2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible

2020 MODEL
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2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 2, 2020

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Rishabh Mehra

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If someone wants to turn heads out on the road and don’t want to spend a bucket load of cash on it, then there aren’t many better options than a small convertible with a fancy badge on it. BMW 2 series convertible might be just that. It’s a pretty looking small convertible from Munich with a lot of street presence as well as the BMW driving DNA which would keep most buyers happy along with the occasional wind in the hair driving pleasure.

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Pros

Frugal powertrain

Athletic handling and comfortable ride

Plus cabin alongside a wealth of features

Cons

Cramped rear seating

Limited visibility

Poor noise isolation with the roof on

What's New?

All the Advanced Safety Features are now standard for all trims

New Colour options


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$41100

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-Speed Sport Automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

11.4/11.4

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

61.3 in.

width

69.8 in.

height

55.6 in.

curb weight

3680 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

37 cu ft.

cargo volume

11.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

2061 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.6 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/33/27 mpg

highway range

452.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. /50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. /unlimited


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2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible in Sunset Orange Metallic color 2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible in Seaside Blue Metallic color 2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible in Estoril Blue Metallic color 2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible in Alpine White color 2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible in Black Sapphire Metallic color
Sunset Orange Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

7.8

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible 230i

230i

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$41,100 - $43,100


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
230i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $41,100 MSRP (24/27/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed Sport Automatic rear wheel drive 4
230i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,100 MSRP (24/27/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed Sport Automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


The new 2020 BMW 2 series is a mere facelift and still carries over the same formula for which BMWs in the olden era were known for. Small, sporty and practical coupes and convertibles which go like a bomb and are super reliable. Newer generation BMWs like M5 and other SUVs, however, have departed from this ideology and are now bigger, bulkier and brawnier than ever before.

There are two gasoline engines on offer in two different trims. The base engine is the 2.0L inline 4 cylinder. The 245i trim introduces a bigger 3.0L engine which promises a more exhilarating performance coupled with some open-top fun. In the American market, the little 2-series is going head-to-head with big-burly V8 engine powered Mustang and also at the totally different end of the spectrum, the Porsche 718 Boxster.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible third quarter view
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible rear third quarter view

8.0/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

7.8/10
Final Verdict


2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Features

8.0/10

The 2020 BMW 2 Series convertible range is divided into two models. The base variant is the 230i with a base price of $41,300. The performance trim variant, that is the M245i demands almost 10 grand more than the base 230i and costs $50,400. The standard power train is the RWD setup which can be upgraded to AWD xDrive model for a $2100 extra.

It’s a regular BMW affair in terms of the features on offer and a decent amount of kit comes standard too.

Trim

BMW 230i

MSRP (RWD)

$41,100

MSRP (AWD)

$43,100

Key Features

Fabric black cloth top
 

Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column

 

LED headlights

 

Dynamic Stability Control

 

Dynamic Brake Control

 

HiFi Sound System with 7 speakers

 

Wind Deflector

What do we Recommend?

Speccing the xDrive option for the new BMW 2 Series will get you a decent amount of kit and is definitely worth the upgrade. That being said, the 2 Series has an amazing chassis and two wonderful engines powering it. And on top of that, there’s an option for a six-speed manual too which is a rare sight nowadays. For enthusiasts and for buyers looking for a fun to drive open-top experience, a rear-wheel-drive BMW 2 Series would be a sweet buy.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Engine and Performance

7.0/10

The base 2.0L engine is a turbocharged unit and is the same engine that we have seen powering other cars from the BMW stable. It gets the tried and tested 8-speed ZF gearbox which works like a charm. You can’t go wrong with this motor. It’s a smooth-revving motor which pulls cleanly to its redline without any major turbo lag. The engine works well with the chassis. It never feels underpowered and is a solid cruise machine.

The sportiness of the 2 Series chassis that we are well aware of, is highlighted by the 3.0L six-pot turbocharged motor which sits in the M245i trim. This engine is plenty powerful putting out 248 HP. For the kind of car, the 2 series is and for the weight it carries, this engine seems to fit perfectly for an enthusiastic drive. It’s the B58 motor which is very well known and is adored by the enthusiasts. This engine has made its way to some truly extraordinary cars like the all-new Toyota Supra. It’s a powerful engine and super reliable too. Its bulletproof nature is the reason why it’s a sweet pick for aftermarket power upgrades.

What’s the transmission like?

Staying true to their roots, BMW offers a manual transmission option for the 2 series. In the manual side of the story, there’s a six-speed slick-shifting gearbox which compliments the driving dynamics of this little convertible. The throws are short and the gates are well defined. That being said, it’s not the best in the business. Porsche still is the king and leads the way with their range of magnificent sporty manual gearboxes.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible engine

The automatic transmission duties are handled by the very familiar 8-speed ZF gearbox. It seems to be the perfect fit for both the engines. As it's a torque converter setup, the shifts are utterly smooth and seamless. In comfort mode, the gearbox upshifts early in the rev range for better fuel efficiency and in sport and sport+ modes, the transmission completely transforms and exudes a sense of sportiness in the way it delivers shifts.

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

MSRP

$41,100

$31,180

$51,850

$41,700

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Drivetrain RWD RWD RWD AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

10-speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission

9-speed G-Tronic automatic

7-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

248@5,200 

310@5,500

255@5,800

228@4,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

258@1,450

350@3,000

273@1,800

258@1,600

On paper, the Ford Mustang seems to be the most value for money buy in its segment as it has the most amount of power for the least amount of cash. The base variant is almost $10K cheaper than the Beemer and it undercuts the Mercedes by more than $20,000.

How quick is the BMW 2 series off the line?

BMW 2 series gets a lunch control system to put all that power down efficiently. The 0-60mph dash is done and dusted in 5.3 seconds, which is quick enough considering the power on tap in the base 2.0L version. More hardcore M245i, however, according to BMW, will reach 60mph from nought in about 4.7 seconds.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible hits 0-60 in just 5.3 sec

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

0-60 MPH (sec)

5.3

5.0

6.1

5.8

Quarter Mile (sec)

12.7

13.0

14.1

16.2

Top Speed (MPH) 144 155 130 130 

Engine

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.3L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbocharged Inline-4

2.0L Turbo Inline-4

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emission@15kmiles/yr)

5.5

6.4

6.2

5.9

The Mustang is the quickest off the line as it should be considering it has the most amount of power and torque. But it loses its stride to the BMW in the quarter-mile run as the 230i slowly inches ahead of the pack and completes the run in respectable 12.7 seconds. Both the Germans don’t stand a chance in this drag race.

What’s the handling like of the BMW 2 Series convertible?

Handling is one of the USPs of the 2 series, especially the coupe. Just like its coupe sibling, the 2 Series convertible is one of the best handling cars in its segment. The 2 series is a great handling car. The chassis is super responsive and it communicates with the driver

Where the coupe can be a bit intimidating and overwhelming for some around the corners, the convertible is not as rigid and thus is a lot more forgiving. It handles beautifully around the corners and encourages the driver to push hard. And when you do that, it rewards you with some occasional tail sliding. And once the tail is hanging out, it’s pretty easy to control it as the steering is direct and full of feedback.

Adaptive dampers are standard on the M245i variant but are optional on the base trim. Adaptive dampers help to slacken off the ride on rough patches and it's a great option to tick when speccing a new 2 Series. Generally, the ride is stiff and over some rough bumps, the car can lose its composure.

What about the braking performance?

Brakes on the new BMW 2 series convertible are strong and confidence-inspiring. The brakes are backed by some electronic nannies like Brake fade compensation, Brake drying, cornering brake control which make sure that the car remains under control at all times.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible has 11.4 in. rear brakes rotor size

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

Brake Rotors Front (in)

12.3

12.6

13

13.4

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

11.4

12.6

11.8

12.2

Curb Weight (lbs)

3680

3706

3894

3660

60-MPH (ft)

113

106

153[70-0]

N/A

The Ford Mustang, even though one of the heaviest, takes the least distance to come to a complete halt. It's the underdog overshadowed by its V8 sibling. The BMW performed respectively well too.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Fuel Economy

9.0/10

BMW 2 Series is not a gas guzzler., especially in its 2.0L 4 cylinder avatar. The engine is quite cleverly designed by the engineers at BMW. they have tuned it in such a way that it gives optimal performance without sacrificing on fuel economy. The same can't be said for the 3.0L turbocharged straight-six engine. It’s a lively engine and begs to be revved. And it’s quite a thirsty motor, even when pottering around the town.

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

MPG (City)

24

20

21

22

MPG (Highway)

34

28

39

30

MPG (Combined)

27

23

24

25

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 13.7 15.5 17.4 14.5
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 315/466/369 310/434/356 365/505/417 319/435/362

Around town, BMW should be the cheapest car to run. Out on the highway though, the Mercedes trumps its competition by a long shot. The Ford Mustang, because of its heavy curb weight and also the fact that it’s not as slippery as other cars in this competition comes out as the least efficient of them all.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Interior

7.0/10

The BMW 2 series sports a well-designed dashboard which is primarily shared with other BMW cars as well. The materials used are top-notch and feel premium to touch. But the interiors lack the flair which one would expect from a car of this segment. The dashboard has a neat layout with the infotainment screen sitting neatly in the centre of all the action. There’s leather on the dashboard and door pads which uplifts the mood of the cabin. A nice touch of wood can be found on the passenger’s side of the dash.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible front seats

In the front, the 2 Series gets sporty bucket seats which are super comfy and are grand touring worthy. It’s very easy to find the perfect driving position as the steering gets telescopic as well as tilt adjustment coupled with powered seats. That being said, the pedals are offset to the right which can feel strange to some.

The same cannot be said for the rear seats though. The seats are pushed forward to incorporate the roof folding mechanism and as a result, the rear legroom is quite cramped. So it’s strictly recommended for children or small adults.

Some notable interior features:

  • Folding rear-seat headrests
  • High-gloss Black interior trim with Pearl Gloss Chrome highlight
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Wind Deflector
  • 60/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

4

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.5/54.4/41.5

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.8/54.8/42.0

37.4/54.8/41.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

31.8/42.2/31.8

35.7/44.7/29.2

35.6/51.7/32.0

36.3/45.7/31.9

The front headroom with the roof up is plenty in the Beemer, coupled with a wide cabin makes it a comfortable place to be in and cover miles. In the rear though, Mercedes is the most accommodating convertible in its segment. That being said, none of them can offer a pleasant experience in the rear as their coupe and sedan siblings can.

What are the infotainment features on offer?

With the facelift comes a new 8.8-inch screen with an updated iDrive system which now includes a touch screen capability which enhances the practicality quotient. It’s easy to use and the system itself is free from any kind of lag whatsoever. It functions just like a smartphone. If the touchscreen doesn’t fancy someone’s taste, they can always use the rotary dial to navigate the infotainment screen.

The system includes a one-year subscription for Apple Carplay but sadly no Android Auto.

Infotainment features:

  • AM/FM/HD Radio
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • AUX Cable Input
  • USB Port
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • Smartphone Integration
  • 7-speaker sound system with CD Player
  • Onboard Hands-Free Communications System

How big is the cargo space in the BMW 2 Series Convertible?

The cargo capacity gets a massive hit in the 2 Series convertible. A part of the boot is eaten up by the roof folding mechanism which leaves with only 280 usable litres of boot space. With the roof up, you get close to 350 L which considering it's a small convertible, is not bad. It’s comparable to a hatchback. That being said, the opening of the trunk is a bit awkward and only a few soft bags can find their way into the boot.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible cargo area

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

11.8

13.5

8.9

9.9

The Germans fail miserably in the battle for the most amount of cargo space. The mustang, thanks to its sheer length, has the biggest boot and the BMW is not far off either. Looking at these numbers, it can be said that BMW designers designed the 2 series very cleverly as they managed to extract out a considerable size sized boot with such a small footprint.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Cockpit area
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Front Seats
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible
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2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior

7.0/10

The new BMW 2 series convertible is a handsome looking car, roof up or down. With the new facelift, BMW has updated and tweaked the design of the headlamps making the front fascia a bit sharper and striking to look at. The BMW design traits are reminiscent throughout the exterior of the 2 series.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible third quarter view

In the front, the bumper gets different treatment. For sporty M245i trim, bigger air vents are provided to feed more air to the engine sitting behind those ever so recognisable twin-kidney grilles. Character lines are subtle and on the side, for the new model year, the 2 series gets new set of wheels and a different sporty looking 5-spoke wheels on the M-spec variant.

At the rear, there are a new set of tail lamps with a blackened treatment and chrome exhaust tips. The 2 Series convertible gets a folding cloth roof. The roof takes a brisk 19 seconds to retract and vice-versa and it can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph.

Models

BMW 230i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost convertible

Mercedes C-class cabriolet

Audi A3 Quattro convertible premium

Curb Weight (lbs)

3680

3706

3894

3660

Length (in)

174.7

188.5

184.5

174.1

Width (in)

69.8

75.4

71.3

70.6

Height (in)

55.6

54.9

55.3

55.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5.5

5.4

3.8

6.3

Wheelbase (in)

105.9

107.1

111.8

102.2

BMW is among the smallest in its competition, be it in terms of length or wheelbase. The underpinnings of BMW 1 series are holding the 2 series from shining bright. The small wheelbase is quite evident inside the cabin as there’s limited space and the rear is super cramped too. Mercedes, on the other hand, has the longest wheelbase and is definitely more spacious on the inside.

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior
2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Exterior

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Safety

9.0/10

BMW 2 Series comes loaded with an extensive list of standard safety features. NHTSA safety ratings are not available at the moment but the 1 Series faired well in the test so we can expect the 2 Series to perform well too.

Some of the safety features on offer are:

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Parking Assist
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with dual-threshold and dual-stage deployment
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Coded Driveaway Protection
  • Anti-theft alarm system

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Competition

9.0/10

BMW 2 Series Convertible vs Ford Mustang Convertible

On paper, Ford Mustang and BMW 2 Series are stacked quite close to each other. Both have a similar type of power train. Engine up front powering the rear wheels and both get an option of a manual and an automatic. Both have that “muscle car” aura and stand out of the crowd. The Ford Mustang is more powerful and cheaper too, by quite some margin. That being said, the BMW has nicer interiors, more kit, and comfortable driving position and better dynamics. The Ford feels a bit old school in front of the Beemer and lacks finesse. If on a tight budget, the Mustang is not a bad deal at all. But the BMW 2 Series is a better overall car and definitely worth the extra cash.

2020 Ford Mustang Convertible

 BMW 2 Series Convertible vs Mercedes Benz C-class

The Mercedes C-class ups the game on the inside and on the outside. It looks elegant and more premium and special than the 2 series. The interiors are leagues ahead of the BMW and the car feels more mature compared to the 2 Series. It’s more practical, more space on the inside and rides better too. The BMW whereas is more fun to drive and has a sporty demeanour to it which attracts a lot of enthusiasts. So in the end, it all depends on the need and the driving style of the customer.

2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Convertible

 BMW 2 Series Convertible vs Audi A3 Cabriolet

Audi A3 is packing some tricks up its sleeves too. For starters, luxurious interiors. The fit and finish of the panels on the inside is outstanding. The virtual cockpit is the best digital instrument cluster in the business. The quality inside the cabin in the BMW is right up there with the best in the class. With that said, the dashboard design feels bland and boring. The iDrive system is one of the highlights of the BMW and is definitely a superior infotainment system in this comparison. Out on the road, the BMW would totally smoke the Audi A3 around the bends.

2020 Audi A3 Cabriolet

2020 BMW 2 Series Convertible Final Verdict

7.8/10

The BMW 2 series seems to be the perfect package. It’s a practical convertible which can be used as a daily driver. Both the engines offer amazing drivability and suit the chassis beautifully. In terms of pricing, it undercuts other Germans in the competition by quite some margin and ticks all the right boxes. BMW’s driving pleasure with some open-top fun at an affordable price, the 2 Series might just be the best small premium convertible on sale.

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