BMW

BMW 4 SERIES GRAN COUPE 440i M Sport 5dr Auto [Professional Media]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2185 g/km

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.

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.

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

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

  • Velour floor mats

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

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

  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Auto start-stop

  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • Condition based service
  • iDrive Controller with 8 favourite buttons
  • Control display - 6.5" colour display screen
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • On board computer - average speed, fuel consumption, outside temp display with acoustic warning, clock/date, service interval, odometer/trip meter
  • BMW Online services
  • Run flat indicator
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • M Sport instrument cluster
  • Professional multimedia navigation system
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear

  • Direction indicator, side repeaters, integrated in exterior mirrors
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side

  • DAB tuner

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

  • LED front fog lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • High level third brake light
  • LED tail lights with 3D L-shaped LED light design
  • LED eyebrow light
  • LED direction indicator lenses
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • Automatic air conditioning with two zone control

  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Air conditioning and radio control panel in high gloss black
  • Chrome centre console panel highlight
  • Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Bottle holders integrated into front door trim storage compartments
  • Reach + rake manual adjustable steering column
  • 4 grab handles
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Glove compartment
  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • 3 spoke leather M sport multifunction sports steering wheel
  • Full black panel display
  • 12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
  • Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Two front cup holders with a sliding lid

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

  • Extended lighting package - 4 Series Gran coupe
  • Non Smokers pack

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

  • 2 Rear seat headrests
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Rear child seat isofix attachment with passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front sports seats
  • Front head restraints

  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Remote control integrated key with blue inset
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with electronic engine immobiliser

  • Electronic differential lock
  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
  • Run flat tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 71
  • CO: 0.282
  • HC: 0.058
  • NOx: 0.015
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0002
  • CO2 (g/km): 165
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 284
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 185
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 284
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 287
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 190
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 193
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 157
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 185

  • Engine Code: B58B30M0
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 2998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 29.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 44.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 22.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 22.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 22.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 34
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 34
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 12.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 12.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 12.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 8.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport [Prof Media]
  • Coin Description: i
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 326
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 38E

  • Engine Power - KW: 240
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 332
  • Engine Torque - NM: 450
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 326
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.1
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 45.9

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 400M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2017
  • Height: 1389
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4640
  • Width: 1825
  • Wheelbase: 2810

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1630
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2175
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 480
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 545
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1300
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Sun protection glass: £320

  • M sport suspension: Included
  • Adaptive M Sport suspension: £515

  • Apple CarPlay preparation: £235
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £395
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming: Included

  • Reversing assist camera: £0
  • Surround view system: £0
  • Lane change warning system with blind spot check: £0
  • Driving assistant - camera based assist, Lane departure + forward collision warning, city collision mitigartion + preventive pedestrian pretection: £0
  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0
  • Active cruise control with stop and go: £0
  • Variable sport steering: £230
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic: Included
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Head up Display: £0
  • Speed limit display: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Electric folding exterior mirrors with anti-dazzle: £300

  • Piano Black trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight: £375
  • Aluminium carbon trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight: £0
  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim finishers with estoril blue matt highlight: Included
  • Brushed aluminium trim finishers with black high gloss highlight: £0
  • Fineline anthracite wood interior trim finishers with pearl chrome highlight: £100

  • Online entertainment: £160
  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £675
  • BMW Professional radio with Single CD player + two-way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system + MP3 playback capability: Included

  • Additional BMW individual frozen metallic paint work: £1,880
  • BMW Individual metallic paint work: £845
  • Trim designation deletion on front side panels of M badge: £0
  • M designation side badges: Included
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Electric glass sunroof: £0
  • Solid paint: £0

  • High beam assistant: £0
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £0
  • Low and high beam LED headlights: Included

  • Rear seat centre armrest with two cupholders: Included
  • BMW Extended individual merino leather upholstery: £1,215
  • Dakota leather upholstery: Included
  • Steering wheel heating: £170

  • Comfort package - 4 Series: £750
  • Premium package - 4 Series: £1,100
  • Driving assistant package - 4 Series: £1,200
  • Park assist package - 4 Series: £1,200
  • Technology package - 4 Series M Sport: £1,200
  • Visibility package - 4 Series: £495
  • Extended storage pack - 4 Series Gran coupe: £0

  • Metallic - Snapper rocks blue: £0
  • Metallic - Estoril Blue: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red II: £845
  • Additonal bmw individual frozen metallic paint - Frozen bronze: £1,880
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £845

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat and rear centre armrest with two cupholders: £170
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: Included
  • Electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger: £265
  • Rear seat heating: £280
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Electric towbar: £750

  • Dakota leather - Black with blue highlight: £0
  • Dakota leather - Coral red with black highlight: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with oyster highlight: £0
  • BMW Extended individual Merino leather - Black: £1,215
  • Extended Individual Merino leather - Opal white: £1,215
  • Extended Individual Merino leather - Cashmere Beige: £1,215
  • Dakota leather - Ivory white: £0
  • Extended individual Merino leather - Golden Brown: £1,215
  • Dakota leather - Mocha: £0
  • Extended Individual merino leather - Nutmeg: £1,215
  • Dakota leather - Black: £0

  • 18" M Double spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres - Style 400M: Included
  • 19" M Star spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres - style 403M: £700

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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