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2017 BMW M240i Convertible Test Drive Review

The new BMW 2-Series takes the baton over from the equally successful BMW 1-Series. However, things are quite different this time around when its comes to the trim-levels. Unlike with the 1-Series, BMW’s M division is heavily involved this time around. While the 1-Series only saw a limited production version of the 1-Series M Coupe, the BMW 2-Series gets two major variants including the BMW M2 and the BMW M240i, the latter of which is the topic of our discussion today.

We recently had the chance to spend a week with the 2017 BMW M240i Convertible and were completely blown away by its capabilities. Surprisingly enough, the performance figures of the BMW M240i are extremely close to that of the BMW M2, which will probably make you wonder if you should pay the extra cash for the M2. Let’s find out how the two stand up to each other and their competition.

Exterior

The 2017 BMW 2-Series was recently redesigned with a more grown up and refined look. The 2-Series Convertible follows suit with the same design language but does it with much more style and character thanks to its soft-top convertible roof.

The front end of the 2017 BMW 2-Series Convertible is highlighted by the brand’s signature forward-slanting kidney grille and twin round headlights. Take a look at the 2-Series Convertible from the side with the top down and you’ll definitely appreciate the elegance that reveals the four-seat cabin.

The 2017 BMW 2-Series Convertible, especially the M240i Convertible pictured here, was made for people that don’t like to go slow. That has been translated into the speed of the soft-top conversion as well as it can be operated at speeds of up to 30 mph and takes a total of 22 seconds to open or close.

The 2017 BMW 2-Series Convertible sits on a wheelbase that measures 106 inches long with an overall length of 174.7 inches. The width comes in at 70 inches and the height stands at 55.6 inches.

When compared to its closest competitor, the Audi A3 Cabriolet, the BMW 2-Series Convertible definitely takes the lead with the perfect balance of elegance and sport.

Interior

There is nothing like sitting in the interior of a car with the top down and the bright blue sky above your head. The 2017 BMW 2-Series Convertible takes that feeling to the next level with a quality built luxury interior.

Now, when comparing the BMW M240i to the more expensive M2, you’ll realize that the M240i is fairly well equipped with a long list of standard features that include an iDrive system with on-board computer, 6.5-inch center screen, AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 player, HiFi Sound System with 7 speakers, HD Radio, USB audio connection, and handsfree Bluetooth that includes audio streaming. Our test model came with a bunch of extra options including navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, power front heated seats, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, and a range of driver assist technologies that we’ll get into later.

All 2017 BMW 2-Series Convertible models offer a good amount of room for passengers with 41.5 inches of legroom for front-row passengers and 31.8 inches of legroom for rear passengers (yes, things can get a little tight for rear passengers).

Performance

The 2017 BMW 2-Series Convertible is available in two different models including the 230i and the M240i. Our test model, the 2017 BMW M240i, is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower turbo four-cylinder engine that produces a total of 335 horsepower with a maximum torque of 369 lb-ft. Mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 BMW M240i goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds (we recorded 4.3 seconds).

Comparatively, the more expensive 2017 BMW M2 produces a total of 365 horsepower from the same engine and goes from 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. With that in mind, those 0 to 60 mph acceleration numbers aren’t that far apart and may not justify the extra cash you’d have to spend on the M2.

Our test model came with a six-speed manual transmission that also includes a rev-matching function that allows for a quicker and precise shift.

Overall, the 2017 BMW M240i is very fun to drive. The acceleration is extremely quick, handling is very tight and agile, and the ride quality is definitely an improvement over the outgoing 1-Series. Fuel economy comes in at 21/32 mpg* (city/highway) when equipped with the automatic transmission.

Safety

The 2017 BMW M240i comes packed with a long list of standard safety features that include a Rollover Protection System, driver’s and passenger’s front airbag supplemental restraint system, knee airbags, seat-mounted front side-impact airbags, and much more. Our test model came with the Driver Assistance Plus Package which adds on lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a rearview camera, frontal collision warning, city collision mitigation, speed limit warning, automatic high beams, park distance control, and more.

Overall

With that in mind, the 2017 BMW M240i not only leaves its competition in the dust but makes a compelling case of being the more affordable option over its M2 sibling. Prices for the 2017 BMW M240i Convertible start at $49,050** while the BMW M2 starts at $52,500**. Keep in mind that those price tags don’t include taxes, fees, and options. If you’re in the market for a drop-top pocket rocket, the 2017 BMW M240i should definitely be on your shopping list. Visit your local AutoNation-affiliated dealer for a test drive 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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