2015 BMW 4-Series | new car review

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 by
2015 BMW 4-Series
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  • Rated 4.5 stars
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AEDAED 195,000 - 299,000
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  • Last modified: January 26, 2015
  • Exterior
    Editor: 90%
  • Interior
    Editor: 80%
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Features
    Editor: 80%
  • Performance
    Editor: 90%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%

Review Summary:

Since images of the 4-Series Concept made their way online back in 2012, people commonly associated it as nothing more than a 3-Series . However, with the 4-Series being 14 mm longer, 14 mm wider and 52 mm closer to the ground, there’s enough to differentiate the two.

Pros

Exterior design is guaranteed to make it stand out from the crowd.
Great list of features on offer.

Cons

The price doesn't seem fully justified.

Looks

The combination of sharp lines, protruding wheel arches, tire wells filled with 17 inch alloys, air vents along the front fender, a fast sloping roofline and a prominent bootdeck lid – calling the 4-Series anything apart from drop dead gorgeous would be an understatement. When parked beside competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Audi A5, the 2015 BMW 4-Series takes pride in making the competition look archaic.

2015 BMW 4-Series top

Feels

The interior is nearly identical to that of the 3-Series, and usually we’d have an issue with that, but not this time. With ample amounts of leather and a fair bit of soft-touch materials to accompany, hard plastics are hidden in areas most people don’t usually dig into. The 2+2 layout welcomes passengers in the rear seats with 2 speakers on either side and well bolstered seats – proving that comfort need not be sacrificed for sportiness.

2015 BMW 4-Series interior

Engineering

Unlike most other cars, the Head-Up Display projects a lot more than just the speed limit on the windscreen. Information regarding the navigation system, radio station, track titles, phone book entries and call lists can all be projected onto the windscreen. Moreover, for those concerned with saving fuel and enjoying a smoother drive, the 4-Series is equipped with an Optimum Shift Indicator that lights up in the instrument cluster to show the ideal time for upshifting or downshifting.

2015 BMW 4-Series side

What’s on offer?

The 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine fitted into the 428i is packed with 245 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque thanks to its TwinScroll turbocharger. But since that isn’t enough for petrolheads, the 435i receives a 3.0 litre V6 twin turbo engine that produces a ground shaking 306 horsepower, 400 Nm of torque and is expected to propel the 1,970kg monster from 0 – 100 km/h in a blistering 5.4 seconds. For those looking a simple urban crawler, there’s the 420i with 184 horsepower and 270 Nm of torque as well.

2015 BMW 4-Series front

Summing it…

Clearly the BMW 4-Series isn’t a 3-Series with two less doors. It’s practical, looks stunning and packs powerful engines under the hood. But does it all sound too good to be true? Well it is, because you’d have to shell out AED 195,000 to buy one, which is a significant sum of money!

2015 BMW 4-Series rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 BMW 420i2015 BMW 428i2015 BMW 435i
Engine/ Cylinders2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl2.0 litre Twin turbo 4 cyl3.0 litre Twin turbo V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
184 hp @ 6,250 RPM245 hp @ 6,500 RPM306 hp @ 6,000 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
270 Nm @ 4,500 RPM350 Nm @ 4,800 RPM400 Nm @ 5,000 RPM
Tranmission8 speed automatic8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h7.3 secs5.9 secs5.4 secs
Top speed236 km/h250 km/h250 km/h
PriceAED 195,000 - 219,000AED 239,000 - 249,000AED 275,000 - 299,000

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