BMW 4 Series Convertible: The hardtop is gone!

Contrary to the previous 4 Series Convertible, the new version has chosen to become a soft-top!

37w ago

W​ritten by: Rahil Hashmi

Jeremy Clarkson once said that the soft-top on the old BMW 6 Series looks like a tramps hat. Now, this may seem like quite a peculiar analysis but I actually agree with him as the majority of cars with a soft-top look utterly hideous!

This is why I was extremely upset to hear that the new 4 Series had been given a soft-top but the thing is, it doesn’t look like it’s about to mug you.

I’m not going to walk you through the specifications of the vehicle as they are more or less the same as the Coupé. Instead, I’m going to focus on the biggest change which is the roof.

How does the car avoid looking tacky?

The main reason as to why soft-tops usually look so tacky is because they give the car quite a small and claustrophobic feel as they don’t usually let in too much light but this is not the case with the new 4 Series Convertible.

With it’s large rear-windshield and full-glass sides, the new 4 Series Convertible lets in a tonne of light which solves the issue regarding the chav’s hat.

Does it look better than the hard-top?

Personally, I do think it looks better than the hard-top mainly down to the fact that hard-tops usually maintain quite an unusual shape whereas this new soft-top gives the car a nice, smooth design.

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My verdict

I’m not the biggest fan of the buck tooth grille design but it doesn’t look as bad as it does on the Coupé when it’s on the Convertible.

I don’t know how to describe it but everything just seems to flow a bit better and the car doesn’t look as over-designed as it did before... it’s still a bit weird though.

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Comments (11)

  • The new 4 Series Convertible has gone all soft! @tribe

      8 months ago
  • So it’s not hard anymore? 😉 if a community manager sees this I’m joking.

      8 months ago
  • The hard top on previous generations was never necessary, it was a passing fad. Other premium manufacturers never went with the hard tops for their 4-seater convertibles which was the right decision. Not sure why BMW though it was a good idea to follow Peugeot, Vauxhall and Ford with this one (Volvo excluded from the comparison as it was owned by Ford at the time which explains everything).

    This is effectively BMW working out they were wrong and backtracking which is what will happen to that ghastly grill.

      8 months ago
  • The grille is the real crime

      8 months ago
  • I agree. I think we knew BMW was going back to hardtops after the latest Z4 arrived, and the fact that modern soft tops are as good if not nearly as good as a hardtop [convertible]. But where's the Hofmeister kink?

      8 months ago