BMW 4 Series 430d xDrive M Sport 2dr [M Sport Plus] [Driver Comfort] [Professional Media] 3.0 Diesel Automatic Coupe (2018) at Oldham Motors Citroen, Fiat and Jeep

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This BMW 430D is offered in the highly desirable Mineral Grey Metallic paint and features a great level of standard equipment. Being the 'M Sport' model this car includes a more sporty body-kit as well as Fully Adjustable Leather Sport Seats and Full LED Headlights. Our car also features the excellent X-DRIVE 4WD system that offers excellent grip, and an increase in performance. Front and Rear Parking Sensors are fitted to this car as standard. These make easy work of maneuvering this sleek Coupe into the tightest of parking spaces. Inside the boot a 445 litre cargo capacity is provided as standard, with more room made available when the rear seats are lowered. The 'Dakota Leather' upholstery offers a premium and luxury finish to the cabin, whilst retaining the sporty feel expected from BMW's midsize Sports Coupe. Isofix points are positioned on the rear bench and allow children to be safely fastened into the cabin. Electric Adjustment is included on the Front Sport Seats with Memory Settings provide for the driver. BMW's Professional Media system is located in the centre of the dashboard and provides access to both Navigation and Media settings. AM/FM and DAB radio bands are included as standard as well as Bluetooth, USB and AUX media connections. This system is controlled through the I-Drive media dial as well as voice activation. Other features of this model that are not equipped as standard include Comfort Access with Keyless Entry, BMW's Digital Cockpit with Full LCD Display, Electrically Folding Exterior Door Mirrors and BMW's Extended Storage Pack.

16/11/2018

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Automatic

Diesel 40.4 combined MPG (WLTP)

Mineral Grey Metallic

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Our BMW 430d features optional extras worth over £7000 including the M Sport Plus Pack that includes Harmon Kardon, Performance Brakes and High Beam Assist.

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Emissions and Fuel

CO2:
159 g/km

MPG:
47.9

WLTP CO2:
184 g/km

WLTP MPG:
40.4

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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric front windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility, Green tinted heat protection glazing, Heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensor including auto headlights activation, Two speed adjustable intervals windscreen wipers, Windscreen with grey shadeband

Brakes

Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), Brake drying, Brake energy regeneration, CBC - (Cornering brake control), Dynamic brake control, Dynamic stability control + (DSC+), Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Front and rear ventilated brake disc, Hill start assistant, Variable torque distribution

Chassis/Suspension

Aluminium front suspension, Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode, Five link rear suspension

Driver Aids

BMW remote services, Front/rear park distance control (PDC)

Driver Convenience

Auto start-stop

Driver Information

BMW emergency call, BMW Online 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, 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

Driving Mirrors

Auto dimming rear view mirror, Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors, Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side

Engine

Diesel particulate filter

Entertainment

DAB tuner

Exterior Body Features

Body colour door handles, Body colour front bumper, Body colour rear bumper, Body colour roof mouldings, Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats, Door sill finishers with M designation, Dual exhaust tailpipes in left with chrome finisher, Front air inlet with high gloss black finish, Front and rear bumper system, High gloss black air breather, High gloss black rear bumper insert, High gloss shadow line exterior trim, Lightweight engineering, M aerodynamic bodystyling, Model designation, Shark fin antenna, Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights

Dynamic brake lights, Follow me home headlights, 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, Welcome lighting

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Automatic air conditioning with two zone control

Interior Features

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, Bottle holders integrated into front door trim storage compartments, Chrome centre console panel highlight, Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim, Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment, Full black panel display, Glove compartment, Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment, Reach + rake manual adjustable steering column, Rear coded belt buckles, Storage compartment in rear centre console, Toolkit located in luggage compartment, Two front cup holders with a sliding lid

Interior Lights

Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED, Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

Packs

Extended lighting package - 4 Series, Non Smokers pack

Safety

Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible, Automatic seat belt handover for driver and front passenger, Battery safety cut-off, Brake pretensioning, Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, Front seatbelt force limiters, Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts, Seat belt security check for driver, Side impact protection, Twin horns, Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy, Warning triangle and first aid kit

Seats

Driver and front passenger seat heating, Front head restraints, Front sports seats, Rear child seat isofix attachment with passenger airbag deactivation, Two Integrated rear seat headrests

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 blue inset, Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button

Transmission

Eight speed sport automatic transmission, Electronic differential lock

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

Wheels

Reduced rolling resistance tyres, Run flat tyres

General

AdBlue: True
Badge Engine CC: 3.0
Badge Power: 258
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: d xDrive
Coin Series: M Sport [Prof Media]
Generation Mark: 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 40E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
Service Interval Mileage: 18000
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.25
CO2 (g/km): 159
HC: N
HC+NOx: 0.118
Noise Level dB(A): 74
NOx: 0.058
Particles: 0.0002
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 187
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 183
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 173
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 177
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 173
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 161
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 164
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 161
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 252
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 254
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 252
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 195
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 191

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 2993
Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
Engine Code: N57D30O1
Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
Gears: 8 SPEED
Number of Valves: 24
Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): 47.9
EC Extra Urban (mpg): 55.4
EC Urban (mpg): 39.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 42.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 41.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 42.8
WLTP - MPG - High: 45.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 44.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 46.3
WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 29.1
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 29.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium: 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 38.7

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.2
Engine Power - BHP: 258
Engine Power - KW: 190
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 413
Engine Torque - MKG: 57.1
Engine Torque - NM: 560
Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
Top Speed: 155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: Second Act

Tyres

Alloys?: True
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: 1392
Height (including roof rails): N
Length: 4640
Wheelbase: 2810
Width: 1825
Width (including mirrors): 2017

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 57
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2180
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 445
Max. Loading Weight: 500
Max. Roof Load: 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
Minimum Kerbweight: 1680
No. of Seats: 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.8

BMW'S GOT YOUR NUMBER (new2) 10/07/2020

BMW's 4 Series Coupe takes a more aggressive stance in second generation form. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

BMW's second generation 4 Series Coupe is now much more its own model, with a distinctive look and a more sporting dynamic feel. It's also a little bigger, a little faster and a little cleverer. For brand enthusiasts, there's plenty to like.

Background

The BMW 4 Series Coupe. It's just a two-door version of the Munich maker's 3 Series model isn't it? Used to be. Isn't now. Yes of course, the second generation 4 Series Coupe we look at here shares its technology and engines with the '3'. But visually and in character, it's now been differentiated from its more common showroom stablemate in a way that its predecessor never was. BMW says this MK2 4 Series Coupe handles quite differently from a '3' as well, even a sporty one. But as before, it sizes up to the same two segment arch-rivals, Audi's A5 Coupe and the Mercedes C-Class Coupe. And, also as before, it's additionally available in Convertible and four-door Gran Coupe forms.

Driving Experience

BMW claims the differences with this MK2 4 Series Coupe are more than skin deep and will be equally evident in terms of drive dynamics. The chassis has been extensively tweaked over that of the 3 Series and there's a wider rear track that gives this car a 21mm lower centre of gravity than its showroom stablemate. Plus as usual, there's rear wheel drive (and optional xDrive 4WD) and classic 50:50 weight distribution. And that's just the start. The body and suspension mountings are stiffer and on standard suspension, this '4' rides 10mm lower than a '3'. There are firmer springs and anti-roll bars and clever lift-related dampers reduce body movement and sharpen corner turn in. Plus there's a freshly developed double-jointed spring-strut front suspension and a 5-link rear axle. Engine-wise, the key news is introduction of 48V mild hybrid tech for the 2.0-litre 184hp diesel engine in the volume 420d. The same mild hybrid tech also features with the six cylinder diesels, the 430d (286hp) and the M440d (340hp). And it's on the quickest conventional petrol variant too, the six cylinder 374hp M440i xDrive. A flagship M4 model will follow. Two conventional 2.0-litre petrol turbo versions also feature, the 420i (184hp) and the 430i (258hp). All the engines link up as standard with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission, which can now be specified with a new optional Sprint function.

Design and Build

No doubt about the main talking point here. The more vertical upright kidney grille, intended to reference classic BMWs like the pre-war 328 sports car. It's a move that's evoked a mixed reaction from brand loyalists, but as Design chief Domagoj Dukec points out, until the 1980s, the grille is on BMWs were always more vertical than horizontal. There are other changes from the norm here too: no horizontal shaven line - and no classic 'Hofmeister kink' in the rear C-pillar. Plus this coupe is 120mm longer than before, as well as being 27mm wider and 6mm taller. The CLAR mixed steel-and-alloy platform that underpinned the previous version of this car is retained, but BMW has tried to reduce its weight through greater use of aluminium panels. Inside, the cabin follows some of the latest BMW design trends, with a revised dash layout including a smarter drive selector and a start button in the centre console. The 'BMW Live Cockpit Professional' dash set-up is standard, offering a fully digital screen layout that gives you a high-resolution 12.3-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch iDrive infotainment Central Control Display. There are also re-designed sports seats and the option of a re-designed head-up display. As before, this is billed as a 'proper four-seater' and there's a 440-litre boot, extendable via 40:20:40-split backrests.

Market and Model

Sporty 'M Sport' trim is standardised this time round and prices start from around £40,000 for the entry-level 420i. There's a further £2,500 premium if you want the 420d diesel version - which can be had with xDrive 4WD for another £1,500 more. You're looking at around £44,000 for a 430i. And think in terms of around £54,000 if you want the M440i xDrive model. As an option, there's an 'M Sport Pro' package which includes a special 'Sprint' function for additional bursts of speed and a sporty engine soundtrack in the cabin when the 'SPORT' driving mode is activated. Plus you get M sport brakes, 19-inch 'M light' alloy wheels, a rear spoiler in a high-gloss black, BMW individual high-gloss 'Shadowline' trim with extended features and BMW individual lights and M seat belts. You might also be interested in a browse through the M Performance Parts portfolio, from which you can order things like 20-inch M Performance forged light alloy wheels in a Y-spoke design with a Jet Black matt finish. Or maybe a carbon fibre finish for the front grille, front splitter and side skirts, as well as aero flicks for the front apron in high-gloss black.

Cost of Ownership

Mild hybrid technology has been included with all diesel engines and with the straight-six petrol unit of the flagship BMW M440i xDrive Coupe. Fitting a 48V starter-generator and second battery greatly increases the scope for utilising Brake Energy Regeneration and the electrical power it produces. The recuperated energy collected by the 48V battery can be supplied to the 12V electrical system or used for generating additional drive power when fed back to the 48V starter-generator. When the car is accelerating, the generator is also able to offer the driver an electric boost effect that instantly makes an extra 11hp available. All of which should promise a very competitive set of efficiency stats. Let's see. We'll start with the petrol models. The 420i manages up to 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and up to 122g/km of CO2. For the 430i version, the figures are up to 49.6mpg and up to 131g/km. For the M440i xDrive, the figures are up to 41.5mpg and up to 155g/km. What about the diesels? For the 420d, the official figures are up 72.4mpg and up to 103g/km. For the 420d xDrive version, it's up to 65.7mpg and up to 112g/km. For the 430d xDrive, it's up to 45.6mpg and up to 146g/km. Finally for the M440d xDrive, it's up to 42.2mpg and 158g/km. Across the range, BiK rates vary from 27-37%.

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. Overall, there's a sustained level of excellence shot throughout this contender that Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe rivals still can't quite match. That's something especially evident when it comes to handling dynamics that have been usefully improved in this MK2 model, especially when it comes to suspension and steering response. There's a levity about this 4 Series, a certain joy you get in driving it that the others can't quite emulate. Great then, that it does all the sensible stuff really well too. You get a spacious boot, comparatively decent rear legroom, very competitive day to day running costs and sensible residual values. 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.

BAVARIA'S BEAST (used) 21/07/2017

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

BMW has a long track record in bringing us desirable mid-sized sporty coupes. This 4 Series Coupe model, launched in 2013, turned out to be the most stylish yet, with class-leading 3 Series handling dynamics matched to extra exclusivity, a powerful road presence and, if specified correctly, an even sharper-feeling drive. Potentially, it's everything you'd want in a car of this kind.

Models

2dr executive coupe (Petrol - 2.0 184bhp [420i] & 245bhp [428i], 6 cylinder 306bhp [435i], 6 cylinder 431 & 450bhp [M4] / Diesel - 2.0 184bhp & 190bhp [420d], 3.0 6 cylinder 262bhp [430d] or 317bhp [435d] - trim levels SE, Sport, Luxury & M Sport)

History

Launched in 2013, the 4 Series Coupe, in contrast to its 3 Series Coupe predecessor, was intended to be far more of a stand-alone model. Even though under the skin, it still shared pretty much everything that made its less stylish but more practical showroom stablemate, the 'F30' generation 3 Series saloon, such a brilliant car. BMW launched this model to better target the threat posed by Coupe versions of Audi's A5 and Mercedes' C-Class. A Convertible version was launched in 2014 and a five-door Gran Coupe 4 Series model followed a year later. BMW upgraded the petrol engine line-up in 2016, then facelifted the range in the Spring of 2017. It's the pre-facelift Coupe model we're going to look at here as a used car buy.

What You Get

This two-door 4 Series looks exactly as you would expect a coupe 3 Series variant to be styled. And it 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. With so much familiar, how is it that this car can be so different and dynamic in its appeal? Move past the tick-shaped Air Breather ducts behind the wheel arches in the aluminium-crafted front wings and you'll find rear haunches that, for the first time on a mid-sized BMW coupe, were the widest part of the car, their swell giving a fantastic power-packed look to the rear end, like a bottle rocket that's about to launch. The rear end continues the theme, emphasising this model's increased track width through prominent horizontal lines and stretched L-shaped LED taillights at the outer extremities of the car. It's the styling that's the most credible confirmation of BMW's desire to differentiate this '4' from its 3 Series stablemate. Though the two cars use the same engines and basic platform, in exterior panel terms, the bonnet is the only thing they share, this coupe being 14mm wider and some 52mm lower than its four-door sibling - 14mm longer too to create an overall length almost identical to first generation versions of its Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe rivals. The overall effect was to visually lower and widen this design to create a far more dynamic look than the old 3 Series Coupe could ever offer. You'll notice that up front too, where the grille and the xenon headlights give the effect of a car that's got a lot of gravity acting on it, hunkered down purposefully to the tarmac. The driving position's lower-set too, but that, the 'belt butler' that (rather slowly) hands you your strap once you get in and the grippy three-spoke sports steering wheel are really just about the only things setting this cabin apart from that of any other compact BMW. The fundamental ergonomics are virtually flawless and it all works so well, the main dials in particular a model of clarity. We particularly like the easy access to the climate and stereo controls that doesn't require you having to root around in submenus on an infotainment touch screen. You don't get one of those in this car - and you don't need it because BMW's iDrive system works so well, even if its screen isn't quite as well integrated into the dash layout as, say, you'll find with the Audi MMI set-up. There's a lot on it - from maintenance schedules and visual handbook representations to the many, varied and mainly optional functions that make up the Munich maker's ConnectedDrive system. And it's all very easy to find, particularly with the revised rotary controller that's part of the optional BMW Professional set-up many original owners specified. Getting into the back isn't the easiest task in the world and once you're snuggled in there, you'll find a slightly strange combination of decent legroom but rather pinched headroom. The extra 50mm of wheelbase this car enjoys over its 3 Series Coupe predecessor really tells here, freeing up 13mm more stretching room for your lower limbs. Unfortunately, the lowering of the roofline by 16mm that was necessary to achieve those slinky looks will see taller folk grazing their scalps on the headlining. Still, assuming they're not sat behind a couple of basketball players, most adults will be fine in the back on all but the longest trips. There'll be reasonable room for their luggage too. Once open, the boot reveals a large but shallow 445-litre space that probably does quite well to get within a whisker of the cargo capacity of slightly frumpier-looking rivals. BMW insisted on charging extra for a split-folding rear bench from new, but most original buyers specified that.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

Most of the 4 Series Coupe buyers in our ownership survey were very happy with their cars but inevitably, there were a few that had issues. One owner had to replace a catalytic converter, an exhaust pipe and an auxiliary radiator, while on another, the air tube on the turbo broke. Elsewhere in our survey, there were problems with water pump thermostats and rear indicator bulbs. On one car, the front camera tended to fail in high climate temperatures or when sunlight directly shone on it. Niggly problems included a failure of the trunk release, the remote entry system and the front passenger's electric seat. There are also issues with the surfaces of the alloy wheels pitting: check the rims carefully on the car you're looking at.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices based on a 2014 420d ex VAT) An air filter costs in the £9 to £20 bracket, though you could pay up to around £53 for pricier brands. An oil filter costs around £15 and a fuel filter costs around £24. Brake pads sit in the £25 to £45 bracket for a set, though you could pay up to around £70 to £95 for pricier brands. Brake discs sits in the £43 to £95 bracket, though for pricier brands, you could pay in the £125 to £145 bracket or even as much as £265-£340. Wiper blades cost around £5, with pricier brands in the £14 to £16 bracket. Ae wing mirror glass is priced at around £30-£40. A radiator costs in the £187 to £225 bracket. On The Road

On the Road

Dynamically, the Munich engineers would have struggled to go too far wrong with any car based on underpinnings as good as those of the E30 sixth generation 3 Series saloon, a design seemingly forever unchallenged as the dynamic model of choice in its segment. So let's remind you of the basic winning formula here: front engine, rear wheel drive and near perfect 50:50 weight distribution, further aided here by a low-slung stance that gives this 4 Series the lowest centre of gravity of any BMW from this era. 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, complementing corner turn-in aided by the fact that the front end of this car is fully 60% stiffer than that of its 3 Series Coupe predecessor. So it impresses at first acquaintance, but it's also the sort of car that has more to give the more you ask of it. Just how much more depends upon a number of factors, the first of which is your selection of modes from the standard Drive Performance Control system, the rocker switch for which you'll find down by the gearstick. You might be familiar with this kind of thing by now, a set-up that allows you to tweak the steering, throttle and stability control system thresholds depending on the operating mode you select. Gearchange times too if you're in a car whose original owner decided against the slick 6-speed stick shifter ordered his or her car with the 8-speed auto transmission that comes with steering wheel paddles and a natty launch control system for would-be Schumachers. That auto 'box was standard on more powerful models. Ignore Drive Performance Control - or select its most relaxed 'Comfort' or efficient 'ECO PRO' settings - and the travelling experience in this car, though very comfortable, isn't especially memorable. Push the rocker switch forward into 'Sport' though and the reaction you get immediately feels keener and more alert. More like the kind of 4 Series enthusiasts would expect this car to be. Original buyers who really wanted to create that kind of machine though, had to spend a bit of extra money, primarily on the Adaptive Suspension set-up, a system able to alter the ride to suit the road you're on and the mood you're in. It'll firm up nicely in 'Sport' mode and, in the additional 'Sport +' setting, it'll relax the DSC control to give you a little more tail-out cornering leeway - if you should be that way inclined. Tail-out tearaways will probably want to avoid variants fitted with the xDrive 4WD system you'll be glad to have in the winter months, distributing as it can almost 100 per cent of power to either axle or a mix between both front and rear, so keeping this car firmly planted through the tightest bends. The xDrive system came as an affordable option with very little performance or efficiency penalty on both of the entry-level 2.0-litre petrol or diesel models, the 420i and the 420d. Over 60% of original buyers favoured this BMW in black pump form, mostly choosing the four cylinder 420d derivative, a variant offered first with 184bhp and later with 190bhp. This engine gives you nearly 30% more pulling power than you'll get from its petrol-fuelled 2.0-litre 420i petrol counterpart. The most obvious stats don't immediately bear this out - both cars make 62mph from rest in around 7.5s on the way to a top speed of just under 150mph - but you really feel it out on the road. If you do need more, then of course there are plenty of further options. Diesel drivers in search of more horsepower have to have six cylinders and an automatic gearbox, either with the 262bhp 430d, good for 62mph in 5.5s, or the 317bhp 435d which is nearly a second faster and offers xDrive as standard. Both models must be artificially restrained at 155mph, as must the two properly quick mainstream petrol variants. First amongst these is the 245bhp four cylinder 428i, good for 62mph in 4.9s, which makes it only fractionally slower than the six cylinder 306bhp 435i - and at a substantial saving. If we couldn't stretch to the flagship 431bhp six cylinder twin turbo supercar-slaying M4 model, then we think the 428 would be our variant of choice.

Overall

So is this BMW 4 Series the coupe that does it all, the class benchmark from its era, 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. Can it be criticised? Perhaps. Some have found it a rather overly mature proposition, but these we think are people who would be better suited by Toyota GT86-style coupes more aimed at hot hatch folk - an approach that wouldn't really work with the target demographic here. Otherwise, assuming you can afford the asking price, just about the only thing that's perhaps open to complaint is that the interior isn't quite as exciting as maybe it ought to be. But a carefully specified version of this 4 Series can still be pretty special in that respect. What's not up for debate is that here, BMW built decisively the best car in its class.

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