Replacing the BMW 3 Series as a compact executive car, the latest BMW 4 Series Coupé adds aerodynamic style, with its swept-back lights, and longer, wider and lower chassis. The Series 4 vehicles include the SE, with 17” wheels, xenon lights and black vented BMW kidney grille frontage. Larger 18” wheels cost an extra £425, and metallic paint £645. The M Sport model costs an extra £3,000, but has more aggressive bumpers, detailing and side skirts.
The internal layout is simple, smart and upmarket, with BMW’s upgraded touchpad iDrive controller and slim air-con and audio system buttons. Standard fittings include a DAB radio, leather seats, cruise control and an extended interior lighting system. Optional extras include the £1,990 Professional Media Pack and navigation, and brushed aluminium trim costing £230, or £215 anthracite headlining.
The BMW’s lower centre of gravity and rear-wheel drive combine well with fast and accurate steering, but the smooth ride is slightly less so at low speeds due to the run-flat tyres. An optional £750 Adaptive M Sport suspension is available, but setting the SE model in Sport mode gives decent steering weighting for eager drivers. Engine rattle at low revs/idle happens in all BMW 4-cylinder diesels, but disappears at cruising speeds. Automatic transmission costs £1,545 but the six-speed gearbox smoothly allows the delivery of 181bhp from the 2.0 litre engine. An optional eight-speed automatic gearbox is also available.
BMW offer a fixed-price servicing package, three-year unlimited mileage warranty and 36 months’ roadside assistance with the 4 Series. A lane departure warning, reversing camera, active cruise control, ConnectedDrive internet connection for real-time traffic updates, and head-up display are optional extras. An xDrive four-wheel drive version is available, whilst the 435d twin-turbo diesel comes with all-wheel drive as standard.