2014 BMW 428i xDrive Cabriolet Review: Introduction
You know times are changing when the phrase best used to describe BMW’s entry-level convertible – the 2014 BMW 428i xDrive cabriolet – is ‘comfortable cruiser.’ Although the German automaker’s topless models have almost always been less dynamically-focused than their fixed-roof siblings, it’s clear that a threshold has been crossed with this first open air edition of the newly-minted 4 Series. The vehicle, which is based on the same basic platform as the 3 Series, follows in its forbearer's footsteps but treads heavier than one would expect when it comes to handling, acceleration, and fun factor.
One might interpret this as a criticism of the 2014 BMW 428i xDrive cabriolet, but it’s less a screed than it is yet another signpost on the brand’s evolution from purveyor of sporty rides to vendor of premium profit centers. There’s no shame in going where the money is, and for the right buyer there’s a substantial amount of enjoyment to be extracted from this four seasons-friendly, retractable-hardtop convertible.