2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible

2019 MODEL
$52,950 - $62,000

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2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 2, 2019


Take the 3 series, sculpt the body around 2 doors (coupe) and voila, you got the BMW 4 series. Offered in 3 different body styles – coupe, convertible and gran coupe (basically a larger coupe with 4 doors – could’ve just called it the 5?) – the Bavarian models greatly balance performance where it’s needed and ride as the comfortable family car the rest of the times. The poise and refinement of the 4 series is still greatly credited today, five years after its first appearance.

The 2019 BMW 4 series in this review is a convertible and is powered by a 2.0L inline-4 cylinders mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The hardtop has driving dynamics suitable for any driver and the comfort of a family car in a sport attire.

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Pros

Impressive engine performance

Comfortable ride

Nimble handling

Cons

Some cheap cabin materials

A bit of learning curve for iDrive infotainment system

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

The 4 series comes with Navigation

Apple CarPlay and parking sensors

The rest is unchanged from its previous iteration.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$52950

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lbs.-ft @ 1450 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.8/62.8

dimensions

wheelbase

110.6 in.

length

182.7 in.

width

71.9 in.

height

54.5 in.

curb weight

4037 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

680 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.2 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/34 mpg

highway range

537.2 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / Unlimited


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Styles

 2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Alpine White color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Estoril Blue Metallic color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Glacier Silver Metallic color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Imperial Blue Metallic color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Jet Black color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Melbourne Red Metallic color  2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible in Mineral White Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

6.8

Engine And Performance

8.8

Interior

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible 430i

430i

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$52,950 - $54,950


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
430i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $54,950 MSRP (22/26/32) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4
430i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $52,950 MSRP (24/27/34) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I-4, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4

 2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible 440i

440i

power
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
24 combined

$60,000 - $62,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
440i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $60,000 MSRP (21/24/29) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 4
440i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $62,000 MSRP (20/23/29) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (recommended)
8-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

7.9

Overall Rating


It also offers great technological features and its famous iDrive infotainment system. Albeit being a great convertible, the 4 series still sees stiff competition with the likes of the big two German rivals, Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class. Can the 4 series still thrive? Let’s find out.

2019 BMW 4 series convertible front three quarter view
2019 BMW 4 series convertible front three quarter view
2019 BMW 4 series convertible rear three quarter view
2019 BMW 4 series convertible rear three quarter view

6.8/10
Features

 

8.8/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

8.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Features

6.8/10

The BMW 4 series comes in 3 different body types – coupe, convertible, and gran coupe. In this review you’d read about the 430i convertible configuration. All body types come in two different trims, 430i and 440i.

Under the hardtop variant, the $52,950 430i offers a 2.0L inline-4 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission which is standard all across the trims, powering the rear wheels. The main difference between the two configurations lie in the engine, with the more powerful 440i housing a turbocharged 3.0L 6-cylinders engine

An xDrive system, Beemer’s take on all-wheel drive system, is available for $2000 more than the base price. A six-speed manual transmission is optional but exclusive to coupe body type. The 4 series hosts a bunch of technology and features inside.

Trim

BMW 430i

BMW 440i

MSRP

$52,950

$60,000

MSRP (xDrive)

$54,950

$60,200

Key

Features

2.0L Inline-4 cylinders (248 hp, 256 lb.-ft.)

Turbocharged 3.0L 6-cylinders (326 hp., 332 lb.-ft.)

 

LED Headlights

Keyless entry and ignition

 

Rearview Camera

Leather steering wheel

 

Parking Sensors

16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround audio system

 

Cruise Control

 
 

Dual-automatic climate control

 
 

18” Alloy wheels

 

We recommend

Put your money on the xDrive variant that still gets you all the bells and whistles of great features alongside safety parameters alongside an umatched Beemer driving dynamics

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Engine and Performance

8.8/10
“Removing the roof has increased the 4 Series' heft and blunted its nimbleness, but not as much as you might think. Power is merely adequate. While this drop-top won't be your first choice for a twisty road, it doesn't wilt at the challenge. As a cruiser, it excels.” -edmunds

Powered through the rear wheels, the BMW 430i hardtop comes standard with a 2.0L inline-4 cylinders mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain churns out 248 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. Its performance is more towards satisfying majority of the drivers out there. Under the hood, don’t expect pops of adrenaline-rushing power delivery from this 4 series convertible; it delivers sufficienct power to match the decent and smooth functioning transmission with easy shifts. The extra oomph factor is reserved for the muscular 440i trim with 6-cylinders with over 300 horses underneath it.

Its rivals boast better powertrain and output all across the competition with some similarities along the likes of Chevrolet Camaro, Mercedes C-Class and the Audi A5.

Models

BMW 430i convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

MSRP

$52,950

$51,200

$31,180

$51,850

$31,500

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.3L, Turbocharged 4-cylinder engine

2.0L, Turbocharged, Inline-4 engine

2.0L Inline-4 Turbo engine

Transmission

8 Speed automatic

7-Speed automatic S tronic Dual-Clutch

6-speed manual

9-speed automatic

6-speed manual

Horsepower

248 hp@ 5200rpm

252 hp@ 5000rpm

310 hp @ 5500 rpm

255 hp @ 5800

275hp @ 5600

Torque

258 ft-lbs@ 1450rpm

273 ft-lbs@ 1600rpm

350 lb-ft. @ 3000 rpm

273 lb-ft @ 1800

295 lb-ft @ 3000-4500

Acceleration

The powertrain under the hood of the 430i zips it from naught to 60 miles per hour in 6s flat. Its 2.0L powertrain is quite quick in its propulsion, matching some of its rivals despite being pretty underpowered in comparison. Though packing a more muscular powertrain, the Ford Mustang Ecoboost shaves the drophead’s time by a whole second. Slowest amongst the pack are the German trios of the silver arrow, Bavarian convertible and the Audi A5.

Models

BMW 430i convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

0-60 MPH

6.0 sec

6.0 sec

5.0 sec

6.1 sec

5.4 sec

Quarter mile

N/A

N/A

13.0 sec

14.1 sec

14 second

Engine

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.0L i4 Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded

2.3L

2.0 Liters

2.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

6.5

7.1

- -

Ride and Braking

The convertible rides and handles pretty well on the tarmac. Take a casual ride, zip through the highway or the zig-zags of curvaceous regions, the Beemer steers with ease and responsively. Comfort mode enhances comfortable ride while Sport mode turns the grip up and stiffens the convertible to drive like the intended sports machine this hardtop is attuned for. But the athletic tune feels a bit too artificial and over-imposed than naturally letting the sportiness flow from under the convertible.

It's adaptive dampers cushion well despite being a stiffer ride than before, when driven over bumps and uneven tarmac. Sharp turns and maneuverability leave a mark of confidence and body roll is minimal. Its multipurpose character will suit the enthusiasts or a family of 4 with poise.

On the four wheels of the 430i are fitted 12.3” rotor on the front and 11.8” on the rear wheels. These help take a quick 111 feet in stopping the 4000 pound heavy drophead from 0-60 miles per hour. Its brake pedals feels good whether it’s applied suddenly or gradually, staying consistent with effectively performing when needed. The Mustang stops at a much rapid pace in 106 feet from 60-0 miles per hour, besting the entire field.

Model

BMW 430i convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

13

13.3

12.6

13

12.6

Brake Rear (in.)

11.8

13

12.6

11.8

12.4

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4037

3990

3706

3894

3627

60-0 MPH (ft.)

111

N/A

106

153 (70-0)

129

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Fuel Economy

Thrifty in its powertrain, this convertible by BMW ceases to disappoint in its fuel efficiency delivering 24 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Balancing efficiency and performance, the 430i is positively an excellent choice for daily driving. The rest of the field guzzles down similar liters of juice to keep the motors running but the Bavarian hardtop takes home the best of the rest.

Model

BMW 430i convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

MPG (city)

24

20

21

20

MPG (highway)

34

28

29

30

MPG (combined)

27

23

24

23

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Interior

8.0/10
“This is a convertible with few compromises. The top is outstanding in nearly every regard. Visibility and access match the coupe's, and the driving position is spot-on. There's solid space for front occupants, though backseat legroom is at a premium.” -edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside, the 430i's cabin is not really what its performance or the exterior would portray. There’s not much going on either; it’s got features and details of a luxury convertible and rides athletically and comfortably. Front seating is far more comfortable with adjustable positions than the rear seating where legroom isn’t sufficient making it no-go for adults; but headspace with the roof down is plenty, of course.

The upholstery is made up of synthetic leather with plastic-feeling tactile material making up the dash. Visibility around the cabin is really good; there isn’t any unnecessary intrusive pillar or equipment in the way. The convertible isn’t a really quiet car, but it’s well canceled out so as not to feel disorienting.

Model

BMW 430i convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

4

4

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.4/55.3/42.2

40/55.3/41.3

37.6/56.3/45.1

38.8/54.8/42.0

38.5/55/43.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/49.8/33.1

36.3/46.9/33.3

35.7/44.7/29.2

35.6/51.7/32.0

33.4/TBD/29.9

Interior Features

Interior features for the 430i are as follows –

  • SensaTec upholstery
  • 40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats
  • 10-way power front sport seats; including 2-way power side bolsters, 2-way manual headrests and thigh support; driver memory for exterior mirror and seat positions
  • Ambient cabin lightings
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel

Infotainment System

Seated along the dash is a 6.5” BMW iDrive infotainment system that works exceptionally well in the segment. While it does take some time to get used to its controls and explore the multitude of arrays of menus, the system is otherwise intuitive and fairly straightforward. Some features include –

  • USB audio connection and hands-free Bluetooth including Audio Streaming
  • Instrument cluster with extended contents
  • Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information
  • 9-speaker audio system with CD Player
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1-year trial

Cargo Volume

Inside the BMW’s boot, the 430i convertible can accommodate 7.8 cubic feet of luggage which is decent enough for its size. There’s more space available thanks to the rear folding seats, but storage is still paltry. It shares its pedestal with the Camaro and Audi A5 while the Ford Mustang takes a commendable 13.5 cubic feet in its trunk. The C-Class sits sandwiched at 8.8 cubic feet between the rivals.

Model

BMW 430i convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Cargo Volume with rear seats up (ft.3)

7.8

7.2

13.5

8.8

7.3

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Exterior

“The BMW 4 Series was updated last year with a restyled nose, larger central air intake, and elongated design of the rear light clusters. Not surprisingly, the 4 Series coupe and convertible look the most alike. With its hardtop roof up, the convertible essentially is a 4 Series coupe.” -kbb

Size and Dimension

Riding over 18” doubled-spoke alloy wheels, this Bavarian model continues with the design alongside new lights on both fronts introduced last year. The design of the convertible looks restrained and conservative but not in a bad way. It still looks stylishly sporty and elegant – something BMW beautifully blends. Atop controlled electronically sits a power-retractable hardtop that takes the 20s to drop or rise. With its roof down, the Bavarian convertible strikes a major resemblance to its coupe sibling

Its front fascia incorporates the famous kidney-grille with LED headlights flanked on either side followed by mesh-grilles fitted with fog lights. Longnose with subtle slits and the Beemer insignia make up the hood of the 430i. Detailed parallel character line run across the side profile and deeply routed air intake sit near the fenders.

Aerodynamically designed to assist in the hardtop’s performance, the 182” long sleek profile moves all the way towards the back. Clear, no-nonsense elements make up the entirety of the Beemer. On the back is dominated by a plain and simple fascia with LED brake lights and dual-tailpipes on the rear left. The BMW 430i sits 5 inches from the ground, clearly not suited for rough tracks.

Model

BMW 430i convertible

Audi A5 2.0 TFSI Premium convertible

Ford Mustang Ecoboost Convertible

Mercedes C-Class Cabriolet

Chevrolet Camaro Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

4037

3990

3706

3894

3627

Length(in)

182.7

184

188.5

184.5

188.3

Width(in)

71.9

72.7

75.4

71.3

74.7

Height(in)

54.5

54.4

54.9

55.3

52.9

Ground clearance (in)

5.1

N/A

NA

3.8

TBD

Wheelbase (in)

110.6

108.9

107.1

111.8

110.7

Track width (in) F/R

60.8/62.8

62.5/61.7

62.3/64.9

61.5/60.9

62.5/63.7

Exterior Features

Some features fitted on the body of the 430i are as follows –

  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • 18” double-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Power-folding retractable hardtop with integrated window defroster
  • Matte Chrome exterior trim

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Safety

With the crash test records absent by the NHTSA and IIHS, we can’t judge the Beemer how safe and reliable it is. But the abundance of safety equipment featured in the 430i make a difference in how reliable the hardtop is in preventing and providing comfort to you knowing you’re in safe hands. Some standard features included are –

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • BMW Assist eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Anti-theft alarm system

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Competition

BMW 4 Series Convertible vs Audi A5 Cabriolet

Famed German rivals, the Audi A5 and BMW 430i are both really great convertibles. Except of the ride quality where the A5 is more brisk and feels eager, the Beemer is more poised and polished. While characterizing its sporty spirit, the 430i is lesser of a sport convertible in contrast to its German rival which however cuts ride comfort to achieve that. Tech and features alongside quality are remarkable as European manufacturers generally are. Nonetheless the A5 bests the 430i if you’d give in proper detailed comparison in the most important ways and we think the same when it comes to owning one of these German 2-doors.

BMW 4 Series vs Mercedes C-Class

An infamous rivalry, the BMW 430i and Mercedes C300 quite similar than you’d think. The silver arrows is the epitome of luxury, comfort and opulence while the Beemer takes the sport side of it. While both deliver on excellent host of tech and safety features, the Mercedes this year is more engaging to drive than before, closing the gap to becoming an all-round package. It all depends which manufacturer would you prefer on your nose, the Bavarian or the 3-star.

2019 BMW 4 Series Convertible Final Verdict

Trying to blend sport with comfort? Let the 430i do the talking. The hardtop can cater to the family of four while also to the enthusiast who’d want to take it for a good spin. With plenty of features to keep it afresh and technological equipments, the 430i is a rather good deal for a BMW. Especially knowing the fact you can listen to the sonorous engine sound while seated comfortably, driving with the roof down.

Its main competitors do however give it a tough rivalry but the 430i still manages to keep up its head and keep them on their toes. Like the C300 of Silver Arrow or the A5 of that of Audi who’re main German rivals to the Bavarian convertible, the Beemer is a mix of both the rivals put in one and is still a great buy regardless.