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2017 BMW 430i Convertible Test Drive Review

The BMW 4-Series has taken the sports coupe segment by storm. While the model made its debut over four years ago, additional variants have been slowly coming to fruition, keeping the lineup fresh and exciting. One of our personal favorite additions to the 4-Series lineup is that of the 4-Series Convertible.

Building on the dynamic and elegant look of the 4-Series Coupe, the 4-Series Convertible brings open-top style to the lineup, and before we even get into giving you the tidbits – this thing is absolutely gorgeous. One of our favorite convertibles of the year so far, the BMW 4-Series Convertible builds on the legacy of the old 3-Series Convertible with a fresh design and an all-around better drop-top.

Let’s take a closer look at the all-new 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible.

2017 BMW 430i Convertible Exterior:

If you’re really having a hard time deciding between a coupe or a convertible, the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible is reasonably the best option for you. The hardtop can become a coupe or a convertible in just 20 seconds with the roof operation being allowed at speeds of up to 11 mph.

When the top is lowered, the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible is simply beautiful. Exterior highlights include a distinctive front end with the signature BMW kidney grille and razor-sharp lines on the sides. With the hard-top closed, the 4-Series Convertible becomes the 4-Series Coupe we have all come to love and admire. Honestly, the only difference you’ll really notice is the rear of the car being slightly longer to accommodate the folding roof.

One of the major highlights for the new 4-Series Coupe that also give it quite a bit of character are the headlamps and rear taillights. While the headlamps provide a more aggressive look to the car, the rear taillights make a bolder and elegant statement with aggressive lines and subtle shadows that give it a three-dimensional look.

Dimensions-wise, the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible measures 182.7-inches in length, 71.9-inches in width, and stands at 54.5-inches in height.

2017 BMW 430i Convertible Interior:

The interior of the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible unsurprisingly matches that of the 4-Series Coupe. Standard features include 10-way power front sport seats, the iDrive system with an onboard computer, 6.5-inch center screen, controller, USB connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, a rear view camera, and more.

When it comes to packages, we highly recommend the Premium Package and the M Sport Package. The Premium Package will give you an upgraded 8.8-inch touchscreen display with navigation, upgraded heated seats with lumbar support, real-time traffic info, and remote service with stolen vehicle recovery. The M Sport Package beefs up the exterior with an aggressive aerodynamic kit on the outside and an extremely stylish M steering wheel that makes the 4-Series Convertible even more fun to drive. Some standalone options that we found useful include Apple CarPlay, a Harman Kardon sound system, and a wireless charging and WiFi Hotspot system.

When it comes to interior space, the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible offers 42.2-inches of legroom for front passengers and 33.1-inches of legroom for rear passengers.

Overall, the interior of the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible is not a bad place to be. While it is more driver-centric than its competitors, there is a perfect balance of style, sportiness, and luxury.

2017 BMW 430i Convertible Performance:

Our test model, the 2017 BMW 430i Convertible, is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder turbo engine that produces a strong 248 horsepower with a maximum torque of 258 lb-ft. The engine is coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission that allows it to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat with a top speed of 130 mph.

As with most BMW models these days, the drive quality is more focused on being comfortable rather than sporty. However, with the different drive modes (including Sport and Sport+) the BMW 430i Convertible can be tailored to your specifications and mood of driving.

When it comes to fuel economy, the 2017 BMW 430i Convertible averages an EPA-estimated 23/34 mpg* (city/highway) – which is not bad considering this weighs a little bit more than the coupe at almost 4,000 pounds.

2017 BMW 430i Convertible Safety:

As mentioned above, there are two packages that we highly suggest. However, if safety and driver assist technologies are your main concern, you may want to add the Executive Package which adds on the side and top view cameras, heads-up display, parking assistant, automatic high-beams, and speed limit info. Other optional extras include blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, collision warning, and more.

2017 BMW 430i Convertible Overall:

If you’re in the market for a new sports car and can’t decide between a convertible or a coupe, we highly advise giving the 2017 BMW 4-Series Convertible a test drive. It is the perfect balance of both worlds that is packaged into one beautiful design that will definitely grab your attention. Prices start at $51,450** for the base 430i Convertible. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer today.

*Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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