Instant Love

I test drove the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible. The small BMW convertible showed me why I liked BMWs so much, it sparked the fire in my heart for BMWs once again, and I am not going back, ever. I love BMW, and now, finally, I definitely know why. It is for me. I am sure, if you had to chance to drive the M240i through a few bends on the mountain roads of the Gorges du Verdon canyon in France, the M240i would grow in your heart as well.

It is sublime!

I can’t even imagine what kind of a beast the M2 is. I haven’t driven it yet, but I am eagerly waiting to do so.

The Engine, The Grip, The Fun

Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible Exterior
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The day I drove the M240i xDrive Convertible was a rather fun one. I hopped into it after finishing my driving stint in the Mercedes-AMG C43 Cabriolet (you can read about it here), so I could really make some crucial comparisons between the two. Let me tell you something right away. The BMW is smaller, with a lower windscreen, less space for the occupants, and even before the ride and starting the engine, the car feels stiffer, more focused, far more eager to go fast. It is like it wants to jump. I felt all of this after spending a better part of the day with the comfortable AMG.

That one sounded brutal. I did not expect the same out of the BMW M240i, but after getting into it, I thought that the small Beemer is ready to release some unarticulated sounds. No! This is BMW. Its straight-six with 340 horsepower is so well tuned and refined that the fury it clearly has isn’t unarticulated.

It sounds refined, it accelerates the same - linear, the power delivery is like a precisely calculated powerful push, and the stiffness of its chassis is damped just enough so you don't lose your mind because of the bumps that the eye cannot even recognize.

The BMW M240i xDrive Convertible, in its stiffest state (mode), isn’t a plush convertible, but a rigid machine and this translates a lot from the road into the cabin. I could see the dash and the steering wheel slightly shake with every bump and cockle the 245/35 R18 Continental ContiSport 5 tires went over. Yet, the BMW felt right, rigid and powerful on the road. As it does not have a roof, one would think it would be a bit wooly. It isn’t. I didn’t sense that it lacks the composure of a proper sports machine. The tires helped quite a bit as I was pushing it through a series of fantastic bends. They stick nicely with the suspension that clearly sits on the stiffer side, keeping the short and compact car in check. The feedback I received from the steering wheel told me I am not pushing the car hard enough.

It could do so much more than I was allowed to do - it felt like I was holding it back although I had a ton of fun.
Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible Exterior
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Reserves of power are plentiful. 340 horsepower maybe doesn’t sound like as much as it once did, but a package such as the M240i, it is more than enough. Heck, keep it between 2,000 and 4,000 rpm, and the M240i will be plenty fast. Yes, change the gears of the ZF 8-speed automatic via the paddles behind the wheel. I did. The ZF was fast, precise and listened to every whim I had. The pops are amazing on the downshift, but for me, linear acceleration, power delivery and, consequently, sound amplification with the climbing revs are so satisfying. Worthy of goosebumps.

I Literally Fell in Love

Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible Exterior
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I drove five fantastic cars (you can read about my experience here) for two days in France, but the car I fell in love with is the BMW M240i. Yes, that Porsche 718 Boxster is a perfect sports car.

Yet, I feel that the BMW M240i xDrive Convertible has some of its noughties in itself, coupled with the comfort no 718 can ever achieve.

Just zoom through the driving modes of the BMW’s iDrive and the M240i Convertible will be whatever you want it to be.

And boy, is it fast! It needs less than 5 seconds to reach 62 mph.

Conclusion

Test Drive - An Honest Take on the 2019 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible Exterior
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I feel that the BMW 2 Series epitomizes all that BMW stands for. The Ultimate Driving Machine ethos is so obvious with this small compact that I don’t get why some criticize BMW of today for producing cars with no spirit and what not. Did you ever ride in or even drive the upper scale 2 Series? If you cannot have fun in it, then I don’t know what you are looking for.

The M240i xDrive Convertible is an equation with variables and constants like this:

It is stiff, translates a lot from the road to the cabin and through the steering wheel and is big just enough to make you feel comfortable but secluded.

Some would call the interior a bit rough around the edges. But that for a reason. A sporty reason you will like.

Countering such a focused and uncluttered interior, which one may actually call dated, is the fantastically linear, refined and composed 3.0-liter turbocharged engine. It moves the power to all wheels via sinless ZF 8-speed transmission controlling all the spin with the massive M Performance brakes and exceptionally well-damped suspension.

See, one driving the M240i xDrive Convertible will feel the sophistication of its drivetrain after only a few miles. You simply have to like this car.

Further reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M240i xDrive Convertible.

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