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Although it isn't as potent as the 435i, the 420i is more than capable of delivering the same fun-to-drive characteristics.

21 Mar 2014

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BMW has forged a formidable reputation with a long line of impressive coupes and the latest edition - the all new 4 Series is a stunner.

Effectively the next generation of the 3 Series Coupe, you won't be surprised to find that the 4 Series follows the 3 Series quite closely in terms of engine lineup.

The only difference between the two variants that can be spotted with the naked eye is perhaps the exhaust pipe

At the top of the table is the 435i, followed by the 428i, and last but not least, the newcomer 420i which sums up the 4 Series range locally.

We remembered having a hell lot of fun with the 435i and this time around, we got to bring the baby 4 Series out for spin to see if it is just as entertaining.

Up close and Personal

Kudos to you if you can spot the difference in flesh between the 420i and its other half in a glance. Look closely enough and maybe you can find your answer.

The 435i sports twin exhaust pipes and wears 19-inch shoes whereas its younger brother's feet are one size smaller with only one tailpipe.

But both cars sport the same long and wide look, a spearing bonnet as well as beautifully sculpted coachwork, which is really visually arresting.

The 4 Series demands its sporting rights as soon as you are seated in the cockpit. You'll feel that you sit considerably lower than in the 3 Series sedan but the dashboard and high-quality fit and finish have been carried over.

The 4 Series is also more spacious in the back than the old 3 Series Coupe, helped by a longer wheelbase of 50mm, but the headroom has been compromised slightly by the sloping roofline, which may induce a bit of cabin fever for some passengers.

Boot size of the 4 Series (above) has increased by 15 litres over the 3 Series Coupe
Car Information
This model is no longer being sold by local distributors


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Engine Type


4-cylinder in-line TwinPower Turbocharged

Engine Cap





135kW (181 bhp) / 5000 rpm



270 Nm / 4500 rpm



8-speed (A)

Acceleration (0-100 km/h)



Top Speed



Fuel consumption



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