BMW

BMW 4 SERIES COUPE 420i M Sport 2dr Step Auto [Tech Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2146 g/km

The improved version of BMW's second generation 4 Series Coupe is these days much more its own model, with an even more distinctive look and a sporting dynamic feel. Inside, there's now more media tech and an even plusher cabin. The range has been severely slimmed down in this updated form, but for brand enthusiasts, there's still plenty to like.

BMW'S GOT YOUR NUMBER

The second generation version of BMW's 4 Series Coupe has been usefully updated. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The improved version of BMW's second generation 4 Series Coupe is these days much more its own model, with an even more distinctive look and a sporting dynamic feel. Inside, there's now more media tech and an even plusher cabin. The range has been severely slimmed down in this updated form, but for brand enthusiasts, there's still 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 these days 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 key segment arch-rivals from Audi and Mercedes, the A5 Coupe and the CLE Coupe. This 4 Series is additionally available in Convertible and four-door Gran Coupe forms. but it's the G22 Coupe version, first introduced in 2020 then updated in early 2024, that we look at here.

Driving Experience

There are no dynamic or engineering changes for this 'G22'-era model, but BMW has slimmed down the powerplant range considerably, discontinuing diesel power and dropping the previous mid-level 430i petrol variant. That leaves only two mainstream models; the base rear-driven 184hp 420i; and the six cylinder 374hp M440i, which only comes in xDrive 4WD form. That six cylinder engine also features in 530hp form in the flagship M4 Competition variant, also only offered in xDrive guise. As before, there are firm springs and anti-roll bars, plus this Coupe gets a double-jointed spring-strut front suspension and a 5-link rear axle. All the engines link up as standard with eight-speed Steptronic auto transmission, which incorporates Launch Control for Grand Prix-style getaways. As previously, the M440i gets a Sprint function that gives you a steering wheel paddle that when activated, gives you an extra burst of acceleration. Arguably, less is more here - it's the rear-driven 420i that gets closest to BMW's traditional mid-sized coupe driver's formula. Rivals have long tried to copy this variant's front engine, rear wheel drive BMW layout with its near perfect 50:50 weight distribution - but never quite managed to deliver a package with the same kind of involving finesse. Super-effective traction and stability systems keep those back wheels in check so that if you're not a driving enthusiast, it'll all feel quite normal. But if you are, then the feeling of being propelled up the road by the back wheels as you exit a bend rarely fails to offer up a great feeling of pleasure.

Design and Build

When this MK2 4 Series Coupe first arrived, we were all talking about its new upright grille; now BMW wants us to talk about the car's redesigned LED headlights, with their smarter illuminating signature. That controversial grille is now surrounded by matte chrome and there are restyled front and rear bumpers too. Customers can add in the 'laser' rear lighting units first seen on the rare M4 CSL, plus there are restyled 19-inch wheel designs. And the top M440i gets black exterior design elements and horizontal bars within the kidney grilles. 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 air vents have been redesigned, as has been the steering wheel, which is now flat-bottomed and has standard shift paddles for the auto gearbox. As before, 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, which now runs the brand's latest OS 8.5 software system, which gives you more customisation options. There's also enhanced voice control for the climate functions. As before, this is billed as a 'proper four-seater', though adults wouldn't want to be in the rear for very long. Out back, there's a 440-litre boot, extendable via 40:20:40-split backrests.

Market and Model

Sporty 'M Sport' trim is standard and prices start from around £44,000 for the entry-level 420i Coupe. You'll need just under £61,000 if you want the M440i xDrive Coupe. And around £84,000 if you want the M4 Competition xDrive Coupe. Equipment levels have been subtly upgraded. Ambvient lighting's now standard and upholstery comes in a new velour the brand calls 'M Performtex'. Optional is Sensatec perforated manmade leather - or real quilted Vernasca leather. Interior trim strips in Aluminium Rhombicle Anthracite are standard, whilst Fineline Light Brown open-pored and Grey Blue Ash open-pored fine-wood trim, and M interior trim carbon fibre are available as options. Customers can also now have the gear selector lever, iDrive Controller and Start/Stop button in a 'CraftedClarity cut-glass finish. A Personal eSIM comes as standard with the car, in addition to its built-in mobile SIM. This enables the vehicle to use the 5G mobile communications standard. The Personal eSIM allows the customer to use the communications and connectivity functions covered by their mobile contract from their car with ease - even in situations where they don't have their smartphone with them. This also includes data streaming via the WiFi hotspot. Wheel sizes vary between 18 and 20-inches and among the options are an M Performance front ornamental grille and M Performance side sill attachments, both in carbon fibre. Interior equipment highlights include the M Performance seat back pans in Alcantara/carbon fibre, the M Performance interior trim strips in carbon fibre and the M Performance door sill trims, also in carbon fibre.

Cost of Ownership

As before, mild hybrid technology is included with both the mainstream engines. 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. The 420i is rated at between 48.7 and 53.3mpg on the combined cycle and 132-122g/km of CO2; for the six cylinder M440i xDrive, it's 39.8-41.5mpg and 163-155g/km. For the M4 Competition xDrive Coupe, it's 28.2mpg and 226g/km. Residual values? Well we expect the depreciation on this facelifted second generation 4 Series Coupe to be pretty similar to that of its direct predecessor, which would mean a very competitive retained worth of about 45% after three years and 60,000 miles. On to the warranty package. BMW's warranty only lasts for three years but it includes an Emergency breakdown service and at least it isn't mileage limited - unlike the comparable package you'd get as standard with a rival Audi. You can of course extent the warranty with either monthly or annual payments. There's a three year paintwork warranty and the usual 12 year anti-corrosion warranty.

Summary

So is this improved G22-era 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 CLE Coupe rivals still can't quite match. 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.

  • Rain sensor
  • Acoustic glazing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti trap facility and comfort closing function all round

  • Hill start assistant
  • Dry braking
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Front and rear ventilated brake disc
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning

  • Velour front floor mats

  • Low centre of gravity
  • Stroke dependent dampers
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
  • M sport suspension

  • Electric power steering
  • Variable sport steering
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Active guard plus
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges

  • Auto start-stop

  • Condition based service
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • BMW service history
  • On board computer - average speed, fuel consumption, outside temp display with acoustic warning, clock/date, service interval, odometer/trip meter
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • Gearshift time display in manual mode
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • iDrive controller on centre console

  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • Automatically dimming electrochromatic rear view mirror

  • Sensatec instrument panel

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • High precision injection
  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • Double VANOS

  • Electronic service booklet
  • DAB tuner

  • Brushed aluminium inserts in the front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • M designation on front side panels, left and right
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • Fading support
  • Body colour M rear spoiler
  • BMW emblem on engine compartment lid and tailgate
  • Illuminated bow type door handles in body colour drivers side with door lock
  • Side frame decorative moulding black matt
  • Window recess cover black high gloss
  • Front apron plastic in body colour
  • One piece front bumper cover including towing eye cover in body colour
  • Licence plate panel integrated into front bumper and tailgate
  • BMW kidney grille with mesh grille front side of the nuggets in matt aluminium and frame in chrome high gloss
  • Widened track and increased camber values for max transverse dynamics, agility and steering precision
  • Body colour roof fin

  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • LED Headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light

  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning

  • Glove compartment lighting
  • 12V power socket in front centre console
  • Gear selection lever with M-specific designation
  • 3 spoke M leather multifunction steering wheel
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Vernasca leather upholstery
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Luggage compartment light
  • Front and rear footwell lights
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet

  • M Aerodynamics pack - 4 Series
  • Connected professional pack - 4 Series

  • Seat belt with belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for the two outer rear seats
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Side impact protection
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags

  • Front sports seats
  • Front headrests
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats
  • Front seat backrest width adjustment
  • 2 Rear seat headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat and rear centre armrest with two cupholders

  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Vehicle key with M specific designation
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • 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

  • 8 speed automatic steptronic transmission

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 202
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 201
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 211
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 133
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 140
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 146
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B48B20M1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 32.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 30.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 40.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 51.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 8.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.7

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • 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: 184
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 30E
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport [Tech pk]
  • Coin Description: i

  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.5
  • Top Speed: 149
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

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

  • Tyre Size Rear: 255/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 848M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2081
  • Height: 1383
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4768
  • Width: 1852
  • Wheelbase: 2851

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1525
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2015
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 59
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 440
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 490
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4

  • Sun protection glass: £320

  • M Sport brake in high gloss red painted brake callipers with M designation: £300

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: Included

  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Automatic tailgate operation: £0

  • Head up Display: Included
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: Included
  • BMW Drive recorder: £0

  • Aluminium tetragon interior trim: Included
  • Mesh effect aluminium interior trim: £0
  • BMW Individual piano black trim: £500

  • BMW gesture control: Included
  • Harman/Kardon loud speaker system: Included

  • Metallic paint: £670
  • Electric glass sunroof: £950
  • Solid paint: Included

  • High beam assistant: £0
  • BMW Laserlights: £0

  • Heating steering wheel: £170

  • Park assist plus pack - 4 Series: Included
  • Comfort plus pack - 4 Series: £1,950
  • Comfort pack - 4 Series: £990
  • Technology plus pack - 4 Series: £1,750
  • Extended storage pack - 4 Series: £0
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 4 Series: £0
  • Visibility pack - 4 Series: £1,500

  • Metallic - Sanremo green: £670
  • Metallic - Portimao blue: £670
  • Metallic - Artic race blue: £670
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £670
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £670

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support: £265
  • Electric seat adjustment with memory: £0
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Fully electric towbar: £850

  • Vernasca leather - Black with blue contrast stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Cognac with mokka stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0
  • Vernasca leather - Tacora red with black stitching: £0

  • Run-flat tyres: £0

  • 18" Double spoke bicolour jet black light alloy wheels - Style 848M including BMW mobility kit: Included
  • 19" BMW individual double spoke bicolour orbit grey light alloy wheels - Style 793 with mixed tyres and run flat tyres: £750

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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