What used BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe hatchback will I get for my budget?
Prices for a 2014 420d SE with average mileage start at £13,000. If you spend more than £17,500, you’ll find plenty of petrol or diesel 4 Series Gran Coupés with 30,000 miles or less on the clock. The 420d is by far the most popular engine option and you will find that the majority of 4 Series Gran Coupés for sale are diesel.
Four-wheel-drive xDrive versions of the 420d with average mileage can be found for £16,000, but you’ll need to spend £18,500 or more for something with 40,000 miles or less.
If you want something with six cylinders, then prices start at £21,000 for a 2014 430d with just over 20,000 miles.
If you fancy something a bit younger, a one-year-old 420d SE with around 10,000 miles could be yours for £20,000.
How much does it cost to run a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe hatchback?
Running costs for the entry-level diesel are pleasingly parsimonious. The 418d has a combined average of 62.8mpg and £30 road tax, which is very good for this type of car. The 420d has official fuel economy of 57.6mpg and £115 tax (the 2016 update improved this to 67.3mpg and £30).
BMW gives the name 'xDrive' to vehicles equipped with four-wheel drive. This is available on the 420d and 430d, and comes as standard on the 435d. You can also find it as an option on the 420i and standard on the 440i petrol. Models equipped with xDrive get a similar or slightly lower mpg figure compared with models without it. It’s worth finding an example with xDrive if you live in rural areas where it is guaranteed to snow in cold weather.
Petrols aren’t quite as efficient as the diesels, but the majority have smaller four-cylinder engines and use turbocharging to improve performance. The 420i has an average fuel consumption figure of 46.3mpg and £150 tax. If you want a bit more power, the 428i gets 42.8mpg and £190 tax. The 2016 facelift introduced the 430i, which manages 43.5mpg and £190 tax.
Top-of-the-range petrols are the six-cylinder 435i and 440i, and these are rather thirsty. The 435i gets 37.2mpg and costs a whopping £220 to tax, while the updated 440i xDrive is a little cheaper to run at 41.5mpg and £190 tax.
If you are looking to purchase a car that was registered after 1 April 2017, then you will be charged under the new flat-rate fee of £140, unless you happen to be buying a 4 Series Gran Coupé that had an on-the-road price greater than £40,000, which is easily done for some of the M Sport and six-cylinder-engined models. For example, a 420d M Sport xDrive Auto that would have cost £135 before 1 April 2017 will cost you an eye-watering £450 afterwards.
You can get a five-year fixed-price servicing package on a new BMW car, so check whether the example you are looking at still has some coverage. Even if it doesn’t have any services left, BMW servicing isn’t the priciest around.