Parkers overall rating: 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).

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.

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