Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coupe Style with Saloon Car Space

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coupe Style with Saloon Car Space

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Byline: Ian Donaldson

IF you fancy a coupe but might find a mere two doors and small rear seats a problem then BMW offers a solution in the shape of the 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Depending on your thinking, it's either a coupe with a couple of extra doors or a saloon with a more dashing rear end.

Either way, BMW believes it will sell thousands of them to UK buyers delighted at the prospect of coupe(ish) looks in a practical fourdoor car.

Prices start at PS28,500 for a version aimed at the company car driver denied anything with only two doors and BMW has conjured up its usual blitz of versions heading up the price, performance and luxury scale from the 418d's base camp.

All of them (apart from the 418d, which comes only as a Gran Coupe) are priced the same as the equivalent Coupe and come as standard with powered opening and closing of their big boot, with the same carrying capacity as the closely related and big selling 3 Series saloon.

Which makes the Coupe look expensive (minus two doors and that clever boot lid) or the Gran Coupe look a bit of a bargain in BMW terms.

If you fall for the purer lines of the Coupe, you'll no doubt consider it money well spent. BMW expects to sell more Coupes than Gran Coupes, which shows that style wins this one.

Buy a Gran Coupe in favour of a similarly engined 3 Series saloon and you'll pay a PS3,000 premium for the standout looks, while losing a little rear head and knee room for the privilege of a swoopy roof line.

What you'll also get is a well equipped car, with 17-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, digital radio, cruise control, heated front seats, parking sensors front and rear, climate control and xenon headlights as standard fare, along with the automatic tailgate.

It wouldn't be a BMW without a list of tempting options at the ready, headed perhaps by a PS1,890 Professional satellite navigation package with big, clear display replacing the smaller screen (and no navigation) that comes as standard on the base SE car. …

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