BMW 4 Series 420i Sport 5dr Auto Professional Media

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 37.2 mpg
  • 5 door gran coupe
  • 174 g/km CO2

Ten Second Review

If you like the look of a BMW 4 Series Coupe but family duties look like forcing you into something a bit frumpier, help is at hand. The 4 Series Gran Coupe retains a sleek shape but adds a couple of rear doors. We think it's a much better bet than the frumpier 3 Series Gran Turismo model.

Background

Stick with us here. This one takes a bit of working out. BMW will sell you a four-door 3 Series but gives the two-door Coupe and Convertible versions a '4 Series' badge. So far, so good. If you want five doors in a compact executive model of this type from BMW, it's a little more complicated. There is a five-door 3 Series - the 'Gran Turismo' model - but very few people buy it. One of the reasons why is the existence of this car, the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Here, you get much more stylish five-door practicality, with all the usual 3 Series good bits underneath. These days, those good bits also include a rejuvenated range of petrol engines, plus the option of xDrive all-wheel drive and, with this recently revised model, smarter styling too. In short, it looks like there's most of what you're going to need here. Let's check this car out.

Driving Experience

Given that the 4 Series Gran Coupe runs on the same running gear as the 4 Series Coupe, it's reasonable to expect similar driving dynamics. The wheelbase, length, track and width of the Gran Coupe are exactly the same as its two-door sibling, so it clues you into what you're going to get. This 4 sits a bit closer to the road than a 3 Series and also gets the coupe's extra bracing between the front subframe and the body, beefing up steering response. On to engines, which are now limited to petrol power. Not much is different with the base four cylinder 184bhp 2.0-litre unit found in the 420i, though it is slightly more efficient than it used to be and, as before, comes in rear wheel drive and xDrive 4WD guises. The pokier version of this powerplant carries a '430i' badge and has 252bhp, with 350Nm of torque, making possible a rest to 62mph time of just 5.9s. That makes it difficult to imagine why you'd want a six cylinder petrol model, but if you still do, there's a 326bhp '440i' variant.

Design and Build

The changes made to this revised 4 Series Gran Coupe are really quite subtle. If you know the car well, you'll spot the new twin LED headlights that now come as standard. An even more distinctive 'Icon Adaptive LED headlight' package is optional. Another frontal change is found in the central air intake which has an aperture that increases in size towards the outer edges, adding a more imposing presence and greater sense of width to the entire nose section. Otherwise, it's as you were. Changes over the 4 Series Coupe obviously include the extra rear doors, but you'll also notice the way that the Gran Coupe roofline has been teased backwards to offer more space, the long boot lid of the Coupe being sacrificed to a more stub-tailed silhouette. Due to the fact that this isn't a long wheelbase variant, you can't expect a great deal more room in the rear. There's a bit more headroom in the back; the roofline sitting 12mm higher. There's a 480-litre boot which gives you an additional 35-litres over the Coupe and the 40/20/40 split rear seat is a nice touch. Fold the seats down and there's a massive 1,300 litres available. BMW claims the Gran Coupe can swallow weekend luggage for four without recourse to folding the rear seats. Even with four up, longer items can be accommodated with the folding centre section. There's a Smart Open function offered which automatically opens and closes the tailgate if you wave your foot under the rear bumper although if you're so laden down that you can't open the tailgate, you probably don't want to be doing one-footed manoeuvres.

Market and Model

The 4 Series Gran Coupe trim line-up mirrors that of the Coupe, with Sport and M Sport trims, with pricing starting from around £36,000. Entry-level versions get leather heated seats, xenon headlamps, LED rear lights, a parking radar, as well as climate control, so although the prices are around £3,000 more expensive model-for-model than the 3 Series, you do get more gear. The xDrive 4WD system is an option for buyers of the 420i derivative. Satellite navigation is standard on most versions, but the adaptive dampers are a box you might want to tick on the options list, as well as the sport steering. We could take or leave the sports seats, but the stereo upgrade is worth giving a listening to. BMW will also tempt you with a range of Connected services, a head-up display and some neat driver aids but you'll need to keep an eye on the asking price. It's easily possible to spend around £41,000 on an M Sport 420i xDrive, add a few options and end up having spent nearly £45,000 on a four-cylinder, two-litre mid-sized hatch.

Cost of Ownership

Like all modern BMWs, the 4 Series Gran Coupe delivers some incredible efficiency figures. Once you've got over the upfront cost of the car, this means that actual day-to-day running costs will be on a par with far more humble tackle. Thank BMW's EfficientDynamics technology for that, this suite of measures resulting in ultra-competitive economy and emissions WLTP figures right across the board. Take the 430i for example; a petrol-engined performance model that can dip under six seconds to 60mph yet in auto form, still returns a fuel economy figure of 37.7mpg on the combined cycle and emissions of 171g/km. The real standout performer at present is the 420i, which in auto form manages to wring 38.2 miles from a gallon of petrol on the combined cycle and emits 169g/km. Even if you go for the range-topping 440i petrol version, you'll see 34.9mpg and 185g/km. Expect strong residuals which will continue to give mainstream car manufacturers something to fret over. Insurance ratings are also said to have been driven down by better repairability and improved security.

Summary

Once you've wrapped your brain around the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe's reason for existence, there's a lot to like about it. Granted, there are many chassis derivatives spun off the basic 3 Series underpinnings and the 4 Series Gran Coupe is unashamedly niche, but if you need usable back seats but also want a sleek body style, this is about your best bet at the accessible end of the BMW range. The 4 Series Gran Coupe has muscled effectively in on the territory of the Audi A5 Sportback and has even poached some orders away from cars like the Mercedes CLA as well. We've recently had some models that seemed strange additions to the BMW range and the public have given them the cold shoulder. This one though, has more than enough talent to succeed.

  • 4 grab handles
  • Bottle holders integrated into front door trim storage compartments
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Glove compartment
  • Two front cup holders with a sliding lid
  • Leather gearknob and handbrake lever
  • Dakota leather upholstery
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front folding sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment
  • Load lashing eyes in luggage compartment
  • Reach + rake manual adjustable steering column
  • Air conditioning and radio control panel in high gloss black
  • 12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Chrome centre console panel highlight
  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Auto start-stop
  • Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats
  • Dual, round and left exhaust tailpipes with dark chrome finisher
  • Body colour rear bumper
  • Trim designation deletion on front side panels of sport trim badge
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • High gloss black rear bumper insert
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish
  • Body colour roof mouldings
  • High gloss black air breather
  • Metal front door sill finishers with neutral BMW designation
  • Body colour front bumper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Model designation
  • Body colour door handles
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Brake pretensioning
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Seat belt security check for driver
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Side impact protection
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control integrated key with red inset
  • Extended lighting package - 4 Series Gran coupe
  • Technology package - 4 Series Sport
  • Non Smokers pack
  • DAB tuner
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.8
  • EC Urban (mpg): 37.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 44.1
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 37.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 10.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 36.7
  • EC Combined (mpg): 46.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 7.7
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 26.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 27.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 42.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 7.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 38.7
  • Engine Code: B48B20M0
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • CC: 1998
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Width: 1825
  • Width (including mirrors): 2017
  • Wheelbase: 2810
  • Length: 4640
  • Height: 1389
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 30E
  • Coin Description: i
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Badge Power: 184
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Coin Series: Sport [Prof Media]
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Special Edition: False
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Special Order: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • HC: 0.04
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 168
  • CO2 (g/km): 141
  • CO: 0.151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 246
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 155
  • NOx: 0.025
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 176
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 242
  • HC+NOx: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 152
  • Noise Level dB(A): 66
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 238
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 180
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 177
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7.7
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Power - BHP: 184
  • Engine Power - KW: 135
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • Top Speed: 146
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1350
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1570
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 480
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 695
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 60
  • Max. Loading Weight: 530
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Alloys: True
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 397
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2