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BMW announces new 2 Series Convertible

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BMW has announced the arrival of the 2 Series Convertible, which replaces the 1 Series Convertible that was available from 2008 to 2013. The new model has big shoes to fill, as the 1 Series Convertible was the world’s most popular compact premium convertible, with global sales reaching 130,000 units.

The 2 Series Convertible remains the only rear-wheel-drive car in its class, which should give it responsive handling around corners, though BMW claims that it has improved interior space for front and rear passengers too – an area where rear-wheel-drive cars can suffer. Refinement is also improved with additional soundproofing in the hood. Flip a switch and the electric roof folds away in 20 seconds at speeds of up to 30mph. 

Passenger space and access have been improved in the four-seater cabin as the new car is 72mm longer and 26mm wider than the car it replaces. Boot space also grows around 10 per cent to 335 litres – the largest in its class. Unusually for a convertible the rear seats also fold, allowing you to extend the load space. 

Four turbocharged engines will be available – three petrols and one diesel. The most affordable model is the 220i petrol which starts at £29,180 and boasts 182bhp – enough to power the car to 62mph in just 7.5 seconds. Combined fuel economy stands at 41.5mpg in manual form – exactly the same as the more powerful 228i, which can sprint to 62mph in a rapid 6.1 seconds. 

The 228i will be priced from £31,550 while the range topping M235i is available from £37,710 and can blast its way to 62mph in a mere 5.2 seconds, while being capable of 33.2mpg. Most economical of all, however, is the diesel 220d. This variant packs 187bhp but returns a fuel economy figure of 60.1mpg and can hit 62mph from a standstill in a 220i-matching 7.5 seconds. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is available with all engines, cutting acceleration times and improving economy by up to 4.1mpg in the case of the diesel. 

Buyers have a choice of three specification levels: Sport, Luxury and M Sport. All cars receive automatic air conditioning, Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity with audio streaming and a USB connection, a digital radio, sports seats and handy rear parking sensors. Luxury models add larger alloy wheels along with wood trim and leather seats while M Sport cars get unique exterior trim, dual exhausts, sports suspension, a sport steering wheel and a body kit. M235i models also add 18-inch alloy wheels, bespoke exterior trim, dual-zone air conditioning, leather seats and firmer suspension.

This new BMW 2 Series Convertible will go on sale from February 28, with prices starting at £29,180 for petrol models and £29,965 for the diesel.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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