2015 BMW 428i Coupe new car reviews

We sampled the BMW 428i in one of the best venues: Monterey car week.

The new BMW 4-series is really mostly an extension of the 3-series. BMW explains it as the 2-door version of the 3-Series. Meanwhile, the 3-series largely moves to a 4-door platform. Is there really much of a difference to garner the name change? We jumped in a 428i to satisfy our curiosity.

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Tim Suddard
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Once again, we were blessed with some seat time in a BMW 428i. Although it is now called a 4 Series, this car is essentially the coupe version of the venerable BMW 3 Series sedan.

We've driven all drivetrain iterations of the 4 Series now, including the mighty M4.

This time we had the 2.0 liter, four cylinder version mated to the 8-speed, Getrag automatic transmission. Once again, we really like this drivetrain. It's smooth, has ample power and returns nearly 30 mpg in normal driving. When pushed hard, it is difficult to feel that you are not driving the legendary six cylinder that BMW has become famous for.

While we love the coupe’s styling (something we have not been able to say about BMWs in past years), a four door version would offer a bit more practicality for rear seat passengers. That said, there is adequate room in the back seat for adults and all four passengers can ride in complete comfort.

Ergonomically, the 4 Series hits nearly all there might buttons, with comfortable supportive seats, relatively easy to use controls and easy ingress and egress for front seat passengers. Only the I-drive system is still a bit annoying in this car.

Chassis-wise the 428i is a winner as well. With the light weight, four cylinder, turbocharged engine the chassis seems lighter and more nimble. Paddle shifting the 8-speed automatic through the hills of central California was a true joy. While the ride is never harsh, the chassis seems willing to do anything needed in the interest of spirited driving.

We all seek the perfect daily driver. The BMW 428i is about as close as you can get in today’s market.

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Shaun HalfDork
9/14/16 6:21 p.m.

I don't think BMW has found a design direction after Bangle's gimmicky anthropomorphization (cut and pasted from dictioary.com) wrecked a gorgeous product line. I am sure that is a fine car, ugly as it is.

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