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

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

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  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG60.10
  • 0-62mph7.2 secs
  • Top Speed144 mph
  • C02124 g/km
  • BHP190
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

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.

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

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.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming
Cruise control with brake function
Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
Auto start-stop
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote 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
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
Entertainment
BMW Professional radio with Single CD player + two-way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system + MP3 playback capability
DAB tuner
Exterior Features
Body colour mirror caps
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 rear bumper
Body colour roof mouldings
Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, 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
Lightweight engineering
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 adjustment for driver and passenger seat
Rear seat centre armrest with two cupholders
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
Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED
Anthracite headlining
Automatic air conditioning with two zone control
Bottle holders integrated into front door trim storage compartments
Chrome centre console panel highlight
Driver and front passenger seat heating
Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
Front head restraints
Front sports seats
Full black panel display
Glove compartment
Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment
Reach + rake manual adjustable steering column
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
Two Integrated rear seat headrests
Velour floor mats
Welcome lighting
Technical
M sport suspension
Aluminium front suspension
Diesel particulate filter
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Electronic differential lock
Five link rear suspension
Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
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
Safety
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
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
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.128
CO2 (g/km) 117
HC+NOx 0.028
Noise Level dB(A) 73
NOx 0.023
Particles 0
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 149
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 151
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 146
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 135
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 188
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 191
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 188
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 151
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 151
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 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 60.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 64.2
EC Urban (mpg) 53.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 5.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 7.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 50.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 50.4
WLTP - MPG - High 54.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 53.3
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 54.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 38.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 48.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 47.9
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 48.7
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 190
Coin Description d [190]
Coin Series M Sport [Prof Media]
Generation Mark 1
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) 7.2
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 144
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
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 2065
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 445
Max. Loading Weight 525
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 745
Minimum Kerbweight 1540
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.3

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