This month sees the sales launch of the new BMW 4 series in the UK, with the sporty coupé and convertible, branded as such in order to distinguish them from the estate and saloon versions that make up the BMW 3 range. If it is aggressive good looks, with a low roof-line and sportier fixtures and fittings, that you are looking for, with an engine performance to match plus a range of accessories fitted as standard, then the BMW 4 series contains the car for today’s discerning driver.
With a starting price for the entry-level 420d diesel model of £31,575 there is certainly a lot of car for your money. The 428i and 435i petrol models are available from this month and 420i, 420d and 435d on sale later on. The diesel 420d is very fuel efficient due in no small part to the aerodynamic exteriors, electric power steering and engine stop-start technology that is applied to all the cars in the range. The entry-level diesel averages around 60 miles to the gallon, with the 428i petrol around 43 mpg and top spec 435i with 35.8 mpg.
The interiors are beautifully upholstered, with leather steering wheels and, if an 8 gear automatic gearbox is preferred, steering wheel mounted gear paddles are fitted for ease of use. Otherwise, six-speed manual gearbox is fitted as standard to all of the new BMW 4 series. The driver and passenger seats have automatic seat belt feeders, heated leather seats as standard and passengers in the rear are in for a comfortable ride with individually moulded seats.
Other standard equipment includes cruise control, air-conditioning, parking sensors and a digital radio and there are further options such as a media package with sat-nav and speech recognition. For a truly great driving experience, the new BMW 4 series certain measures up.