BMW

BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL CONVERTIBLE 218d SE 2dr [Nav]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2159 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.

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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

  • Brake drying
  • 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
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist

  • Velour front floor mats

  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • Speed limiter
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic

  • 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
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • BMW Online services
  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator

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

  • Satin silver interior trim includes instrumental panel, door pull handle and centre console

  • Variable vane geometry
  • Oil dipstick
  • Battery age recognition function
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Diesel particulate filter

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

  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Rear mounted aerial on rear shoulder

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

  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black stitching
  • 2 lashing eyes in luggage compartment at sill
  • 12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
  • Conditioned based service
  • Corner cloth upholstery
  • Front door storage bins
  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • Glovebox with lid
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Rear centre armrest
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Front cupholders x 2 with inlay mat
  • 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
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Side impact protection
  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Front side airbags
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags

  • Front head restraints
  • Rear head restraints

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button

  • 6 speed manual transmission

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • 17" light Y spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 380 with run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 75
  • CO: 0.249
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.029
  • HC+NOx: 0.046
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 134
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 184
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 158
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 164
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 159

  • Engine Code: B47D20O0
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 47.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 60.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 46.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.1

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE Nav
  • Coin Description: d
  • 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: 150
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 24E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 150
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9
  • Top Speed: 129
  • Engine Power - KW: 110
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/50 R17
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE STYLE 380
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1565
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2015
  • 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: 450
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

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

  • Rear parking distance control: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: £400
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £0
  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0
  • 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

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

  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Wind deflector: £260

  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £790
  • High beam assistant: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included

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

  • Soft top - Anthracite: £0

  • Full black panel display: £0
  • Steering wheel heating: £160
  • Through load system with foldable backrest + 2 folding lashing eyes in luggage compartment: £175

  • 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
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack II - 2 Series: £1,250
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series Convertible: £900
  • Extended storage pack with Compartment in instrument panel - 2 Series: £0

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

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £195
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £0
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: £0
  • Manual adjustable front and rear seats: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Corner cloth - Anthracite with grey highlight: £0

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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