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2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible

$41,100 - $52,400
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BMW 2 Series Convertible

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review: Getting The Balance Right

by Jay Traugott

Not many auto-manufacturers manage to get the balance between top-down thrills and great handling right, and in the small luxury vehicle segment, convertibles such as the Audi A3 convertible and the likes of the BMW 2 Series convertible compete for top honors. With two strong powertrains, the choice of a manual gearbox, and the option of BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive setup, the beauty of the 2 Series rag-top lies in more than just its handsome exterior. Although - as it is the convertible's cross to bear - there isn't much legroom in the back, and not much trunk space to boast about it, that's hardly the point when you're investing in a lifestyle vehicle that's designed to feel good, and make you feel good driving it. But just how good is the 2 Series convertible really?

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 2 Series Convertible?

Although given a recent update in March 2019, the 2020 model year is released with further updates that include darkened taillights, a high-gloss black kidney frame on the 230i, Cerium Gray frame on the M240i's grille, unique badging, and refreshed front and side air inserts. High-gloss black mirror caps are also standard on the M240i. Some additional changes to the exterior color palette, upholstery trims, and standard wheel designs have also been made, and rain-sensing wipers are now standard as well.

Pros and Cons

  • Robust engine options
  • Elegant interior
  • Top-down thrills
  • Dynamic handling, yet still comfy to ride in
  • Limited rear legroom
  • Sub-par trunk space
  • Manual gearbox on M240i isn't the greatest

2 Series Convertible Exterior

The same suave and sleek shape of the 2 Series coupe is present in the convertible, minus the hard-top and with a power-retractable fabric roof in its place. The convertible has an athletic stance, offering an elongated hood where the kidney-grille in its various model-specific guises is hosted - black on the 230i and Cerium Gray on the M240i. All-LED lighting, a wind deflector, and the classic acoustic soft-top are standard features for the convertible, while the entry-level model rolls in on 17-inch wheels, and the top-end trim on 18s. Designwise, few changes have been made for 2020, with only the taillights darkened. Otherwise, the 230i gets chrome exterior embellishments while the M240i gets blacked-out window surrounds, along with black wheels, and M Sport front and rear bumpers with the loss of front foglights to accommodate the angrier face.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Front View
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Side View
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear View
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Dimensions

Both the coupe and convertible 2 Series variants share the same length, width, and wheelbase, at 174.7/69.8/105.9 inches in 230i guise. The convertible is not quite as tall, though, and has a height of 55.6 inches. It's also more portly thanks to the mechanisms needed for the soft-top, and weighs in at 3,680 lbs for the entry-level model, and tips the scales at 3,944 lbs in its heaviest form, around 300 pounds less than its coupe sibling. The M240i is a little larger, too, by virtue of the M Sport bumpers, measuring 175.9 inches long, while sitting a little closer to the ground at 55.2 inches tall.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Seaside Blue Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Sunset Orange Metallic
  • Long Beach Blue Metallic
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

2 Series Convertible Performance

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Left Front Three-Quarter Dynamic
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear View Driving
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear Bumper Closeup

Engine and Transmission

Two engines are available for the 2 Series, namely a 2.0-liter four-cylinder on the 230i, and a 3.0-liter inline-six on the M240i. These powertrains produce 248 horsepower/258 lb-ft of torque and 335 hp/369 lb-ft respectively. Both are paired to an eight-speed shiftable automatic transmission, although a six-speed manual is available solely on the RWD M240i as a no-cost option. Neither engine is cause for regret, with the smaller version boasting loads of responsive, eager power on tap and the six-pot delivering bucketloads of torque. Turbo lag is barely noticeable, and acceleration is brisk and refined - getting to 60 mph takes only 5.6 seconds in the 230i, while the auto box does its job with utmost efficiency. The M240i's sport-charmed engine is ferocious by contrast, rocketing to sixty in just 4.4 seconds in xDrive guise and 4.5 in auto-equipped RWD form, all while serenading you with its signature six-cylinder growl. Although the four-cylinder motor will do just fine for the most part (where fine is measured as excellent by daily-driver standards), it's the 3.0-liter engine that will delight and thrill, making overtaking at high speeds an effortless affair altogether.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

One of the downsides to driving a convertible is that handling often suffers as a result of a more flexible chassis and a heftier curb weight. BMW has worked some magic on the 2 Series, though, because it remains almost unaffected by the loss of a roof. With accurate steering, efficient braking, and adaptive suspension on the higher trims, the 2 Series is nimble, agile, and rather fun to drive. Sure, it's not as adept at being a sports car as other open-top BMWs like the Z4 roadster can be, but with the ability to firm up the ride and sharpen throttle programming by switching through drive modes (from Comfort, to Sport, and ultimately Sport +), the convertible does really well in striving for that M-level appeal. Absorbing most road imperfections easily, the only negatives to really harp on are a rougher ride over repeated undulations and some road noise that inevitably filters through to the cabin.

2 Series Convertible Gas Mileage

Two engine choices, both with optional all-wheel-drive, result in a range of EPA estimates that kick off with the 230i base model attaining 23/34/27 mpg with rear-wheel-drive and the auto box. Switch to the xDrive variant drops those numbers to 21/31/24 mpg. The more potent engine on the M240i is tipped to achieve 22/30/25 mpg regardless of the drivetrain when equipped with the auto 'box, but with the manual in play it yields the worst possible figures for the 2 Series of 19/27/22 mpg. Real-world tests indicate that 2019 models regularly outperformed EPA estimates, and we'd expect the 2020 model year to continue this trend. With a 13.7-gallon gas tank, the most economical model will likely hit 370 miles on a full tank of premium gasoline.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/34 mpg
* 2020 BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

2 Series Convertible Interior

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Dashboard Layout
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Armrest
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Interior Wooden Trim
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Seating and Interior Space

Four passengers can be carried on board the 2 Series convertible - but the comfort levels of those seated in the rear are far from ideal. While the driver and front passenger are treated to ten-way power-adjustable sport seats with two-way power side bolsters and four-way power lumbar support, the back seat is almost negligible. Ample headroom in the front means that even six-footers will be at home (more so in the convertible, which boasts a little more space than the coupe). The rear, however, gets an inch less space for legroom than the coupe does - which is already pretty tight. 31.8 inches for stretched out legs will definitely not work for adults, so if you are hell-bent on ferrying passengers around, make sure they are small and slender. At least the SensaTec or optionally leather-appointed perches look and feel premium all round.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

2 Series Convertible Trunk and Cargo Space

Woefully impractical as a family vehicle, the Convertible's folding roof takes up most of the space in the trunk. The coupe variant has 13.8 cubic feet of cargo space, which is impeded by the roof mechanism and reduced to only 11.8 cubes in the soft-top model. With the roof down, space drops to just 9.9 cu.ft. This is less than ideal, but - let's be honest - if you're purchasing a thoroughly lifestyle-oriented convertible coupe, the last thing on your mind is where you're going to pack a month's worth of groceries. At least the 2 Series convertible will hold two medium-sized suitcases for a quick weekend away with your other half. Small items can be stored up front in a standard glovebox, while phones and keys can be slotted into average-sized door pockets. Seatback map pockets and two cupholders are standard, as well.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Luggage Space
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear View
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear View Driving
  • Trunk Volume
    11.8 ft³

2 Series Convertible Infotainment and Features

Features

The base model is well-equipped with comfort and convenience features right at the outset; push-button start, automatic climate control, rain-sensing wipers, park distance control in the front and rear, and three 12-volt outlets are all included. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is multifunctional, and dynamic cruise control is specced off the factory floor together with a rearview camera. An active driving assistant takes care of pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, and lane departure assist. The M240i trim adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, ambient lighting, and keyless entry. While both models sport a convertible wind deflector, it's odd that heated seats haven't been standardized for at least the top trim and still need to be optioned at a premium on all models. Wireless charging and adaptive LED headlights can also be added separately.

Infotainment

A 6.5-inch center screen is the heart of the 2 Series' infotainment setup, installed with BMW's iDrive system that remains one of the better interfaces on the market. A seven-speaker HiFi sound system, featuring a 205-watt digital amplifier, is stock across the range, paired with an AM/FM stereo, HD Radio, and pre-wiring for SiriusXM on the entry-level model. The M240i gets SiriusXM satellite radio included with a one-year subscription, but no other upgrades from the baseline. Navigation must be additionally specified, and a premium Harman Kardon surround-sound system for $875 will add another five speakers to the cabin. Apple CarPlay is only available by package add-on, while Android Auto remains cast aside. One of the advantages of the optional Premium package is the 8.8-inch high-resolution display it equips and is a worthy consideration.

2 Series Convertible Problems and Reliability

Early into its lifespan, the 2020 2 Series has already been affected by a recall for an improperly assembled airbag that could potentially fail to deploy correctly. Although not yet rated for reliability, the 2019 variant scored a reliability rating of 87 out of 100 from J.D. Power and also received a performance award from the institution for having the highest owner ratings within 90 days after purchase. The 2 Series convertible is backed by a four-year/50,000-mile limited warranty, a four-year/unlimited-mile roadside assistance program, and a 12-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

2 Series Convertible Safety

There are no safety ratings available for the 2020 2 Series convertible, but the IIHS scored its sibling, the 2019 Coupe, very highly - with top scores of Good for all crashworthiness tests, and an Advanced result for front crash prevention systems. The NHTSA has no ratings for any of the 2 Series variants. Still, the 2 Series convertible offers frontal, side, and knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. Lane departure warning, park distance control, dynamic cruise control, and a rearview camera are standard driver aids that complement the forward collision warning system and automatic braking already on board.

Verdict: Is 2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible a good car?

Much can be said about the joy and pleasure a convertible brings to the driver, and even more so when this is paired to a dynamic and fun to drive chassis. The BMW 2 Series convertible manages both with aplomb, and with two excellent powertrain options, a plush interior, and sheer good looks, it seems like a perfect package overall. This may be true - only if you are willing to sacrifice trunk space and rear-seat comfort. While a competitor like the Audi A3 Cabriolet offers a much more refined cabin, the 2 Series Convertible will not disappoint. Be prepared to shell out a little extra for needed features like Apple CarPlay, navigation, and even heated seats, though. In fact, just be prepared to shell out a lot of money - the 2 Series convertible doesn't come cheap, but its frugal engine (at least in the base model) takes the edge off the overall price, and its incredible personality will remind you with every mile that it was worth it.

What's the Price of the 2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible?

Excluding licensing, taxes, registration, and BMW's destination and handling fee of $995, you can expect to pay $41,100 for the base 230i. Opting on the xDrive all-wheel-drive setup pushes the price up by $2,000. If you're going all-in for the M240i, the MSRP shoots up to $50,400 for the rear-wheel-drive variant and $52,400 in xDrive format.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Models

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
230i Convertible
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$41,100
230i xDrive Convertible
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$43,100
M240i Convertible
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$50,400
M240i xDrive Convertible
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$52,400
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What BMW 2 Series Convertible Model Should I Buy?

Whenever there is an M-themed derivative to consider, the choice becomes automatically high-stakes. In this case, given the convertible is designed for the laid-back lifestyle driver who enjoys cruising scenic routes - and is less focused on outright speed - we'd go with the base model 230i with the slick auto box and rear-wheel-drive to really capitalize on the fun-to-drive nature of BMW's compact. There are a number of ways to specify the 230i, though, and we'd add the Performance Package for the addition of heated seats, navigation, the larger 8.8-inch infotainment screen, and Apple CarPlay - upping your total cost by $2,500 off the bat. The upgraded Harmon Kardon unit - at $875 - will also add to the sense of luxury when touring the coastline with the wind in your hair and the perfect soundtrack in the background. An epic Sunset Orange paint job will set you back another $550, and splashing out on premium Dakota leather can top up the bill with another $1,450.

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2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible vs BMW 4 Series Coupe

With more than $10k difference between the two Bimmer siblings, the 4 Series has reason enough for its higher MSRP. Or does it? When comparing base models, both vehicles share the same inline-four and six engines and kick out the same power and torque figures, also delivering similarly reasonable gas mileage. On the upper-level models, the 2 Series also has the advantage: the 440i makes use of a 320-hp version of the B58 engine, which - compared to the M240i's 335 hp - is just a bit less impressive. What the 4 Series has over its baby brother, is a folding metal roof instead of an acoustic rag-top, more cabin space, a marginally improved features list - and an extra 400 pounds in body weight. What's almost nonsensical, though, is that there isn't all that much difference on-board, making the recommendation to fork out that much more money a hard one to choke out. We'd stick with the smaller 2 Series for its divine drive, agile nature, and as a value-for-money entry point to the BMW lineup.

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2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible vs Audi A3 Convertible

While the Audi A3 doesn't offer a direct rival for the M240i, its entry-level 2.0-liter TFSI does well in comparison to the 230i. Its engine offers quite a bit less punch, though, making only 184 hp and 222 lb-ft in front-wheel-drive guise, as opposed to the BMW's 248 hp and 258 lb-ft - but it does have an all-wheel-drive variant that gives a little more oomph at 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. Still, the Audi uses a much thriftier motor, resulting in better EPA estimates - as high as 26 mpg in the city as opposed to the BMW's 23 mpg. Otherwise, both the BMW and Audi have almost identical levels of cabin space. Cargo space on the Audi is limited to ten cubic feet as well, meaning the only other advantage it has over the BMW is in its near-perfect cabin and much more refined ride. Still, when it comes right down to it, we'd be hard-pressed to pick the Audi over the BMW. It's pretty close, but we'd opt for the 2020 2 Series convertible this time around.

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