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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5


4.5 out of 5 4.5

There are only two trim levels - SE and M Sport. Standard specification includes 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, heated electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, electric folding hardtop, electrically-adjustable front seats, climate control, electric windows, remote central locking, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, start/stop button, multi-function steering wheel controls, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, cruise control, ABS, brake pre-tensioning, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution, Xenon headlights, driver, front passenger and side airbags, two Isofix child seat anchor points, an immobiliser and Thatcham category 1 alarm, CD player with MP3 compatibility and USB stick integration.

The M Sport adds an aerodynamic package, sports suspension, 18-inch light-alloy M Star-spoke wheels, sports seats, three-spoke M multi-function leather steering wheel, M Sport short-shift gearlever, brushed aluminium interior and M door sill coverings. In April 2009 a Highline trim was introduced. Available on SE and Sport models the SE Highline comes equipped as standard with Dakota leather, Bluetooth and 18-inch star-spoke light alloy wheels.

An M Sport Highline model gains the same internal specification but with 19-inch M Double-spoke light alloy wheels. Revised models from early 2010 come with a Dakota leather interior as standard.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 3-Series Convertible (07-13).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • CD
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Sports seats
M Sport optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

M Sport Highline equipment

M Sport Highline standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sports seats
M Sport Highline optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

SE equipment

SE standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
SE optional equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint

SE Highline equipment

SE Highline standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
SE Highline optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint

Sport Plus equipment

Sport Plus standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
  • Sat Nav
  • Sports seats
Sport Plus optional equipment
  • Metallic Paint


4.5 out of 5 4.5

The 3-Series saloon has a five-star Euro NCAP rating and, although the Convertible hasn’t been tested separately, it would be expected to perform similarly. The list of safety equipment is impressive. In addition to ABS, seatbelt pre-tensioners and driver, passenger and side airbags, it gets a list of high-tech features covered under the DSC+ name. These include stability control, brake pre-tensioning, cornering brake control, traction control, electronic brakeforce distribution and hill start assistance.

Security-wise, there’s an immobiliser and a Thatcham Category 1-rated alarm, as well as a glove box that locks with the remote central locking (to keep it secure when the roof is down).

Interior & boot space

3.5 out of 5 3.5

BMW’s first ever folding hard top is very impressive. Not only does it look good whether it's up or down but it operates quietly and smoothly. The roof itself lowers (or rises) in under 30 seconds and has an impressive feature called ‘convenient access’ that raises the folded roof in 10 seconds, so it’s easier to get bags into the boot. This can be done remotely, on the keyfob, from some distance away – so the boot’s ready to use by the time you get to the car with your shopping.

A neat feature is that the back of the rear seatbacks fold flat, so it’s possible to carry larger – and longer – items.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the BMW 3-Series Convertible (07-13) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Volvo C70 Coupé Convertible (06-13) 404 litres
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet (10-17) 390 litres
BMW 3-Series Convertible (07-13) 350 litres
Audi A5 Cabriolet (09-17) 320 litres

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