We do have a couple of complaints, however. The steering, while precise, is a little numb and ride comfort could be better. Although 19in wheels may fill the arches well, the tyre’s skinny sidewalls transmit road imperfections into the cabin with a jolt and a thump. We’d retain the standard 17in wheels and keep the looks even stealthier than they already are.
The interior remains the same as before, meaning plenty of high-quality materials, lots of room up front, reasonable room for rear-seat passengers and, of course, BMW’s iDrive system to make navigating the infotainment system easy. The boot is big enough for a couple of sizable suitcases and there are nets and luggage hooks to prevent your shopping rolling around should you indulge in a spot of hoonery.
Should I buy one?
Compared with lesser 4 Series models, the 440i certainly isn’t cheap. You need more than £40,000 to buy one outright, economy will nosedive if you enjoy yourself and it’ll be more expensive to tax than almost any other variant. Given the performance on offer, though, we’d argue that it doesn’t seem that pricey, especially when you consider that an M4 is around £15,000 more expensive.
With that in mind, the combination of straight-line pace, sharp handling, relaxed cruising ability and that excellent noise mark the 440i as one of the most talented four-seat coupés out there. Audi and Mercedes will have to make their S5 and C 43 Coupés particularly good to beat this.
2016 BMW 4 Series 440i
Location West Sussex; On sale Now; Price £43,925; Engine 6 cyls, 2996cc, twin-turbocharged, petrol; Power 322bhp at 5500rpm Torque 332lb ft at 1380-5000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1735kg; 0-62mph 5.0sec; Top speed 155mph; Economy 41.5mpg (combined); CO2/tax band 159g/km, 28%