Add metallic paint and leather and the car starts on the wrong side of £30k. Get seriously busy with the extensive option list and – as our test car proves – it’s just possible that you won’t see much change from £40k.
That broad price bracket absorbs plenty of competitors, although it’s very likely that BMW will consider cars like the 181bhp 2.0 TDI-powered A3 Cabriolet S line as its natural rival.
We'd ditch many of the features on our test car's spec list. However, items like the split-folding rear seats, wind deflector and heated front seats add convenience - so much so that you wonder why they're not included to begin with.
The 220d proves cheaper if less well equipped than Audi’s popular range-topping spec. In two-wheel-drive manual format, the Audi claims slightly superior fuel economy, too. That said, at 61.4mpg combined, BMW’s new engine proves that parsimony remains one of its core values.
Objective True MPG testing reduced that to 49.6mpg, but previous experience has taught us that it’s possible to get close to BMW’s claims on the road with careful use.