Auto Express, a UK company, recently reviewed the 4 Series Convertible Generation in M440i. They concluded that the open-top Bavarian provides a compelling package of technology and driving dynamics. The new M440i xDrive Convertible, despite its polarizing looks, is a fantastic car with a remarkable technological package. G23’s heavy, bulky hardtop was replaced by a lighter and more stylish soft top. This helps to save weight and makes the car more spacious when it is folded down.
As the journalists discovered, the cloth top is a successful replacement as it basically is suitable for use all year round, moreso regardless of the UK whimsy weather. The gain in terms of cargo space is an additional 80 to 300 liters with the top folded compared to the F33 4 Series. With the roof up, the 4 Series Convertible boasts 385 liters (15 liters more vs. the outgoing generation).
Auto Express’s reviewers also appreciated the car’s exceptional interior quality and flawless infotainment systems. They were particularly impressed by its sporty driving style. The G23 can be used by two persons, and the back seats are too uncomfortable for additional passengers.
Another shortcoming of the convertible version is the extra weight of 150 kilograms over the M440i xDrive Coupe, due to structural rigidity measures. While not a tragedy, it slightly affects the handling and agility of the car compared to its fixed roof sibling, especially when cornering. Nonetheless, the M440i xDrive Convertible is still fast enough to sprint to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (0.4 seconds slower than the Coupe variant).
Editors also noted that the 4 Series Convertible is still the best choice for driving dynamics and traction, even with the added weight. Auto Express also identifies the G23M440i’s outstanding engine as another strength. This straight-six engine produces 369 horsepower and 500 Nm. It is mated with the Steptronic Sport 8-speed gearbox for a responsive and great performance.
In the end, the publication praised the qualities of the new M440i xDrive Convertible as being the best GT cruiser to have a relaxing and fun ride with both the roof up or down, when you can install the wind deflector for more comfort. As well, it is also £2,000 cheaper to buy at £59,670 than the less-engaging Mercedes-AMG C 43 Cabriolet.
The BMW M440i Convertible is a great choice if you are looking to travel with style and stand out from the rest.
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Publiated at Thu 29 July 2021 21.40:05 +0000