Following a decision by BMW to revamp its Series numbering system, the BMW 3 Series Coupe metamorphosed into the BMW 4 Series Coupe. BMW decided to reserve odd numbers for saloons and hatchbacks, and even numbers for coupe and convertible models. However, this is far more than just a renumbering exercise.
Handling is sharper than ever with power delivered to a grippy rear axle. There is eve a 4 wheel drive version for those who feel the need for even more grip. The emphasis has definitely been on the sportiness of the car at the expense of some comfort courtesy of a firm adaptive suspension – even at its softest setting.
As it is a BMW, there is a dazzling array of engines to choose from. Engines start with the 188bhp 2.0-Litre diesel BMW 420d which provides a smooth 0-62mph in 7.3 seconds, through to the BMW 435d which can cover the 0-62mph range in an eye-watering 4.7 seconds. However, it is the BMW 420d that most would probably enjoy, particularly it reasonable 58.9mpg fuel economy. All models, except the 430d and 435d that are automatic only, offer either a 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic.
With a tidy looking dashboard, the standard editions all come with Sat Nav, cruise control, Bluetooth, DAB, heated leather seats, xenon headlights and rear parking sensors. Having been derived from the Series 3, there is reasonable comfort for 4 adults and offers a 445-Litre boot to carry the luggage. However, in its conversion to a 2-door, there is some loss of leg room in the rear seats.