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BMW 4 SERIES COUPE 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]

BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
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BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420i Sport 2dr [Professional Media]

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG42.80
  • 0-62mph7.3 secs
  • Top Speed146 mph
  • C02151 g/km
  • BHP184
  • Torque214 lbs/f
  • P11D31%

Review

BMW's 4 Series Coupe has proved to be quite a success story for the Munich marque, accounting for around 25% of sales in the 4 Series model range, a line-up that has shifted over 400,000 units since its original introduction in 2013. Now, there's a significantly revised version of this two-door model.

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BMW's sleek 4 Series Coupe now has a smarter look. Jonathan Crouch re-runs his eye over the line-up.

Background

Now that we're quite used to BMW's 4 Series Coupe, it's a little difficult to remember quite what a stir it caused at its original launch here in 2013. Since then, we've seen further Convertible and four-door 'Gran Coupe' versions of this car, but this Coupe version is arguably the purest interpretation of what still is a very pretty shape. Since this Munich model was first launched, the opposition has considerably upped its game, with new generation versions of both the Mercedes C-Class Coupe and the Audi A5 Coupe both threatening BMW's market share in this segment. Hence the need for this revised two-door 4 Series. So is this something other than simply a different alternative to an A5 or a smarter 'C'? Munich says so. Sleeker and sharp-looking, the aim here is to offer more than just a love letter to performance but instead, the promise of a passionate affair.

Driving Experience

Dynamic changes made to this improved model mean stiffer suspension and an upgraded steering set-up. These measures have resulted in a tangible improvement in both lateral and longitudinal handling properties, regardless of the load on board. The upshot is reduced roll, more neutral responses when driving at the limit, even greater straight-line stability and the wonderfully precise steering for which BMW is renowned. This applies to the standard suspension, as well as the M Sport suspension and Adaptive suspension. As ever, the oily bits are, somewhat predictably, shared with the 3 Series, as it would be cost prohibitive to do anything otherwise. The biggest seller continues to be the 190bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel in the 420d variant, with comes with either two or four wheel drive. Above that come the six cylinder diesel models. There are rear wheel drive and xDrive 4WD versions of the 258bhp 430d, before you get to the 435d xDrive diesel range-topper with a hefty 313bhp at its disposal. In the petrol line-up, things kick off with the base four cylinder 184bhp 2.0-litre unit found in the 420i, which is slightly more efficient than it used to be and, as before, comes in rear wheel drive and xDrive 4WD guises. The pokier version of this powerplant these days carries a '430i' badge and has a 252bhp output, with torque rated at 350Nm, making possible a rest to 62mph ime of just 5.9s. That makes it difficult to imagine why you'd want a six cylinder petrol model, but if you still do, there's a 326bhp '440i' variant. Remaining at the top of the range is the twin turbo six cylinder 431bhp M4 super-coupe.

Design and Build

The changes made to this revised 4 Series Coupe are really quite subtle. If you know the car well, you'll spot the new twin LED headlights that now come as standard. An even more distinctive 'Icon Adaptive LED headlight' package is optional. Another frontal change is found in the central air intake which has an aperture that increases in size towards the outer edges, adding a more imposing presence and greater sense of width to the entire nose section. Otherwise, this model has all the predictable BMW coupe design elements we've seen so often over the years - the short overhangs, the long bonnet, the set-back passenger compartment, the shallow frameless side windows leading into the signature Hofmeister kink on each C-pillar and a flowing roofline that offers up a low, stretched silhouette. Take a seat inside and the cabin holds no great surprises if you're familiar with BMW's current design language. A few detail changes have been made with extra splashes of chrome here and there but otherwise, not much as changed. You sit lower than you would in a 3 Series, but you're not going to need re-training when it comes to operating the dash controls or the infotainment system. There's a robotised arm for the front seat belts and the door cards and seats are 4 Series-specific. The rear retains individual seats with a divider down the middle, which means the 4 Series is a strict four-seater. There's a 445-litre boot.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £32,500 for the Coupe version of the 4 Series. The entry-level variant gets leather heated seats, xenon headlamps, LED rear lights and a parking radar, as well as climate control. Satellite navigation is standard, but the adaptive dampers are a box you might want to tick on the options list as well as the sport steering. We could take or leave the sports seats, but the stereo upgrade is worth giving a listening to. BMW will also tempt you with a range of connected services, a head-up display, and some neat driver aids but you'll need to keep an eye on the asking price. Don't go spending too much on aesthetic options until you've considered the merits of BMW's various ConnectedDrive media packages. These include the latest BMW Professional Navigation system with its smarter iDrive touch controller which can offer a pad for writing text or using a cursor on an interactive map. The Navigation set-up can also divert you around jams with Real Time Traffic Information and BMW Online services. There are also infotainment features like full speech recognition and voice control with an optional message dictation function. Plus there's web radio, access to social networking, and the Google Send-to-Car system so you can plan your route beforehand on your PC, then remotely forward it to your car. You'll have access to various BMW apps too, including my favourite one, a free remote app that enables you to remotely lock or unlock your car if you lose your keys.

Cost of Ownership

The 4 Series may be predictably pricey to buy but it's surprisingly affordable to run. BMW's EfficientDynamics technology is standard across the range, helping the cars achieve economy and emissions levels that belie the kind of performance that's on offer. The latest car looks a very strong contender with ultra-competitive economy and emissions figures right across the board and it's hard to be unimpressed by the 430i, a petrol-engined performance coupe that can dip under six seconds to 62mph, yet still returns a fuel economy figure of 46.3mpg and emissions of just 151g/km. With the 420i, those figures improve to 48.7mpg and 134g/km, while the pokier 420d can very nearly duplicate those figures. Even the top xDrive 4WD 435d variant manages 50.4mpg and 147g/km. What else? Well there's a condition-based service indicator and those maintenance costs can be kept in check with two optional Servicing packages which cover you for servicing - or servicing and maintenance - for five years or 50,000 miles. Finally, there are strong residuals: to be more specific, expert predictions suggest that on a 420d variant, you should get 41.5% of your purchase price back after three years, which means this BMW could be worth up to £4,000 more than comparable rivals at that point.

Summary

So is this BMW 4 Series still the coupe that does it all, the class benchmark, the go-to choice in its segment? The answer's probably yes. Overall, there's a sustained level of excellence shot throughout this car that Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe rivals can't quite match, something especially evident when it comes to handling dynamics. There's a levity about this 4 Series, a certain joy you get in driving it that the others can't quite match. Great then, that it does all the sensible stuff really well too. You get impressive safety systems, a big boot, plenty of rear legroom, excellent day to day running costs and residual values that are markedly superior to this model's two key rivals. Which all helps your conscience. Why? Because this is a car that, exactly because of those attributes, you can buy and use - and use hard - without that nagging sense of guilt that you may have over-indulged yourself. In short, you'd like one.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming
Cruise control with brake function
Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
Auto start-stop
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Control display - 6.5" colour display screen
Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
On board computer - average speed, fuel consumption, outside temp display with acoustic warning, clock/date, service interval, odometer/trip meter
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Run flat indicator
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Entertainment
BMW Professional radio with Single CD player + two-way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system + MP3 playback capability
DAB tuner
Exterior Features
High gloss black exterior trim
Low and high beam LED headlights
Solid paint
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour door handles
Body colour front bumper
Body colour mirror caps
Body colour rear bumper
Body colour roof mouldings
Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
Dual, round and left exhaust tailpipes with dark chrome finisher
Dynamic brake lights
Electric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility
Follow me home headlights
Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
Front and rear bumper system
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Heated windscreen washer jets
Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
High gloss black air breather
High gloss black finish B pillar
High gloss black rear bumper insert
High level third brake light
LED daytime running lights
LED direction indicator lenses
LED eyebrow light
LED front fog lights
LED tail lights with 3D L-shaped LED light design
Metal front door sill finishers with neutral BMW designation
Model designation
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Shark fin antenna
Trim designation deletion on front side panels of sport trim badge
Two speed adjustable intervals windscreen wipers
Visible VIN plate
Windscreen with grey shadeband
Interior Features
3 spoke leather multifunction sports steering wheel with red stitching
60/40 split folding rear seat
Manual adjustment for driver and passenger seat
12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
4 grab handles
Air conditioning and radio control panel in high gloss black
Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED
Automatic air conditioning with two zone control
Bottle holders integrated into front door trim storage compartments
Chrome centre console panel highlight
Dakota leather upholstery
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
Front head restraints
Front sports seats
Glove compartment
Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment
Reach + rake manual adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Rear child seat isofix attachment with passenger airbag deactivation
Rear coded belt buckles
Rear seat centre armrest with two cupholders
Storage compartment in rear centre console
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Toolkit located in luggage compartment
Two front cup holders with a sliding lid
Two Integrated rear seat headrests
Velour floor mats
Welcome lighting
Trim
High gloss black interior trim with pearl chrome highlight trim finishers
Sport instrument cluster with red highlight and chrono scale
Wheels
18" Double spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey - style 397
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Run flat tyres
Packs
Extended lighting package - 4 Series
Non Smokers pack
Technology package - 4 Series Sport
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Automatic seat belt handover for driver and front passenger
Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
Battery safety cut-off
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Brake pretensioning
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights
Dynamic brake control
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Front and rear ventilated brake disc
Front seatbelt force limiters
Hill start assistant
Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
Seat belt security check for driver
Side impact protection
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
Variable torque distribution
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Security
Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with electronic engine immobiliser
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Remote control integrated key with red inset
Technical
6 speed manual transmission
Aluminium front suspension
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Electronic differential lock
Five link rear suspension
Lightweight engineering
VALVETRONIC engine management
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.214
CO2 (g/km) 148
HC 0.054
Noise Level dB(A) 72
NOx 0.023
Particles 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 178
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 171
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 174
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 168
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 157
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 230
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 228
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 182
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 172
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B48B20M0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 42.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 52.3
EC Urban (mpg) 32.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 10.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 10
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 7.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 37.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 38.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 40.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 43.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 28
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 28.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 35.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 37.7
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 184
Coin Description i
Coin Series Sport [Prof Media]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 31E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.3
Engine Power - BHP 184
Engine Power - KW 135
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 214
Engine Torque - MKG 29.6
Engine Torque - NM 290
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 146
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 397
Wheel Type 18" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1377
Length 4640
Wheelbase 2810
Width 1825
Width (including mirrors) 2017
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 60
Gross Vehicle Weight 1995
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 445
Max. Loading Weight 520
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1600
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 695
Minimum Kerbweight 1475
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.3

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £510.99 p/m £27.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £570.99 p/m £48.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £620.99 p/m £63.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £437.99 p/m £30.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £490.99 p/m £50.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £530.99 p/m £87.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £392.99 p/m £33.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £435.99 p/m £64.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £461.99 p/m £114.99 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Apple CarPlay preparation £235.00
Driving assistant - camera based assist, Lane departure + forward collision warning, city collision mitigartion + preventive pedestrian pretection FOC
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £395.00
Lane change warning system with blind spot check FOC
Park assist gap measurement and steering assist FOC
Reversing assist camera FOC
Surround view system FOC
Variable sport steering £230.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
Entertainment
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system £675.00
Online entertainment £160.00
Exterior Features
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights FOC
Electric folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle £300.00
Electric glass sunroof FOC
Electric towbar £750.00
High beam assistant FOC
Metallic paint £665.00
Satin aluminium exterior trim £155.00
Sun protection glass £320.00
Interior Features
3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with black stitching FOC
40/20/40 split folding rear seat £170.00
Anthracite headlining £215.00
BMW Individual leather steering wheel - merino leather finished in fine grained black £50.00
Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory FOC
Electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger £265.00
Steering wheel heating £170.00
Packs
Comfort package - 4 Series £750.00
Driving assistant package - 4 Series £1,200.00
Extended storage pack - 4 Series/M4 Coupe FOC
Park assist package - 4 Series £1,200.00
Premium package - 4 Series £1,800.00
Visibility package - 4 Series £495.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Black sapphire £665.00
Metallic - Glacier Silver £665.00
Metallic - Mediterranean blue £665.00
Metallic - Melbourne red £665.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £665.00
Metallic - Mineral white £665.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Security
Comfort access system with smart opener FOC
Technical
Adaptive M Sport suspension £750.00
Trim
Brushed aluminium trim finishers with black high gloss highlight £155.00
Dakota leather - Black FOC
Dakota leather - Black with oyster highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Black with red highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Coral red with black highlight FOC
Dakota leather - Ivory white FOC
Dakota leather - Mocha FOC
Wheels
19" Double spoke light alloy wheels in bicolour orbit grey with mixed tyres - style 407 £800.00
* option prices shown are estimated