The new 4-series convertible is the latest version of the old 3-series convertible. It is a little longer, a little wider, and has some slight styling changes that make this a real head-turner, especially in Mineral White like my test vehicle. It is car more at home cruising mountain roads in the fresh summer air than attacking an apex at the local racetrack. Storage compared to other 2 door drop tops is nice and can still seat 4. The backseat is probably a little better as well.
As long as you're not expecting that, you'll most likely love it. The 435i is equipped similarly but comes with a more powerful engine and 18-inch wheels. The drivetrains and interior of the 3 Series carry over to the 4 Series coupe and convertible. A six-speed manual is standard while an eight-speed automatic is optional. Convertibles are always a tricky proposition for a keen driver - they're often best in a basic engine and suspension tune to mask the deficiencies of a car missing its roof. The nee G37 still offers plenty of strong performance and value, while the and S5 are still visually stunning and the is polished and refined in the way you expect a Mercedes to be.
It will go up or down in about 20 seconds and can be operated on the fly at speeds up to 11 mph. They will also go over the carfax with you on any of the cars you are looking to buy. This year's iDrive system has been updated slightly, with the most noticeable change being a touchpad on top of the controller that can be used to hand write inputs using your finger. It follows the trend of being more of a high powered cruiser, a path many German cars seem to be following lately. Upgraded brakes are a stand-alone option, as are a power rear sunshade, adaptive cruise control, a 16-speaker surround-sound audio system and automated parallel parking assist. This is the 3-series convertible you hankered for, by any other name. Power goes to the rear wheels through a slick eight-speed conventional auto transmission with paddle shift and multi modes.
The safety belts have also been integrated into the seats to keep them taut and free from blowing in the breeze. The chunky iDrive rotary dial is easy to use and also has a scribble pad in the top, perfect for lefties. Classy but Heavy On the outside, the 4 Series convertible is similar in appearance than the coupe except for a somewhat broken up look from the three-piece hardtop. A slightly truncated Hofmeister kink and a more abrupt transition from the rear deck to the greenhouse make the convertible comparatively goofier-looking because it lengthens the rear deck. The top offers nearly the same roof profile as that of the , albeit a little more than a quarter of an inch taller.
January 29, 2015 8:12pm Dianna S. Feel free to let me know once she has the offer and we can go from there. My brother is in need of a car and I'll definitely be sending him your way. The 435i has exceptional acceleration from a dead stop, and good power when cruising. But even that is becoming a thing of the past. The shell is reasonably stiff with clear air above your head but there's a little bit of shimmy in the steering wheel.
The rear seats will comfortably accommodate two averagely sized adults, provided you beat them flat with a rubber mallet first. What about the roof itself? The is number one, coupe, possibly coupe, hard top convertible. Primary Use: Commuting to work. As is the case with the coupe, the convertible 4-series can be had with a 240-hp, 2. I would not discourage anyone from buying this car at all, but as you know, part of the rating I give a car takes into consideration the price and value.
As surely as outrage follows a federal budget, the introduction of the was followed by the 4 Series convertible. These are incremental changes to be sure, but they work. Its predecessor, the E93 3 Series convertible finally bowed out almost two years after the death of its sedan basis. Choose from Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport, and Sport + modes. The manual version is rated , although we logged 120 miles on our test loop at 28 mpg with ease. Bootspace has improved marginally, with 10 litres more space with the roof down, and 20 additional litres for a total of 370 with it up. The other major flaw is, of course, the extra 165kg that this car carries over the two-door.
For both body styles, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. Everywhere the car is driven, the weight can be felt despite boasting a favorable weight balance that is actual 52 percent biased to the rear. You will look forward to every entrance and exit ramp, that you happen to have all to yourself. E-mail Address First Name Last Name Username Password Re-type Password I would like to receive frequent newsletters By registering you agree: 1 That we reserve the right to terminate your account at any time. The M Sport package includes an M aerodynamic package including numerous body components front apron with large air intakes, rear bumper with diffuser, side skirts and high-gloss Shadow Line trim. The 435i has a turbocharged 3.
Has its own face, is wider, longer lower than sedan. The change of direction is good, with minimal roll, the acceleration strong and its overall balance is superb. Inside, features such as M door sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver's footrest complete the atmosphere. They are comfortable, but a little boring looking. Any suggestions on how to handle? Germans, on the other hand, have this peculiar notion that when you quite literally peel back the roof of a coupe there are further considerations beyond the afternoon weather forecast.