The “Three” Has A Bigger Meaning Than You Expect
The 3 Series, which the 440i is also part of, is the backbone of the BMW model range.
This is especially true in Canada. In this country, even if we fall in love with German luxury brands like BMW, Mercedes or Audi, we still choose humbly and usually do not go beyond the entry level, name it the 3 Series, the C Class or the A4. And BMW sells 30 3 and 4 Series vehicles for every single 7 Series high-end executive class car.
And the Bavarians put every effort to create a big and crowded family out of the once sedan -and coupe only model family. The blue-and white brand calls-for a while-the coupes, “sporty” sedans of the 3-Series, the 4-Series. Even the SUV models have a two-tiered definition like X3 and X4. Confused. OK. I will stop here and will focus on our tester.
The Ultimate Driving Machine
The base price for 440i xDrive Coupe is C$ 58,350. With all bells and whistles our tester had, the MSRP climbs to C$ 73,990.As per BMW, the turbocharged inline-six delivers 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. And with the M Performance II package, (C$ 2,900) however, sees those numbers swell to 355 ponies and 369 lb.-ft. of torque.The eight-speed Steptronic Sport Automatic Transmission is easy to play with. Plus with its manual mode, you will not miss the six-speed manual transmission which is available at no cost.
This two-door model we tested promises the pleasure of a sporty and driver-oriented auto experience. Even if the technology is at your fingertips, like different settings from Eco-pro to Sport Plus, it remains as a driver-car. During our one-week-long appointment with this two-door Bimmer, We had a rich terrain menu from salty slushy to icy, wet and dry cold thanks to Ontario’s bone-chilling cold and yet still unpredictable weather. The ultimate driving machine drives safely on all kinds of surfaces.The Coupe is 40 millimeters lower than the sedan and 20 millimeters closer to the ground than the convertible. And it has a wider track in front (+14 mm)and rear (+22 mm). The xDrive and the reduced ground clearance help to a more dynamic and sporty driving.The electric steering doesn’t reduce its responsiveness.
For a “somewhat-senior” guy like me, who is used to drive SUV’s or minivans with high a ground clearance and commanding seating position, this Bimmer is not easy to get on and hop out. However, once you have taken your seating position, everything is at your fingertips. Seats are very comfortable and ergonomic with hard shells. I once tested the rear seats, while my daughter was driving me. Once you’ve made your move past the front buckets, they are roomy and comfortable and even the headroom pleasantly surprises. Obviously, they are for two only.
In its 6th generation, the once-demonized iDrive infotainment system works seamlessly. The main iDrive display conveniently arranges infotainment functions into into six live-tiles in two pages in your preferred order and continuously displays real-time information. There is an inductive charging trail (for compatible smartphones) located in the centre armrest and establishes a wireless connection between the smartphone and the car’s external aerial for improved reception especially in areas with a weak signal.
The 440i is a driving machine that delivers far more (or a bit less!) than your daily transportation needs. It is safe, fun and exciting to drive. You will still need a compact SUV for your monthly Costco shopping. Sadly, this Bimmer will remain a dream for so many young people who cannot afford it.
Model: 2018 BMW 440i xDrive Coupe
Paint Type: Glacier Silver Metallic
Base /as tested MSRP: $58,350 /$73,990
Premium Package Enhanced ($6,000) includes:
- Alarm System
- Universal Remote Control
- Comfort Access
- Auto Dimming Exterior mirrors
- Park distance Control, front and rear
- Lumbar Support
- High-Beam Asisstant
- Surround View
- Head-Up Display
- Sirius XM Satellite Radio Tuner
- Harmann-Kardon Sound system
- Full digital Instrument Display
- BMW ConnectedDrive Services Professional
Driving Assistance Package ($1,500)
- Active Blind Spot Detection
- Driving Assistance
- Speed Limit Information
Interior Comfort Package ($2,500)
- Ventilated Seats
- Comfort Seats, Front
- BMW Individual Reading Lights
- Ambient Air Package
- Massage Function for Driver and Passenger
Smartphone Connectivity Package ($750)
- Apple CarPlay Preparation
- Wireless Charging w/Extended Bluetooth and USB
- WiFi Hotspot
M Performance II Package ($2,900)
- M Performance Exhaust
- M Power Kit
Stand Alone Options:
- BMW Individual Extended Merino ($1,990)
- Adaptive LED Headlights ($1,500)
- Active Cruise with Stop and Go ($1,000)
Article: Varol McKars
Test Drivers: Varol McKars, Basak Mc Kars, Burak McKars, Dan Gunay
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by BMW Group Canada
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