You are here:


BMW 4-series updated

10.07.2017

The BMW 4-series has been on sale for around four years now and it was time for the German car maker to give the range a slight revision. I joined the national motoring media in the Lowveld in sampling the updated Coupe, Cabriolet and four-door GranCoupe

What has changed?

On the face of it, there are new LED headlights which not only feature new daytime running lights, but also a menacing black finish to enhance their look. The same applies to the rear with LED lights and an all-round more fluid design.

Aside from this, the only other exterior changes are new alloy wheel designs and two new colours; the eye-catching Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange.

Has anything changed inside?

Yes, BMW has added some new technology inside to what I reckon is still a pretty well designed interior with top quality materials. It all feels very well put together as one would expect from a car in this segment.

Some of the cars I drove featured a digital instrument cluster which seems to be the latest must-have item in your car. It has the ability to change its look, colour and theme depending on which drive mode you select. There’s the option of Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport modes. Further changes regarding technology can be found in the iDrive infotainment system.

BMW has loaded its updated software to include the same style menu as the 5-and 7-series. It takes some getting used to and does not have the same touchscreen compatibility, but looks better than before and also features updated Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

About the experience

Seeing as we were in the Lowveld, BMW had plotted a fantastic route filled with hundreds of kilometres of open roads meandering through the mountains.

I opted for the 420i GranCoupe initially because aside from it being my first drive in this particular model, I had also never driven a 4-series fitted with this engine. Other models in the range include the 430i, 440i and 420d. The diesel engine is only available in the Coupe and GranCoupe.

After a good few kilometres, I arrived at our lunch venue with a massive smile on my face. The 420i might not be the most rapid within the 4-series range, but it still develops 135kW and now features a revised suspension for improved handling.

Lunch over, I decided to get into the 420i Cabriolet which has a metal folding roof. It sure looks good with the roof down and while nothing comes close to matching drop-top motoring, especially given our location, the Cabriolet didn’t feel as planted or as light as the GranCoupe, preferring instead to be a comfortable cruiser.

Following a long but exciting day, I can report that the updated 4-series remains an attractive buy. I was very impressed with the performance of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in the 420i, as well as the overall driving dynamics of the GranCoupe.

While the exterior changes are difficult to spot, what is more noticeable is the range pricing. BMW claims it has fought long and hard to include an array of standard equipment for the price, as well as improving finance options to make it easier for buyers to get in and out of a 4-series. 

Pricing
Coupe
420i - R603 200
420i Steptronic - R624 400
420d - R639 300
420d Steptronic - R660 100
430i - R690 300
430i Steptronic - R711 100
440i Steptronic - R861 100

GranCoupe
420i - R603 200
420i Steptronic - R624 400
420d - R639 300
420d Steptronic - R660 100
430i - R690 300
430i Steptronic - R711 100
440i Steptronic - R861 100

Cabriolet
420i - R715 400
420i Steptronic - R736 200
430i - R827 600
430i Steptronic - R848 400
440i Steptronic - R985 100

Article written by Justin Jacobs
10.07.2017
Comments
You have an opportunity to be the first by writing a comment about this article. Ask a question or share your opinion!
 
Notify me via email when someone comments or replies
- Enter security code