BMW 120d Cabriolet Review – The Road to Mülheim

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The next morning, I picked up a colleague of mine near Oberhausen (about six kilometers away from my hotel) and together we drove via the Autobahn A40 and A3 to Düsseldorf. After a few minutes on the A40, also called “Ruhrschnellweg”, we switched at Kreutz-Kaiserberg (interchange at Kaiserberg, near Duisburg) onto the A3, which we followed for the next 30 kilometers. At the interchange near Hilden we headed via the A46 directly into the centre of Düsseldorf and,  a few minutes later ,reached our final destination, the Nokia Siemens Networks office building,.

By 5:00 pm, meetings were over and we left Düsseldorf via the same route in reverse Due to many construction sites in the city plus after-work rush hour, we got stuck a few times before we reached the Autobahn. Unfortunately, we also encountered  some heavy traffic on the A3 .while driving back to Mülheim.

The next day, I only drove a few kilometers in Mülheim before dropping off the 120d at the airport in Düsseldorf in the late afternoon. The 120d’s onboard  computer showed we used 7.0 l/100 km (33.6 mpg), although my calculation when filling the tank before returning the car reflected 7.5 l/100 km (31.5 mpg).  BMW’s own estimate for fuel usage is 6.2 l/100 km (38 mpg) in the city and 4.4 l/100 km (53.5 mpg) on the highway.

It’s important to remember that the 120d was driven in heavy stop-and-go traffic on the Autobahn as well as in the city.  It’s also important to keep in mind that our 120d was a rental car with over 26.000 km (16.155 miles).  Over its short life, it certainly has experienced multiple types of driving from dozens of drivers and it might not have had a proper break-in period.

Despite the average fuel economy, we saw that the BMW 120d Convertible was still an exciting car and I would have loved to drive it during the summer instead of a rainy few days in the fall. It offered more than enough power for quick acceleration and the cabin, even with the soft top, was fairly quiet, indeed, even during heavy rain while driving on the Autobahn, I didn|t notice much of a big difference from my 1 series Coupé.

2010 BMW 120d Cabriolet
Base price/price-as-tested €34,500 / €45,000
Drivetrain Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Engine 2.0/177 hp/turbocharged I-6
Transmission 6-speed manual
Curb weight (kg) 1580
Wheelbase (inches) 104.7
Length x width x height (inches) 171.6 x 75.5 x 55.5
0-100 km-h (seconds) 8.1
City/Highway fuel economy (mpg) 38/58.5

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