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Driven: BMW 420d Coupe M Sport

2017-09-28 07:00

Image: Wheels24 / Warren Wilson

Cape Town - BMW updated its 4 Series model range in July and recently we sampled the 420d Coupe fitted with an M Sport pack. 

Our test unit garnered lots of attention for one reason: Its 'Snapper Rocks Blue' hue, is eye-catching to say the least. Enough about the colour, what's new on this refreshed 4 Series? 

140kW and a hefty 400Nm

On the outside, you'll notice LED headlights instead of the usual xenon units; for added illumination all models are equipped with LED front foglights as standard.

The designers have made subtle tweaks to the air intakes and there's also a new rear apron. 'Our' M Sport unit featured 19-inch wheels and a few M badges on the 

The 2.0-litre turbodiesel engine produces 140kW and a hefty 400Nm. Our test unit had optional paddle shifts, but the smooth 8-speed automatic gearbox was best left to its own devices, changing at the right time. 

The M Sport package, which adds R40 100 to the list price of R660 100, includes sports seats, M suspension and a thick-rimmed M sport steering wheel. For a full list click here. 

The engine however isn't going to blow your hairback like a North Korean missile launch, you're better off with a 440i for that. 

But what it does offer is sharp dynamics, connected steering and a well-made cabin. 

The iDrive system is intuitive and easy to use, offering connectivity to the driver. The optional Harmon Kardon sound system is fantastic, offering crisp and clear sound from its multiple speakers. 

Driver's can choose between four different modes, we found the 'comfort' setting best for everyday driving and 'sport' for when you're keen on tackling a mountain pass early one Saturday morning. 

The sport seats offer supple cushioning even for bigger-built adults. 

A big boon in this particular model is the fuel consumption. The car arrived with a range of around 750km and during the week test averaged 6.8-litres/100km, which is very impressive. BMW claims an impossible 4.0-litre/100km. 

Rouel van Nelson shares his experience on driving the 420d - 

The M sportpack compliments the good looks of the 420d Coupe but it's the fuel economy numbers that ties in with what the automaker wanted to achieve with the vehicle.

In a nutshell, BMW seeked to design a goodlooking vehicle with the emphasis on it being an economic coupe. 

As the drive is concerned, the 420d Coupe is precise when going about corners and thoroughly comfortable. The gear changing from the 8-speed gearbox is hardly ever felt when in transition, even when giving it the full beans.

Ideally speaking, you get more than whats expected from the 420d and its diesel engine when you summarise the engine as a whole.

For one, its a beautifully designed car. Secondly, it has enough power for when needs be as it is by no means a fire breathing dragon. Lastly, it hits home as a practical and joyful car to drive.

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