The 4 Series frame has also been revised to allow the rear seats to fold down, opening up more cargo room. Even though we had a slight hiccup with an engine coil needing to be replaced we discovered this on our drive home , the whole team was helpful and got it fixed next day- at no additional charge. In the 428i, the engine started up with a cough and a shiver when I lifted my foot from the brake, but it was fast enough to keep up with other drivers. Tradeoffs for the 4 Series' performance include noticeable road noise and a stiff ride on less-than-perfect pavement. Overall, iDrive is pretty easy to use, thanks to straightforward menus, crisp graphics and quick processing times. Although unbranded, its eight speakers included a center channel and a subwoofer. And like its 4 Coupe counterpart, the 4 Cabriolet sits lower to the ground, is wider and has a longer wheelbase than the outgoing 3 Series two-door.
Even most exterior paint colors cost extra, unless you want non-metallic black or white. The addition of xDrive all-wheel drive ensures that the 4 Series is shifted via an eight-speed automatic transmission, as only rear-wheel drive versions of the coupe have access to a six-speed manual. Need directions, a weather forecast, a new radio station or to place a call? It is a simple experience for the owner, yet the mechanics are extremely complicated. This set of controls, lacking a touch pad, comes with the car when not equipped with navigation. In Edmunds testing, the stout little coupe with the automatic transmission raced to 60 mph in just 5. An optional 6-cylinder remains for those seeking more power. But compared to some rival systems, it typically requires a few more twirls and clicks to get what you want.
The Sport and M Sport also include summer performance tires and sport front seats, while the M Sport further adds a sport-tuned suspension, adaptive suspension dampers and a sport steering wheel. A manual transmission is a no-cost option for rear-drive coupes. It is good for 180kW and 350Nm. This is an easy car to like, unless you expect it to deliver hard sports car thrills. With the top down, and the rear wind blocker in place, the 435i Cabriolet provides a very comfortable, Coupe-like driving experience. The 428i comes powered by a turbocharged 2. What a fantastic time to be alive.
This does make it easier to grab the belt, but the construction of this feature is rickety-looking to the point where that I would be surprised if it survived 50,000 miles of regular use before snapping off its rails. Standard equipment for the 428i includes 17-inch wheels, xenon headlights, foglights, auto-dimming mirrors, a sunroof, leatherette premium vinyl upholstery, eight-way power front seats, driver memory settings, a leather-wrapped tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, fold-down rear seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6. This is a strong positive, especially for those seeking a premium ride in their daily driver: the 428i is remarkably composed over most road surfaces, and it rewards steering and throttle inputs with a predictable chassis response that imparts confidence on the pilot. After my longer than usual test drive, I find it difficult to criticize the 428i xDrive Cabriolet. This is a hefty-looking car, but seen from the right angles it's also an almost athletic one, and it certainly boasts more personality than the 3 Series sedan with which is shares some of its cues. The curb weights for the automatic-equipped coupe and sedan are roughly equal, at around 3500 pounds.
Luxury Line adds different alloy wheels, a choice of alternative wood trims with metal inlays and a choice of leather seating. The Technology package adds a higher-resolution 8. With a convertible model due later in the year and a performance-focused M variant likely on the horizon, the 4-Series is the most exciting offering from Bavaria in a long time. A Cold Weather package adds heated front seats a heated steering wheel and, for the convertible, front seat-mounted neck-warming air vents. The all-new 4-Series is larger cars overall than the 3-Series, with an increased wheelbase and wider stance but also a lower profile.
As cars become increasingly loaded with electronic features, unusual cold weather behavior associated with varying battery voltage will become more common. The 428i convertible has an automatic power-retractable hardtop and a wind blocker. It actually got so cold during my wintry week with the 428i that one morning, the little arm extended and retracted over and over again for almost 10 minutes before finally sliding back into its luxury cave for good. And because this 428i came with the Dynamic Handling package, the dampers also tightened up, making the suspension a bit more rigid. The exhaust note is subtle yet sporty, although you only really hear it when the roof is down. Loading can be done the same way in reverse. The steering reacted with precision to my input, easily holding a line through a turn, while gaining enough heft so it never felt twitchy.
The 428i uses a 2. As with other luxury cars, tempting options can quickly add thousands of dollars to the bottom line. The xDrive system also knocks a few miles per gallon off of the coupe's efficiency rating, too, dropping it to 22-mpg city and 33-mpg highway - still solid for its class. Lots of torque at the low end—peak torque starts at 1250 rpm, practically idle—helps our tested version, with its eight-speed automatic, post a rapid 5. All of these green-minded additions help the 428i Cabriolet eke out a pretty impressive fuel economy rating of 10. If you are looking for an entry-level luxury coupe or convertible, you're likely aware of your other choices. Step into a 2014 428i and you'll get an excellent-driving vehicle with features such as power front seats, your choice of 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, xenon adaptive headlights, a moonroof, dynamic cruise control, and automatic climate control.
If you want leather or a rear-view camera, you'll have to pay extra for those, too. A visit to the options list will provide parking sensors front and rear , a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, a lane departure warning system and an automated parking system. Finally, the Dynamic Handling package enhances the car's performance with adaptive suspension dampers and variable-ratio sport steering. Beyond its coupe-like looks, the 4 Cabriolet also delivers a coupe-like interior. The all-new 4 Series exhibited exquisite balance at the turn apexes and, pushed closer to the limits, the rear walked out in a nicely controlled slide, just enough to help rotate the car through the corners.
If this seems like a modest level of gear, that's because the 4 Series is designed to coax dollars out of billfolds by way of its options list. The 428i Cabriolet will be available with a choice of rear- or optional all-wheel drive, while the 435i Cabriolet will be available at launch as a rear-driver only. It can even call up weather forecasts and local news, right in the central screen. The 4-Series expertly blends a sporty, spirited driving dynamic with visual appeal, high-quality materials and precise craftsmanship to offer an exclusive feel at an inviting point of entry. Models with xDrive feature traction-enhancing all-wheel drive instead of the standard rear-drive. Best car buying experience I've had, especially after being at a few other local dealers who tried sticking me in a high payment I just wasnt comfortable with.