Two more doors make all the difference The last time I drove a 4 Series was blissfully the. In addition to the original warranty, select items, like tires, are typically covered by respective manufacturers. Back-seat space is fine but not cavernous, with slightly less rear legroom in the convertible. Six exterior colors are offered with M Sport, including exclusive choices such as Carbon Black Metallic which is available for the first time on any 4 Series and Estoril Blue Metallic. So far I am very pleased. And to my eyes, the slight revision in the roofline and trunk lid creates the most attractive four-door 3-cum-4 Series yet.
Take your left foot off the brake while the checkered flag is showing and the car automatically provides an optimal launch. Now, again, this is a car the rest of the industry turned its nose up at. The 4 Series GranCoupé comes in two variants, the 428i with a 241-horsepower TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder and the 435i, which features a 300-horsepower TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder. Still, the 4 Series -- with its excellent handling and performance, eye-catching styling and best-in-class interior room -- strikes us as the most complete and desirable luxury sport coupe and convertible available this year. The characteristic M styling of the 18-inch and 19-inch light-alloy wheels adds to the bold impression. With two more doors and a fully accessibly back seat, the 435i can easily be a family sedan. The body contours are executed with precision, with multifaceted surfaces that distinguish the eye-catching look up front.
The driver-oriented centre stack with its sleek shift lever and iDrive rotary controller. But the list of those vehicles that are as capable, comfortable and dynamically hot-wired to the driver as the 4 Gran Coupé — especially when the weather is less than delightful — is far shorter. When xDrive Comes to Call The notion that all-wheel drive actually nudges the 435i toward something above a mere 300-hp, rear-drive sports coupe might seem strange to fair-weather readers. The 4 Series is costlier than the 3 -- almost four grand when new -- yet you get two fewer doors, largely analogous equipment and less practicality. Despite the misleading name, the 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe is, in fact, a four-door sedan and covered in a separate review. All are available with a choice of two engines, the 428i powered by a 2.
Built on the same architecture as the 3 Series, the 4 Series models ride on the same 110-6-inch wheelbase as the 3 Series sedans, but are slightly wider. Not by much, but that shows just how proficient this new eight-speed is. There are two trim levels: 428i and 435i. Accelerator pedal progression, engine response, power steering feel and response thresholds of the dynamic stability control system are all altered. Drivers can select their desired mode — Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport and Sport+ at the push of a button. Because of its extra set of doors, Gran Coupe models are a better choice for those who will regularly carry passengers.
Inside the car, features such as M door sill finishers, an M leather steering wheel and an M driver's footrest shape the sporty yet elegant ambience. A Cold Weather package adds heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and, for the convertible, front seat-mounted neck-warming air vents. But in Snow Belt states, all-wheel drive is a prerequisite for selling luxury cars. The Technology package adds a voice-controlled navigation system, a higher-resolution 8. Both turn-signal and wiper stalks operate without hard detents. Some interesting features: turn the car off and the engine will stop, but everything else remains on until you get out and lock the car.
The steering has an artificial weightiness to it, but it's direct and responsive nonetheless. The TwinPower turbocharged inline-6 mill is a pleasure to exploit. Coupe and Gran Coupe models also get a power sunroof. If there is an even bigger disappointment, it's in the price of the car. In Edmunds testing, a coupe with the automatic transmission raced to 60 mph in just 5.
The extreme left and right apron corners reveal vertical air channels for the Air Curtains. The three-part, wide air intakes in the front apron emphasize this effect. The Sport and M Sport also include M Sport suspension tuning, summer performance tires and 10-way sport front seats, while the M Sport further adds aerodynamic exterior trim and a sport steering wheel. Highs and Lows Highs: Great coupe looks, spacious cabin, serious thrust. With the seat backs down flat, load capacity increases to 45.
And to my eyes, the slight revision in the roofline and trunk lid creates the most attractive four-door 3-cum-4 Series yet. Transmission choices on most rear-wheel-drive models include either a 6-speed manual or an 8-speed automatic with paddle shifters. What's more, the silhouette is half an inch 12 mm higher to offer more headroom and comfort for rear-seat passengers. Perhaps to make up for it, on the tester, at least, the eight-speed automatic offers a launch-control mode: put the car into Sport+, the shifter into S, your left foot on the brake and your right foot briefly flooring the gas and holding at 2,000 rpm. This equipment package is comprised of elements that emphasize street performance - for example, aerodynamic features like the large air intake up front, the diffuser insert in the rear bumper and rocker panel trim matching the color of the vehicle. You'll like this car if.
The alternator will kick in when needed to make up for what the regen braking may lack. The original warranty is often broken down into multiple sections, including: Basic Warranty: Typically covers everything except for parts that wear out through normal use of the vehicle. Precisely 20 years ago, its lineup consisted of four models: the now-defunct 8 Series, and the still-going-strong 3, 5 and 7 Series. The space between the dashboard and the centre stack seems a missed opportunity as well. When the road bends, the 4 Series is marvelously balanced for a luxury sport two-door and easily instills driver confidence.
With an even 300 horses and torques, the 435i pulls ever so nicely in any situation. The 8-speed automatic transmission is more efficient in all variants, and achieves better fuel economy than the optional 6-speed manual. Luggage space is generous, even in the convertible. Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. This allows the alternator to reduce its load on the engine, helping not only to save fuel but also to help the engine deliver all its power to acceleration at times. One of three additional trim packages can be added to all 4 Series models: Luxury, Sport and M Sport. And, as a substitute to, say, a compact sport-ute from one of the premium German brands, it comes with an equally premium price.