The new BMW 4 series which was launched in Ireland at the end of last year effectively replaces the 3 Series coupe.
By Hugh Maguire
There are five trim levels – SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport and a range of 6 engine options across petrol and diesel.
This week I am road testing the 420d M Sport.
The new 4 Series is in my opinion simply one of the very best looking coupes on the market. It really does look very well with the traditional virtues of the current BMW 3 series styling but with the added impact of being a long sleek two door coupe.
The cabin of the new 4 Series is typically BMW, very minimalist and simple. The dashboard is a model of ergonomic excellence. Clear, concise and uncluttered with just four round dials in the instrument binnacle.
As standard the 4 Series Coupé is fitted with front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, Servotronic steering, a Sport multi-function leather steering wheel andXenon headlights. DAB radio, Dakota leather upholstery, Two-zone air conditioning, Cruise control, Bluetooth, USB, Comfort Go, iDrive Controller, 6.5-inch free-standing colour screen and automatic lights, wipers and boot opening.
Six-cylinder models also feature electric front seats and metallic paintwork as standard.
Accommodation is improved over its predecessor with visibly more head and legroom particularly in the rear. It offers true 4 seat comfort in a coupe body style.
The new engines are all turbocharged for better efficiency. The new 4-cylinder 2-litre twin turbocharged diesel produces a healthy 184 bhp, giving the new car a respectable zero to 100 km/h of 7.6 seconds which is quite impressive.
In everyday terms I must say that this new engine performs very well indeed. At idle only a faint thrum from the engine hints that this car is diesel powered. It accelerates smoothly, proves refined and with the optional 8-speed automatic gearbox which includes a Launch Control function and manual shifting via steering wheel-mounted paddles, as fitted to my test car, endows the car with great get up and go. On the economy side it proves equallyimpressive consuming just 5.8 litres per 100 km of diesel on average over my test period. Road tax is just €270.00
The rear wheel drive 4 Series corners flatly with little body roll, and grip is superbwhether on wet or dry roads. The suspension system is tuned in such a way that it offers the ideal combination between sporting handling and a comfortable ride. It sits 10mm lower than a 3 Series which further aids handling and cornering ability.
The steering is nicely weighted and overall the new BMW 4 Series proves to be a dynamic and rewarding car to drive.
In driving terms it really is a rewarding car to hustle along a twisty road and that is the very area that gives the newBMW 4 Series an advantage over most of its rivals, its still one of the best to drive.
Prices for the new 4 Series coupe start from €46,030 for the BMW 420i SE Coupé.The new BMW 420d M Sport as tested included over €5,000 of options bringing the price of my test car to €57,373.
If you are looking for a sports coupe that delivers in the driving experience while also offering a good degree of practicality with all the virtues of a BMW then this is it!