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Lease a BMW 4 Series Gran Diesel Coupe 420d [190] M Sport 5dr Auto [Professional Media]

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Technical Data
Transmission Automatic
MPG Combined 58.9
CO2 126 g/km
Fuel Type Diesel
0 to 62 mph 7.4 sec
Standard Options
Bluetooth
Leather Seats
Alloy Wheels
Cruise Control
USB

Ten Second Review

If you like the look of a BMW 4 Series coupe but family duties look like forcing you into something a bit frumpier, help is at hand. The 4 Series Gran Coupe retains a sleek shape but adds a couple of rear doors.

Background

Stick with us here. This one takes a bit of working out. BMW will sell you a four-door 3 Series but calls the two-door coupe version a 4 Series. So far, so good. With the introduction of a 4 Series Gran Coupe, there's now a five-door 4 Series, the Gran Coupe. There's also a five-door 3 Series, the Gran Turismo, all these models being spun off the same chassis. The whole strategy of giving the sexy sports models the even-numbered model prefixes fell to pieces with the introduction of the frumpy 2 Series Active Tourer, so if you're wondering what BMW is going to do next, then so are we. Anyway, enough of BMW's highly un-Germanic flip-flopping and vacillating and onto the car in hand. The 4 Series Gran Coupe looks a good deal sleeker than the 3 Series Gran Turismo and it's doubtful that buyers will cross-shop the two models. If you like the idea of the elegant 4 Series but can't make it work for your family requirements, help may be at hand.

Driving Experience

Given that the 4 Series Gran Coupe runs on the same running gear as the 4 Series Coupe, it's reasonable to expect similar driving dynamics. The wheelbase, length, track and width of the Gran Coupe are exactly the same as its two-door sibling, so it clues you into what you're going to get. Buyers choose between three petrol engines; the 184PS 420i and the 245PS 428i are both 2.0-litre fours, while the 306PS 435i sports a classic BMW straight-six, in this instance boosted by a couple of turbos. Go diesel and you're looking at either the 150PS 418d or the 184PS 420d, both of two-litre capacity, then there's the six-cylinder 430d with 258PS or the range-topping 435d, which packs a hefty 313PS unit. BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system is also offered as an option with the 420i, the 420d and the 430d, while it's standard fit on the 435d. BMW has come late to the all-wheel drive game but is catching up fast, with xDrive models making up an increasing share of the product mix. The suspension is a modified version of the 3 Series' largely aluminium setup, this time with adjustable dampers. This 4 sits a bit closer to the road than a 3 Series and also gets the coupe's extra bracing between the front subframe and the body, beefing up steering response.

Design and Build

Improving on the aesthetics of the slinky 4 Series Coupe is a bit of an ask, especially if part of the remit is boosting practicality, but BMW's stylists haven't done a bad job at all with the Gran Coupe. Aside from the obvious addition of an extra pair of rear doors, you'll notice the way that the roofline has been teased backwards to offer more space, the long boot lid of the coupe being sacrificed to a more stub-tailed silhouette. If you're one of the many who have recoiled from the Gran Turismo models, it's okay. You can come out from behind the sofa. Due to the fact that this isn't a long wheelbase variant, you can't expect a great deal more room in the rear. There's a bit more headroom in the back; the roofline sitting 12mm higher. There's a 480-litre boot which gives you an additional 35-litres over the Coupe and the 40/20/40 split rear seat is a nice touch. Fold the seats down and there's a massive 1,300 litres available. BMW claims the Gran Coupe can swallow weekend luggage for four without recourse to folding the rear seats. Even with four up, longer items can be accommodated with the folding centre section. There's a Smart Open function offered which automatically opens and closes the tailgate if you wave your foot under the rear bumper although if you're so laden down that you can't open the tailgate, you probably don't want to be doing one-footed manoeuvres.

Market and Model

The 4 Series Gran Coupe trim line-up mirrors that of the Coupe, with SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport trims. Entry-level versions get leather heated seats, xenon headlamps, LED rear lights, a parking radar, as well as climate control, so although the prices are around £3,000 more expensive model-for-model than the 3 Series, you do get more gear. 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. It's easily possible to spend £38,000 on an M Sport 420d with an auto box, add a few options and end up having spent more than £40,000 on a four-cylinder, two-litre diesel hatch.

Cost of Usership

Like all modern BMWs, the 4 Series Gran Coupe delivers some incredible efficiency figures. Once you've got over the upfront cost of the car, this means that actual day-to-day running costs will be on a par with far more humble tackle. Thank BMW's EfficientDynamics technology for that, this suite of measures resulting in ultra-competitive economy and emissions figures right across the board. Take the 428i for example; a petrol-engined performance model 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 real standout performer at present is the 420d, which manages to wring 60 miles from a gallon of diesel and emits a mere 124g/km. Go for the range-topping 435i and you'll see 35.8mpg and 185g/km. Expect strong residuals which will continue to give mainstream car manufacturers something to fret over. Insurance ratings are also said to have been driven down by better repairability and improved security.

Summary

Once you've wrapped your brain around the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe's reason for existence, there's a lot to like about it. Granted, there are many chassis derivatives spun off the basic 3 Series underpinnings and the 4 Series Gran Coupe is unashamedly niche, but if you need usable back seats but also want a sleek body style, this is about your best bet at the accessible end of the BMW range. Given the huge sales of the 3 Series saloon, it's far from inconceivable that the 4 Series Gran Coupe could pick up a few of these, as well as muscling in on the territory of the Audi A5 Sportback and even poach some orders away from cars like the Mercedes CLA as well. We've recently had some models that seemed strange additions to the BMW range and the public have given them the cold shoulder. This one also seems a bit of an oddity but looks as if it has more than enough talent to succeed.

CO2 (g/km)
126
HC
Not Available
Particles
Not Available
Standard Euro Emissions
EURO 6
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)
58.9
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg)
62.8
EC Urban (mpg)
52.3
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
31E
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)
7.4
Engine Power - BHP
190
Engine Power - KW
140
Engine Power - PS
Yes
Engine Power - RPM
4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT
295
Engine Torque - MKG
41
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
1389
Height (including roof rails)
Not Available
Length
4640
Wheelbase
2810
Width
1825
Width (including mirrors)
2017
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
57
Gross Vehicle Weight
2140
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
1300
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
480
Max. Loading Weight
550
Max. Roof Load
75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked
1800
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
745
Minimum Kerbweight
1590
No. of Seats
5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
11.3
M sports suspension
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface
Cruise control with brake function
Electric Power steering with Servotronic
Aluminium hexagon interior trim with estoril blue finish
6 speakers
High gloss black air breather
Solid paint
LED Headlights
Dakota leather upholstery
Media pack - Professional - 4 Series
Non Smokers pack
60/40 split folding rear seat
Manual height adjustable front seats
Run flat tyres
18" M Double spoke alloy wheels - style 400M
Are the cars brand new? Yes.
Where do I pick up my new car? You don’t – we’ll deliver it to you, free of charge.
Will it have a warranty? Yes – a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Will I need to have a credit check? Yes.
Will I be charged for mileage? Only if you exceed your agreed mileage allowance.
Will I be charged for damage? Only if the damage exceeds “fair wear and tear”.

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Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Fuel Type Petrol Diesel Petrol
Seats 5 5 4
Doors 5 4 2
CO2 139 g/km 142 g/km 139 g/km
MPG 46.3 52.3 46.3
BHP 184 170 184
0 to 62 7.7 sec 7.7 sec 7.5 sec

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