The 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible Has Landed.01/06/2021
The 2021 BMW 4-Series Convertible Has Landed.
BMW 4 Series Convertible Styling
And that 4 Series Grille is where we will start as I know it’s going to divide the most opinions as it’s been the focus of so much discussion. I personally think it gives the car a really striking appearance and there is no mistaking it when you see it in person, it’s such a unique looking car.
Framing that grille are the all-new slim-line headlights. They still feature that now iconic BMW twin halo light styling that has been a trade mark of theirs since the early 2000s, but updated for the modern day. And now, for the first time on a 4 series, you can get them with the latest Laserlight technology.
Step around the side and there is an all-new profile to the BMW 4 Series Convertible thanks to its wheel base now being longer than the last generation. And in this category of car, bigger always means better, as it means more cabin room, more boot space and generally more practicality.
In this case, it has allowed BMW to move the driver and passenger back along the wheel base so now the driver is more central helping with weight distribution. It’s also wider and this gives the side profile some lovely angles, especially around the wheel arches and along that shoulder line.
One of the most significant changes to the new BMW 4 Series Convertible is the metal folding hard top of the last generation 4 series has gone and, in its place, a more traditional cloth roof that creates a fantastic looking shape as it dips down over the centre of the car. It also brings the car in line with the rest of its class competitors.
The most significant benefit of moving from a metal roof to fabric on the BMW 4 Series Convertible is weight saving. In this application, BMW have saved a staggering 40% over the the last generation. And its also increased the boot space capacity for when the roof is down.
You might be worried that the move would result in a loss in comfort. But BMW have intergraded some hard panels on the inside and added a new multi-layer insulation to give the car a more solid feel when driving with the roof up, so you don’t actually lose anything over the coupe in the comfort department either. So it’s a win win.
Around the rear, this is arguably one of the best-looking angles on this new car. There are so many BMW 8 Series elements in the design, which isn’t a bad thing as the new 8 series is a brilliant looking car.
LED tail lights are standard and the design sweeps around the side of the car drawing the eye out to those lovely wide rear arches. The new BMW 4 Series Convertible really is a sleek looking car in my opinion.
BMW 4 Series Convertible Practicality & Interior
With the roof down we have a 300l capacity boot, 80l more than the last generation. If the roof is up and out the way and you get 385l of space. There is also through loading capabilities as the rear seats can be dropped down further increasing the usable boot space on the new BMW 4 series convertible.
The new 4 Series convertible has received the same interior updates as the new 4 Series Coupe and in fact, the BMW 3 Series. With high quality materials and modern styling, it’s a beautiful place to sit. Everything is leather, soft touch and well put together.
There is a growing trend with many manufacturers at the moment to replace real buttons with touchscreens and to hide things like your heated seats and climate control within the infotainment system in an attempt to create a more minimalistic interior. But thankfully BMW haven’t done that. As any BMW enthusiast will know, their interiors have always been driver focused with the centre console angled toward the driver and all the buttons in a logical position. That design logic and simplicity is still present here, it’s just been distilled and given a more modern feel. It’s a real driver’s cockpit.
As standard you also get the digital drivers display, it features all your standard stuff like your speed-o-meter, rev counter and fuel gauge, but also has your satellite navigation directions and even the music you might be streaming from the likes of Spotify displayed here too.
BMW 4 Series Convertible Performance
There are a number of engines in the new BMW 4 Series Convertible line up.
At one end we have the 2.0l 4-cylinder turbo 420i. It has 184bhp and is rear wheel drive and can complete a 0-62 dash in 8.2 seconds. It feels brisk enough for every occasion. There is also the 420d that has a marginally slower 0-62 but boosts the mpg by around 15mpg.
Then there is the mid-level 430i with 258bhp. Again this a 2.0l 4 cylinder turbo charged engine and it shaves the 0-62 time down to just 6.2 seconds.
If more power is you’re thing though, you’ll be more interested in the range topping M440i xDrive. That uses a 6-cylinder turbo and push 374bhp. 0-62 is seen off in just 4.9 seconds.
The new BMW 4 Series Convertible is a noticeably better drive than the previous generation 4 Series convertible. That isn’t to say the last one was a bad drive, it wasn’t, it was fun and felt every bit as sporty as a convertible BMW should. It’s just this one feels crisper and more direct.
The steering makes the car very easy to position on the road, its receptive to the smallest of inputs and the new suspension geometry makes for a very comfortable ride. It’s not too firm, there is very little in the way of road noise and it feels firmly planted on the road.
As I have mentioned, by swapping to a cloth roof, there is a 40% weight saving over the outgoing model. They have added new chassis supports in the right places, widened the front and rear track, shifted the drivers position towards the rear and made you more central and extended the wheel base. The result is that perfect 50/50 weight distribution with the roof up. And even with the roof down and that extra weight over the tail, with it being fabric instead of metal, it makes little difference to the overall steering feel.
The all new 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible is a welcome upgrade that builds on an already impressive platform that the last generation 4 Series Convertible had built.