When I first saw the renderings and “spy” images for the new grill I was a little apprehensive but now that it’s out I actually think it’s pretty nice looking. It is suitably aggressive without being offensive, well to my eyes anyway. The back end, well not ugly isn’t all that exciting and seems a bit soft in comparison. Of the three german(Audi, Merc and BMW) coupes this would be my choice. I am glad BMW decided to go this route and do something different the range was starting look a little too similar. What do you guys think of the new face?
Under the new skin.
The new 4 has grown over the previous generation in length and width which seems to be the norm this day and age. Its based on the 3 series chassis with a 23mm wider track at the rear. It also boast’s a perfect 50:50 weight balance and 21mm closer to the ground than the sedan. All the powertrains have been updated with some now including a 48v mild hybrid system.
Most of the engines are familiar units starting with the 420i. The 2.0l Twinpower turbo 4 pot is rated at 135kw/184HP and 300n.m. which should propel the sedan to 100kmh in 7.5s. Its also only available with an 8-speed Steptronic auto and RWD. The 430i uses the same 2.0l but has power bumped to a healthier 190kw/252HP and 400n.m. This extra power gets it to 100 just a little quicker at 5.8s. The only petrol 6 cylinder comes in the form of the 440i xDrive, powered by a 3.0l straight 6 with output figures 275kw/374HP and 500n.m. It also mated to the 48v mild-hybrid system and it sprints to 100kmh in 4.5seconds. In my opinion, this is the one to have in the petrol line up.
If diesel is more your flavour there are a few options in the range. The entry point for diesel’s is the 420d and it uses makes of the tried and tested 2.0l turbo-diesel rated at 140kw and 400n.m. It also incorporates the 48v mild Hybrid system. This unit is good for a 0-100kmh of 7.1s and avg. consumption of 4.2l(xDrive 4.6s) per 100km. The xDrive model is a little slower at 7.4s. Next up is the 430d xDrive for those that require a little more punch from there diesel. The 3.0l straight 6 diesel is good for 210kw and a fat 650n.m. of torque. It can launch itself to the 100kmh mark in a swift 5.2s. BMW claims a consumption of 6.2l per 100km. Headlining the oil burners is the 440d using the same 3.0l but with power bumped to 250kw/700n.m. and reducing acceleration time down to 4.7s.
The Interior is a typical BMW affair with clearly laid out controls and luxurious materials. Tech is I currently some of the best in the market with a host of useful solutions. It includes the brilliant iDrive system for most functions as well as a clear digital drivers display.