What is it?
The BMW 2 Series has undergone the latest wielding of the BMW design department's surgical knife, resulting in a facelift for all Coupé and Convertible variants, as well as the 1 Series they're based on.
Here we focus on the 2 Series, which outside gets new standard LED headlights (adaptive ones are available as an option), a redesigned kidney grille, new (optional) LED fog lamps and restyled front air intakes. Further to that, three new exterior colours and four new styles of alloy wheel are available.
The 2 Series' insides have been given a going-over, too. The dashboard is completely new and has been angled more towards the driver, there's a new instrument display, the latest iDrive infotainment system features and so does new leather upholstery. A scattering of air vent, window button and cup holder enhancements complete the list.
But there are no mechanical changes. As such, we're driving the 2.0-litre 220d diesel, which still produces 187bhp, officially does 60.1mpg and emits 124g/km of CO2 in popular M Sport trim.
What's it like?
To drive, the 2 Series is as it was before. BMW's 2.0-litre diesel engine fires to smooth idleand paired with BMW's brilliant ZF automatic (as our test car was), provides useful flexibility and decent outright pace, making it as pleasing a companion in town as it is when you're barrelling along A-roads and motorways. It could be quieter and transmit a little less vibration when pushed hard, but neither is bad enough to put you off.
It remains a decent steer, too, with a light but communicative set-up that is still better on non-variable form, but certainly not ruined for having the box ticked. It's usual for a convertible to feel less agile than its coupé stablemate and that applies here, although the margins are small: the 2 Convertible still feels urgent, composed and nicely upright in tight corners. It is, as it was, a more engaging drive than Audi's A3 Cabriolet.
And, perhaps more importantly in convertible form, comfort is still impressive. There's the odd shimmy over potholes, but compared with its open-top rivals the 2 Series is no worse, dealing with everything from deep ruts to scraggy stretches of high street well, particularly with our car's £515 adaptive M Sport suspension switched to Comfort mode.