Let me say this. What a magnificent car!
Just like a kid in a candy store, every single minute behind the wheel of the new 2014 BMW 435i xDrive was exhilarating. In my short automobile journalist career, I can count on one hand the number of vehicles that came equipped with a manual transmission. Yes, a stick shift almost always guarantees happiness behind the wheel. Well, for me at least.
The new 2014 BMW 4-series replaces the 3-Series coupe. The 435i xDrive comes equipped with a 3 litre inline 6-cyclinder engine with 300hp and packs a punch. In several 0-100km/hr tests, acceleration times were between 5-6 seconds. Lots and lots of power under the hood especially when engaged in the Sport+Comfort driving mode.
The exterior of the new 435i is beautiful. The side body paneling is sleek and the added M styling offers a more aggressive look. The 435i is longer, wider and is set lower than the former 3-Series equivalent 335. It’s one sexy sports coupe.
The interior styling has the classic BMW look with soft touch leather throughout the front cabin. Front cabin seating is extremely comfortable. In the rare case that someone actually sits in the back, there would be ample leg room and space. That’s also assuming that the person is shorter than my 5’8″ frame.
I really didn’t want to give this car back to BMW after my one-week road test. I’m truly going to miss my seatbelt butler too. Upon closing the door, a retractable arm pushes the seatbelt forward for easy reach. After buckling up, the arm retracts. I joked with several passengers on it’s nickname. “Seatbelt Butler” was the favourite.
Now let’s see how much money I’m going to ask from my banker. Base MSRP is $56,600. Throw in the $4,900 Premium Package which includes rear view camera, active LED headlights, park assist, XM Satellite and an upgraded Harman/Kardon sound system. Add the $2,500 Executive Package and $850 Connected Drive Package, the price as tested is $63,850.
Photos by Ron Cantiveros | Filipino Journal