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BMW facelift 4-Series coupe

440i M-Sport
The story: It’s revision time for BMW’s 4-Series range of Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe that was launched in 2013.
Category:E Sector (Executive Cars)
Key rival:Audi A5
Price:£44,265
Efficiency:41.5 mpg
Emissions:159g/km
On sale:May 2017

The BMW 4-Series facelift comprises the traditional fare of revised front and rear lights (now LEDs), and a larger front air intake. It’s so subtle that it’ll take a certain level of BMW geekery to pick out the new car.

The BMW 4-Series tells a similar story inside, with upgraded detailing, such as chrome air vent surrounds and buttons and a high-gloss black plastic cover panel to the centre console.

BMW has dropped the entry SE trim from the Coupe and Convertible models;  lower engines start with Sport, and higher ones – 430i and 440i petrol, and 430d and 435d diesels – come only in M-Sport.

2017 BMW 4-Series M-Sport Coupe - 4

The top car this side of the M4 – the 440i – was the only Coupe available to test at the early launch event. The phenomenal performance includes a 5.0-second  0-62mph time. Better still, the 326hp petrol model still ducks below 160g/km for emissions and has an official fuel economy figure of 41.5mpg. It also sounds as good as it drives, which is pretty special.

Having revised the suspension of the Coupe and Gran Coupe, and the BMW 4-series handles better than any rival. The ride is at the hard end of acceptable, however.

Paul Barker 

 

The verdict

Decent efficiency and subtle enhancements make the new 4-Series just that little bit more desirable.