Unless you’ve been hiding under some rock trying to dodge water charges you’ll know about the 4 Series from BMW, basically is replaces the 3 Series Coupe but add more levels of car than just a derivative of the 3 Series.
BMW aren’t hanging around with the new models they are giving us a Grand Coupe version of the 4 Series which is a four door but with coupe looks.
Now last year I drove the 6 Series and the Grand Coupe (GC) version was much better in every way that mattered.
It was so good that it made it into first position of my Euromillions list of things to by first; everyone should have one of those lists.
When I first drove the 4 Series I really didn’t think it was much different from the 3 Series, sure there’s an M4 but that’s made by a completely different set of people and shares nothing in common with the 4 save for the number. The GC comes with a better overall look than the two door, there’s more room in the back seats and it has a decent boot.
In the cabin there’s some lovely soft touch materials used in all the right places. Whatever they made the steering wheel out of it’s quite simply the best texture in the world which means it’s probably and option.
The driving experience is improved too, there’s a nice cushioned feeling on a motorway but stick it in Sport mode and you’ll feel that sharper edge come to life.
Sport plus reduces the traction control making the back end feel little more out of control, it’s not.
There are computers that are letting you have more fun but they are rationing that fun, an experienced driver will tell that some of the control is lost.
It’s not a bad feeling because if you really want that edge of the seat feeling you can turn the traction control further down but as is the way with BMW it’s never completely off unless it’s a real M car.
The model I’m driving is the 420d and that will be the one you are thinking of buying but before you run into the showroom and hand over that hard earned cash take a long listen to that engine.
It’s loud, so loud that you’ll be turning up the radio to dampen the noise.
BMW didn’t put enough sound deadening into the car and that’s a problem because the 4 Series Grand Coupe is a beautiful, luxurious willing companion for that long drive but when you push it that engine sounds dreadful and for a company like BMW that can make the bigger diesels sound like a thumping V8 that just won’t do.
Stay away from the smaller diesel engine and maybe even go for the petrol version and you’ll be getting a decent, solid lump that will look good in every situation.