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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Most drivers will find it easy to get comfortable in the 6-Series Convertible. Forward visibility is good, although the rear view is compromised with the roof up thanks to the broad rear pillars and shallow rear windscreen. Many functions (audio controls, ventilation and phone and navigation where fitted) are accessible through BMW's iDrive control system which is controlled by a dial on the central console.

Customers can choose a head-up display as an option, which cleverly projects vehicle speed, navigation instructions and warning lights on to the windscreen in front of the driver.

It may be a soft top but the 6-Series still exudes quality and refinement. The fabric roof insulates noise well and in the winter does an excellent job of keeping heat in and the cold out, while automatic climate control, leather seats and an electric roof are all standard fit. The Convertible also comes with SunReflective Technology - this unique leather covering (on seat and armrest surfaces) features ‘cool pigments’ embedded in the material which reflect the infra-red radiation in the sunlight.

This prevents excessive heating when the roof is left down on a sunny day and offers a reduction of up to 20 degrees centigrade over conventional leather. BMW's method of reducing buffeting from wind with the roof down is a retractable rear windscreen which does a decent job.