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The current BMW 3 Series Convertible is in the fourth generation of this series, the main difference is the retractable hard top roof unlike the soft tops of the previous edition. The roof folds in by a press of a button (either using the remote key or on dash controll) in just 22 second. The BMW 3 Series Convertible is the leader of its class having sales figure of two hundrade and sixty thousand unit. Most of the specs and features are same as the coupe version of BMW 3 Series.
The basic model gets a standard four-cylinder 320i petrol engine. It is smooth and quiet and powerfull enough to achieve 0-60mph in of 8.8 seconds and having a top speed of 142mph. The BMW 3 Series 325i gets a more powerfull engine reaching 0-62mph in just to 7.4 seconds and the top speed up to 152mph delivering 37mpg.
The 330i actually uses the same 3.0-litre engine as the 325i, but tuned to deliver 272bhp and significantly more pulling power. The 335i gets a 3.0-litre engine with twin turbochargers to produce 306bhp achieving 0-62mph in just 5.8 seconds with economy of 28mpg. There are three diesel engines available with the entry-level 320d model capable of 53mpg. The 325d and 330d use the same 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine, but with differing power outputs of 197bhp and 231bhp respectively. The 330d reaches 0-62mph in 7.0 seconds.
Standard features includes heated electrically-adjustable wing mirrors, climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, electric folding hardtop, electrically-adjustable front seats, electric windows, start/stop button, remote central locking, electronic brakeforce distribution, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, Xenon headlights, driver, height and reach-adjustable steering wheel, front passenger and side airbags, multi-function steering wheel controls, cruise control, ABS, brake pre-tensioning, traction control,two Isofix child seat anchor points, CD player with MP3 compatibility and USB stick integration.
The long list of safety features include ABS, seatbelt pre-tensioners and driver, passenger and side airbags, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability control, brake pre-tensioning, cornering brake control, traction control, hill start assistance, immobiliser and a Thatcham Category 1-rated alarm.
The steering is sharp, accurate and well weighted, the brakes are responsive. Like all BMWs, the ride has a firm and sporty feel to it, however, it still remains surprisingly comfortable for longer journeys. There is enough legroom in the back for two adults to sit comfortably, plus adequate headroom whether the roof is raised or not.
Model:bmw 3 series convertible
Performance: 0-60 mph in 6.4 secs, max speed 155mph, 18 / 28mpg
Tech: 2996cc, 6cyl, 230bhp, 320Nm
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
Price: £33,690 – £58,640