POPULAR CONVERTIBLE
OWNERSHIP QUESTIONS.


How does the roof work? How many seats does it have? Why isn't it as fast as the coupé version? These are the sort of questions most prospoective owners ask, so we've grouped the answers into five sections below.

GENERAL QUESTIONS.

There’s a convertible in the 2 Series range, the 4 Series range, the 6 Series range, and the BMW Z4 is a convertible. For the more committed driver, the BMW M Series offers the M4 and M6 as convertible models.

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No. All BMW Convertibles have thermal insulation, and coupled with powerful air conditioning units they are genuine year-round cars.

The BMW 4 Series Convertible is available with xDrive, BMW’s four-wheel drive system.

The BMW 2 Series Convertible is made at the Leipzig plant in central Germany, the BMW 4 Series Convertibles and Z4s are made at the Regensburg plant in south west Germany, and the BMW 6 Series Convertible is made at the Dingolfing plant in southern Germany.

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BODYWORK QUESTIONS.

A three-part shell – if a hard top – or a flexible canvas roof if a soft top, folds away into a space at the back of the boot. Usually powered, they can be opened and closed while moving, as long as the speed is low, usually below 20mph.

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The BMW 4 Series Convertible and the BMW Z4 have hard tops, as does the BMW M4.

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No BMW Convertible has five seats. However, the BMW 2 Series Convertible, the BMW 4 Series Convertible, the BMW 6 Series Convertible and the two BMW M Series cars - the M4 Convertible and the M6 Convertible - all have four seats.

The BMW 2, 4 and 6 Series Convertibles have four seats, as do the BMW M4 Convertible and the BMW M6 Convertible.

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No BMW Convertible models have four doors.

PERFORMANCE QUESTIONS.

In conventional cars the roof provides much of the car’s structural integrity. So removing the roof requires the chassis to be strengthened, both to keep the car’s driving dynamics, and to support the folded roof.

The extra weight of the chasis strengthening makes the car heavier. The heavier a car, generally the slower it is. However, this is relative - the BMW 2 Series M240i Convertible will accelerate from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds. The BMW M4 Convertible is even quicker, taking just 4.6 seconds.

COST QUESTIONS.

No. And with BMW Service Plans there need be no surprising servicing costs either. Find out more by clicking on the link below.

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SAFETY AND SECURITY QUESTIONS.

With a wealth of on-board safety systems, BMW Convertibles are as safe as any BMW model, which in turn are some of the safest cars on the road.

All BMW Convertible models have roll bars. The BMW Z4 has visible roll bars, while all the other convertible models – the BMW 2 Series Convertible, the BMW 4 Series Convertible and the BMW 6 Series Convertible – all have recessed roll bars that deploy in a fraction of a second should the vehicle overturn. In addition, all BMW Convertible models have reinforced windscreen pillars to protect the occupants should the worst happen.

Yes. ISOFIX points in the back seats and in the passenger seat of the Z4 make the BMW Convertible range safe for babies, provided they’re in a suitable ISOFIX seat. The BMW Baby Seat offers excellent protection, clipping into a separately available ISOFIX base, or by using the seatbelt to be secured.

Together with its separately available ISOFIX base, the Group 1 BMW Junior Seat is the safe choice for children up to approximately 12 months to 4 years old (approximately 9 -18kg). The seat shell can be set up facing forwards or backwards, and patented air pads increase side impact protection for the head.

No. All BMW Convertible models come with a Thatcham 1 alarm system. This has a tilt system to prevent unauthorised towing and is also triggered if someone tries to steal the wheels.