2017 BMW M240i Convertible

#7
in Midsize convertibles
2017 MODEL

$49,050 - $51,050

8.3

Overall Rating

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Overview

Owning a BMW car is a dream of many and what would be better than debuting with the 2017 BMW M240i Convertible. Belonging to the BMW 2 Series, the M240i is an upgraded version of the M235i. Looking at the modifications, the M240i comes with a more powerful engine and enhanced fuel economy.

Driving the 2017 BMW M240i Convertible is a power packed 3.0 L I-6 engine that is capable of delivering a maximum power of 335 hp. Moreover, the engine is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery.

Checking the competition, Audi and Mercedes have always been a major rival of the BMW cars. The M240i gets a direct competition from Audi's S5 Cabriolet and Mercedes Benz's AMG C43 Cabriolet. If we look at the rivals, their performance parameters are much comparable to the M240i but at the same time there selling prices are a bit too high.

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Pros

Ferociously fast

Top-level handling capability

Highly attractive finishing on both outside and inside

Fuel economy is remarkable

Grabs attention with its convertible nature

Safety features are up-to-date

Cons

Space at the rear seats is not much comfortable

No AWD option

What's New?

Additional 15 hp of power and 39 lbs.-ft. of torque.

Fuel efficiency of the M240i

In terms of price, the base model of M 240i gets a hike of nearly $300 over the base model of M 235i convertible.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$49050

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

163 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu. in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

369 lb.-ft. @ 1520 rpm

transmission

8-speed automatic

chassis

suspension front

independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

14.5 in. ventilated disc brakes/15 in. ventilated disc brakes

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

175.9 in.

width

69.8 in.

height

55.6 in.

curb weight

3519 lbs.

ground clearance

5.1 in.

capacity

cargo volume

11.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

6000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/25/32 mpg

highway range

438.4 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No



Styles

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Sparkling Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

7.5

Engine

9.6

Fuel Economy

6.1

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.4

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2017 BMW M240i Convertible i

i

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$49,050

Configurations
i 2dr Convertible (3L 6cyl 8AM)
Seating: 4 HP: 335-hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 369 lbs.-ft. @ 1,520 rpm

 2017 BMW M240i Convertible i xDrive

i xDrive

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$51,050

Configurations
i xDrive 2dr Convertible (3L 6cyl 8AM)
Seating: 4 HP: 335-hp @ 5,500 rpm
Torque: 369 lbs.-ft. @ 1,520 rpm

Expert Review


carhp editor October 25, 2018

8.3

Overall Rating


7.5/10
Features

 

9.6/10
Engine

 

6.1/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 

9.4/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

Driving the 2017 BMW M240i Convertible is a power packed 3.0 L I-6 engine that is capable of delivering a maximum power of 335 hp. Moreover, the engine is mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission for smooth power delivery.

Features

7.5/10

BMW offers two distinct trims of the M240i Convertible, which are the M240i and M240i xDrive. The price of the base trim M240i is set at $49,050 while for owing the upper M240i xDrive trim one needs to pay a minimum amount of $51,050. However, regardless of the trim level, the engine performance remains the same.

Trim M240i M240i xDrive
MSRP $49,050 $51,050
Key

Features

Rear Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints Other features same as the M240i
Analog Display  
Hands-Free Bluetooth & USB Audio Connection  
FOB Controls -Inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Sunroof/Convertible Roof  
Tracker System  
Leather/Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob  
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning  
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls and External Memory Control  
Perimeter/Approach Lights  
SiriusXM Satellite Radio -inc: 1 year All Access subscription  

We recommend

The rear wheel drive for sure! It can burn rubber like a premium performance car, and yet still be easy on the pocket.

Engine

9.6/10
As the BMW M235 becomes the M240i, the most significant change takes place under the hood...

...Other tweaks include auto rev matching for manual-equipped 2 Series models and wider gear ratios (automatic models) to improve fuel economy. -Digital Trends

Engine and transmission

Seeking beneath the bonnet of the M240i Convertible, there is a mighty 3.0-Litre TwinPower Turbo V6 engine that powers the vehicle. The maximum power offered by the engine is 335 hp while the maximum torque is 369 lbs.-ft. The convertible employs an 8-speed automatic transmission with the option of selecting the manual shift mode.

Models BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
MSRP $49,050 $61,100 $60,400
Engine 3.0L TwinPower Turbo Inline 6-Cylinder 3.0L TFSI V6 DOHC 3.0L V6 Biturbo
Transmission 8-speed automatic 7-speed automatic 9-speed automatic
Horsepower 335 hp @ 5500 rpm 333 hp @ 5500 rpm 362 hp @ 5500 rpm
Torque 369 lb-ft @ 1520 rpm 325 lb-ft @ 2900 rpm 384 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

Evaluating the competitors of the little BMW Convertible, the highest power and torque is offered by the Mercedes C43 AMG. Conversely, the S5 is the least powerful, though not by much. For transmission, the Audi Cabriolet utilizes a 7-speed automatic transmission whereas, the Benz comes fitted with a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration

With the 0-60 mph acceleration time of 4.7 seconds, the Beemer is blazingly fast. One of the biggest advantages of BMW M240i over its rivals is its low emission figure, which corresponds to 7.0 tons/year.  

Models BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
0-60 MPH 4.7 sec 4.8 sec 4.6 sec
Quarter mile 13.2 sec 13.5 sec 13.1 sec
Engine 3.0L 3.0L 3.0L
Emission

 

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

7.0 8.4 8.0

The 'AMG' is faster than the 'M', reaching 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.6 seconds. Moreover, the quarter mile time of AMG C43 is also the least at 13.1 seconds, followed by M240i's 13.2 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The ride quality of the M240i Convertible is outstanding thanks to its features like adaptive M suspension, twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers, dynamic stability control, and dynamic traction control. No matter at what speed the BMW M240i Convertible is moving, it always feels confident behind the wheel due to its variable sports steering.

Additionally, the convertible comes with M sports brakes along with dynamic brake control and cornering brake control to ensure complete speed regulation. The M240i offers four different driving modes namely Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ mode that varies the throttle response and gear ratios of the car.

Braking

For decelerating the vehicle on time, the tiny beemer comes equipped with 13.4-inch brakes at the front and 13-6-inch brakes at the rear.

Model BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
Brake Front (in.) 13.4 13.6 14.2
Brake Rear (in.) 13.6 13.0 12.6
Curb Weight (lbs.) 3790 4310 4145
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 105 106

Amidst the competing cars, the Mercedes AMG C43 has the biggest 14.2-inch front brakes whereas, the biggest rear brakes are that of the BMW.

Fuel Economy

6.1/10

BMW's superlative fuel economy is what makes it stand out from the rest of the competition. The M240i offers 21 MPG of fuel economy in city conditions while this figure increases to 32 MPG when the car runs on highways.

Model BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
MPG (city) 21 18 19
MPG (highway) 32 26 26
MPG (combined) 25 21 22

Overall, the combined fuel economy of BMW is estimated to be 25 MPG, which is much better than the 21 MPG and 22 MPG offered by S5 and AMG C43 respectively.

Interior

9.0/10
Slip inside the 2017 BMW 2 Series and you'll find highly adjustable sport seats that provide good support in spirited driving and above-average comfort on extended jaunts. The rear seats are as cramped as you'd expect from a car this size, making them best suited to small children or as a place to stash a jacket, purse or backpack. -Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

Inside the BMW convertible, it can barely accommodate 4 passengers at a time, two adults in the front and two kids counting the driver. Observing the space available for the passengers within the front row, the little M offers 40.5 inches of headroom, 54.4 inches of shoulder room and 41.5 inches of legroom.

Model BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
Passenger capacity 4 4 4
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.5/54.4/41.5 40.0/54.3/41.3 38.8/54.8/42.0
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.0/42.2/31.8 36.3/46.8/31.9 35.6/51.7/32.0

After comparing with the rivals, it can be concluded that the M240i has the largest headroom while the shoulder room and legroom are maximum in the Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet. On the other hand, the largest shoulder room of 51.7 inches and legroom of 32.0 inches is again available with the Mercedes AMG C43.

Infotainment System

The M240i comes with a 6.5-inch infotainment system powered by the iDrive 6.0. The infotainment system supports

  • Navigation
  • Voice-commands
  • Satellite radio
  • Speed sensitive volume control
  • 7-speaker system with 205 Watts stereo output
  • Apple CarPlay (Optional)

Interior Features

The interiors of the Beemer are mesmerizing and there are many convenience features loaded inside which are no less than what's expected from a BMW. Following are the key attractions on the inside of M240i convertible:

  • Aluminum Hexagon interior trim
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Three-spoke steering wheel with M-branding
  • Wireless charging
  • 2 one-touch power windows
  • Interior air filtration
  • Electro chromatic rearview mirror
  • Keyless ignition
  • Cruise control
  • 10-way power driver and passenger seats
  • Height adjustable driver seat

Cargo Capacity

Convertibles are not much known for their cargo storage space but the 11.8 cubic feet capacity offered by the M240i is quite impressive.

Model BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
Cargo Volume (ft.3) 11.8 10.2 8.8

Both the Audi S5 and Mercedes Benz AMG C43 have relatively smaller cargo capacities of 10.2 and 8.8 cubic feet respectively.

Exterior

9.4/10
Befitting the "M" designation, the M240i dials up the visual muscularity to back up its additional performance. It boasts a deeper front spoiler, larger air intakes, contoured rocker panels, and a unique rear lower valance. Like most drop-tops, the convertibles look better top-down.  - Kelly Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

BMW M240i convertible is the lightest vehicle among the competitors with a curb weight of 3790 lbs. The convertible has a length of 175.9 inches and width of 69.8 inches with both the dimensions shorter than the other two rivaling cars.

Model BMW M240i Audi S5 Cabriolet Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet
Curb weight (lbs.) 3790 4310 4145
Length(in) 175.9 182.7 184.9
Width(in) 69.8 73.0 71.3
Height(in) 55.6 54.3 55.4
Ground clearance (in) 5.1 4.3 3.6
Wheelbase (in) 105.9 108.3 111.8
Track width (in) F/R 59.9/61.3 62.5/62.0 62.1/61.2

However, it is the tallest car with a height of 55.6 inches trailed by Mercedes Benz AMG C43's 55.4 inches. The Audi and Merc both have lower ground clearance than the Beemer too, the Mercedes being dangerously low.

Exterior Features

  • 18-inch double spoke bi-colour alloy wheels
  • Ferric grey mirror caps
  • Sporty kidney bean grille
  • High-intensity Xenon headlights
  • Sports exhaust system
  • Aerodynamic kit

Safety

For ensuring safe rides, the 2017 M240i Convertible offers various safety features as standard, including the following:

  • Programmable LED daytime running lights
  • Anti-lock braking system
  • Tire pressure monitor
  • Adaptive headlights
  • Daytime pedestrian protection
  • BMW Assist eCall Emergency Sos
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbag
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Driver And Passenger Side Airbag Head Extension
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor

NHTSA and IIHS have not yet rated the car yet

Competition

BMW M240i convertible vs Audi S5 Cabriolet

Like BMW, the Audi is also a German-based automaker. Comparing the prices, the S5 is offered at $61,100, which is almost $12,000 more than that of the BMW. Despite the higher pricing, the Audi lags behind the M240i in almost all major parameters such as power, torque, acceleration, fuel economy, and cargo space. However, the passenger space at the second row of S5 is superior to that of the M240i convertible.

BMW M240i convertible vs Mercedes Benz AMG C43 Cabriolet

Yet another German challenger is the AMG C43 Cabriolet, manufactured by Mercedes-Benz. The AMG comes at a huge price premium, $60,400 against the Beemer's $49,050. The C43 offers various advantages over the M240i, including superior engine, performance, better 0-60 mph and quarter mile time, bigger front brakes, and greater shoulder room and legroom at both the front and second row. On the contrary, the M240i is a better car when it comes to low emissions, mileage, ground clearance, and cargo capacity.

Final Verdict

The 2017 BMW M240i Convertible comes with plenty of features and when compared to its major rivals, its price is quite low. Additionally, the quality of the BMW is top-notch and no compromise has been done with the performance or appearance of the little M. Overall, there is no hesitation in tilting towards this car.

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