BMW 2-Series Convertible (2015 -) Buying & Selling

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 01 Sep 2015
4.5
This is the all-new BMW 2 Series Convertible, and as the name suggests, it’s a convertible version of the 2 Series Coupe. Set to take on the likes of the Audi A3 Cabriolet and Vauxhall’s Cascada, this new model fills yet another niche in BMW’s ever-expanding line-up.

4 out of 5

Buying new

Initially demand for the 2 Series Convertible is likely to be rather high, though there is a decent range of engines and trims to choose from so your perfect choice might not be as hard to get hold of as it was with the 1 Series Convertible.

Still, if you’re in a hurry to land one for summer it might be worth investigating what a broker can offer you – some even have a choice of colours and specifications.

Avoid the base spec SE, which only comes with the 218i engine, and aim for the Sport or Luxury models. The former changes the 17-inchalloy wheels for a more interesting design and adds sports seats, which are far more comfortable, along with black gloss interior trim.

Choose Luxury instead and the basic SE specification is supplemented by 18-inch alloy wheels and leather seats, along with a different interior inlay.

You’ve also got more engine choices at this level – we’d take the 220i or 220d. And if you can specify the eight-speed automatic gearbox; not only does it suit the relaxed nature of the car, but it improves efficiency and performance too.

4 out of 5

Buying used

Going by the demand for its predecessor we’d expect the 2 Series Convertible to be in high demand, so be prepared to fight for your chance to own one – especially when it first hits the market. Don’t expect many to arrive from fleet sales either, as though the diesels are particularly efficient not many company schemes are likely to offer employees access to such a car.

That said, some may come from car hire companies, and you should bear in mind the number of different users getting behind the wheel of any such car before making any offer. Mileage won’t likely be a problem, but kerbed wheels, scuffed bodywork and worn seats may be a common issue with an ex-rental.

Try to find a car with the eight-speed automatic gearbox as it’s a fantastic addition well worth having. And if you can pick up a Sport or Luxury model then even better – unless you really want the SE-only 218i three-cylinder petrol engine.

Whatever you choose it’s a sensible move to invest in a Parkers Car History Check to ensure there are no hidden stories behind your choice of motor.

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4 out of 5

Selling

Finding a buyer for your BMW 2 Series convertible shouldn’t be much of a problem – the 1 Series Convertible is still in high demand and we’d expect this new car to follow suit when used examples hit the market.

That said, try targeting your advertising – marketing it on BMW forums or specialised performance car websites is likely to yield a quicker sale. Unless of course you have a 220d to flog, which will appeal to the sensible man on the street as much as the stylish secretary in Surrey.

Whomever you’re hoping to snare with your sales patter ensure the car is up to scratch, literally, and have any bodywork dings or scuffs professionally removed and the interior cleaned and valeted.

Make sure you present it with a full service history and any evidence of recent work or part replacement, and try to take pictures of it in the sunshine where the top-down look will work best.