NO DOWN­SIDE A BIT OF FLEX MAKES THE CON­VERT­IBLE MORE FUN

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAR GUIDE - Craig Duff

THE soft-top on BMW’s new 2 Se­ries con­vert­ible takes 20 sec­onds to pop out of the boot and clamp on to the wind­screen and can be op­er­ated at up to 50km/h (not that we’d rec­om­mend it).

Show a bit of com­mon sense and this con­vert­ible won’t leave you feel­ing cold.

The in­su­lated fab­ric roof does a great job of mask­ing the out­side din and there’s no need to raise your voice at free­way speeds.

TYP­I­CAL

IN most other re­spects the 2 Se­ries con­vert­ible is a typ­i­cal two-door, four-seater.

The rear seats are hard to ac­cess and there’s no room to move once in them; the boot is good for a set of golf clubs or some bags for a week­end away; and the roof’s huge side pan­els and a tiny back win­dow mean rear vi­sion is pretty much non-ex­is­tent.

It’s the price you pay for buy­ing a car as a fash­ion ac­ces­sory and it is one many peo­ple are will­ing to ac­cept.

Love or loathe con­vert­ibles, peo­ple look at them and/or the peo­ple in them.

Pop a BMW grille on the front and they look even longer. BMW’s latest looker has three tiers, from the 220i at $54,900 up to $85,800 for

BMW 235i con­vert­ible ... fun with the top down.

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