4 Series line may not yet have 440i model, but it still has plenty of character, style
BMW's ever-growing list of 3 Series & 4 Series variants proves that luxury car buyers can't get enough of the most iconic Ultimate Driving Machine
The compact executive car par excellence, manufactured by the German automaker, is hitting it again on 2016. We are speaking, of course, about the 2016 BMW 4 Series.
The first notice we had about the BMW 4 Series was back in December 2012, and they were released in 2013 starting with the 2014 model. The 4 Series concept was ground-breaking: a sporty look car but familiar at the same time.
For 2016, the BMW 4 Series gets 18-inch wheels and one of the biggest news, the Sport Line is now standard. It includes a gloss black exterior trim, sport front seats, an upgraded instrument cluster and a sport steering wheel. Also, a new track handling package will replace the Dynamic Handling package (which will include sport brakes). Lastly, the available self-parking system will now be able to handle perpendiculars and parallel jobs.
Both of the 4 Series models, the 428i and the 435i, are available as a two-door coupe and a retractable-hardtop convertible. The BMW 428i has multiple features, always thinking about making your life easier. Some of them are auto-diming mirrors, 10-way power front seats, driver memory settings, fold-down rear seatbacks (yes, the convertible too), BMW Assist and BMW's iDrive electronics interface with a 6.5-inch display screen.
The 435i model mainly adds a more powerful engine, keyless ignition and entry, a foot sensor on the trunk and a 16-speaker Harman Kardan audio system.
Same engines, still the best performance
The BMW 2015 4 series comes with either rear-drive or all-wheel drive. Even if the 6-speed manual transmission is an option in the coupes, they all come with an 8-speed automatic transmission by default. Also, in order to save fuel, all the models come with an automatic stop-start function that turns off the car anytime it stops.
The 428i model uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. The coupe model reaches the 60 mph in 5.4 seconds with the rear-wheel drive and 5.6 with the AWD.
The 435i has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine rated at 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque and it hits the 60mph in a quick 5.6 seconds.
The fuel consume depends on the model as well. The automatic 428i Coupe rear-wheel drive, EPA estimated, is 27 mpg combined (23/35). For the manual transmission it drops at 26 mpg (22/34). The convertible model has an EPA estimated consume of 27 mpg combined (23/34) with the RWD and 25 (21/33) for the AWD.
The 435i Coupe with rear-wheel drive and automatic transmission gest an EPA estimate of 24 mpg combined (20/31) while the manual is rated at 23 mpg combined (20/30). With AWD you are looking at 23 mpg combined for the automatic and 22 for the manual transmission. The 435i convertible with RWD gets an EPA estimate of 24 mpg combined (20/31) while the AWD gets 23 mpg (20/29).
Safety-wise, one of the newest additions is the stability control system, which gets to improve braking performance by 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.
As Edmunds experts claimed: "no rival can match this BMW's engaging demeanor, and its top-notch luxury and technology features make it uniquely well-rounded package." The 4 Series may be young, but they are here to stay.
For more information about the 2016 BMW 4 Series, or any of its sports sedan variants, contact Weatherford BMW at 855-800-7096 or visit our dealership located at 735 Ashby Ave. in Berkeley for a test drive.