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.
Roof up, there's some tyre noise at speed but nothing that'll have you reaching for the audio system's volume knob, while roof-down (a process that takes about 20 seconds and can be carried out at speeds up to a useful 30mph) it provides good protection from the elements for four passengers with the windows up. Fit the car's optional wind deflector (£260) and two passengers can travel at motorway speeds without the need for hats or hairnets. On that note, two passengers will travel in more comfort than four in other ways too, because a couple of adults in the rear will struggle for kneeroom behind a couple more. Its an issue that's slightly more acute than in an Audi A3 Cabriolet. Unlike the BMW, the Audi's boot isn't hindered by its folded roof, either.
On to what's new: BMW's new dash is a genuine improvement, not only for its new driver-facing stance, but also for its improved materials and trims. The latest Professional iDrive system is expensive at £775 but well worth the outlay, bringing a larger 8.8in colour touchscreen over the standard 6.5in one. The screen can also be controlled via BMW's usual rotary dial and menu shortcut buttons between the front seats. Its menu layout is new but still simple to navigate, so the only downside remains BMW not including advanced smartphone mirroring such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard - it's a £235 option across the range.