Evolving with talent: the 2014 BMW 4-series
The BMW 3 Series succeeded in setting the benchmark for sporty compact luxury vehicles, so what do we have to expect from the 2014 BMW 4-series?
It has to be said that the 4 series has evolved almost seamlessly from the 3 Series (why fix something that isn’t broken and just so happens to lay golden eggs right?) consequently its layout and structure are predominantly the same, but there are a number of developments which serve to justify the shiny new 4 series badge.
In a general sense the 4 has lost some weight and spruced up its look much like someone getting back into the game after a breakup. Yes it still wears the same bonnet and it still dresses for its type, but from there the body is unique. The 3 series was a far from an ugly car; yet it’s fair to say that 2014 BMW 4-series has come back sexier than ever before. The widest point is also now at the rear of the vehicle, which gives it a subtly power hungry aesthetic and compliments its rear wheel drive. It’s also slightly bigger and slightly lower.
Inside, it’s pretty much what we’ve come to expect for a BMW so you probably won’t find yourself feeling lost in this new machine. You get all the luxury BMW mod cons you would expect plus the boot and rear is spacious, lending much to its practical appeal as a classic all-rounder vehicle.
What really makes it stand out from its rivals such as Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe is its rear wheel drive layout. When combined with the class leading 3 Series style handling dynamics and almost perfect 50/50 weight distribution (Supported by super effective traction and stability systems to keep the back wheels in check) the 2014 BMW 4-series offers a high functioning and enjoyable performance. The comfort setting gives a very pleasant drive, but when you flip the switch up to sport mode, you can really feel the dynamics tighten up and become much more responsive; allowing the driver to make the most of what this 4 series has to offer. That being said, the 4 Series boasts comparatively low emissions at 124g/km for a car of this type which is always a bonus for the owner and a win for the engineers back in Munich.
The 2014 BMW 4-series isn’t just sporting a slightly new look and showing that it can do everything it wants, it’s been working out a bit as well. If you’re looking at a diesel car then the base model is a 181bhp turbocharged 2.0ltr engine for the 420 coupe, 218bhp on the 425d and then the 435d XDrive has a healthy 218bhp at its disposal. On the petrol engine front the 420i is your basic with 184bhp in the form of a turbocharged 2.0ltr 4 cylinder engine. This goes up to a 302bhp 6 cylinder engine for the 435i coupe, and if you’re feeling really flash you can top off the list with the M4- a twin turbo 6 cylinder behemoth giving you a whopping 431bhp to play around with.
So what are the downsides to the 4 series? Well there aren’t really many things to fault, but some people think it’s a bit of a ‘mature’ car and there is also a distinct lack of originality when it comes to the inner compartment. BMW could’ve also been a bit more adventurous in general to really differentiate itself from the 3 Series and to justify itself as a new class.
Other than that, what do we see here in the new 2014 BMW 4-series models? The majority of changes to the 2014 BMW 4-series are to make it a bit better than its predecessor in all counts. In fairness the 3 series is a winning formula so why fix what’s not broken when you can improve it? Yet it has to be said that there is a consistent level of distinction with this car that rival manufacturers like Audi and Mercedes struggle to compete with. Its great performance and handling dynamics combined with great day to day functionality and the fact that it’s a damn stylish vehicle firmly prove that it is genuinely at the top of its class.
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