Front runner of the endangered folding hardtop species
- Comfortable cruiser
- Folding metal roof
- Roof limits boot space
- Running costs
- More expensive than coupe
- Feels heavier than coupe
Four seater convertibles are becoming a rare breed – and those with a folding metal roof like the BMW 4 Series Convertible even more so.
Unlike those cars, with the roof up the 4 Series is quiet and comfortable, with only a trained eye able to spot the difference between it and a coupe.
Three diesel and three petrol engines, plus monster M4
The engine line-up is quite simple: junior four-cylinder engines of both fuel types topped by attention-grabbing six-cylinder motors.
Petrol power features the forgettable 420i and effective but unexciting 430i - both are 2.0-litre turbocharged units - and the more exciting six-cylinder 440i. Sitting at the top of the range is the standalone M4 performance model.
Those after diesel power are treated to the superb 420d all-rounder, plus more powerful iterations in the form of the six-cylinder 430d and 435d – the latter available exclusively with all-wheel drive and offering everything you could want, save for a small price tag.
Simple trim structure
The range is easy to navigate because there are only two trims, plus the M4 model, and options to add from there.
M Sport cars gain some nice upgrades like a performance-focussed chassis set up, more supportive seats and the coveted M bodykit and badging.
The Parkers Verdict
With the roof down and the wind in your hair, it’s easy to have fun in the 4 Series Convertible, regardless of which engine you choose.
And best of all, when you replace the roof and click back into sensible saloon mode, only a trained eye will spot its open-top alter-ego.
Read on for the full Parkers BMW 4 Series Convertible review, where we blow the lid off this smart-looking, sporty drop-top