Not too long after the reveal of the BMW 4 Series, it was natural that the BMW 4 Series Convertible wasn’t going to be too far behind. With it now available in dealers, what will it be bringing to the table?
Let’s find out.
BMW says it has closely followed in the footsteps of the Coupe sibling with the Convertible, when it comes to dynamics, elegance and extraordinary driving pleasure.
The new 4 Series Convertible is larger in almost every way with the length increasing by 26mm to 4.638 metres and by 43mm in width to 1.825 metres. The chassis is also bigger with 50mm added to the wheel base and a 45mm bigger track at the front and a huge 81mm wider at the rear.
This means that driving performance compared to the old 3 Series Convertible should be significant, especially when going for a spritely drive.
The hardtop which made its first appearance in the previous generation is back and faster to open. It takes just 20 seconds to open the three-piece roof. You can also be traveling at up to 18km/h at the same time.
A major (not really) feature that has been introduced in the BMW 4 Series Convertible is the optional Air Collar feature for the 435i. And what is an air collar? Well, basically it is a neck warmer. Before you laugh, if you have ever driven in a convertible – even in winter – you’ll appreciate this new option.
As for performance, you will have a choice of three models initially. Firstly there is the 420d Convertible with a BMW TwinPower turbo four-cylinder diesel engine that produces 135kW of power and 380Nm of torque. Whilst the 8.2 seconds to reach 100km/h from a stand still isn’t as fast as we would like, the fuel economy figure of 4.8litres per 100km makes up for that.
Stepping up to the next available model, the 428i Convertible utilises BMW’s well awarded TwinPower turbo four-cylinder petrol engine that pumps out 180kW of power and 350Nm of torque. Thankfully the acceleration time is improved with the 428i only taking 6.4 seconds to reach 100km/h. The fuel economy figure also is quite good at 6.7litres per 100km.
Finally, the top of the line 435i Convertible will excite those performance orientated top down drivers. Using the tried and true BMW TwinPower turbo in-line six cylinder petrol engine, producing 225kW of power and 400Nm of torque, it can reach 100km/h in only 5.5 seconds. This is while only consuming 7.7litres per 100km.
Because of the natural higher entry price, there are some excellent inclusions across the range that are standard equipment includes BMW’s awesome eight-speed sports automatic, and other energy/fuel saving technologies including Auto Stop/Start, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and electric power steering.
Other inclusions that are standard, and very much welcomed include standard front and rear Park Distance Control, rear view camera, Bi-Xenon headlights with auto headlights, rain sensing windscreen wipers and a rear view mirror.
Safety systems include the full suite of BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control systems, a new hidden roll-over protection system, four airbags for the front seat passengers alone, and an active protection system that predicts when an accident is imminent.
What’s welcomed in the 4 Series Convertible is the inclusion of two-zone climate control, heat/sun protection by glazing the windows, full electric and heated sports seats and all covered in beautiful Dakota leather.
BMW has also made sure that storage is available throughout the cabin, so you’ll find plenty of spaces to put water bottles, maps, phones and more.
If you love your music, there will be a standard six-speaker audio system with the usual 3.5mm input, USB connection and Bluetooth phone capabilities that also include audio streaming from multiple connected devices.
All of the entertainment is controlled through BMW’s improved iDrive with touch controller and a stunning 8.8inch colour screen that also has a 20GB hard drive for storing music.
In the 420d and 428i, you will have a choice of Sport Line, Modern Line, and Luxury Line as standard. These are designed to help you get the look you want from your car. We personally would opt for the M Sport package when that arrives later on.
In the 435i Convertible, you don’t get the choice of which line you want but you do pick up some nice extra features. Some of those include Adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering and upgraded four-put brakes on the front. Standard there are also the 19inch M Sport Wheels, M aero kit, M leather steering wheel and other M Sports package features.
Pricing for the models can be found below:
BMW 4 Series Convertible Australian Pricing:
|BMW 420d Convertible||$88,800|
|BMW 428i Convertible||$97,500|
|BMW 435i Convertible||$126,600|
Whilst these cars carry quite the premium over their Sedan/Coupe equivalents, in our experience you can’t quite match the awesome feeling a good long drive a Convertible can give you.