Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 7, 2013

Summary

The all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series is a clear physical and spiritual successor to the 3 Series coupe, and is poised to become an outstanding choice in its class.

NewCarTestDrive.com correspondent Laura Burstein filed this report after her test drive of the BMW 4 Series near Seattle.

Model Line Overview
Model lineup:BMW 428i ($40,500); 428i xDrive ($42,500); 435i ($46,000); 435 xDrive ($48,000)
Engines:turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4; turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6
Transmissions:6-speed manual; 8-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard):dual front airbags, front passenger side-impact airbags, full-cabin head protection airbags, tire-pressure monitor, traction control, anti-lock brakes, Dynamic Stability Control and post-impact system to unlock doors, switch on hazard and interior lighting and disable fuel pump
Safety equipment (optional):all-wheel drive, park distance control, side/top view cameras, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian warning, collision mitigation
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Munich, Germany
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSPR):BMW 428i coupe ($40,500)
Standard equipment:automatic climate control, SensaTec vinyl upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver memory, pushbutton start, leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with controls, cruise control, onboard computer, Bluetooth, BMW's iDrive interface with 6.5-inch display screen, audio system with CD player, HD radio and USB port, universal garage door opener, split folding rear seat, power moonroof, foglamps, rain-sensing automatic wipers, automatic stop/start, xenon adaptive headlights with auto-leveling, power folding exterior mirrors with automatic dimming, 17-inch alloy wheels, run-flat all-season tires
Options as tested (MSPR):Sparkling Brown metallic paint ($550); Sport line ($2,100): Sport seats, unique interior trim with contrast stitching, high-gloss black kidney grille bars and exhaust pipe tips, M sport suspension, unique 18-inch alloy double-spoke wheels; Cold Weather Package ($700): heated steering wheel, heated front seats, retractable headlight washers; Driver Assistance Package ($950): rearview camera, park distance control; Dynamic Handling Package ($1,000): Adaptive M suspension, variable sport steering; Premium Package ($2,200): leather upholstery, keyless access, lumbar support and satellite radio with one year subscription
Destination charge:$925
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSPR):$50925
Layout:rear-wheel drive
Engine:2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ rpm):241 @ 5000-6500
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm):258 @ 1250-4800
Transmission:8-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:23/35 mpg
Wheelbase:110.6 in.
Length/width/height:182.6/71.9/54.2 in.
Track, f/r:60.8/62.8 in.
Turning circle:37.1 ft.
Seating Capacity:4
Head/hip/leg room, f:39.8/na/42.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:36.1/na/33.7 in.
Cargo volume:15.7 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:independent, double-pivot lower control arms, coil springs, twin-tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Suspension, r:independent five-link, coil springs, twin-tube shocks, anti-roll bar
Ground clearance:5.1 in.
Curb weigth:3470 lbs.
Tires:225/50R17
Brakes, f/r:ventilated disc/ventilated disc with ABS, Cornering Brake Control
Fuel capacity:15.8 gal.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSPR) effective as of October 7, 2013.Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable. Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-831-1117 - www.bmwusa.com