First Drive: BMW 440i


The newest version of the BMW 440i has undergone a series of subtle changes. Some cautious redesigning has taken place on the interior, while LEDs have appeared on each end of the exterior. There are also more options for upholstery colours.

Is this a worthwhile refresh or a pointless facelift? AOL Cars went to find out.

What is it?

The BMW 440i sits near the top of the 4 Series range, second only to the M4. The basic formula for the 4 Series is to remove the rear doors from a 3 Series and change the rear badge.

The 440i is the highest spec to which this design goes without reaching M-car territory.

What's under the bonnet?

The 440i is powered by a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engine, which puts its 322bhp and 450Nm of torque down on the road with plentiful force, accelerating the car from 0-60mph in 5.0 seconds and making a fantastic noise at the same time.

However, this swift performance does mean that economy takes a bit of a hit. The 440i has a claimed fuel consumption figure of 38.2mpg, but it's unrealistic to expect that in the real world. The Beemer emits 172g/km of CO2.

What's the spec like?

The 440i starts at £43,430, which is a considerable sum of money. In fairness though, the car does only come in the M Sport trim, which includes 18-inch alloys, M Sport suspension, satellite navigation, leather upholstery and LED headlights as standard.

Possibly the best feature your cash gets you is the 440i's infotainment system, which blows away those of its competitors. It's very user-friendly due to its speed and readability.

Any rivals?

The BMW 440i faces plenty of competition from its fellow Germans. The Audi S5 is a strong opponent. Those after something with a less of a tailgater image could opt for the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Coupe. There's also the Ford Mustang GT, which offers less refinement, but possibly more fun.

What's it like to drive?

The 440i is fast, refined and fairly comfortable over long distances. The engine is powerful and responsive, so getting up to speed isn't a problem. On more twisty roads, the BMW handles itself well, although the steering is quite numb.

A highlight of the 440i's driving credentials is definitely the Sport drive mode. It causes the steering to firm up and the throttle to become more responsive. The eight-speed automatics gearbox also holds on to each gear longer.

AOL Cars Verdict

The BMW 440i has many, many things going for it. The engine is sublime, it looks great, the interior is a lovely place to be and the infotainment system is second to none. Sure, there are a couple of flies in the ointment – such as its firm seats and rather uncommunicative steering – but on the whole, the 440i is an incredibly desirable car.

The Knowledge

Power (bhp): 322

Torque (Nm): 450

Max speed (mph): 155

0-60mph: 5.0 seconds

MPG: 38.2

Emissions (g/km): 172

Base price: £43,430

First Drive: BMW 440i

First Drive: BMW 440i