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PROS

  • Distinctive styling
  • Efficient engines
  • Driving Experience

CONS

  • Will be more expensive than out-going model

Verdict

The BMW 4 Series Coupe is a replacement for the out-going 3 Series Coupe and marks the start of the firm’s new naming structure, which will also see a 2 Series Coupe and convertible based on the 1 Series hatchback.

Although the first iteration of the 4 Series is a Coupe, this car will also sire a convertible and a high-performance M4 version – the legendary M3 name retained for the sporting saloon only.

Driver Focused

This new model is all about the driving experience and the controls have been laid out with the driver in mind – though it’s exactly the same dashboard as found in the 3 Series saloon and Touring models. There’s been a thorough rework of the mechanicals though, and the electronically assisted powered steering has been sharpened to deliver a more precise and responsive change of direction when the driver turns into a bend.

What makes the real difference is the wider track - especially at the rear which has grown by 80mm - and the longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity. In fact, it boasts the lowest centre of gravity from any car in the current BMW range and the firm claims it’s actually one of the sportiest to drive too.

Choice of engines, gearboxes and all-wheel drive

The Coupe will be launched with a choice of three engines and two gearboxes. Petrol choice is either a 2.0-litre 428i with 242bhp or a 3.0-litre 435i with 302bhp, while the diesel is a 2.0-litre 420d with 181bhp.

As is the case with all new cars these days, there’s a real focus on efficiency. The cleanest model in the range is the 420d, which is capable of a claimed 61mpg and CO2 emissions of 124g/km if you choose the eight-speed automatic gearbox and standard wheels rather than the six-speed manual and a set of larger rims.

That six-speed manual gearbox is standard across the range, while all models feature the firm’s stop/start technology to boost economy and lower emissions. Four-wheel drive is an option from launch.

By the end of 2013 three extra engines will arrive, including the six-cylinder 430d and 435d diesels as well as an entry-level 420i petrol.

Equipment and technology

The 4 Series will be available in four trims: SE, Sport, Modern and Luxury Line while there’s also the option of an M Sport package.

Standard kit includes front and rear parking sensors, heated front seats, a multi-function leather steering wheel and Xenon headlights, DAB radio, leather upholstery, dual air con, cruise control, Bluetooth, USB, iDrive Controller, 6.5-inch colour screen and automatic lights, wipers and boot opening.

Optional extras include a touch pad for the iDrive to enable easier use of car functions, real-time traffic information that highlights traffic jams and provides alternative routes, and a head-up display that projects car speed, speed limits and overtaking restrictions on to the windscreen.

To find out more, read on for the full Parkers BMW 4 Series Coupe review.

What owners say about this car

Awesome handling, and very frugal in ECO PRO mode. BMW construction quality continues to improve. Read owner review

Seats 4 adults with ease yet looks great being a 2 door Coupe. Large Boot / folding seats can fit... Read owner review

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