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BMW 4 SERIES DIESEL COUPE 420d [190] M Sport 2dr [Professional Media]

Stock Offer BMW 4 SERIES 420d [190] M Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
Stock Offer BMW 4 SERIES 420d [190] M Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
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BMW 4 SERIES 420d [190] M Sport 2dr [Professional Media]
BMW 4 SERIES 420d [190] M Sport 2dr [Professional Media]

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  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG58.90
  • 0-62mph7.4 secs
  • Top Speed149 mph
  • C02125 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D29%

Review

BMW's 4 Series Coupe must face newer rivals in the mid-sized sports coupe segment but it's up for the fight, especially in this usefully revised guise. The rear-driven handling dynamics are still class-leading and have been usefully improved. Plus they're now matched to extra technology and a more powerful road presence. Potentially, this is everything you'd want in a car of this kind. Especially in volume 420d diesel form.

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BMW's 4 Series Coupe is most popular in its four cylinder diesel 420d guise. Jonathan Crouch drives one to find out why.

Background

This is the sort of car BMW has always done very well, a mid-sized rear-driven performance-orientated coupe with perfect weight distribution and a purposeful demeanour. It all made plenty of sense when the Munich maker first launched this 4 Series Coupe model back in 2013 - which means that this improved facelifted version ought to be even more appealing. This 2-door 4 Series gets revised styling, an upgraded cabin, extra technology and an improved specification. Perhaps more significantly, there are dynamic changes too - a much more responsive steering system and a revamped suspension set-up that's said to enhance this car's handling capability without damaging its ride comfort. It all sounds quite promising doesn't it? Time to put this car to the test in 420d diesel guise.

Driving Experience

This 4 Series Coupe builds on a familiar basic winning Bavarian formula. Rivals have tried to copy the front engine, rear wheel drive BMW layout with its near perfect 50:50 weight distribution - but never quite managed to deliver a package with the same kind of involving finesse. This car shares many of its fundamentals with the Munich maker's 3 Series model, but has a lower ride height that comes courtesy of a wider front and rear track, hunkering the body better down into the road and lowering its centre of gravity. It helps that feedback from the tactile, pleasantly chunky three-spoke sports steering wheel is far better than you fear an electric steering system might offer - or at least it is in this revised model. Steering is one of the things that the engineers focused on most in updating this facelifted 4 Series and their efforts seem to have paid off, weight through the helm now building in a way that makes it easier to take every corner with just one fluid sweep of the wheel. The suspension has also been revised, the standard passive set-up now firmer than before. That may increase take-up this time round of the 'Adaptive M Sport Suspension' variable damping set-up we'd recommend. As with the original version of this car, a 'Drive Performance Control' system tweaks response from the throttle, the steering and the optional 8-speed auto gearbox to suit the way you want to drive. Engine-wise, most buyers choose one of the base 2.0-litre variants, either the 184bhp 420i petrol model or the 190bhp 420d diesel we're looking at here, a variant capable of 62mph from rest in 7.3s on the way to a top speed of just under 150mph.

Design and Build

This two-door 4 Series 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. It's a true sportscar profile that's here been... re-interpreted a little. You won't really appreciate just how much unless you happen to be super-familiar with the original version of this car, but just in case you are, we'll cover off the changes, most of which are found at the front. The unbroken central air intake is the main visual update. Inside, as with obvious rivals, you're treated to one of those 'belt butlers', an electrically-extending arm that (rather slowly) hands you your belt buckle once you get in. The driving position's lower-set than it would be in the kind of more ordinary 3 Series model that shares most of its engineering with this car. And you get a re-designed leather-wrapped sports steering wheel that now feels even better to hold. Getting into the back isn't the easiest task in the world, but it's aided by electrically-operable front seats. Once you're inside, you'll find a slightly strange combination of surprisingly decent legroom but slightly compromised headroom. In the boot, you get a large but shallow 445-litre space.

Market and Model

Prices for 420d Coupe models start at around £35,600 and there are now just two trim levels, with most buyers likely to want to find the £1,350 premium necessary to graduate up from standard 'Sport'-spec to the racier-looking 'M Sport' level of trim. You'll be offered the option of xDrive 4WD if you want it - at an extra cost of £1,500. Sport automatic transmission costs around £1,700 more. As for equipment, well the base 'Sport' model comes with 18-inch Double Spoke alloy wheels, front and rear 'Park Distance Control' parking sensors, auto headlamps and wipers and full-LED technology for the headlights, the tail lamps and the front fog lamps. Inside, buyers get Dakota leather upholstery, heated front sports seats, a red-stitched leather 'Sport' multi-function steering wheel, two-zone climate control, ambient lighting, cruise control, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and a trip computer. As well as BMW's 'Drive Performance Control' set-up that enables you to tweak steering and throttle response to your mood. You'll want to know about infotainment too. All 4 Series models come with the usual BMW iDrive system that in standard form features a 6.5-inch colour screen, Bluetooth with audio streaming, Navigation and a decent quality six-speaker DAB stereo.

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, helping the car 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. The 420d is the frugality champion in its line-up, managing 62.8mpg on the combined cycle and 119g/km. The other big ownership cost with a car of this kind lies with depreciation, something that can often be easily forgotten about in the excitement of ordering a new car. With the BMW, you're on very safe ground as this 4 Series Coupe always has a willing line of used buyers keen to snap it up on the secondhand market. This means used prices are strong, so for a 420d, you can expect a retained worth of about 45% after three years and 60,000 miles. What else? Insurance groupings? This 420d is rated at group 31 or 32. And finally? Well there's the usual three year / 60,000 mile warranty - and that's extendable at extra cost upon request.

Summary

So is this BMW 4 Series Coupe still the car in this class that does it all, the sector benchmark, the go-to choice in its segment? If you're the kind of driving enthusiast this model has traditionally appealed to, the answer's probably yes. Can it be criticised? Perhaps. Some have found it a rather overly mature proposition, but we think that these are people who would probably be better suited by BMW's smaller 2 Series two-door model. What's not up for debate is that here, BMW has built a benchmark contender in this class, especially in this 420d guise. That sounds rather clinical doesn't it, so let's allow the Munich maker's marketing men to have the last word. This car, they say, is more than just a 'love letter to performance'. Instead, it offers something deeper than that: the promise of a passionate affair.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming
Electric Power steering with Servotronic
Auto start-stop
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator warning light
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Control display - 6.5" colour display screen
Cruise control with brake function
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
M Sport instrument cluster
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
Professional multimedia navigation system
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
Low and high beam LED headlights
M designation side badges
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 high gloss black vertical slats
Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
Door sill finishers with M designation
Dual exhaust tailpipes in left with 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 rear bumper insert
High gloss shadow line exterior trim
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
M aerodynamic bodystyling
Model designation
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Shark fin antenna
Two speed adjustable intervals windscreen wipers
Visible VIN plate
Windscreen with grey shadeband
Interior Features
60/40 split folding rear seat
Dakota leather upholstery
Manual height adjustable front seats
12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
3 spoke leather M sport multifunction sports steering wheel
4 grab handles
Air conditioning and radio control panel in high gloss black
Anthracite headlining
Automatic air conditioning with two zone control
Chrome centre console panel highlight
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Folding storage compartment with glasses holder + coin tray
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Front door storage with bottle holder
Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
Front head restraints
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
Glove compartment
Integrated rear head restraints
Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment
M gear selector lever in nappa leather
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
Rear child seat isofix attachment with passenger airbag deactivation
Rear coded belt buckles
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
Velour floor mats
Welcome lighting
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
Technical
M sports suspension
6 speed manual transmission
Aluminium front suspension
Diesel particulate filter
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Electronic differential lock
Five link rear suspension
Incorrect fuelling protection
Lightweight engineering
Trim
Aluminium hexagon interior trim finishers with estoril blue matt highlight
Wheels
18" M Double spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres - Style 400M
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Run flat tyres
Packs
Extended lighting package - 4 Series
Non Smokers pack
Security
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Electronic engine immobiliser
Remote control integrated key with blue inset
Thatcham category 1 alarm
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.147
CO2 (g/km) 125
HC+NOx 0.048
Noise Level dB(A) 75
NOx 0.038
Particles 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 150
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 152
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 139
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 180
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 156
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 149
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code B47D20O0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 58.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 67.3
EC Urban (mpg) 49.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 47.1
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 48.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 53.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 49.6
General
AdBlue Yes
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description d [190]
Coin Series M Sport [Prof Media]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 32E
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) 7.4
Engine Power - BHP 190
Engine Power - KW 140
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 149
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear 255/40 R18
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 400M
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) 57
Gross Vehicle Weight 2040
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 445
Max. Loading Weight 515
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 745
Minimum Kerbweight 1525
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.3

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