2015 BMW 428i xDrive, the 1968 upright model has evolved into a beauty

2015-04-15 11:02:52
2015 BMW 428i xDrive, the 1968 upright model has evolved into a beauty
2015 BMW 428i xDrive, the 1968 upright model has evolved into a beauty

The latest 4-series Coupe from the BMW family is the new slinky and beautiful 428i drive with a front-engine and four-wheel-drive layout. It is a two-door coupe with seating capacity for 4. The base model costs base price: $43,700 and is offered with a 2.0 Liter four-cylinder turbo which produces 240 horsepower.


If you are familiar with the family tree of BMW, then you will trace this vehicle back to 2002 but will be shocked to know that it actually originates from the 1968 upright model. The car has evolved, and it wears the twin-kidney badge and the blue and white propeller. In any yard scale this 2015 428i xDrive. Okay, we see the twin kidneys in the grille and the blue-and-white propeller badge, but as for everything looks longer, wider, and lower compared to the 3- series sibling sedan and the coupe with two doors possess the similar lightweight chassis, precise body control, and fantastic weight balance. You will be lauded by your neighbors for having in your driveway. If you look hard, enough you will see the champion M4 lurking behind it.

Our subject, the entry level drive has a 2.0 Liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine working under the hood, and it produces 240hp and 255 lb-ft torque. It has all-wheel Drivetrain and is aided by an eight-speed automatic to do power distribution duty. This one does not have the option of a manual drive. Whether it has a slushbox or not, it certainly does not lag behind when it comes to surging forward, even with an extra weight of 150 lbs carrying the xDrive,  it bolted forward to clock a  5.5 seconds time to run the 0-60mph distance. This time is tenths behind the time achieved by the 435i that we tested earlier.  In the EPA ratings, it offered 22/33mpg for city and highway and ranked among the fuel-efficient all-wheel-drive Coupes from 4-series. The 428i is less thirsty by 2 to 3 mpg when compared with turbo-six 435i.

We had tested many 4-series vehicles such as the 428i. 428i Gran Coupe and 328i xDrive Sports Wagon and have come with good comments on their performance. After testing the 428i xDrive Coupe, our feelings of the vehicle were mixed which kept asking whether it is a performance coupe or luxury coupe.   If you consider it a performance coupe, then it felt disconnected and vague with its steering. The test vehicle was bolstered by Dynamic Handling package costing $1000 which hugely enhanced and improved the body control with its adjustable dampers and variable sports steering.

The 428i xDrive took   177-feet to stop from 70-0mph, which is just one foot less than the Toyota Camry XSE and the coupe suffered brake fade in moderate level. When you talk about luxury, the engine though quiet, still has vibration problems. Traveling on uneven surfaces generates front end resonance at a hollow level, and this xDrive costing $43k plus certainly does not invoke the luxurious mood in you. If you are a buyer of a luxury coupe, then you can opt for the 435i for an extra cost of $5500 and obtain the 3.0 Liter Turbo, which is the creamiest of the lot.

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