We’re talking nearly $70,000 for a standard 2017 BMW 420i Coupe, but I actually think that’s quite good value.
Yes, that’s a fair amount of money for what is essentially an entry-level model, however you really feel a million bucks getting about in the BMW 4 Series Coupe.
In a lot of ways this car feels like it should cost a lot more money.
It has that big and sexy coupe look and presence about it, the usual BMW quality feel, and a nice interior that holds up really well against much more expensive variants (i.e. it is essentially the same).
But on the road, especially if you love to get out on the open road, well it certainly rides and handles like a BMW – and that means it is a joy to drive.
The only thing is, and maybe I’m spoiled a bit because of the amount of time I have spent in more powerful BMW vehicles, is that it just feels a little under done in the engine department.
When you slide into the big BMW coupe you expect a certain amount of performance, and the 2.0 litre turbocharged engine does try, it’s just lacking that little bit extra to take it from adequate power to satisfying power.
The official numbers here are 135kW/270Nm.
Yes, you can step up to the higher-output BMW 430i Coupe version – this brings a much more satisfying 185kW/350Nm and a price jump of over $10,000 (from $82,900)
And you’re looking at a figure just shy of $100,000 for the even more powerful six-cylinder version.
So, certainly there is a compromise there if the 420i is where your budget will run to, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider this car.
Some of the other really positive bits include the new version of the iDrive infotainment system, the addition of digital radio, and the good-sized boot and cabin storage areas (though not so much the centre console).
As noted again last week in my BMW 440i Gran Coupe Review, the iDrive system does have a frustration (for me) – you can only scroll through a menu to the top or bottom, rather than it looping around to the start.
Again though, the 440i Coupe has a nice steering wheel, easy to read gauges and easy to use controls.
The rear seat is a challenge for a full-sized adult to access, when you have contorted yourself into the back you will find adequate head and legroom, though like any coupe the back seat really is only there for occasional use.
Lovely car, very hard to fault, but it could use just a bit more get up and go to meet your expectations and match with the other very pleasing attributes of this model.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 BMW 420i Coupe
- Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 135kW/270Nm
- Transmission: Six-speed manual or eight-speed auto
- Safety: Not tested
- Warranty: Three years
- Origin: Germany
- Price: from $68,900