The BMW 420i is among the least exciting version of the car. It packs a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 184 horsepower, an automatic gearbox and, in Achilles’ case, rear-wheel drive. It doesn’t make much power and it’s not the lightest of cars. The BMW 420i is the lightest 4 Series available and it still checks in at 1,600 kg (3,500-ish lbs). So the 420i is not really the enthusiast’s choice. However, there’s still quite a bit to like.
For instance, Achilles appreciates the driving position, the interior design and quality and the fuel economy. He also claims that it’s just a nice car to drive as a daily. It’s comfortable, quiet, relaxed, and, because it’s just a 420i, isn’t always straining at the leash to be driven hard. So it’s calming. I felt something similar when I tested the BMW 430i; it was a car that was lovely to drive but never egged me on to drive it hard.
After having driven the 430i, and the M440i in a smaller sample size, I’ve personally come to the conclusion that the 4 Series is more of a baby-GT car than it is a sports car. From what Achilles claims in this video, he seems to echo those same sentiments, at least about the BMW 420i.
So if you’re looking for a stylish (if you can handle the grille), comfortable and premium coupe, the BMW 4 Series is a great option and the 420i will save you additional money on fuel.