BMW 2-Series Convertible (2015 -) Costs

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 01 Sep 2015
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.

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Running costs

Convention would suggest that the lowest BMW 2 Series Convertible running costs would come from the diesel-powered model but, while that may be the case in reality, on paper the new three-cylinder 218i petrol runs it close.

Emissions of this 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to the eight-speed automatic are just 131g/km, so annual VED car tax is reasonable. Consider too the 50mpg combined economy, and the £57 fill of the 52-litre tank (at time of writing) promises a 571 miles range.

The 220d, with the same gearbox, emits 117g/km and will cost £60 for a full tank covering 161 miles extra per fill. Cheaper per mile, but nearly £3,000 more expensive to buy in the first place – you’ll need to travel 141,000 miles in the 220d to make up the price difference with your greater economy.

Clearly the most expensive 2 Series convertible when it comes to running costs is the M235i, as much for fuel and tax costs as for tyre and brake replacement. All are eligible for the firm’s Service Inclusive, and Service Inclusive Plus, packages though so you can regulate how much you’ll spend on maintenance over the course of five years – and pass on the benefit to anyone you sell the car to within that time frame.

* based on most recent data

Estimated fuel cost for 10,000 miles per year


£1,155 - £1,750 *


£902 - £1,128 *

The estimated fuel cost figure is a guide to how much this model will cost to fuel each year, so you can compare between cars. It's calculated by using the model's average mpg (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price. It's based on the following cost-per-litre: petrol 127p and diesel 129p. Prices are updated daily.

Summary Running Costs

Servicing period

Servicing is variable, according to the car. It’s worth noting that you can purchase BMW’s Service Inclusive, or Service Inclusive Plus, which covers the car’s maintenance, and with the latter some of the consumables, for five years after an initial one-off payment.


As with any BMW the 2 Series Convertible comes with a three year 60,000 mile warranty.

Road tax (12 months)

£30.00 - £490.00

Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered after March 1st 2001 VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions. For cars registered before March 1st 2001 it is based on engine size.

Full running costs data

4.5 out of 5

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CO2 emission figure (g/km)

Fuel economy rating

The arrows indicate the best and worst CO2 bands for this model.

Emissions summary

At launch BMW 2 Series Convertible emissions are taken care of by four engines - the 220i, 228i and M235i petrols and one diesel, the 220d. Later in 2015 we’ll see the introduction of the three-cylinder 218i.

But regardless of which model you choose, the BMW 2 Series Convertible is pleasingly efficient. Even the M235i, the most polluting of the range, only pumps out 199g/km of CO2 (184g/km for the automatic gearbox). And all come with start/stop systems and the firm’s Driver Performance Control including ECO Pro mode with hints, tips and altered parameters for the most efficient driving.

It’s the 220d that is the most impressive in this department though, with its two-litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 188bhp, taking just 7.5 seconds to spring from 0-62mph and emitting just 121g/km. Choose the eight-speed automatic gearbox and that drops to 113g/km, while the 0-62mph time is improved by one tenth of a second.

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