BMW 4 Series Convertible Review

After launching the Convertible version of its 4 Series model in Las Vegas a while back this year, the guys from BMW started rolling out the car in all markets, including the UK one.
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Since it made its way across the channel from the Germans and it was looking rather enticing, the guys from What Car jumped at the chance to test drive it and see how it stacks up to its competitors.

Speaking of which, at the moment, the Bimmer only faces the Audi A5 Convertible and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Convertible in this department but the latter is just an intermediary option until the C-Class convertible comes out.

Out of the bunch, the 4 Series wins in the space department for the backseat passengers, with the roof up but it loses when it comes to the mechanism that slides the seat forward to gain access to the rear bench. That being said, the electric/manual combination could’ve been simpler if you ask us.

The engine line-up is made of the same models you’re used to by now, depending on the market. For the US, only petrol variants will be available at first but in other countries (mainly European) the diesels will be the most popular, most likely.

Out of them the 420d model will be the best seller, no doubt, thanks to its frugal character. However, the 2-liter turbocharged diesel engine, making 184 HP and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque could be quieter, especially at idle. If you do go for it, choose the automatic gearbox that will get you even better mileage.

One specific problem convertibles have is the boot. Namely, it’s size with the roof down. In the 4 Series, you really don’t get a lot of it either, when the cover is folded but it’s a completely different story when the roof is up. However, unlike its rivals, access is very easy in the back, due to an ingenious system that raises the roof just a bit to allow you to access your items easier.

Overall, the 4 Series Convertible isn’t a clear winner of its class. It has some problems but fitted with the right engine and right optional features and depending on what the owner is looking for in it, the 4er could be a more than good car for the summer days.

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