A review of the BMW M235i Convertible

From a meteorological point of view the range-topping BMW 2-Series Convertible will probably not feature high on your wish list if you live in the UK; however, weather conditions aside, you will find it difficult to find any real faults with this beautifully-constructed eye-turner. Civilised in traffic but lively when given its head on the motorway, the M235i Convertible, even with the roof up, is a fun car to drive.

The design has echoes of the 1-Series soft top; however, it is 26mm wider and 72mm longer. The roof is faster to operate than its predecessor, which gives you 19 seconds to close it should it invariably start to rain. This car looks expensive and its pleasing mix of straight and sweeping lines will grab the attention of passers-by without being too ostentatious.

Even though the M235i is turbocharged, there is only a slight lag and the 450Nm of torque means that the driver can make progress as he or she goes through the gears. Under the bonnet is a six-cylinder 3.00-litre engine that accelerates from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds.

The inside is roomy, though the back is only suitable for the children. BMW has soundproofed and improved the aerodynamics of this model, which results in it being quiet even at high speeds.

Even though it is more thirsty than the BMW 220d, the M235i still returns up to 33.2mpg and has CO2 emissions of 199g/km. Given the size of the engine and the level of performance, this is very impressive.

If you are looking for a convertible full of character, this car is worth a test drive.