BMW

BMW 2 SERIES CONVERTIBLE 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9.6s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2186 g/km

BMW has a strong track record when it comes to desirable drop tops and this 2 Series Convertible has kept that streak going. With an economical diesel and punchy petrol powerplants that are also strong on efficiency, this drop-top looks good and poses a challenge its rivals have found very hard to level with.

DOUBLE TOP

BMW's 2 Series Convertible still has much to offer. Jonathan Crouch checks out the current range

Ten Second Review

BMW has a strong track record when it comes to desirable drop tops and this 2 Series Convertible has kept that streak going. With an economical diesel and punchy petrol powerplants that are also strong on efficiency, this drop-top looks good and poses a challenge its rivals have found very hard to level with.

Background

We've had it drilled into us for years. A car will, after your house, likely be the second biggest capital purchase you ever make. Therefore, it's no frivolous expenditure. Cars need to be researched thoroughly and bought with an eye on return on that investment, their resale values propped up with diligent servicing and such like. All very worthy stuff which would probably see us all in Toyota Aygos if we actually followed it to the letter. BMW prefers to give us a little more freedom in our choices. Yes, you can have excellent fuel economy, low emissions, strong residuals and manageable servicing costs, but why not have a bit of fun while you're at it? That's the ethos behind the 2 Series Convertible, a car that does all the sensible stuff but also comes as standard with a big helping of style.

Driving Experience

The engines available in the Convertible are a direct carry over from the coupe range and this, as anyone who's ever driven the two-door tin top will tell you, is a very good thing. Drive is directed to the back wheels and you get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or the quite brilliant eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Petrol poceedings open with the 1.5-litre 136bhp three cylinder petrol powerplant used in the 218i variant. This version will record 8.8 seconds for the sprint to 62mph and hit 130mph. A 2.0-litre four cylinder engine is offered with 184bhp in the 220i. Diesel options include the 150bhp 218d and the 190bhp 220d. The 220d diesel offers a good combination of virtues, delivering a tall stack of torque, with 400Nm available from just 1,750rpm. If you're of the belief that a BMW sounds best with six cylinders, you'll probably gravitate to the M240i Convertible. With 340bhp, this one has some senior performance credentials. If you specify it with the eight speed automatic transmission, it'll get to 62mph in a mere 5.0 seconds. Press the Sport button and the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal.

Design and Build

As before, the electrically operated folding soft top lowers or raises in just 20 seconds at the touch of a button and can be carried out at speeds of just over 30mph. Once folded, the soft top disappears fully into the boot and luggage capacity is rated at a fairly generous 335-litres, making it the largest boot in its class. A through-loading system is optionally available to increase versatility. Piercing LED headlights come as standard, complete with hallmark four corona ring LED daytime running lights. All models feature a large front kidney grille with a prominent chrome surround. In addition, all standard range variants get LED front fog lights as standard and offer a front bumper with a smart air-intake design. At the rear, smart LED tail lights with LED light bars feature, while 'Sport' models get a smarter bumper with sculpted design and high-gloss black trim. As for the interior updates, well, there's a re-designed instrument panel, plus a smarter centre console with a sliding cup holder cover and pearl chrome accents. On M Sport and M240i models, the instrument cluster features a Black Optic display with 3D effect dials - an option with other variants in the line-up. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features in the cabin and delivers the latest-generation iDrive software on the standard BMW Navigation and BMW Professional Navigation set-ups. The large 8.8-inch screen on the latter navigation system is also equipped with BMW Touch Control, offering drivers the choice of iDrive with Touch pad, voice control and touchscreen to interact with the system.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £30,000 for the 218i, with the 218d variant pitching it at just under £33,000. The competition in this sector has become a bit hotter in recent years, with Audi launching more competitive versions of its A3 Convertible. The BMW is cut from slightly different cloth, offering more of an enthusiast focus - but is this really quite such a factor in the drop top market? Buyers here are probably less interested in the details of the suspension and 0-62 times and more in the stying, the hood operation and the effectiveness of the air con and stereo. Suddenly BMW's clear advantage is eroded more than just a tad. Most models are available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trim, while the 230i is offered in M Sport only and the M240i has its own unique specification. SE models are also offered. Standard specification on all models is comprehensive and includes alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Drive Performance Control, Keyless go, a Sport instrument cluster, dual dark chrome exhaust tailpipes for 220i and 220d Sport models, Sports seats and a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel. The top M240i gets 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, Ferric Grey air blades and mirror caps, dual-zone air conditioning, Dakota leather upholstery, Extended Lighting and Storage, M Sport suspension and braking, an M rear spoiler and M logos on the wings.

Cost of Ownership

It's hard to argue with BMW's WLTP efficiency measures, with the 218i in manual form recording up to 36.2mpg on the combined cycle and up to 177g/km emissions. Go for the 220d diesel and you'll see up to 46.3mpg and up to 160g/km with the manual transmission. Those are quite some numbers from a vehicle that can still justifiably wear a performance coupe tag. The M240i Convertible also records some impressive efficiency data. It'll squeeze up to 31.4 miles from a gallon (combined) and will emit up to 204g/km. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures. The 2 Series is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

BMW couldn't really have delivered much more when briefed with turning 2 Series Coupe into a Convertible. Clearly there's only so much sleekness you can build into a four-seater drop-top that's only a few millimetres longer than a Ford Focus but the stylists have done a good job giving the car a coupe-like silhouette with the roof up. Roof-down, BMW's designers have given the car a clean deck and flanks that hold enough shape to prevent car looking dull and blocky. What else? Well the small styling updates are welcome, the engine selection draws no complaints from us and the pricing looks to be fair. The class benchmark? That looks as if it may well be the case.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap all round
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation

  • Braking readiness
  • Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Dynamic stability control plus
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake drying
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Ventilated front disc brakes

  • Velour front floor mats

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • Speed limiter

  • Auto start-stop

  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • Service interval indicator
  • On board computer
  • BMW Online services

  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side

  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • High precision direct injection
  • Double VANOS
  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • Oil dipstick
  • Battery age recognition function

  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB Digital radio

  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Visible VIN plate
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • High gloss shadow line
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M logo designation in chrome on left and right front wings
  • Door sill finishers with M designation
  • Model specific design elements
  • Rear mounted aerial on rear shoulder

  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • High level third brake light
  • Front fog lights
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED Headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Daytime running lights

  • 2 lashing eyes in luggage compartment at sill
  • Conditioned based service
  • 12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Front door storage bins
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Gearshift lever with M designation
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front cupholders x 2 with inlay mat
  • 3 spoke M sports nappa leather steering wheel
  • Manual steering wheel column adjustment
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround and locking key

  • Interior light in front centre interior mirrors and rear centre auto interior light activation when door is opened when ignition switched off
  • Welcome lighting

  • Central locking switches door, fuel filler flap and luggage compartment

  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for the two outer rear seats
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Twin horns
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Side impact protection
  • Front side airbags

  • Rear head restraints
  • Front head restraints

  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Blue remote control with integrated key inset

  • 8 speed automatic transmission with electronic selector lever and steptronic sequential manual mode

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
  • Run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • CO: 0.216
  • HC: 0.038
  • NOx: 0.011
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0005
  • CO2 (g/km): 143
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 231
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 235
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 191
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 194
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 186

  • Engine Code: B38B15M0
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1499

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 37.2
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 51.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 39.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 32.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 33.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 7.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport Nav
  • Coin Description: i
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.6
  • Top Speed: 127
  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 220
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 22.4

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/35 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1984
  • Height: 1413
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4432
  • Width: 1774
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1520
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1985
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 335
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 465
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • M Sport braking system: £0

  • M sport suspension: Included
  • Adaptive M Sports suspension including drive performance contol with ECP PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+: £515
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport + modes: Included

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging and Wi-Fi hotspot prepration + 2 x USB: £0
  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming: Included

  • Cruise control with brake function: £400
  • Variable sport steering: £0
  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £0
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic: Included
  • Rear parking distance control: Included
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £790
  • Reversing assist camera: £0

  • Speed limit info: £200
  • Navigation system - BMW Professional multimedia: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle: £0

  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish includes instrument panel, door pull handle and centre console: £0
  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim with black high gloss matt finish includes instrument panel, door pull handle and centre console: Included

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system includes 360W amplifier + 12 speakers: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Wind deflector: £260
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Chrome kidney grille surrounds with eight extra wide high gloss black vertical slats: Included

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning: £0
  • Automatic single zone air conditioning: Included

  • Soft top - Anthracite: £0

  • Steering wheel heating: £160
  • Through load system with foldable backrest + 2 folding lashing eyes in luggage compartment: £175
  • Dakota leather upholstery: £800
  • Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery: Included
  • Full black panel display: Included

  • Ambient interior lighting: Included
  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included

  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £390
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series: £0
  • M Sport plus pack - 2 Series Convertible: £1,350
  • Extended storage pack with Compartment in instrument panel - 2 Series: £0
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack II - 2 Series: £1,100
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series Convertible: £900

  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560
  • Metallic - Estoril Blue: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • M Seatbelts: £0

  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £0
  • Front sports seats manual seat height, backrest, tilt and headrestrain height adjustable + electric adjustable for backrest side bolster: Included
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: £0
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £195

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Hexagon cloth/Alcantara - Anthracite/Blue hexagonal highlight: £0

  • Dakota leather - Oyster/dark Oyster: £800
  • Dakota leather - Black with exclusive stitching: £800

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket: Included

  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Bicolour Jet Black: Included
  • 18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Jet Black: £0

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