The car formerly known as the 3-Series convertible. In 2013, BMW renamed its rival two-door class C coupe as Series 4, and now the similar two-door convertible has followed its example. Like its predecessor, Series 4 uses a three-piece collapsible rigid ceiling instead of a simpler but less secure fabric ceiling. That’s bad news for Weight: The BMW 4 Series convertible tilts the scale a couple of hundred kilos heavier than its equivalent coupe, but it is good news for high-ceiling refinement, stiffness, and a lighter, brighter cockpit. Wide range of motors, with rear or four-wheel drive.
Price : £41,230 – £53,210
The cockpit is what we have come to expect from the family of BMW series 3 and 4, with little talent for jazz but high ergonomic simplicity, but with welcome welcome from a lot of sky.
Lowering the roof takes 20 seconds with electric power, as the metal cap is separated in many fragments and opens way majestically in a series of delicate overhangs. These sections of the roof consume practically all the space for boots: If you are planning a long trip on the roof, it is better to make sure that at least one of the rear seats is free for the luggage.
On the roof, the convertible 4 looks a lot like its hard-top coupe cousins, that is, very neat, though one with a very light fabric when it enters a corner and the extra high-mounted rear weight is seated. Roof down, you’ll feel a little more movement of the body and a slight further degradation in the direction precision. It’s not serious, just a little dizzy, like I just woke up from a nap. But that’s only compared to the BMW 4 Series coupé: However, according to Cabrio standards, this car is more than tidy enough. More important is the outdoor refinement of the 4: With the rear wind blocker in place and the windows open, there is a remarkably small turbulence, while the dryer-type neck heaters in the seat keep their neck comfortable.
The M4 convertible was a later addition and is almost as good as the Coupé. It is almost so fast, with the additional drama of being able to hear the escape, not much more clearly with the roof down. In our book, that makes it very good, then.
Operating and reliability costs
BMW continues to lead the field when it comes to giving the maximum blow for a minimum fuel consumption, particularly with its diesel engines. The delicious 440i with petrol engine will damage your wallet a little more, but it is a punishment that we would be happy to accept. The same for the M4, although it is impressively efficient given its power. The 435d is an interesting alternative, says: It has a great power plus improved traction traction on all four wheels xDrive to deliver 465 pairs. Yes, it’s almost £50.000, too.
Series 3 always retained impressive residual values, especially those diesel engines, and there is no reason to suspect that the 4 should be different. Beware of optional extras, however