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2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible

$41,100 - $52,400
Price Range (MSRP)
BMW 2 Series Convertible

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Review

by Roger Biermann

The BMW 2 Series Convertible proves that open-top motoring doesn't have to come at the expense of sharp driving dynamics, and it is a formidable competitor in the small premium convertible segment. Two superb turbocharged engines are at the heart of the 2 Series, with the 230i producing 248 horsepower and the evocative M240i a thrilling 335 hp from its six-cylinder unit. Both models are rear-wheel-drive as standard and optionally available with BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system. In the M240i, performance is enough to keep some true exotics honest, with 0-60 mph coming up in just over four seconds. The power-folding fabric top folds away quickly for a proper convertible experience and is complemented by a solidly built interior that offers a decent array of features as standard. However, the 2 Series Convertible is best suited to two passengers as the rear seats don't offer much in the way of space. The trunk's capacity and shape are also compromised by the soft-top roof.

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Changes: What’s the difference vs 2018 2 Series Convertible?

An enhanced safety specification sees a number of driver assistance aids now being included as standard equipment. Forward collision warning (with both pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking) and a lane departure warning system are standard on every 2 Series. The optional Premium Package now also boasts real-time traffic updates and a one-year Apple CarPlay subscription.

Pros and Cons

  • Sleek, appealing design
  • Powerful engines provide swift performance
  • Excellent handling and decent ride comfort
  • Familiar, driver-focused interior layout
  • Top-class automatic transmission
  • Rear seat not suitable for adults
  • Interior design lacks pizzazz
  • Some features should be standard

2 Series Convertible Exterior

The convertible has the same sporty stance, short overhangs, and long hood of the coupe. Standard exterior features include LED headlights, daytime driving lights, and a wind deflector. 230i models ride on 17-inch double-spoke bi-color wheels, while the M240i has 18-inch M double-spoke wheels. The 230i has LED fog lights while the M240i has a more aggressive treatment for the lower bumper to match its Shadowline exterior trim and aerodynamics kit.

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Front View
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Dimensions

The BMW 2 Series Convertible is 69.8 inches wide, 55.6 inches in height, and 174.7 inches long. The wheelbase measures 105.9 inches. These dimensions are for the 230i, with the M240i being marginally lower and longer. The overall size of the 2 Series is very similar to the Audi A3 Convertible. Curb weight ranges from 3,680 lbs for the 230i to 3,856 lbs for the M240i. This is some 200 lbs heavier than the equivalent 2 Series Coupe.

Exterior Colors

The 2 Series can be specified in a selection of two non-metallic and nine metallic colors at an additional cost of $550. Non-metallic hues are Alpine White and Jet Black, the latter only available for the 230i. Metallic colors for both models are Black Sapphire Metallic, Melbourne Red Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Estoril Blue Metallic, and Sunset Orange Metallic. The 230i is additionally available with Glacier Silver Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, and Seaside Blue Metallic.

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

2 Series Convertible Performance

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Left Front Three-Quarter Dynamic
2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear View Driving
2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Dashboard Layout

Engine and Transmission

Performance is class-leading in the segment, with both the 230i and M240i providing spirited acceleration thanks to their powerful engines and slick transmissions. The 230i's turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine produces 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque and is paired exclusively to BMW's revered eight-speed automatic transmission. Power delivery is superb and turbo lag minimal, with 0-60 mph coming up in only 5.5 seconds and the transmission executing effortlessly slick shifts. The thrilling M240i uses a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine and delivers 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque to see off the benchmark 0-60 mph sprint in only 4.5 seconds. This model can be specified with a six-speed manual gearbox, but only in RWD form. Like the 230i, overtaking requires little more than a slight prod of the right foot. The convertible's extra weight doesn't blunt the exemplary performance of the 2 Series and the powertrain is a highlight of this compact BMW.

  • 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

The 2 Series impresses with accurate, sharp handling and an acceptable quality of ride over most surfaces. In Eco Pro and Comfort modes, the BMW 2 Series retains good body control while being comfortable enough to cover long distances without leaving the driver feeling fatigued. Much stiffer ride quality is experienced when switching to Sport and Sport+ modes, but on smooth roads with plenty of curves, the 2 Series can be a blast to haul through a couple of challenging curves. The M240i's adaptive M suspension provides an even wider spread of dynamic capability, and with all settings switched to their most aggressive, this model isn't terribly far off the M2 for driving thrills. But the convertible is notably more flexible than the coupe, and as such it lacks the dynamic talent to truly live up to the semi-M expectations bestowed upon it in name. The acoustic soft-top offers good insulation when in place, with only some tire noise making its way into the cabin. Optionally available larger wheel sizes look fantastic, but they do firm up the ride. Overall, the 2 Series Convertible offers a genuinely fun driving experience without seriously compromising comfort levels.

2 Series Convertible Gas Mileage

Considering the performance on offer, the 2 Series Convertible offers admirable fuel economy. The 230i's EPA-rated economy figures are 23/33/37 mpg city/highway/combined, equating to a mixed driving range of 370 miles from the 13.7-gallon fuel tank. The less powerful Audi A3 Convertible returns a slightly better 29 mpg in a mix of city and highway driving. The M240i's figures are 21/30/24 mpg in city/highway/combined driving, with a range of approximately 328 miles possible from a full tank. The 2 Series is capable of good fuel efficiency when driven more sedately.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    13.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/33 mpg
* 2019 BMW 2 Series 230i Convertible

2 Series Convertible Interior

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Dashboard Layout
2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Armrest
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Seating and Interior Space

The 2 Series seats four passengers, but those in the back will feel cramped due to limited rear legroom and headroom (the rear seats of the Convertible had to be moved forward to make space for the roof mechanism). In front, space for the driver and passenger is ample and there is a good range of seat adjustment. Ingress and egress are easy thanks to the long doors, although climbing into the back seat requires more effort, as is typical of a compact convertible.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

2 Series Convertible Trunk and Cargo Space

Cargo space for the 2 Series Convertible is 11.8 cubic feet (down from the 13.8 cu-ft of the Coupe model). The roof mechanism has also made the available space more awkward to use, with a protrusion beneath the roof making it difficult to load larger, hard suitcases - soft bags will be preferable if you want to take advantage of the available trunk space. Additional storage space is limited to a through-loading rear seat, while the cabin offers the usual selection of door bins, cupholders and a lockable glove box to store smaller items.

2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Luggage Space
2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Side View
2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible Rear View
  • Trunk Volume
    11.8 ft³

2 Series Convertible Infotainment and Features

Features

All 2 Series Convertible models are decently specified, although there is a long options list available that can soon send the price soaring. Standard features are ten-way power sports seats trimmed in SensaTec upholstery, a rear-view camera, automatic dual-zone climate control, park distance control front and rear, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a multifunction steering wheel, and a convertible wind deflector. The powered soft-top roof can be opened or closed at the touch of a button at speeds of up to 30 mph. Considering that this is a premium convertible, it's disappointing that heated seats aren't standard.

Infotainment

BMW continues to lead the way with its infotainment system, and the same goes for the 2 Series. A high-resolution, 6.5-inch color screen is standard and can be intuitively operated with the central knob. A larger 8.8-inch touchscreen with navigation is optional. A seven-speaker sound system is standard, along with satellite radio preparation, HD radio, DVD area coding for North America, hands-free Bluetooth, and USB audio. Android Auto integration isn't available at all, while Apple CarPlay is only available as an option. The M240i also offers SiriusXM satellite radio.

2 Series Convertible Problems and Reliability

With a predicted reliability rating of above average according to J.D. Power and no reported recalls for the 2019 2 Series from the NHTSA, this small BMW has proven to be quite dependable. The 2018 model did, however, have two recalls: one for a crankshaft sensor firmware error and one for a software error with the instrument panel. The 2 Series is covered by a four-year/50,000 mile limited warranty and a four-year/50,000 mile drivetrain warranty.

2 Series Convertible Safety

The NHTSA has yet to evaluate the 2 Series for crashworthiness. The IIHS has, however, given the 2 Series range its highest 'Good' rating for crash safety, based on an evaluation of the coupe model. Thanks to a high level of passive and active safety features and BMW's strong safety record, the 2 Series is likely a very safe car.

Verdict: Is 2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible a good car?

From its sparkling dynamics to its attractive design and superb powertrains, the 2 Series never fails to put a smile on the face of its driver. In convertible form, the appeal of top-down motoring is hard to resist, although the price to pay for this is reduced rear-seat space and trunk capacity. If you're able to live with these compromises, the 2 Series Convertible will delight with its powerful turbocharged engines and responsive handling. The interior isn't quite as polished as that of an Audi A3 Convertible, but it's still well constructed and benefits from a top-class infotainment system. The 2 Series isn't all about sporty driving though and balances these attributes out with a smooth automatic transmission, decent ride quality, and reasonable fuel economy. The smallest convertible in the brand's extensive catalog it may be, but the 2 Series is more than worthy of that revered BMW badge.

What's the Price of 2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible?

The 2 Series Convertible range starts with the rear-wheel-drive 230i at an MSRP of $41,100, excluding a destination and handling charge of $995. The price is also exclusive of tax, licensing registration, and incentives. Next is the all-wheel-drive 230i xDrive at $43,100. The M240i Convertible is $50,400 in RWD form and the M240i xDrive tops the range at $52,400.

2019 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?

Every 2 Series offers its own appeal. We'd stick with the automatic transmission, as this unit is smooth and suits the convertible more than the slightly notchy six-speed manual. The 230i may be the base model but feels far from underpowered and is a worthy sporty convertible if the M240i's price is too much of a stretch. The 230i can be specified with the popular M Sport Package for $3,450, adding the M sport suspension and more aggressive trim from the M240i. However, the Premium Package ($2,500) is also an attractive option, as this includes a heated steering wheel and heated front seats - these features add significantly to comfort levels for top-down motoring.

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2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible vs Audi A3 Convertible

The Audi A3 Convertible offers a similarly premium convertible experience and starts at over $2,000 less than the 2 Series Convertible. However, the A3 provides significantly less power from its 184-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and there is no direct alternative to the superb M240i. The A3 is more comfortable and refined than the 2 Series but offers a less engaging driving experience. The interior is difficult to fault, with a logical layout and excellent materials. Like the 2 Series, the A3 suffers from cramped rear quarters and a tiny trunk, especially if you opt for the Quattro all-wheel-drive versions (as standard, the A3 Convertible is front-wheel-drive). Overall, both of these cars are capable performers but the 2 Series has the edge in performance and driving dynamics.

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2019 BMW 2 Series Convertible vs BMW 4 Series Convertible

Starting at $52,950 for the 430i, the 4 Series starts at just beyond the price of the range-topping M240i xDrive. The 4 Series is instantly the more expensive-looking of the two convertibles and casts a much wider footprint than the compact 2 Series. It also uses a heavier folding metal roof which, although offering superb insulation, brings with it a hefty weight penalty. The larger 4 Series is undoubtedly more comfortable and a superior boulevard cruiser compared to the 2 Series, but it doesn't have the same chuckable and fun-to-drive nature. The 4 Series interior isn't dramatically different from the 2 Series' cabin, which is a bit disappointing considering the $10,000 price premium. There is however more rear-seat space, although you still can't call the rear seats spacious. Unless you must have the 4 Series for its more glamorous looks, the 2 Series is the nimbler, faster, more enjoyable, and far more affordable convertible.

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