good too, with huge reserves of torque.

And if you're not covering big miles there's the 420i. It may the entry-level engine in the range but it's still enjoyable to drive and smooth too. The six-cylinder 440i is the top of the range petrol, akthough despite the badge, it's actually a 3.0-litre engine, albeit with power boosted to more than 320PS.

The 4 Series Convertible is more expensive than the 3 Series it replaced but then it does come with more standard equipment. This includes plenty of kit such as round parking sensors, heated and electric front seats, xenon headlights, DAB radio and Dakota leather upholstery.

With its sleek design and metal folding roof, the 4 Series Convertible remains incredibly desirable - even several years since its launch. It also comes with some of BMW's best engines and handles superbly well, as you'd expect of a BMW. It even rides well. Add in lots of standard kit and it's easy to see why we rate it so highly. The competition may be very good but we find it hard to look past the 4 Series if you want a quality convertible.

Real MPG average for a BMW 4 Series Convertible (2014)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

81%

Real MPG

21–55 mpg

MPGs submitted

156

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ASK HJ

What's the best convertible?
What 4 seat, hard-top convertible should I buy?
The BMW 4 Series Convertible is a good choice. It was our 2019 Convertible of the Year: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/honest-john-awards/2019/honest-john-awards-2019-bmw-4-series-convertible-scoops-drop-top-category/
Answered by Andrew Brady
PCP ends soon but I can't get an accurate valuation - are used car prices fluctuating a lot?
I have a high spec, low mileage (20,000) 2016 BMW 4 Series Convertible and wish to maximise my car's value at the end of its PCP agreement (£15,5000, early June 2020) but at the moment it’s impossible to get an accurate valuation on my car. I'll use the money to put towards two vehicles that I need to get. Worst case scenario, I walk away with no money owing. The issue is, if prices of used cars increase then maybe I should wait to maximise the offers for my car, but end up paying more for the two replacement cars. Should I strike now and reserve the cars and gamble that I can get the best of both worlds? I hope that makes sense.
The coronavirus outbreak is going to cause a few temporary fluctuations in the used car market. I imagine your PCP provider will wait until the very last moment before giving you an accurate valuation. Keep pestering them. And be mindful that the latest FCA guidelines will protect you if the value of your car experiences a temporary decline due to the COVID-19 outbreak: https://www.honestjohn.co.uk/news/coronavirus/2020-04/coronavirus-financial-conduct-authority-confirms-three-month-car-finance-repayment-freeze
Answered by Dan Powell
Are there any hard top convertibles on the market?
I currently have a Renault Megane CC. I was planning to buy a newer version of the same car with a budget of around £13,000 but it seems that hard top convertibles are rare. I thought a Vauxhall Cascada would do the job, but it seems that they are all soft top convertibles. I want a saloon type rather than a sports car so Mazda MX 5 is not for me, nor is a MINI. Any suggestions what I should look at?
As you're finding, many manufacturers stopped offering hard-top convertibles of this size a long time ago. Try looking at something bigger like a BMW 3 Series.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Airbag warnings stickers- can I remove them?
My new BMW 4 Series Convertible has airbag warning stickers on both sides of the passenger visor, which I find to be a distraction. Can I remove them? Or can I order and fit a left hand drive drivers visor, without the stickers? Babies would not travel in the car in our ownership and the original could be fitted when sold.
Sorry, my answer to this is to leave it as it is. You could be held liable is you ever resell the car without the warnings.
Answered by Honest John

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