The new BMW 4 Series range landed on South African shores not so long ago and we were fortunate enough to take the revised range for a day out, touring the best asphalt Mpumalanga has to offer. The spread of face-lifted models on offer were the new Coupé, Gran Coupé and Convertible, with a special guest appearance from the re-freshed M4 to top the series line-up.
At first glance the most distinctive features which set this bunch apart from their predecessors is the addition of some bright new colours. A bright orange and blue are real head turning tones, both called Sunset Orange and Snapper Rocks Blue. Another erstwhile innovation are the new full-LED headlights including BMW Selective Beam (anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant) replacing the old Xenon lamps with the rear also receiving the Bi-LED update.
Across the range you will find BMW’s latest Efficient Dynamics engines with ‘TwinPower Turbo technology guaranteeing lively performance and impressive economy in all the 420i, 430i, 440i and 420d derivatives. The 420i delivers 135kW and the 440i punches out 240kW at a combined figure of 7.5-5.5 litres/100km. The 420d diesel model delivers 140kW with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.0-4.2 litres/100km. Ensuring even more driving pleasure are the 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission and driver assistance systems such as the BMW Head-Up Display.
Once out on the incredibly scenic meanders of Mpumalanga we got to sample the range and how the manufacturer has maximised driving pleasure in the new 4 Series, as the subtle tweaks in performance enhancements have increased the agility and sportiness of the range. Thanks to a revised chassis and stiffer suspension, the cars have a lower centre of gravity creating a sportier more dynamic drive with direct steering.
Point and step on the accelerator at any stage of your drive and the new 4 series just goes exactly where it is expected. It’s just such a well constructed piece of machinery. Sportiness combined with great aesthetics, the series also gets an ABS update so there is no shortage of stopping power to go with the new range’s performace.
Inside the 4 series one can expect a more spacious cabin and a bit more head and leg room. The dash has a touch of sparkle in the way of some small chrome finishes, creating a more luxurious feel about the ride. BMW’s business Satnav screen is a standard feature across the range too which dominates the dash and makes for easier navigation.
The catch phrase for the launch was “4 means more” and I couldn’t quite decide whether it was for more driving pleasure – thanks to the vehicles amplified performance – or some of the more standard features that are now included in the range. After making aquaintance with the 420i Coupé and 430i Gran Coupé, I came to the conclusion that the car is more than the sum of its parts in all aspects and designed even more driving pleasure.