We drive the second generation of BMW’s posh hatchback on UK roads
What is it?
It’s the 2nd generation of BMW’s four-door variation of the two-door variation of a four-door cars and truck.
The 4 Collection Grandma Coupé might have felt like an odd concept when it initially came out as well as the court is still out on whether it benefits the term ‘coupé’, yet truth is that adequate individuals were seduced by the original’s mix of coupé looks and near-estate functionality. As there’s a new 3 Series and also a brand-new 4 Collection, it was only all-natural that there would certainly be a new 4 Collection Grandma Coupé.
Like its siblings, the Grandmother Coupé has actually expanded significantly compared with its predecessor: it’s 143mm longer, 27mm broader as well as 53mm taller. As a matter of fact, it’s a bit larger in every direction than also the 3 Series. Although its luggage ability is 10 litres smaller than a 3 Collection drinkery’s, the hatchback does make it a lot more useful proposition. The sloping tailgate means that proprietors of big yet claustrophobic canines will still intend to go with an estate, however.
The flooring is likewise not totally flat and having D-pillars that require to house joints and lifters for the electric tailgate introduce some pretty large blind spots.
What’s it like?
You enter the Grandma Coupé’s cabin using stylish flush door manages not found on the routine 4 Series, although you can bet your house that come renovation time, all fours will certainly have them. As soon as inside, it knows territory due to the fact that the front-seat area coincides as in any other 3 or 4 Series. You can charge BMW’s indoor designers of an absence of creativity, but when it’s this excellent, it’s barely worth dwelling on.
The 4 Series does not been available in any of the base trim degrees, so it’s always rather deluxe, as well. Every Grandma Coupé is an M Sporting activity, with warmed leather sport seats, a huge iDrive display, digital control panel and also three-zone environment control all standard.
In the rear, it trades the coupé’s specific pails for a routine bench that folds in a 40:20:40 split. Travelers taller than six-foot will certainly locate their hair cleaning the headlining and leg room is usually tight.
The engine array is a little bit less extensive than with the 3 Series too, without 418 models, and also no 430d. What’s left is a duo of four-cylinder petrol engines with rear-wheel drive, the 420i and 430i; one mild-hybrid diesel, the 420d, which can be had with rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive; and also the straight-six M440i xDrive, which additionally has a 48V mild-hybrid system.
BMW believes the 420i will be the biggest retail seller, however having driven both it as well as the 420d, we reckon the included mid-range torque and outstanding gas economic situation of the diesel fit the Gran Coupé better, being a gently showing off household cars and truck rather than a cars. The diesel is still very refined as well as the method the mild-hybrid system can close down the engine as you brake to a stop is glossy.
With 197bhp and also 295lb feet of torque, the 420d can get to 62mph in 7.3 sec. The xDrive version I drove is a little slower, taking 7.6 sec, since its extra weight greater than negates the traction advantage in the dry. The 4×4 system is perfectly balanced. The majority of the moment, you would not understand it’s there, but in slippery conditions, it resolutely resists damaging grip. On a 420d, in the UK, it’s ultimately overkill yet nice to have if you intend on seeing snowy, sloping areas frequently.
True to its showing off, almost-coupé personality, the low-speed flight is relatively firm, also in the Convenience setting of the adaptive suspension and also on non-runflat 19in tires. It’s a reasonable concession, because it’s not uncomfortable and also the cars and truck really feels grown with the corners, with pleasantly weighty guiding that will even feed back some information concerning hold levels.
Should I get one?
A 4 Series Gran Coupé is about ₤ 1000 extra costly than a two-door coupé, which itself is a lot more pricey than both the 3 Series Public House and Touring. On list price, then, it’s tough to make a logical case for the Grandma Coupé.
But that was additionally the case with the previous generation, and it didn’t quit it from outselling the two-door. It’s a similar tale with the Audi A5 Coupé as well as Sportback. Clearly, the Germans have actually located a way to make the simple five-door hatchback hot, the destination of swoopy styling with some included functionality showing difficult to resist.
It certainly helps that the remainder of the cars and truck coincides outstanding bundle we understand as well as love from the 3 Series.