What should I be paying?
Doing big mileages? The 420d’s economy makes the most sense, and it’ll save you about £300 annually in tax. Not commuting as much as you used to? Then stick with the 420i, saving £3k on the list price. Brawnier 430d and M440d versions with standard xDrive are inbound, so pour one out for some of the finest diesel cars you’re ever likely to (not) see.
All UK 4 Series are M Sports complete with sports seats and M tricolour stitching, and are decently equipped. Standard goodies include LED lights front and rear (laserlights are an option), the digital instrument display, 18-inch rims, heated seats, automatic climate control and passive cruise control.
Most of the tempting extras are grouped into packs – there’s a £990 Comfort Pack adding keyless entry, a powered bootlid and a rather weak heated steering wheel, while we’d be more tempted by the £1,900 Technology Pack, which lobs wireless charging, a Harmon Kardon hi-fi, and an excellent head-up display into the mix. And gesture control, which is pointless.
There’s also a fleet of driver assistance nannies on offer to help you park and cruise, or on the other hand the M Sport Pro pack relieves you of £2,500 in return for adaptive suspension with Comfort and Sport modes, hi-gloss black trim, M Sport brakes and extra tech.