2021 BMW 430i: Hard Top or Soft?

This year’s BMW 430i xDrive really is the classic sportscar.  You can get it as a coupe or as a convertible, the only two trims available. Basically, it’s just two doors and you can have it with a year-round hard top or a soft top. 

Dare I say, anymore, this is a classic American sportscar, though the BMW engineering from faraway lands really does shine through. Once you drive it, you will fall in love.

Just take a look it. The grill, which looks like a… butterfly, maybe?  It does have a classic race care look to it.  The 430 does ride low to the ground, naturally. It’s a race car, to be sure, but it does have a practical side to it. 

xDrive basically means All-Wheel Drive, so no need to worry about slip-sliding away if your desert fantasy grows cold once the snow starts falling. Driving Dynamics Control has various driving modes, taking all the guess work out of having to figure out what you need to do to keep your car safe from the elements while you enjoy it.

2.0-liter twin-turbo inline-four. Sounds racy to me.  And it is.

The coupe starts at $47,600 US and the convertible at $53,100. You name it, it’s included. Alarm System, of course. Aluminum Trim with Mesh Effect. Park Distance Control. Power Front Seats. 

Yeah, sure, you have to pay extra for the really good stuff. Harmon Kardon Surround Sound. Black leather. Packages that have ambient lighting and lumbar support. Or sport steering and a really cool-looking dashboard…..

But you don’t get this car if you are pinching pennies or on a budget.  And please, if this is something you have to hide from someone, we advise you don’t go down that path.

The BMW 430i with xDrive, coupe or convertible, is something you show off.  With pride.  Like your Pride. And even if you are of reasonable size and mobility, like the fully vaccinated, you are good to go.

If you are a little older like me, you need to take your time getting and getting out – and maybe vary your playlist a bit (but hey, surfing music still sounds good on that Harmon Kardon stereo).

Mileage is a combined 27 mpg, for what that’s worth. 

I will say, I enjoyed this car.  I could compare it for you, but I don’t think that is fair.  There are plenty of websites that do that for you.  I feel that when comes to cars like this, it all comes down to personal preference.

I have always been a Chevy Corvette guy.  But I will tell you, if I had the inclination, I just might get a BMW 430i. 

It feels ‘just right’.