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The sporty four-seater is surpisingly affordable and can be ordered with the company's most advanced technologies.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The BMW 4-Series Convertible is a two-door, four-seat cabriolet in the classic European style availble in numerous versions, including the more powerful M440i version.If you're looking for a sporty four-seat convertible to celebrate the summer this year, BMW may have just what you're looking for. The BMW 4-Series Convertible is a two-door, four-seat cabriolet in the classic European style. The part that might surprise you is the price tag.

BMW offers the soft-top 4-Series in two models: the 430i and the more powerful M440i. The more basic 430i comes with 255 horsepower and costs about $54,000, including destination charges. The M440i pulls in some extra power from BMW's M performance program and offers 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine, and starts at about $65,000, including all fees.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - The 2021 BMW M440i offers 382 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque from a turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine.

For that money you get a very fast car that is also a really advanced convertible. Available features include a neck warmer that warms you up where you might get cold otherwise, and a Harman Kardon audio system that will sound great as you get out and explore the world with the top down.

Inside, the M440i is quite comfortable, as you would expect from any premium European brand. The rear seat is on the small side, but you can put people back there if you must. It makes a great place to toss your picnic basket or day pack.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Inside, the 2021 BMW M440i is very comfortable and outfitted with the highest quality materials.

On the road, the M440i performs as you would expect from a BMW. It's fast, but not as fast as the M4 coupe, and it's impressively stable at speed. Everything about this car feels solid and planted, even with the top down and wind in your hair. The M440i includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel and even has launch control, though why you would ever need that on a street convertible is a mystery.

On the safety and advanced driver services side, BMW has made this car as good as it can be. It's got a rollover protection system and head protection for the front and the rear seats. There's an active driving assistance system that covers blind spot monitoring, lane discipline, collision warning, and speed limit information. A rear view camera and park distance control is also included.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - BMW offers some of the best automotive seats and the 2021 M440i is no exception.

BMW is not the only automaker offering an impressive convertible right now. Mercedes-Benz offers a two-door C-Class cabriolet in both basic Mercedes and Mercedes-AMG performance trims, and Audi has the A5 and S5 two-door convertibles. With all these brands, you have your choice of the less-powerful option around $50,000 or the more powerful option in the mid-$60,000 range. This is great news because you can test-drive all of these and choose the brand you like without any great financial penalties.

The bottom line on the BMW M440i convertible is that you have many good options to choose from, and competition from other European brands should help keep your out-the-door transaction price close to the numbers on the window sticker. You might even be able to negotiate a better deal, and that's sure to put a summertime smile on your face.

PMG PHOTO: JEFF ZURSCHMEIDE - Cargo space is sufficient for short trips in the 2021 BMW 440i.

2021 BMW M440i Convertible

Base price: $64,000

Price as tested: $74,670

Type: Compact convertible

Engine: 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder (382 hp, 368 lbs-ft)

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

EPA estimated mileage: 23/31

Overall length: 188 inches

Curb weight: 3,977 pounds

Final assembly: Dingolfing, Germany

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