2018 BMW 230i Convertible M Sport
Bimmer For Roofless People.
This four seat cutey has to rate as possibly the best looking BMW in the current lineup.
The 230i Convertible M Sport is a gorgeous car by any measure especially in the new hero pale blue duco with a fabric roof setting it all off.
Too many manufacturers have gone to folding hardtop convertibles but they just don’t have the `romance’ of a real soft top.
This one has a triple layer roof so it’s soundproof and stylish though a bit slow to fold. However, you can perform the latter manoeuvre at speeds up to 50kmh.
BMW recently revised the 2-Series including the 230i with styling and equipment tweaks and the M Sport spec’ test car ran 18-inch alloys, sports steering and suspension and bigger brakes.
It’s not quite a ridgey didge M car but is getting there especially with a punchy 2.0-litre turbo four cylinder petrol engine under the bonnet driving the rear wheels through a limited slip diff behind the eight speed auto transmission.
It spins out 185kW and 350Nm… sufficient to push the little `style meister’ from 0-100kmh in a quickish 5.8 seconds.
The turbo is a more efficient twin scroll unit that helps the high tech engine achieve a creditable 6.0-litres/100km fuel economy as well as pass EU6 emissions.
Being a soft top means the 230i convertible has roll over protection – essentially a pop up roll bar at the rear of the passenger compartment.
There’s a decent amount of advanced driver assist technology too and BMW’s excellent ConnectedDrive infotainment system.
Handy kit includes rain sensing wipers and auto LED headlights.
The test car looked amazing in the pale blue with light brown leather upholstery.
On the road the 230i is an engaging drive offering up sharp dynamics and plenty of performance.
TRUE SPORTS CAR
It’s a true sports car – only with four seats. There’s even a stirring snarl from the exhaust and eight drive options to dial in your type of driving requirements.
No lightweight at 1500+ kilos, the 230i convertible feels nimble and satisfying to drive at all times.
And the looks, well, I have already shown my hand on that subject.
➔ Sexy styling
➔ Sporty drive feel
➔ Four seater
➔ Decent boot
➔ Strong engine performance
➔ Relatively economical
➔ Advanced driver assist technology
➔ True soft top
➔ Practical for a sports car
NOT SO MUCH
➔ Slow folding roof
➔ Needs 98 for best results
➔ Doesn’t get full driver assist package
➔ Price is creeping up
ENGINE: 2.0-litre turbo four cylinder petrol 185kW/350Nm
TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic paddle shift
WEIGHT: 1500+ kg
0-100KMH: 5.8 seconds
ALTERNATIVES: Audi S3 cabriolet, Ford Mustang convertible, Mini JCW convertible.