New BMW 3 Series Convertible Review
The BMW 3 Series Cabriolet, entry level for the convertible is the 318Ci SE in the petrol derivative and the 320Cd SE for the diesel option, both are powered by 2.0 litre, four cylinder sixteen valve engines through a five speed manual transmission, with the diesels benefitting from common rail technology. The power outputs for the engines are both 150 bhp. Standard features on these vehicles include, 16" star spoke alloy wheels (style 169), driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, bumpers and side sills in body colour, electric door mirrors, fully automatic soft top, electrically heated glass rear screen, heated exterior mirrors and washer jets, cornering brake control (CBC), dynamic stability control (DSC), electronic immobiliser, front fog lights, park distance control, rollover protection system, tyre puncture warning system (TPWS), automatic air conditioning and air recirculation, auto dimming rear view mirror, electric windows - front and rear, electric driver and front passenger seats, front centre armrest, on board computer, silk grey interior trim, sports multi function steering wheel with cruise control and a BMW business radio / single CD player including an MP3 decoder with six speakers.
The 320Ci SE and 325Ci SE convertibles both have chrome exterior trim, twin exhaust pipes and six cylinder 24 valve engines in addition to the 318Ci SE specification.The 320 Ci SE has a 2.2 litre petrol engine that develops 170 bhp and the 2.5 litre, 325 Ci SE, produces 192 bhp.
Next in the diesel range of BMW 3 Series convertibles is the 330Cd SE, this vehicle has 17" star spoke alloy wheels (style 119), a headlight washer system metallic paint, rain sensor with automatic headlight control and titanium II interior trim all in addition to the specification of the 325 Ci SE. Powered by a six cylinder 24 Valve common rail diesel engine through a six speed manual transmission, the 330Cd SE develops 204 bhp. Sitting alongside the 330Cd SE is BMW's 3.0 litre petrol version, the 330Ci SE, powered by a six cylinder 24 valve engine, through a six speed manual gearbox the 330Ci SE develops 231 bhp and also has a host of standard features over and above the 325Ci SE including, 17" star spoke alloy wheels (style 119), chrome exhaust tail pipe covers, chrome headlight surrounds, chrome surrounds on the interior dials, headlight washer system, rain sensor with automatic headlight control, titanium II interior trim, a matt chrome insert in the front valance and metallic paint.
All BMW 3 Series convertibles can be upgraded to the M Sport level standard features on these models in addition or replacement to the BMW 3 Series SE models include 17" M double spoke alloys style 68M (318Ci M Sport only. All other models have 18" M double spoke alloys style 135M, the 330Ci M Sport also has 18" M double spoke alloys, style 135M, but with the deletion of the chrome headlight surrounds), black aluminium cube interior trim, high gloss shadow line exterior trim, laser cloth with alcantara upholstery, M aerodynamic body styling, M leather multi function steering wheel, sports seats and sports suspension.
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