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Lease a BMW 4 Series Diesel Coupe 420d [190] M Sport 2dr Auto [Professional Media]

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 60.1
CO2 118 g/km
Fuel Type Diesel
0 to 62 mph 7.2 sec
Key Features
Air Con
Sat Nav
Bluetooth
Immobiliser/Alarm
DAB

The vehicle previously known as the 3 Series Coupe has morphed into the sleek 4 Series. Andy Enright reports on changes that are about more than mere numbers.

Ten Second Review

The number may have changed but the 4 Series' recipe for success is largely the same as the 3 Series Coupes that preceded it. This time round, the Four has been on a weight loss plan and features a lower centre of gravity, but otherwise you know what to expect.

Background

This is going to take some getting used to. Yes, there is a certain Teutonic rectitude in BMW giving the saloons and estates in its range odd numbers and the coupes and convertibles even ones, even allowing for the fact that the 1 Series Coupe's papers are not in order, but calling this car a 4 Series isn't going to come easy to most car fans. The M4. That'll take some acclimatisation too. Ever since BMW's F30 generation 3 Series saloon made landfall in early 2012, we knew this two-door model was going to subtly diverge from its progenitor in the way that it was marketed, but is there a great deal of difference in the way it's been built?

Driving Experience

The oily bits are, somewhat predictably, shared with the 3 Series as it would be cost prohibitive to do anything otherwise. Diesel-wise, this means a choice of three engines, the biggest seller of which is certain to be the 181bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre diesel in the 420d coupe. Next up is the 218bhp 425d and above that there are rear wheel drive and xDrive 4WD versions of the 258bhp 430d, before you get to the 435d xDrive diesel range-topper with a hefty 313bhp at its disposal. Should you prefer a petrol engine, there's also a base 420i model with a 184bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre four cylinder powerplant that's offered in rear wheel drive and xDrive 4WD guises. The same engine is uprated to 242bhp in the 428i. For a six cylinder motor, you'll require the range-topping 435i coupe, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine that delivers some 302bhp. Top of the range is the twin turbo six cylinder 431bhp M4 super-coupe. The xDrive 4WD models are making up an increasing share of the product mix. The suspension meanwhile, is a modified version of the 3 Series' largely aluminium setup, this time with adjustable dampers. Additional bracing helps it achieve a torsional rigidity figure some 60 per cent better than the E92 3 Series Coupe.

Design and Build

Does that bonnet look familiar to you? You'll be forgiven a little deja vu there because it's the only body panel the 4 Series shares with the 3; everything else is unique to this model. Also noteworthy is the fact that unlike 3 Series coupes of the past, the widest part of the 4 Series' body is not across the front axle line but across the rear, giving it a subtly more power-packed look, underscoring its rear-wheel drive priority. Otherwise, things are much as you'd expect if you were asked, sight unseen, what you expected a coupe version of the 3 Series to look like. It's slightly larger than before but only by degrees. Overall length is up by 26mm, width increases by 43mm and height has decreased by 16mm. Likewise, the cabin holds no great surprises if you're familiar with the 3 Series' architecture. You sit 19mm lower but you're not going to need re-training when it comes to operating the dash controls or the infotainment system. There's a robotised arm for the front seat belts and the door cards and seats are 4 Series-specific. The rear retains individual seats with a divider down the middle, which means the 4 Series is a strict four-seater.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £30,000 for the Coupe version of the 4 Series. The entry-level variant gets leather heated seats, xenon headlamps, LED rear lights and a parking radar, as well as climate control. Satellite navigation is standard on most versions, but the adaptive dampers are a box you might want to tick on the options list as well as the sport steering. We could take or leave the sports seats, but the stereo upgrade is worth giving a listening to. BMW will also tempt you with a range of connected services, a head-up display, and some neat driver aids but you'll need to keep an eye on the asking price. Should you feel that you can't quite stretch to the top M4 super-coupe variant but can manage to afford a 435i, then BMW will sell you a Power Kit which endows the car with another 34bhp and 37lb ft, taking its totals to 334bhp and 332lb ft. Prices for the standard 4 Series models are around £500 more than the outgoing 3 Series Coupe, which means that you'll pay a premium of around £3,000 to go from equivalent 3 Series saloon to 4 Series Coupe. Clever marketing or naked opportunism? That'll be for the market to decide.

Cost of Usership

The 4 Series may be predictably pricey to buy but it's surprisingly affordable to run. BMW's EfficientDynamics technology is standard across the range, helping the cars achieve economy and emissions levels that belie the kind of performance that's on offer. The latest car looks a very strong contender with ultra-competitive economy and emissions figures right across the board and it's hard to be unimpressed by the 428i, a petrol-engined performance saloon that can dip under six seconds to 60mph, yet still returns a fuel economy figure of 42.8mpg and emissions of just 154g/km. The 420d is the frugality champion though, managing 60.1mpg and 124g/km.

Summary

You might think that in moving to the 4 Series badge, BMW could have been a little more adventurous in distancing this car from the 3 Series coupes that preceded it. After all, although they ride on similar platforms, the 5 and 6 Series models are clearly very different in look and feel. The thing is, this is a formula that clearly works. Sales figures have clearly demonstrated that there's a template and to deviate from it would be to risk wringing the neck of a goose that's laid a tonne of golden eggs. That's not to say we should underestimate BMW's achievement in developing this car. Drive one next to an Audi A5 and you'll appreciate the years of expertise that have been poured into this model. That a car can be so rapid, capable and desirable yet still return such befuddling economy and emissions figures is testament to the engineers in Munich. So, despite the name change, things are much as they were. BMW will see that as a result. Perhaps we should too.

CO
0.128
CO2 (g/km)
118
HC
Not Available
HC+NOx
0.028
Noise Level dB(A)
73
NOx
0.023
Particles
0
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max
153
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min
148
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max
155
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min
150
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max
134
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min
131
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max
190
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min
185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max
151
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min
147
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
EC Combined (mpg)
60.1
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
64.2
EC Urban (mpg)
53.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max
5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min
5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
5.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max
5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min
5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max
7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min
7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max
5.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min
5.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max
48.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min
49.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max
47.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min
49.6
WLTP - MPG - High - Max
55.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Min
56.5
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max
39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min
39.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max
48.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min
50.4
AdBlue
Yes
Badge Engine CC
2.0
Badge Power
190
Based On ID
Not Available
Coin Description
d [190]
Coin Series
M Sport [Prof Media]
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
32E
Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
6
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
3
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
Not Available
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
Not Available
NCAP Safety Assist %
Not Available
Safety Concerns?
Not Available
Service Interval Frequency - Months
24
Service Interval Mileage
18000
Special Edition
Not Available
Special Order
Not Available
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
3
Vehicle Homologation Class
M1
0 to 60 mph (secs)
Not Available
0 to 62 mph (secs)
7.2
Engine Power - BHP
190
Engine Power - KW
140
Engine Power - PS
Yes
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
Emissions Test Cycle
NEDC Correlated
Alloys?
Yes
Space Saver?
Not Available
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
Height
1377
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4640
Wheelbase
2810
Width
1825
Width (including mirrors)
2017
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
57
Gross Vehicle Weight
2065
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
Not Available
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
M sports suspension
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Cruise control with brake function
Electric Power steering with Servotronic
Aluminium hexagon interior trim finishers with estoril blue matt highlight
Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish
6 speakers
BMW Professional radio with Single CD player + two-way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system + MP3 playback capability
High gloss black air breather
M designation side badges
Model designation
Solid paint
LED Headlights
Low and high beam LED headlights
Dakota leather upholstery
Media pack - Professional - 4 Series
Non Smokers pack
3 point seatbelts on all seats
60/40 split folding rear seat
Manual height adjustable front seats
Run flat tyres
18" M Double spoke alloy wheels - style 400M
18" M Double spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres - Style 400M

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Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Diesel Petrol Petrol Petrol
Seats 4 4 4 5
Doors 2 2 2 4
CO2 118 g/km 200 g/km 138 g/km 184 g/km
MPG 60.1 32.5 - 35.3
BHP 190 435 197 367
0 to 62 7.2 sec 4.4 sec 6.6 sec 4.8 sec

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