Three years have passed since the German automaker started rolling out the 2 Series into dealerships, effectively getting rid of the cabriolet and coupe from the 1 Series and renaming them. Well for the new model year, BMW has undoubtedly raised the bar a tad higher in the premium compact class thanks to better emotional richness, aesthetic appeal and dynamic prowess that the 2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible promises.
Released alongside the 2 Series Convertible is the 2 Series Coupe. According to BMW, the coupe offers tons of practicality and performance specs. To begin with, it combines its finely-tuned engines and suspension with its classical three-box design to offer exceptional sporting responses. Again, it offers impressive utility and passenger space for anyone looking for everyday practicality.
The new BMW 2 Series Convertible on the other hand comes with identical dimensions as those of the Coupe. It features a wide track, long wheelbase, a set-back passenger compartment, a long cargo bay, and short overhangs. The soft-top fabric is electrically operated. And thanks to additional padding, the soft-top offers impressive acoustic comfort when closed.
So what has changed over the previous model? Not much really. In fact, the new 2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible and its sibling have only gained subtle changes in terms of new paint colors, package reshuffling, and tiny other redesign changes. This isn’t bad news considering both vehicles have sold over 140,000 units all over the world since 2014. The USA remains the single largest market followed closely by Great Britain.
We’d say the Convertible looks the best, if at all we had to choose between the two. It comes with a low-hanging silhouette, powerful contoured surfaces, and compact proportions that accentuate its elegance and sporting credentials. Don’t get me wrong here as the Coupe also is drop-dead gorgeous due to its pronounced profile and dramatic roofline that hurries to the rear end.
All in all, we find both versions hit the Goldilocks spot in their class without necessarily screaming about it.
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2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review
- interior redesign
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- release date & Price
2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible Interior Redesign Changes
Inside, the new model comes with distinguishing features that set it apart from its predecessor. To start off, the instrument panel has been completely redesigned and the layout is now more driver centric and pronounced than before. Moreover, it has gained a more exclusive and upmarket character thanks to the addition of new materials.
The new instrument panel has a more clean-cut appearance, is roomier, and features lesser joins. On the M Sport, Luxury Line, and Sport Line models, contrast stitching has been used to accentuate the elegant design of the seams. The center stack gains a high-gloss black finish that result in a more sophisticated and exclusive feel.
Five upholstery fabrics are now available for buyers of either the BMW 2-Series Convertible or BMW 2-Series Coupe. These can either be combined with either Alcantara or leather. And as if that’s not enough, all model variants can be specified with Sensatec seat upholstery in Oyster and Black.
Sitting magnificently at the center stack is the high-resolution 8.8-inch central display. And if it is specified with the optional Navigation system, it’ll come in a touchscreen version. Also available is the iDrive Touch Controller that makes it possible for the driver to operate numerous functions such as navigation, telematics, and infotainment using just one hand.
Slip inside the 2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible and you’ll quickly discover how supportive the seats are.
In terms of ambiance, there’re good quality materials all-round as previously mentioned, and the passenger cabin is quiet, functional, and attractive.
Exterior Design - 2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible
The elegance and sporting credentials of both the Convertible and its Coupe sibling are accentuated by the dynamically stretched lines and a low-slung silhouette.
As standard, both models come fitted with new bi-LED headlights. These headlights are characterized by a dynamic cropped look and beautifully designed daytime running lights. As an option, moreover, the main headlights can be specified with the adaptive full-LED option, which give the front end a more precise and modern appearance.
As already mentioned, one of the changes the 2 Series Convertible has had are additional colors. The pallet of exterior paint shades gains new three colors – Light Seaside Blue, Mediterranean Blue, and bold Sunset Orange. This now brings the total number of exterior colors to twelve.
Two powertrains, two transmissions, two engines, but no bad choices are on offer. The new 2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible can be had with a rear- or all-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic, a turbo-four or a turbo-six.
The base model is available with a 248-horsepower-capable turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine. The mill is also responsible for making 290 lbs. ft. of torque. When optioned with an eight-speed automatic, the 230i models make a quick run so much so that they only need 5.0 seconds for a 0-60 mph.
Stepping up the trim ladder gets you the M240i that makes buyers a tad bit poor. The upgrade will cost you ten grand. But what do you get in return? More muscle to the tone and a whopping 335 horsepower to burn through. The engine responsible for this is a turbocharged 3L six-cylinder.
Just to wrap things up, the BMW 230i, BMW 220i, and the BMW 220d xDrive Coupe are offered with the eight-speed transmission system as standard. The sportier transmission version can be had as an option.
The BMW 225d and the BMW M240i are offered with the eight-speed sport transmission as standard.
Some of the driver assist technologies available are explained below. Intelligent AWD – available with optimum power transfer, it acts as an alternative to classical RWD and is available for the BMW M240i and BMW 220d.
Advanced suspension technology. This technology helps both the BMW 2-Series Coupe and BMW 2-Series Convertible gain more handling properties and outstanding dynamics.
BMW ConnectedDrive – this aids the driver get control of the boatload of connectivity features without losing concentration on the road.
And lastly, strain leaving driver assistance system, which relieve the driver of routine tasks especially when driving for long distances or while one is in heavy city center traffic.
2018 BMW 2 Series Convertible Release Date & Price
According to BMW, the most basic, bare-bones model will set you back by around $38,950 while the costlier version will cost you $51,050. As for the release date, the vehicles should be expected in dealerships by this fall.
Perhaps the only formidable competition the BMW 2 Series has comes from the Audi A3 Convertible. The Audi A3 received a mild refresh for the 2017 model year that roped in changes such as newer technology updates and sharper exterior lines.
It is comfortable and sporty. Things however take a rather unimpressive turn when it comes to what lurks beneath the hood. It is relatively underpowered thanks to a 2.0L four-cylinder engine rated at just 186 hp and 221 lbs. ft. of torque, which allows nit zoom from 0-60 mph in 6.9 seconds. Audi says the top speed is 130 mph and will return 25/34/28 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
As for the pricing, here’s what to expect – the Audi A3 Premium starts at $37,600, the Premium Plus at $40,850, and the top-of-the-trim Audi A3 Prestige trim level at $46,550. The all-wheel-drive system christened Quattro is available across the entire trim lineup.