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2015 BMW 2 Series Convertible: Paris Auto Show

author photo by Josh Sadlier October 2014

What Is It?

The 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible is the drop-top version of the 2 Series coupe, which debuted last year and has quickly become one of the best-reviewed performance cars on the market. Like its 1 Series predecessor, the 2 Series convertible features a 4-seat passenger layout and a power-folding soft-top.

Otherwise, the convertible is basically the same car as the coupe. It starts out as the 228i with a seriously overachieving 240-horsepower turbo 4-cylinder engine -- and optionally transforms into the M235i with a vicious 320-hp turbo inline 6-cylinder. To BMW's great credit, a 6-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option alongside the perfectly smooth 8-speed automatic. The only way you can't get the manual is if you select all-wheel drive (AWD), an option on the 228i that's unavailable on the M235i. Notably, while the 3 Series (now 4 Series) drop-top has long offered AWD, the 1 Series convertible never did. The 2 Series has moved a step closer to its big brother in this respect.

The 2er has also moved closer in terms of interior refinement, ditching the 1 Series' visibly downgraded materials in favor of supple, high-end surfaces and controls that could basically swap right into a 4 Series without attracting attention. Recommending the bigger car was easy when the 1 Series was around, but now that the 2 Series has a similarly upscale cabin, not to mention the same two engines (with an extra 20 hp in M235i trim, no less) and available all-wheel drive, it's hard to see where the 4 Series has a clear advantage. Back-seat space? Sure; if you plan to ferry around multiple passengers in your premium 2-door on a regular basis, the 4 Series is an easy choice. The 2015 BMW 2 Series convertible can still accommodate a couple of adults back there on short trips, and when you're alone, you'll revel in the 2er's relatively compact, nimble feel from behind the wheel.

How Much?

$38,850 for the standard 228i, $40,650 for the all-wheel-drive (xDrive) 228i and $48,650 for the M235i.

When Can You Get It?

Early 2015

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

You were waiting for BMW to fix what was wrong with the 1 Series, and that's exactly what the 2 Series represents.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 Ford Mustang GT Convertible -- Can you say "5.0-liter V8"? Nothing else sounds quite like it with the top down and redline approaching.

2015 Porsche Boxster -- If you don't need the 2 Series' back seat, the Boxster roadster delivers one of the purest driving experiences on the planet.

Used BMW 1 Series -- Yes, we just finished explaining why the 2 Series' predecessor is inferior, but have you seen the certified pre-owned prices on these? The 1 Series is a sizzling used-car bargain.

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