OHLALA SPENT THE DAY IN THE NEW BMW 4 GRAND COUPÉ 430i, AN EXPERIENCE WE WON’T SOON BE FORGETTING.
BMW is one of the world’s most recognised brands and for a good reason. Striving for near perfection with every motor vehicle offering produced, they are constantly pushing the envelope in terms of practicality, functionality, innovation and, of course, class.
This month, OHLALA received access to the 2023 BMW 4 Series Grand Coupé 430i, compliments of the exceptional team at Euro Motors.
The new BMW Grand Coupé 430i is amongst the latest 4 Series models released by the super brand BMW. The moment we laid eyes on this midsize luxury four-door sedan, we were sold.
The expertly crafted front end of the 430i is characterised by bold lines and broad surfaces that emphasise the three-dimensional structure of the design. The main focal point of this 4 Series Grand Coupé’s expressive front end is the large and vertically prominent BMW kidney grille, flanked by the slim, full-LED headlights. These U-shaped front lamps come with fibre-optic light guides designed to optimise the daytime driving lights.
Bold and precise body lines run from bonnet to boot, drawing the eyes to the frameless windows, flush-fitting handles and 17-inch light alloy wheels. Powerful shoulders add to the 430i’s athletic appearance, as does the pronounced spoiler lip on the tailgate.
At the back, the low-slung, robust stance of the car is underscored by a rear apron with vertical aero lips at its outer edges and a black finish for its lower edge. The ultra-slim, full-LED rear lights have been fashionably darkened and extend well into the flanks, highlighting the vehicle’s width.
Slipping into the supportive and ultra-comfortable front sport seats of the 430i’s spacious, driver-orientated cockpit, we immediately noted the perfect positioning of the classically designed control panel in the centre console. Also contained in this area is the BMW Controller, as well as the buttons for the Driving Experience Control unit, electromechanical parking brake and the gearshift lever.
“The expertly crafted front end of the 430i is characterised by bold lines and broad surfaces that emphasise the three-dimensional structure of the design.”
High-quality materials and precise workmanship throughout the interior, combined with features such as the fully digital screen grouping formed by the instrument cluster and control display, help to create an atmosphere of modern ambience.
In the back, the comfortable nature of the 430i’s seating continues with ample leg and headroom on offer. Isofix attachments are located at the outer edges of the rear seating and add greatly to the family-friendly nature of this coupé. Further contributing to the functional setup of this sedan is the 470-litre boot space, an area that can be increased up to 1,290 litres with the 40: 20: 40 split rear seats folded flat. An array of additional storage areas can be found throughout the vehicle.
INFOTAINMENT & CONNECTIVITY
One of the Grand Coupé 430i’s most impressive features is the standard BMW Operating System 7, conveniently accessed through BMW Live Cockpit Plus. This setup enables easy access to the car’s iDrive operating system through an 8.8-inch control display, along with a 5.1-inch colour display on the instrument cluster.
Through this arrangement, we were able to effortlessly select the control interface best suited for any given situation. Additionally, the control display touchscreen, BMW Controller, and the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel were all conveniently located, user-friendly and very responsive.
A range of highly advanced digital services, including the BMW Intelligent Personal Assist, BMW Digital Key, Connected Music and Remote Software Upgrades, are all included in the new 4 Series experience.
Furthermore, we found the cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system to offer fast and precise route calculation, accurate arrival times and realtime traffic updates extremely useful during peak hour traffic.
Smartphone integration is also fitted as standard in the 430i and is compatible with both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
SAFETY & ASSISTANCE
The 430i has been designed to uphold the sterling safety reputation earned by the BMW brand over its many decades of car production. Along with various airbags located throughout the interior, the 430i boasts 40 optional and standard assistance functions designed to ensure a comfortable and safe experience for all occupants.
Standard assistance features include an Anti-lock Braking System, Frontal Collision Warning, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Park Distance Control, a Reversing Assist Camera and Parking Assistant with Reversing Assistant.
POWER & PERFORMANCE
Our favourite moment of the day was engaging the ignition. The 430i is debuting a new 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower, Turbo, inline four-cylinder, 16-valve petrol engine that produces 245hp and 400Nm of torque. This setup, coupled with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, means this coupé can surge from 0-100km/h in around six seconds and produce an electronically capped top speed of 250km/h.
To further ensure a safe, smooth and comfortable ride, BMW has included Dynamic Stability Control, featuring Brake Fade Compensation, Startoff Assistant, Brake Drying and Brake Stand-by features with Dynamic Traction Control.
All of these elements, combined with multiple other performanceenhancing components, equate to a near flawless on-road experience, one we can only encourage you to try for yourselves.