Drive: BMW M440i xDrive Convertible – Long-Forgotten Qualities

The design of the new 4 Series remains a source of controversial discussions. But with the BMW M440i xDrive Cabriolet, the Munich-based company is introducing something that competes closely with the much more expensive and uncompromising M4 Cabriolet. That's because the 374hp convertible attracts with long-forgotten qualities.
2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible 19 photos
Photo: Axel Griesinger
2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
The classic convertible is celebrating its comeback. After decades of electrically retractable hardtops, the soft top is celebrating a renaissance. Now it's the turn of the midsize car from Munich to make this transformation, as the new 4 Series convertible does it without the folding steel roof.

In other respects, too, the 4 Series Convertible, especially as the M440i xDrive, impresses with many long-forgotten BMW qualities and shows that a classic inline six and an open roof are still good for a dream car.

Design: An extroverted appearance, but a little colour makes it more subtle

One can certainly argue about the size of the kidney. But you have to give the designers from Munich credit for the fact that the cooling air intakes have been this big before in their own vehicle history. Especially since the M Sport package, which is standard for M Performance cars like the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible, adds some finesse to the arrangement with its shimmering gold trim.

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
Photo: Axel Griesinger
Above all, however, a clever choice of colour can create a distinctly discreet appearance. The noble dark green (called Sanremo Green Metallic) of the test car not only harmonizes perfectly with the cream-coloured leather (aka Oyster Vernasca leather), but also shows that even classic colour combinations can look stunningly beautiful on a modern design. Our recommendation is therefore clear: #makegreengreatagain. Go ahead and order it in this colour, you won't regret it

Interior: a luxury cruiser in the middle class

Purely in terms of size, the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible sorts itself into the compact executive class, borrowing many details from the 3 Series. But BMW takes its positioning seriously and sprinkles many subtleties into the recipe that set the 4 Series apart from the sedan and Touring.

This impression is also underlined by the spaciousness. The first row is a very pleasant place to sit. The seats are comfortable, there's plenty of room to move around thanks to the uncluttered cockpit, and even the seat belts are handed out. Nothing is lacking here, the wish for the big brother, the 8 Series, doesn't come to mind at all in terms of space.

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
Photo: Axel Griesinger
However, this of course does not apply to the rear. Here, the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible is a classic 2+2, even though BMW advertises it as a four-seater. But with a comfortable seating position in the first row, there is no more legroom in the rear. But that's no difference with the competition and we don't want to deduct any points from the fine Munich car for that reason.

Technology: The BMW M440i xDrive Convertible thrives on its fantastic engine

Contrary to the traditional nomenclature, there is of course no four-liter engine at work in the M440i. Those days are long gone. But under the hood nevertheless sits one of Munich's finest engines, the three-liter B58B30TU1. Even in the first generation, the inline six was a great power plant, and with the overhaul it has elevated itself to legendary status.

Revving power and smooth running are by no means the six-cylinder engine's only strengths. It is above all the powerful acceleration and the powerful but never obtrusive background noise that are fully convincing. The fact that the 3.0-liter turbo is also modest at the gas station finally ennobles it as a top engine.

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
Photo: Axel Griesinger
Here, however, the eight-speed automatic is also a congenial partner, as it always keeps the engine in the best operating window, if necessary. On the other hand, when dynamic driving is demanded, it also sorts the gears with pinpoint accuracy and always serves up the right transmission ratio. In Sport and Sport+ mode, it also likes barking intermediate gas and rich pattering in shifting mode.

By the way, the 48V mild hybrid is a little high-tech delicacy. The electric motor, which also acts as a starter, boosts up to 11 PS at low revs. However, you get the feeling that the three-liter doesn't need such a thing. But the spontaneity of the powertrain is of course an added bonus. And it shows that they really do take it literally in Munich with the M for "Motorenwerke" in BMW.

Driving dynamics: a precise sports car at the push of a button

The chassis settings are also in line with this. The optional adaptive dampers not only provide great feedback in the sporty driving mode, but the setup also makes the BMW M440i xDrive Cabriolet remarkably sharper. Suddenly, the green openness dances loosely around the curves, delights with responsive steering and always offers the right amount of grip.

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
Photo: Axel Griesinger
The clever xDrive all-wheel-drive is more of a help than you might initially think. In most situations, it keeps a low profile and you almost forget about it. You neither feel its influence on the steering, nor does it cause any blurring. On the contrary, when the throttle is used hard, the strong Bavarian even pushes easily with the rear end.

Above all, the all-wheel drive ensures a good feeling. Because the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible would never overcharges the driver. You drive it from the gut, with the greatest pleasure - and only if you overdo it once, then the front axle pulls you gently back into the lane.

Driving comfort: The open road trip can't be long enough

However, there are two sides of pure driving pleasure in the 4 Series convertible. For in addition to the driving dynamics, it is above all the open-top enjoyment that becomes a real trump card. It takes barely 20 seconds for the BMW M440i xDrive Convertible to clear the sky. With the windows rolled up, hardly a breeze passes through the interior. For sensitive natures, the optional neck heater is recommended. In this combination, you can enjoy open-top driving well into the fall.

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
Photo: Axel Griesinger
And you're welcome to drive a longer distance. For the suspension comfort in the Comfort setting is very accommodating despite the less compliant 19-inch wheels. Together with the fine leather, the optional Harman/Kardon audio sound system and the now very good iDrive infotainment, the M440i is also ideal for transcontinental travel.


The BMW M440i xDrive Convertible is perhaps the best alternative to the M4. With its 374 PS, the sophisticated convertible not only has a superior engine, but is also very well positioned in terms of driving dynamics. The standard limited-slip differential, in combination with the great adaptive suspension and the very well-tuned xDrive all-wheel drive, offers perhaps one of the best packages currently available in this class. Above all, however, the green open-top cruiser shows that classical values still hold true today. Side note: We came to an average consumption of 8.4 liters/100km in the test. The engine could not have earned a better report card.

For this reason, we give the BMW M440i xDrive Cabriolet Engineered 5/5 stars.

The overview:

  • Powerful and smooth-running inline six-cylinder engine.
  • Powertrain is very confident
  • Very good soft-top design, which ensures a quiet interior
  • Great chassis setup in all driving modes

  • Controversial looks
  • High price tag
  • Rear compartment is only good for storage
  • Limited trunk space

Technical data:

Model: BMW M440i xDrive Convertible
Engine: Straight six-cylinder, 2,998 ccm
Power: 275 kW /374 PS (5,500-6,500 rpm)
Torque: 500 Nm (1,900-5,000 rpm)
Drive: All-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic transmission
Fuel consumption combined (WLTP): 7.4-6.9 l/100km
CO2 emissions combined (WLTP): 169-159 g/km
Test consumption: 8.4 l/100km
Acceleration (0 – 100km/h / 62 mph): 4.9 s*
Top speed: 250 km/h* (155 mph) limited
Dimensions (L/W/H): 4.77 m/1.85 m/1.39 m
Weight: 1,965 kg*
Base price: from 76,800 Euro in Germany

* Manufacturer's specifications
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram X (Twitter)

Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories