Bmw 4 Series Convertible

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BMW 4 Series Convertible
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Review Of The BMW 4 Series Convertible

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The brand new BMW 4 Series Convertible looks a lot like the Coupe variant. The only major difference is that it lets more sunshine into your cabin. Perfect for when you’re freewheeling down a country lane on a boiling hot summers day with the roof down.

The coupe handles bends slightly better. After all, it weighs less. But will you really care about that when a gentle breeze is caressing your pink cheeks?

Join OSV as we take a closer look at what this car is all about with our 2017 BMW 4 Series Convertible review.

On The Road

We’ll start with the car’s weight. Thanks to the addition of a folding metal roof, this 4 Series cabriolet tips the scales at around 1800kg. As such, it gets a bit grumpy whenever you change direction sharply and suddenly.

However, that’s really the only downside of the driving experience. The steering is well-weighted, precise and meaty. Ride quality is good, thanks to a suspension system that’s been setup to cushion the blow from lumps and bumps. And the car doesn’t shudder and shimmy too much over worst surfaces, thanks to its stiff structure.

BMW 4 Series Convertible in orange metallic driving with roof down

There are plenty of engines to choose from, and something to suit everyone – a trio of petrols and a trio of disses. Two diesel models – the 430d and the 435d – are the only ones that offer four-wheel-drive instead of rear-wheel-drive. This means more strength and grip. However, we think the four-cylinder 420d will suit most people just fine. It pulls a lot of its power from low down, and is at home on both the motorway and the town.

The petrols are smooth. Both of the two six-cylinder models – the 430i and 440i – are a whole lot quieter than the diesels, with even the four-pot 420d diesel engine making a fair amount of noise. We think the smooth petrol engines are a better match for an open-top; they’re quiet, fairly quick, and offer a genuinely good driving experience.

BMW 4 Series Convertible Interior, Design & Build

BMW 4 Series Convertible with red leather interior

The 4 Series Convertible is a lot like the coupe, both inside and out. We’re certainly complaining, and we doubt many buyers will either, as this means a smart dashboard that’s well-appointed and logically laid-out. The car gets the brand’s much-praise iDrive infotainment system that’s intuitive and super easy to get the hang of.

One complaint we have, however, is that the dashboard is beginning to look dated. It’s smart, well-appointed, and fit and finish is impossible to argue with. But there are more modern designs on the market.

It’s easy to get comfortable once you’re inside, thanks to an adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat. Passenger seat adjustment is also available. Interior space is good upfront, but while it’s easy enough to get into the rear seats, passengers won’t be greeted by a whole lot of room once they’re there. Both head and legroom is restricted, and we’ll wager that your taller passenger will be doing a fair amount of complaining if you leave them in there for too long!

The boot measures 370-litres, which seems reasonable for a premium convertible. However, the folding metal roof is a blessing on this blissful summer days when you’re just – but a curse when you need to do the shopping, as it eats into boot space. You’d either have to leave the roof up or not go shopping – the choice is yours!

Still, the folding metal has other uses – it proves pretty protective in the event of thieves trying to break into your beloved BMW.

Equipment & Safety Of The BMW 4 Convertible

Standard equipment is good and includes heated seats, parking sensors, a 6.5” colour display screen, climate control, cruise control, and sat nav. Opt for the Sport model and you get larger alloys and sports seats, but the more expensive Modern and Luxury models seem superfluous.

If there is one optional extra we recommend you get, it’s the Air Collar feature. This neat addition comes in handy whenever you have the roof down and your passenger is complaining that they’re cold (rolls eyes). You know what we mean – annoying! Add this feature, and hot air will be blown on the back of their neck to ensure they stay warm.

In terms of safety, the new 4 Series Cabriolet hasn’t been put through its paces yet by EuroNCAP, but we expect it to be safe as houses. Moreover, the 3 Series bagged 5/5, and we would expect this to follow suit. Your standard safety kit includes brake assist, lots of air bags, stability control, and ABS.

2017 BMW 4 Series Convertible profile

Costs Of The BMW 4 Series Convertible

Prices for the new car start out from £35,000 and rise to £49,600. For more information on our leasing deals, you can check out our page here.

In terms of its running costs, most of the models in the range are fairly economical, with the exception being the range-topping petrol. The 420d diesel is the cheapest to run, and can achieve fuel economy returns of 58.8mpg while emitting just 127g/km of CO2.

If, however, you want a good blend of economy and performance, we recommend the 428i petrol. Powered by a 2.0-litre engine, it’s good for fuel economy return of 40mpg and emits 159g/km of CO2. It’s also considerably quicker than the diesel.

The range-topping 3.0-litre petrol engine is in its own bracket, and returns 30mpg at best.

Pros and Cons Of The BMW 4 Series Convertible



Great To Look At

Unfussy lines and an aggressive face are what helps this car to stand out.

Good Selection of Engines

With more weight than the coupe, BMW needed to make sure the engines were powerful enough to make car interesting. They’ve succeeded.

Fun To Drive

It’s heavier than the coupe, but it’s still a pleasure to drive.

Roof Eats Into Boot Space

No one buys a car like this because of how practical it is. But you still need some boot space, and the fact that the roof eats into precious boot space on days when you really don’t want to do can get frustrating. The A5 offers more boot space in general.

Pricey Options

The adaptive suspension and auto gearbox enhance this car, but they’re both only available as expensive options.

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Verdict Of Our 2017 BMW 4 Series Convertible Review

This is an aggressively styled cabriolet that feels mighty powerful once you fire it up. It’s bulkier than the coupe for obvious reasons, but the engines on offer ensure there is plenty of power and a decent amount of agility.

The choice of engines is good, while the practicality of the car wouldn’t be an issue were it not for the boot-eating roof. That aside, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible makes for a fine, upmarket cruiser that looks the part.


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BMW 4 Series Convertible Review

7th June 2016

The new BMW 4 Series convertible is based on the coupe, and it provides almost as much practicality. What sets it apart, though, is the utter thrills and spills it offers once you fold the roof down and take it for a cruise in the sunshine. It’s got a new name and number, but this…

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