If you’re looking luxury and style, BMW should be on the very top of the list. All BMWs no matter, if it’s a 3-series or the elegant 7, are treated with the badge of honour. This the four series isn’t new, a little while back BMW decided all 2-door BMWs should be an even number while the sedans should be odd. So the four series was the 2-door version of the three however a little while back people really like the coupe but didn’t buy them because they like having four doors. This is where the 4-series Gran Coupe came in, a four-door version of the two-door version of the four-door version. It’s complicated, but honestly, it works. The 4-Series Gran Coupe looks impressive comparing to the 3-series, the sleek lines makes it a lot more unique than the 3 series and who doesn’t want that coupe profile?
There are no details spared, underneath the sexy exterior lies a very useful interior. At the helm, it’s very similar to the F30 3-series, practically the same. It all works well, so there isn’t a need to change anything. I particularly like the instrument cluster. It’s old-school in its looks, but a new school in its tech. It’s a full digital display but it looks practically like the older BMWs, and that’s perfectly fine. Switch on the Sport Mode, and the gauges turn red to prove it’s sportiness.
While the i-Drive system is nothing new, it still works well. The infotainment system can be controlled via touch-screen or the controller on the centre console. It fits right in hand with minimal movements you can control anything and everything that’s needed. One of the best parts is the ability to draw on top of the controller to write in the destination.
As for occupant comfort, the seats on the 4-Series are a bit harder than liked, but they do have inflatable bolsters that hug the driver and front passenger in place. For the rear passengers, the seats are great but the problem is headroom. For taller occupants headroom is adequate at best, the sloping roofline does not help with this. Slouch a bit, and legroom is compromised. Luckily behind the passengers, the trunk space is ample, and with a liftback hatch design rather than the traditional trunk like the 3-series it means it’s easier to accept larger and bulkier items.
On the road is where all BMW shines. The 4-Series is no different, while it’s not the 440i with a Turbo-charged 6-cylinder the 430i is no slouch. With its 2.0L Turbocharged 4-cylinder motor makes a healthy 248hp and 258lb-ft of torque it’s more than capable of bringing excitement within the city limits. 0-100km/h can be achieved under 6-seconds making it quicker than the numbers suggest. The 8-speed automatic mated to BMW’s excellent xDrive all-wheel-drive system does help the vehicle to full utilize all of the power. Best yet like most x-Drive systems since the power is placed primarily to the rear it’s able to step the tail out with a punch of the throttle making the 4-series plenty playful.
Make no doubt the 430i’s primary focus is on fun but it can still return pretty good fuel economy when eased. Rated at 10.2 in the city and 7.2L/100km on the highway it’s acceptable even for this sports sedan. Priced at $61,250 as equipped it’s not a cheap alternative but it is the perfect vehicle for someone that wants that four-door sports coupe with a badge that backs up a level of prestige.