Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BMW 420d SE Convertible

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

BMW 420d SE Convertible

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Byline: Patrick James

THE British love their drop tops and smart car makers are more than happy to feed the need.

BMW is no slouch when it comes to convertibles and the new 4 Series which replaces the 3 Series open top, is a ne example with eye catching styling, a clever, three part folding roof and rened and economical engines.

It also oers high levels of standard equipment, including front and rear parking sensors, heated electric front seats, servotronic steering, a sport multifunction leather steering wheel and Xenon headlights.

Also included as standard are DAB radio, leather upholstery twozone air conditioning, cruise control, Bluetooth and USB.

It is lower, wider and longer than the car it replaces to give it a sporty prole.

e roof folds away, or back up, in around 20 seconds, not the quickest around, but not that long either to really enjoy open air motoring and it can be completed at speeds of up to 8mph.

Like all cars with this kind of roof, boot and stowage space is at a premium, but the car does have some clever features to incrementally move the lid while in the boot space to help with loading.

ere are 370 litres available with roof up and 220 with it folded, so some of the weekly shop might need to be stowed in the rear seats. But if you are looking for a load lugger, a convertible should not be on your list.

It looks sporty both with roof up or down with a lowslung prole giving a low centre of gravity for better handling. e sleekness is nicely set o with the familiar kidney grille which has an almost menacing looking with large air intake below the neat headlights and attractive 17inch alloys.

e interior features high quality softtouch trim and nish. e dashboard has circular instruments in a black panel look as well as the freestanding 'at screen iDrive monitor, controlled by the iDrive knob which handles navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, telephone and sound. It oozes top build quality and feels a good place to be.

e electrically operated front seats include integrated retractable seat belts while the rear bench seats form two individual seats, with cup holders and a storage tray for small items between them. …

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