BMW 4-Series 428i Gran Coupe Luxury Auto (2014)
When BMW moved their Coupe and Convertible models away from the 3-Series and introduced the newer more aggressive styling all of a sudden the BMW Coupe and Convertible became what they always should have been. A unique and overall more attractive option to the Saloon, worthy of the premium price tag.
So, when BMW then introduced their Gran Coupe variant to the mix, all of a sudden the rules had been re-written and BMW had brought to bear a good looking saloon with sleek long lines, and far superior styling.
The low and long bonnet accentuated by a bulge to accommodate the engine hints at the 4-Series housing a powerful engine raring to escape.
The deep front bumper with slightly pinched nose give it an almost fierce look which overall makes the front end of the 4-Series Gran Coupe a stunning car to look at.
Looking down the side of the 4-Series the roof line is low and sweeps nicely to the rear which has again received the attention to styling detail the 3-Series has been crying out for several evolutions, however it is more conservative than the front and is unmistakably BMW. As an alternative to the 3-Series this is definitely a no-brainer on the looks side of things. Against its peers in the market, only the VW CC comes close, the rest look like rather staid rep-mobiles by comparison, which gives it a strong edge here too.
Looking to the interior of the 4-Series Gran Coupe it instal quite business as usual. The sweeping external lines are replicated in the cabin giving you a more cozy feel with the sculpted seats courtesy of the Luxury trim level. It feels well built and well appointed. The rear is spacious enough to transport 2 additional adults with the seat bases sitting low enough to accommodate taller passengers. The switchgear and touch surfaces have a quality feel to them as you would expect.
Coming with Bluetooth Hands Free, 2-Zone Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, DAB Radio, Satellite Navigation, Front & Rear Parking Sensors, Auto Lights & Wipers, Leather Upholstery and Heated from Seats on just the entry level model. The specification
levels are excellent. The Luxury trim level as on the test vehicle brings larger 18³ Alloy Wheels, sportier and more sculpted front seats, ambient lighting, metallic paint and plenty of chrome on the outside to give it that more premium look. The options list, as with any BMW is comprehensive, the model tested also included BMW’s Heads Up Display (HUD), which projects key info (speed, sat nav directions etc) onto the windscreen in your (but not obscuring) field of view. Taller drivers may find this difficult to use due to the angles etc resulting in some data being cropped from the top edge. This is a great option targeted at drivers who like to push their cars and not need to take their attention off the road to see their speed. However, at over £800 it is a pricy gadget that most will do without.
To drive, the 4-Series Gran Coupe is nothing less than a pleasure, retaining the softer suspension often taken away in the ever popular M Sport trim level, the Luxury is incredibly comfortable and happily eats up the motorway miles and remains smooth and composed on our increasingly deteriorating A and B roads, whilst not feeling boaty in the corners. The Automatic box is nice and smooth with barely perceptible gear changes. Sport mode really brings the whole car alive and makes it feel even more responsive.
There is a broad choice available as far as engines are concerned. Inevitably in the company car market the 420d will be incredibly popular with good performance (0-62 in under 8s) and exceptional economy (around 60mpg). The 435d xDrive gives blistering performance from a Diesel with a 0-62 time of under 5s whilst still maintaining impressive economy figures (around 50mpg). Such performance only a decade ago was enjoyed only by high performance petrol supercars such as the Aston Martin V8 Vantage or more recently the M3. The model we had on test was the 2.0l Petrol 428i. Producing 245hp and wafting you from 0-62 in 6.1s this is certainly no slouch, however fuel economy is not that amazing at around 42mpg.
With the diesel engines in the offering, it is difficult to see why one would take the 428i over the 430d with its superior performance (0-62 in 5.6s) and economy (around 50mpg). The price tag of around £35,000 for the 428i Luxury, compared to the 430d variant at just shy of £40,000 could well sway buyers in the retail sector. However, in the company car market the improved residuals of the Diesel and superior economy will close this gap significantly, rendering the diesel a far more viable option than the petrol. As was mentioned earlier, the 420d will most certainly be the biggest seller in the UK company car market and understandably so.
To lease the 4-Series Gran Coupe, the likely most popular model, 420d M Sport, would cost under £350+VAT/Month on a standard 3+35/10,000mpa contract making this a very viable option for many company car drivers.
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