Cabriolet owners will most often appreciate the perfect weight distribution and directional purity of the 2 Series manifested as a level, balanced ride and as uncorrupted steering feel. However, when they go looking for more emphatic evidence that this is a better-handling everyday-use convertible than most, they’ll probably find only just enough of it to satisfy themselves.
Although it isn’t the tidiest-handling or best-tied-down dynamic prospect in the class, the 2 Series juggles the conflicting briefs of boulevardier and sporting BMW well enough. Even in its firmer settings, the suspension delivers a comfortable, well-isolated ride. Body control is good in Sport and Sport+ modes.
It’s softer and more unchecked in Comfort, rolling somewhat during hard cornering and with larger bumps setting up some vertical heave. It’s nothing like pronounced enough to affect the stability of the car, but it’s also not a problem that some rivals have.
The variable-ratio power steering set-up works better in this application than we’ve found in others, possibly because the 2 Series’ fairly soft chassis rates mask the aggressiveness with which it picks up pace. Only by the scant 2.2 turns of steering between locks are you really aware of its presence.