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Is the Convertible a good car?

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Words by: Erin Baker

"A soft-top version of the already impressive 4 BMW Series coupe, the 4 Series Convertible ticks an awful lot of boxes, given it’s stylish, desirable, fast and fun. Upgrade to M Sport trim and, with the top of the range M440i’s xDrive all-wheel drive traction, you’ll be in automotive heaven. Rivals at this level include the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet and Audi A5 Cabriolet but the BMW is the freshest model on the block and takes the lead on tech as well."

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Running costs for a BMW 4 Series

4/5

BMWs aren’t cheap, but then you’re paying for a hell of a lot of car. The 4 Series is BMW’s sporty, two-door version of the popular 3 Series, so although you’re not getting much practicality for your money (especially so when the roof takes up half the boot space - see below), you do get a lot of satisfaction and smiles. This is not a car you'll regret buying. Pricing is in line with the competition from Mercedes-Benz, Audi and their ilk but about 10 per cent more than the equivalent 4 Series coupe on most models, while our favourite – the M440i – can be closing on £70,000 with a few options. Then there are the insurance and fuel costs. BMW is, however, smart at hitting CO2 numbers to help company drivers, the 420i petrol and 420d diesel scoring well here and the latter getting ’mild’ hybrid technology for the most attractive Benefit In Kind numbers. Just be aware certain options like bigger wheels can increase the CO2 rating and, along with it, monthly costs. Private buyers will, meanwhile, appreciate BMW’s strong residuals and how that helps finance costs.

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