What's the used BMW 4 Series coupe like?
While obviously owing plenty to its 3 Series saloon progenitor, this first generation BMW 4 Series nevertheless looks the part, and could potentially placate anyone not sold on the front-end styling of the latest 4 Series. Plus, even purchasing one of the last examples pre-owned could save you thousands in the process.
As with most BMWs, there's a pretty comprehensive range of engines. The petrol options comprise the 181bhp 420i and the 241bhp 428i, replaced in 2016 by the 248bhp 430i, and a 302bhp 435i six cylinder car that was replaced in 2016 by the later 440i version with its 321bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre six. Diesel choices kick off with the 148bhp 418d, 181bhp 420d, and 215bhp 425d that all use 2.0-litre engine, with the remaining 255bhp 430d and 309bhp 435d diesel models both sharing the same turbocharged six-cylinder engine.
Six-speed manual gearboxes are standard on the 420i and 420d; an eight-speed automatic was optional on those, and standard across the rest of the range. Four-wheel drive 'xDrive' is standard on the 435d, and was an option on other models.
At launch, the BMW 4 Series model line-up started with the SE version, then continued up through Modern, Sport and Luxury models to the priciest M Sport. As time went on, Modern and Luxury versions were dropped (from late 2016), as eventually was the SE a year later, leaving only Sport and M Sport.
The entry-level Sport trim equips the 4 Series with 18in alloy wheels, LED head, parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, leather upholstery, and BMW's brilliant iDrive infotainment system complete with sat-nav, a DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, BMW's online services and a 6.5in screen.
Upgrading to M Sport adds an aggressive bodykit, sports suspension and M Sport-specific interior touches, alongside BMW's Professional Media pack.
But it’s in its driving experience that the 4 Series Coupé really stands out over rivals such as the Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class. Responsive, accurate steering means the nose is easy to point in whichever direction you might desire; what’s more, rear-wheel drive means the 4 Series has a sense of balance that few coupés can replicate, while the low centre of gravity ensures that the 4 Series always feels planted and secure even in high-speed bends.
What’s even more impressive is how well the 4 Series manages to factor comfort into the equation as well – although we’d recommend sticking to the smaller wheel sizes because the larger wheels start to make things feel a little lumpy. Choose carefully when you’re picking which engine you want, too; while there’s a huge choice, the smaller engines can be rather noisy when accelerating hard.
The 4 Series is a class act on the inside, though. You’ll find a suave interior that’s laden with high-quality materials and an easy-to-use infotainment system. And it’s roomy in there, thanks in part to that saloon car lineage; you’ll find rear seats with space enough for two adults to spend a journey in reasonable comfort, while up front there’s oodles of space and lots of neat little cubbies in which to store bits and bobs.
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