BMW 4 Series Review On paper, the BMW 4 Series is essentially a two door coupe version of the 3 Series, but there's enough differences to justify the name change.
It's a class act all round, with a top drawer engine range that delivers great performance and economy, and composed yet entertaining rear wheel drive handling.The 4 Series is also a very practical car for a two door coupe, with usable rear seats and a decent boot. And if you want even more versatility, then the 4 Series Gran Coupe offers four doors but a similarly sleek look, while the 4 Series Convertible is a great top down tourer. It's no longer the newest car on the patch, but it's still up there with the best.When BMW launched the latest 3 Series in 2011, it also took the opportunity to (eventually) launch the BMW 4 Series Coupe. Essentially, that means the old 3 Series Coupe was no more, with the 4 Series emulating the smaller 2 Series and larger 6 Seriesby being the sportier even numbered relation to its mainstream counterpart.The 4 Series Coupe was launched in 2013, around 18 months after the 3 Series in an effort to separate the two models further. In 2017 a light coach outlet stores 60620 facelift was applied, with some new lights and extra in car tech.It was also launched as the 4 Series Convertible, which featured a folding metal hard top rather than a canvas roof, while later in 2014 the 4 Series Gran Coupe muddied the 3 Series variant waters even further by offering a five door body that is sleeker than the similar 3 coach backpack outlet Series Gran Turismo.As you would expect, the 4 Series Coupe is a sleeker looking machine than the 3 Series saloon. The low roof line, wider stance and frameless door glass all add to the sporty looks, although apart from having less headroom than the saloon, the only major difference between the two is that the 4 Series's back seats are a trickier to access.Like the 3 Series, the 4 Series has been given a subtle facelift for 2017 to keep it competitive against newer rivals, although you'll only be able to spot the differences if the old and new car are lined up side by side.On the whole, the 4 Series uses the same engines as the 3 Series saloon, although some of the smaller capacity units aren't carried over. At launch, the updated 4 Series Coupe range coach outlet purses kavu kicks off with the 420i, which has a 184bhp 2.0 litre twin turbo petrol engine. The 430i has a 258bhp version of the 2.0 litre four cylinder, while the 440i gets a 326bhp twin turbo straight six.On top of that there's the M4 Coupe, which is essentially a separate performance model. The rest of the range gets a six speed manual gearbox as standard, but BMW's great eight speed auto is offered as an option. You can add xDrive four wheel drive to the 420i, too. The 420i comes in Sport and M Sport trims, while the 430i and 440i are exclusively M Sport models.The 420d is a six speed manual as standard, and the eight speed auto is optional, as is four wheel drive. The 430d and 435d feature the auto box and four wheel drive as standard. While the 3 Series saloon is sold as a plug in hybrid, currently there are no plans to introduce a 430e to the coupe range.The 2017 updates for the BMW 4 Series Coupe are aimed primarily at keeping the car competitive against its latest rivals, the Audi A5 Coupe and Mercedes C Class Coupe, although the 4 Series was arguably already the best handling of these three in the first place. These three have the premium four seat coupe largely to themselves, and if you want a non German four door coupe, your only other choices are the Lexus RC and the recently introduced Infiniti Q60, although neither are as complete a package.Go for the optional M Sport pack, as so many do, and you get bigger wheels and a more muscular body kit. It really adds to the 4 Series' looks, although the ride is a little firmer as a result.As with most BMW models now, you can specify the 4 Series with xDrive four wheel drive, as a rival to Audi's quattro and Mercedes' coach outlet handbags trending 4Matic. BMW's is a seamless system, and it doesn't upset either the handling balance or the weight (too much) yet brings obvious benefits when the weather turns rainy, slushy or icy. Next comes the 430i which uses the same four cylinder turbo as the 420i and adds more power. You'll have to trade up to a 440i for a six cylinder engine. On the diesel side, the 420d has a four cylinder unit, while the 430d and 435d have smooth six cylinders.Given the 420i produces 184bhp and hits 0 62mph in 7.3 seconds, it's plenty fast enough for most daily purposes. However, along with the slightly swifter 430i, it lacks the creamy smooth character and noise of the old six pots, preferring to make a rather intrusive drone.You could trade up to a full fat 435d diesel with xDrive four wheel drive and an auto box, which has such a traction advantage off the line, and such an endless wall of torque, that itcan worry an M4 in a straight line. But for most, the reasonably smooth and swift 420d will be sufficient, and promises up to 60mpg.The flagship 4 Series (if you discount the rapid M4) is the 440i. It's a silky smooth unit that's seriously punchy from the get go, as its 0 62mph time of 5.2 seconds shows, but loves to rev out. It also lacks the spiky power delivery of the M4, so for many will be the more accomplished daily driver. However, the 435d is even faster off the line, and cheaper to run.The petrol engines are almost equally impressive a 420i with the automatic transmission emits 134g/km of CO2 and returns an official 48.7mpg overall, while the 430i can manage 43.5mpg and 151g/km.The nice thing is that these figures aren't just spec sheet pie in the sky; from our experience you can replicate them in the real world, driving like a normal human being. One caveat for business users, though emissionsfigures are dependent on alloy wheel size, so choose carefully when you're personalising your 4 Series. You'll also find that there's a significant weight penalty if you choose the Convertible version, and that will have a knock on effect on your fuel consumption.The xDrive four wheel drive system will also add to your fuel costs, but not by as much as you'd think the system is relatively lightweight for its type.Although everything's a little lower slung, the 4 Series is basically the same as a 3 Series inside and there isn't anything wrong with that. You get all the bits you expect from a BMW clear, handsome instruments, great seats and a steering wheel that feels just right in the palms of your hands. Quality is generally excellent, although the less well appointed versions can look and feel quite plain. There are also some cheap plastics to be found if you go looking.
It's best to avoid the default black leather trim. Practical it may be but it just sucks all the light from what is already a very dark cabin. Beige or biscuit coloured leather might be a bit harder to look after, but it really lifts the ambience inside.
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