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Even though BMW’s 4 Series has only arrived in showrooms this week, you can already save yourself more than £2,000 on list prices online, making this coupe a better value proposition.
The BMW 3 Series Coupe has been a firm favourite on UK roads over the decades, offering a dash of style and impressive roadholding for a small premium over the 3 Series saloon.
BMW may have changed the name from 3 Series to 4 Series for this new coupe, but the recipe is exactly the same – powerful engines and agile handling set the tone. The 4 Series is enjoyable to drive and a variety of responsive turbocharged petrol and diesel engines are available, from frugal 2.0-litre motors to potent 3.0-litre powerhouses.
Buyers can choose between manual and automatic gearboxes and rear and four-wheel drive, which means you can avoid the normal BMW affliction of being marooned in the snow should we have another cold winter.
The interior and boot are surprisingly large for a chic coupe too, making the 4 Series barely less practical than the 3 Series saloon, though it does have a £3,000 premium over the saloon. However, the 4 Series is better equipped than the saloon and generous discounts on the new model offer some compensation.
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Top choice diesel BMW 4 Series for under £30,000
The chances are, the most popular 4 Series will be the 420d SE, which is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine. It may be the least powerful 4 Series, but it accelerates to 62mph in a swift 7.5 seconds and official economy is impressive at 60.1mpg.
Standard equipment for the 420d SE is pretty comprehensive with heated leather seats, xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, a digital radio and automatic lights and wipers all included.
Also standard are Bluetooth, a USB connection for your phone or MP3 player, dual zone air conditioning and cruise control, so you shouldn’t feel short changed – especially following a £2,100 discount from Carfile, bringing the price down to £29,419.
Speedy petrol BMW 4 Series with £2,195 discount
Up the budget a little and you can find the petrol powered 428i in performance oriented M Sport specification for £33,170 – a saving of £2,195. The 428i has a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine that really packs a punch, accelerating to 62mph in 5.9 seconds. Despite its performance, official fuel economy is still on the right side of 42mpg, so you shouldn’t have to spend too much on fuel.
M Sport specification adds a load of extra equipment, including body hugging front sports seats, a striking body kit, 18-inch alloy wheels, plus satellite navigation. It also includes firmer suspension so you might want to try before you buy to make sure the ride is not too harsh for you.
Save over £5,000 on top of the range BMW 3 Series Coupe
There are still some previous generation 3 Series Coupes left in showrooms, with even more attractive discounts than the 4 Series. If you fancy a high specification 335i Sport Plus, Nationwide Cars is offering more than £5,345 off the list price, bringing the cost down to £34,300. This model has a potent 3.0-litre turbocharged motor, which catapults it to 62mph in just 5.5 seconds, though fuel economy is not great, with an official figure of 33.6mpg.
In contrast to put a new 435i Luxury on the drive, you’ll have to find £38,017 – even after a discount of more than £2,300 from Carfile. So it’s worth thinking about whether you’d rather save more than £3,700 and buy the 3 Series or if it’s worth the extra expense to you to have the newer model.
Hot Car Deals:
- BMW 420d SE – £29,419 at Carfile
- BMW 428i M Sport – £33,170 at Carfile
- BMW 335i Sport Plus – £34,300 at Nationwide Cars
- BMW 435i Luxury – £38,017 at Carfile
Hot Car Deal hunters please note:
- The car brokers and deals featured are not vetted, endorsed or recommended by Which?. Always check the specifics of the deal so you know exactly what you are getting and who is supplying the car. Make sure all aspects of the deal are confirmed in writing before committing to buy.
- Not all brokers deal in UK sourced vehicles, and this may have an impact on standard equipment and warranty levels.
- The term ‘pre-reg’ or ‘pre-registered’ refers to vehicles that are brand new but already registered with the DVLA. This means that you will appear as the second owner on the V5 registration document.
- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.