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Lease a BMW 2 Series Convertible 218i M Sport 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 44.8
CO2 143 g/km
Fuel Type Petrol
0 to 62 mph 9.6 sec
Key Features
Bluetooth
Leather Seats
Immobiliser/Alarm
DAB

Ten Second Review

BMW has a strong track record when it comes to desirable drop tops and the latest 2 Series Convertible looks set to keep that streak going. With an economical diesel and punchy petrol powerplants that are also strong on efficiency, this Convertible looks good and poses a challenge its rivals will find very hard to level with.

Background

We've had it drilled into us for years. A car will, after your house, likely be the second biggest capital purchase you ever make. Therefore, it's no frivolous expenditure. Cars need to be researched thoroughly and bought with an eye on return on that investment, their resale values propped up with diligent servicing and such like. All very worthy stuff which would probably see us all in Toyota Aygos if we actually followed it to the letter. BMW prefers to give us a little more freedom in our choices. Yes, you can have excellent fuel economy, low emissions, strong residuals and manageable servicing costs, but why not have a bit of fun while you're at it? That's the ethos behind the 2 Series Convertible, a car that does all the sensible stuff but also comes as standard with a big helping of style.

Driving Experience

The engines available in the Convertible are a direct carry over from the coupe range and this, as anyone who's ever driven the two-door tin top will tell you, is a very good thing. Proceedings open with the 184PS petrol powerplant used in the 220i variant. This version will record 7.5 seconds for the sprint to 62mph and hit 144mph. Drive is directed to the back wheels and you get to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or the quite brilliant eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Diesel options include the 150bhp 218d, the 190bhp 220d and the 224bhp 225d. The 220d diesel offers a good combination of virtues, delivering a tall stack of torque, with 400Nm available from just 1,750rpm. The mid-ranger is the 2.0-litre 228i, which packs a 245bhp wallop that'll see it get to 62mph in six seconds flat with the auto box before running onto an electronically limited 155mph. If you're of the belief that a BMW sounds best with six cylinders, you'll probably gravitate to the M235i Convertible. With 326bhp, this one has some senior performance credentials. If you specify it with the eight speed automatic transmission, it'll get to 62mph in a mere 5.2 seconds. Press the Sport button and the steering weight up and the throttle response sharpen. Press the button once more and you'll find Sport+, which partially disengages the stability control and offers an even spikier throttle pedal.

Design and Build

The old 1 Series Convertible was an odd thing. Convertibles are all about looking cool, but the drop top One, if specified in the wrong colour, looked like a bit of a bathtub. Fortunately its successor is a good deal slinkier. The dimensions tell much of the story. The 2 Series Convertible is longer (by 72mm) and wider (by 26mm) and has a wheelbase which has been elongated by 30mm. The electrically operated folding soft top lowers or raises in just 20 seconds at the touch of a button and can be carried out at speeds of just over 30mph. Once folded, the soft top disappears fully into the boot and luggage capacity is rated at a fairly generous 335-litres, making it the largest boot in its class. A through-loading system is optionally available to increase versatility. The front end features a broader kidney grille and more aggressive air intakes. Moving back, you'll find swept up side skirts, some deeply-surfaced flanks and tight overhangs. The rear-wheel drive bias of this car is emphasised by the fact that the widest part of the design is the rear wheel arch area: the track widths of the 2 Series Convertible are larger than those of its predecessor by 41mm at the front and 43mm at the rear. Inside, it's much as you'd expect, with improved build quality, with more substantial plastics used throughout. BMW's much-improved iDrive system features and now features a higher definition 6.5 inch flat screen.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £29,000 for the 220i, with the 220d variant pitching it at around £30,000. The competition in this sector has become a bit hotter of late, with Audi launching its vastly improved A3 Convertible. The BMW is cut from slightly different cloth, offering more of an enthusiast focus but is this really quite such a factor in the drop top market? Buyers here are probably less interested in the details of the suspension and 0-62 times and more in the stying, the hood operation and the effectiveness of the air con and stereo. Suddenly BMW's clear advantage is eroded more than just a tad. The 220d and 220i models are available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trim, while the 228i is offered in M Sport only and the M235i has its own unique specification. SE models are also offered. Standard specification on all models is comprehensive and includes alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, Drive Performance Control, Keyless go, a Sport instrument cluster, dual dark chrome exhaust tailpipes for 220i and 220d Sport models, Sports seats and a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel. The top M235i gets 18-inch double-spoke alloy wheels, Ferric Grey air blades and mirror caps, dual-zone air conditioning, Dakota leather upholstery, Extended Lighting and Storage, M Sport suspension and braking, an M rear spoiler and M logos on the wings.

Cost of Usership

It's hard to argue with BMW's efficiency measures, with the 220i recording 41.5mpg on the combined cycle and 159g/km emissions. Opt for the eight-speed automatic and those figures improve to 44.1mpg and 149g/km. Go for the 220d diesel and you'll see 60.1mpg and 124g/km with the manual transmission and an amazing 64.2mpg and 116g/km for the auto box. Those are quite some numbers from a vehicle that can still justifiably wear a performance coupe tag. The M235i Convertible also records some impressive efficiency data. It'll squeeze 33.2 miles from a gallon and will emit just 199g/km, those numbers morphing to 35.8mpg and 184g/km if you choose the ZF auto. EfficientDynamics, BMW's suite of energy-saving features, is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures. The 2 Series is fitted as standard with an Auto Start-Stop function available on both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control, is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

BMW couldn't really have delivered much more when briefed with turning 2 Series Coupe into a Convertible. Clearly there's only so much sleekness you can build into a four-seater drop-top that's only a few millimetres longer than a Ford Focus and the stylists have down a good job giving the car a coupe-like silhouette with the roof up. Roof-down, BMW's designers have given the car a clean deck and flanks that hold enough shape to prevent car looking dull and blocky. Compared to its predecessor, weight has decreased while torsional stiffness has been improved by 20 per cent, pointing to better handling and ride. The engine selection draws no complaints from us and the pricing looks to be fair. The class benchmark from day one? That looks as if it may well be the case.

CO
0.216
CO2 (g/km)
143
HC
0.038
HC+NOx
Not Available
Noise Level dB(A)
66
NOx
0.011
Particles
0.0005
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
190
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
186
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
194
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
166
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
163
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
235
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
231
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
187
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
183
Camshaft
DOHC
Catalytic Convertor
Yes
CC
1499
Compression Ratio
11.0:1
Cylinder Layout
IN-LINE
Cylinders
3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)
82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
94.6
Engine Code
B38B15M0
Engine Layout
NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery
TWIN TURBO
Gears
8 SPEED
Number of Valves
12
Transmission
SEMI-AUTO
EC Combined (mpg)
44.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
51.4
EC Urban (mpg)
37.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
8.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
10.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
10.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
8.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
8.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
33.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
34.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
32.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
33.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
38.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
27.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
27.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
34
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
34.9
Badge Engine CC
1.5
Badge Power
136
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
i
Coin Series
M Sport Nav
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
27E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
Not Available
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Safety Assist %
Not Available
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Service Interval Mileage
18000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
9.6
Engine Power - BHP
136
Engine Power - KW
100
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
4400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
162
Engine Torque - MKG
22.4
Engine Torque - NM
220
Engine Torque - RPM
1250
Top Speed
127
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
Tyre Size Front
225/40 R18
Tyre Size Rear
245/35 R18
Tyre Size Spare
RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style
M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 719M
Wheel Type
18" ALLOY
Height
1413
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4432
Wheelbase
2690
Width
1774
Width (including mirrors)
1984
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
52
Gross Vehicle Weight
1985
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
Not Available
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
335
Max. Loading Weight
465
Max. Roof Load
Not Available
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1300
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
750
Minimum Kerbweight
1520
No. of Seats
4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
10.9
Drive Performance Control
M sports suspension
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Electric power steering
Rear parking distance control
Servotronic PAS
Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish
Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish includes instrument panel, door pull handle and centre console
6 speakers
High gloss shadow line
Solid paint
LED Headlights
Automatic air conditioning
Automatic single zone air conditioning
Soft top - Anthracite
Full black panel display
Hexagon cloth/Alcantara upholstery
Ambient interior lighting
Luggage compartment lighting
BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series
Front sports seats manual seat height, backrest, tilt and headrestrain height adjustable + electric adjustable for backrest side bolster
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Height adjustable drivers seat
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 461M in ferric grey
18" light alloy wheels - M Double spoke style 719M in Bicolour Jet Black with run flat tyres

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Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Petrol Petrol Petrol
Seats 4 4 4
Doors 2 2 2
CO2 143 g/km 143 g/km 217 g/km
MPG 44.8 44.1 32.5
BHP 136 184 450
0 to 62 9.6 sec 8.4 sec 4.3 sec

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