BMW 3 Series Convertible 320i Review: Strike a pose

BMW 3 Series Convertible 320i Review: Strike a pose

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
15 Nov 2010
What we like:
pros
Looks good inside and out
pros
relatively well equipped for a base model
pros
well balanced dynamics
What we dislike:
cons
Not exactly affordable
cons
short on outright performance


Inside, the 3 Series convertible is starting to feel and look its age, especially next to more contemporary models like the Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet models. Overall build quality is just about OK next to the abovementioned models. The lack of an iDrive screen on the 320i means that the cabin feels a bit more airy up front. There are also useful storage spaces on the centre console in place of the iDrive knob on the higher end models.

Like with all current BMW models, the ergonomics are spot on, the instruments are easy to read at a glance and the driving position highly adjustable to suit all body types. The electrically adjustable driver's seat offer got lateral support but is a tad short of under thigh support to be truly comfortable.

Just like the E-Class coupe, the 3 Series coupe strictly seats two at the rear, with the occupants separated by a sizable centre armrest in the middle. Knee and headroom at the rear is above average when compared to its closest competitors and there are also rear air-con vents to spoil rear passengers.

A downside of the 3 Series Convertible's retractable hardtop design is when the roof is down, boot volume is significantly reduced as a load cover has to be activated for the roof to store itself within the boot. Boot space is pretty decent with the roof in place but when retracted, useable boot space is reduced by roughly half.

The 320i Convertible does most things well in most departments. The quality and image is there. The coupe might be a slightly better drive thanks to its lighter weight and more precise steering and rigid chassis, but for those who'd like to strike a pose once in a while, the convertible is definitely worth the extra $20k or so over the coupe.

Credits: Story and Photos by Raymond Lai

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