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BMW 2 Series Convertible

The independent definitive BMW 2 Series Convertible video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    BMW's 2 Series Convertible still has much to offer. Jonathan Crouch checks out the current range

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 54

    BMW has a strong track record when it comes to desirable drop tops and this 2 Series Convertible has kept that streak going. With an economical diesel and punchy petrol powerplants that are also strong on efficiency, this drop-top looks good and poses a challenge its rivals have found very hard to level with.

    Backgroundword count: 143

    We've had it drilled into us for years. A car will, after your house, likely be the second biggest capital purchase you ever make. Therefore, it's no frivolous expenditure. Cars need to be researched thoroughly and bought with an eye on return on that investment, their resale values propped up with diligent servicing and such like. All very worthy stuff which would probably see us all in Toyota Aygos if we actually followed it to the letter. BMW prefers to give us a little more freedom in our choices. Yes, you can have excellent fuel economy, low emissions, strong residuals and manageable servicing costs, but why not have a bit of fun while you're at it? That's the ethos behind the 2 Series Convertible, a car that does all the sensible stuff but also comes as standard with a big helping of style.

    Driving Experienceword count: 216

    The engines available in the Convertible are a direct carry over from the coupe range and this, as anyone who's ever driven the two-door tin top will tell you, is a very good thing. Drive is directed to the back wheels and you get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or the quite brilliant eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Petrol poceedings open with the 1.5-litre 136bhp three cylinder petrol powerplant used in the 218i variant. This version will record 8.8 seconds for the sprint to 62mph and hit 130mph. A 2.0-litre four cylinder engine is offered with 184bhp in the 220i. Diesel options include the 150bhp 218d and the 190bhp 220d. The 220d diesel offers a good combination of virtues, delivering a tall stack of torque, with 400Nm available from just 1,750rpm. If you're of the belief that a BMW sounds best with six cylinders, you'll probably gravitate to the M240i Convertible. With 340bhp, this one has some senior performance credentials. If you specify it with the eight speed automatic transmission, it'll get to 62mph in a mere 5.0 seconds. Press the Sport button and the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal.

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    CO2 (g/km):

    119 (218d 2 Door Convertible 2.0 M Sport Auto)

    172 (240i 2 Door Convertible 3.0 M Auto)


    3 (218i 2 Door Convertible 1.5 M Sport)

    6 (240i 2 Door Convertible 3.0 M Auto)


    6 (218d 2 Door Convertible 2.0 M Sport)

    Engine Power (bhp):

    136 (218i 2 Door Convertible 1.5 M Sport)

    340 (240i 2 Door Convertible 3.0 M Auto)

    Engine Power (ps):

    137.89 (218i 2 Door Convertible 1.5 M Sport)

    344.73 (240i 2 Door Convertible 3.0 M Auto)

    Engine Size (cc):

    1499 (218i 2 Door Convertible 1.5 M Sport)

    2998 (240i 2 Door Convertible 3.0 M Auto)

    GVW (kg):

    1965 (218i 2 Door Convertible 1.5 M Sport)

    2060 (240i 2 Door Convertible 3.0 M Auto)

    NCAP Overall Rating:

    5 (218d 2 Door Convertible 2.0 M Sport)

    Service Interval (miles):

    18000 (218d 2 Door Convertible 2.0 M Sport)

    ... and 4 other stats available

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