It's a half-inch wider than the sedans, but the roofline is some 2 inches lower. Those looking for something more exciting may want to opt for the 435i version that uses a 300-hp turbocharged inline six. On the other hand, the lack of a B-pillar between the side windows helps make up the difference. With the seats up, it can carry the same amount of cargo as the 3 Series sedan 17 cubic feet , but because the Gran Coupe is a , you can fold down the rear seats and create nearly 46 cubic feet of cargo space. In fact, our testing revealed that the 428i with the lightning-quick automatic transmission was quicker from zero to 60 mph than the more powerful 435i with the six-speed manual. It's more elegant, like a Regal or an F-Type or-shut your mouth-a Mustang. The Technology package adds a voice-controlled navigation system, a higher-resolution 8.
Tipping the scales at 3,065 lbs. Its four-cylinder engine delivers remarkably punchy and quick acceleration, along with an engaging engine and exhaust note that will have you winding up through the gears, fuel economy be damned. I used it heavily in country highway cruising and even on suburban Toronto roads. Instead of a trunk door, it has a power tailgate that opens high for easy loading. The fully or even semi fully loaded 4 series will cause you to dig deep into your pocket book or wallet. By being horizontally opposed, the 200 hp 2. Our all-wheel drive tester left the factory almost fully loaded save the active handling and technology packages.
The iDrive screen and rear-view mirror sit together too closely and impede your forward view. Both are based on the same 3 Series platform, have nearly identical designs, and, most obviously, have 4 doors. It really is a stunning car with sporty, sleek lines that invoke speed and luxury and had more than one passerby stopping for a third look and a chat. End to end the two-door Coupe and four-door Gran Coupe are identical at 4,638 millimeters, as is the case from side to side and from axle to axle, which measure 1,825 millimeters and 2,810 millimeters respectively. Can't comment on closing experience because ended up buying with another dealer because of my choice of color and package options in the car. Hinged at the top of the rear window, this hidden hatchback opens wide granting better access to the rear storage than a trunk does. Furthermore, it fires off some very satisfying rev-matched downshifts in S mode.
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. However, the powertrain is hard to criticize; particularly if you like a smooth revving turbocharged engine and a fuel efficient eight-speed transmission. As mentioned earlier, Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press I love the lines on this car. The answer isn't entirely clear here. Our example puts that power to the rear wheels via an excellent eight-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters -- as far as I can tell, the only gearbox available at this trim level. The 428i uses a 2.
While the 3-Series lineup has a diesel and even an ActiveHybrid edition, there's no such thing in the works for the 4-Series. Acceleration and passing power were impressive. It's by default a grand tourer, but adaptive driving systems mean you can tailor its steering weight, shift schedule, and throttle maps. It's powered by the same 2-liter TwinPower turbocharged engine producing 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion.
Additionally, there's not much feedback from the electric power steering setup, which gives the car a fairly lifeless feel. However, these features are available at a cost. The Bad Everything's an option. Surround-view cameras are available, too. Did not felt pressured to make the purchase, but I am glad that I did got a great deal and Benny helped us out with a great apr. As the name implies, the Luxury package adds upgraded leather in the cabin, a choice of three interior wood trims, unique color combinations, and exterior high-gloss chrome accents.
All of the systems movements were smooth and progressive, the car took off quickly once the car ahead moved and I never felt the need to hit the brake pedal though of course I had it covered just in case. With good power delivery from the 2-liter engine, excellent handling from its chassis upgrades, and great grip, the 428i Gran Coupe is just as grin inducing a drive as its two-doored sister. It's a four-door with a fastback profile of the 4-Series. The two engines offered are a 240-hp turbo-4 displacing 2. The down side is that the ride was firm in the car we drove, letting in more road irregularities and making it a bit less comfortable on the highway. Silken, like a Rocky Mountain lake on a clear day; ripple free like none of my shirts, ever — ironing is hard. M Sport, Sport, and Luxury are the three divisions, available on any 4-Series model.
The only thing that is a little squirrely is there is no spare tire. The stability control system integrates several features designed to improve braking performance, such as periodically wiping the brake rotors dry when the windshield wipers are in use and automatically snugging the pads to the rotors when the driver abruptly lifts off the gas. Called the Fiat 500L-Vans design concept, the concept features visual accents inspired by the original Vans hi-top shoe. A four-door hatchback with coupe-like styling called the Gran Coupe is new to the 4 Series range for the 2015 model year. Be sure to use our recommended dealer. Squint a bit and you can see the.
Making that distinct Renesis whirl, the Mazda sounds better than the Subaru when you step hard on the gas with the majority of the mechanical symphony emitting from the exhaust. Furthermore, it fires off some very satisfying rev-matched downshifts in S mode. Transmission choices — an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual in 428i and 435i coupes — are exceptional. A or is a four-door sedan, or is a two-door, um, coupe. The turbo four proved to be an excellent engine, with no noticeable turbo lag and plenty of power. There are many stand-alone options as well.
Among the more prominent offerings are the Premium Package that features hands-free trunk opening you use a foot gesture and replaces the faux leather upholstery with the real thing, and the Technology Package with navigation and dedicated apps. The glass-to-metal ratio is spot-on, the stance still decathlete, and the shoulder line still creased like a great dry cleaner had the final say. The truth is that their differences are outweighed by their similarities, the most prominent being that no 3- or 4-series is as engaging as in years past. Most of our odds and ends ended up in the cupholders and the door sills. Fortunately for me, my time with the 428i Gran Coupe xDrive was bright and sunny, which was as ideal for driving as it was for taking photos. Is it a sportier 3 Series Sedan or a more functional 4 Series Coupe? Perfectly weighted steering, an eagerness to change direction and the way the balanced chassis communicates to the driver put both vehicles near the top of affordable drivers cars.