What makes the BMW 420d Gran Coupe Sport Line Sports Auto a strong contender in the Business Class category of the 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank? We investigate…
Compared with the popular 3 Series sedan, the BMW 4 Series offers something with a little more style to harness BMW’s famed dynamics. The sloping rear roofline gives it a coupe look, but in the case of this Gran Coupe, BMW still squeezes in 2 rear doors. So yes, it is a 3 Series but in a sexier shape. The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe blends practicality and sensibility with breathtaking looks, making it a formidable contender in this category.
3 Reasons Why BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a #CarsAwards Finalist
1. Strong performance
The engine under the bonnet of the BMW 420d is a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine with 140 kW and a mighty 400 Nm on tap.There’s a distinct performance edge to the vehicle but at no point does it ever sound strained, which is unheard of for a diesel. It’s also surprisingly frugal at the pumps and will do a massive 1 357 km between refills. BMW claims a consumption figure of 4.2 L/100 km.
2. Dynamic handler
The increased suspension stiffness for the facelifted 4 Series has improved its handling abilities as it corners flatter and faster than its more popular 4-door sibling. The increased agility hasn’t affected the ride comfort at all and, on the average commute, comfort mode is sufficiently pliant. Bumps are neatly soaked up and even with the run-flat tyres, the ride is reasonably forgiving.
The steering has also been improved to deliver more feel to the driver. While an electrically assisted steering setup, in general, is not great at providing feel and feedback to the driver, the 420d feels quite well connected to the road with a meaty weighting to the turn.
3. Pleasant interior
The BMW 420d’s cabin is well-built and not lacking in features – provided you’re willing to tick a few options. The interior of the BMW 420d Gran Coupe has received a few material upgrades (as is the custom with facelift models). The infotainment screen has improved resolution and graphics, more high gloss material is used to border the centre stack of dials, the sports steering wheel has been upgraded and there’s an optional digital instrument display available – like the one offered in the new 5 Series.
Worthwhile options are: the reverse-view camera with park distance control, sports seats that are most supportive, active cruise control and the navigation system that incorporates real-time traffic updates.
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