BMW 4-Series Convertible review: exhilarating sports car and sophisticated cruiser in one –

If that’s the case, and you’re in the market for a car such as this, it’s probably the one to have, despite its cost. Yes, it’s a bit floppy, but so are they all; where the M440i really scores is in the breadth of its talent.

It manages to be a smooth, sophisticated boulevard cruiser and an exhilarating sports car all at once. What’s more, it might also be your last chance to buy, brand new, that classic combination: a BMW convertible with a six-cylinder engine. 

For that, one can forgive it an awful lot – even that front end. 

Telegraph rating: Four stars out of five

The facts

On test: BMW M440i Convertible

How much? £59,670 on the road

How fast? 155mph, 0-62mph in 4.9sec

How economical? 40.9mpg (WLTP Combined)

The oily bits: 2,998cc six-cylinder petrol engine with 369bhp, eight-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel drive

The electric bits: 48-volt mild hybrid system with starter-generator

Electric range: 0 miles

CO2 emissions: 159g/km

VED: £555 first year, £490 next five years, then £155

Warranty: 3 years / unlimited miles

Boot size: 385 litres

Spare wheel as standard: No (not available)

The rivals

Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet

385bhp, 28.3mpg, £57,315 on the road

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