2014 Motor Trend Car of the Year: BMW 4 Series Finalist

4-Series | November 8th, 2013 by 0
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U.S. magazine MotorTrend published their 2014 Car Of The Year awards and among the finalists we have the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe. In the …

U.S. magazine MotorTrend published their 2014 Car Of The Year awards and among the finalists we have the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe.

In the United States, the Munich-based automaker will offer the BMW 428i and BMW 435i variants, both in rear-wheel driveicon1 and all-wheel drive configuration.

The price for the BMW 428i Coupe starts at $46,000 while the Sport Line package is priced at $1700. The BMW 428i Coupe is powered by the same engine as the F30 328i sedan, a 2.0 liter inline-four which makes 240 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. From 0 to 60 mph the 428i Coupe is expected to run in 5.6 seconds.

Here is what MotorTrend had to say about the 4 Series Coupe:

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Finalist: BMW 4 Series

We Like: Baby 6 Series style, buttoned-down suspenders, smoother start/stop. We Don’t Like: Filene’s Basement frills at Prada prices, clunky connectivity. “It’s a two-door 3 Series, a variant with a very light refresh,” declared Evans during Saturday morning’s welcome walk-around by way of questioning the 4 Series’ legitimacy as a contender. But by Sunday night, the 428i and 435i had proven themselves to be much more. Theodore proclaimed the 4 “the first BMW I’d consider buying in a long time,” citing its smoother, better-balanced handling and greatly improved interior relative to the 3 Series. Lieberman lauded upgrades to the 3’s “bouncy suspension and paint-shaker start/stop system.” And of the widened, lowered bodywork, design guru Gale said, “If I had to pick the top two or three cars, this car would be one of them. It’s that good.”

On the winding track, the downshift paddle often provided just enough retardation to instigate a lovely neutral drift through the tighter sweepers, though our testing crew reported more difficulty managing the transition from incipient oversteer to terminal understeer on the figure-eight course. Theodore declared, “The ride/handling balance is the best in the industry,” while noting that “both models could use a little more grip and roll control.” MacKenzie spoke for the group: “The 428i feels the sweeter of the two. You’re aware of the extra weight of the six-cylinder engine over the front wheels. The 435i pushes more at the limit, and the steering feels a tad heavier.” The 4 Series nails our performance-of-intended-function criteria better than any other car here. It ranks relatively strong in most other criteria, with the exception of value. Neither coupe had navigation, parking sensors, or even a rearview camera, and the 428i had vinyl seats! The telematics and Bluetooth integration felt about 10 years old, recognizing no apps and refusing to stream song info from smartphone audio apps. Niggles, to be sure, but sufficient to cost BMW the calipers in an exceptionally strong field.

2014 BMW 428i 2014 BMW 435i
BASE PRICE $41,425 $46,925
PRICE AS TESTED $47,125 $55,325
POWER (SAE NET) 241 hp @ 5000 rpm 302 hp @ 5800 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 258 lb-ft @ 1250 rpm 295 lb-ft @ 1200 rpm
ACCEL 0-60, MPH 5.2 sec 4.8 sec
QUARTER MILE 13.9 sec @ 98.7 mph 13.5 sec @ 103.3 mph
BRAKING 60-0, MPH 109 ft 109 ft
LATERAL ACCEL 0.90 g (avg) 0.89 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.6 sec @ 0.72 g (avg) 25.5 sec @ 0.75 g (avg)
EPA ECON (CITY/HWY) 23/35 mpg 22/32 mpg
REAL MPG (CITY/HWY) 22/35 mpg N/A