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BMW 435d xDrive M Sport Coupe.

Byline: Peter Keenan

HE BMW 435d xDrive M Sport is one classy coupe.

Te exterior is a feast for the eyes and the moment you sit in the driver's seat the attention to detail that has gone into the replacement for the 3 Series range is obvious.

Having closed the door and produced a thunk which sounds like an elephant falling to the ground, the seatbelt is passed to you by a helpful lever saving the need to stretch for it.

ere's also a memory function that ensures you will always get your perfect position behind the wheel.

e modern cabin uses top quality materials with a [euro]t and [euro]nish to die for. e dashboard is well laid out and easy to use via BMW's iDrive infotainment system. e optional head-up display is state of the art while all the buttons and switches have a reassuring solidity to them.

e interior is also roomy and comfortable while the rear seats are easily accessed thanks to front seats that tilt and slide forward.

e boot is large and a good shape allowing it to cope with 445 litres of luggage or shopping.

But the real star of the show is unveiled via the push button ignition which unleashes a marvellous burble from beneath the bonnet.

e 3.0-litre diesel shifts the 435d from 0-62mph in under [euro]ve seconds with a dizzying burst of speed that is aided and abetted by a super slick eight-speed automatic gearbox.

ere's a top quality audio system, but to be honest I was content to listen to the symphony of the six cylinder oil burner strutting its stu. Mid-range acceleration is simply stunning making overtaking a must while BMW's xDrive four-wheel drive system and the adaptive M Sport suspension - a PS515 optional extra - gives the car a security blanket to keep all that power under control.

Along with the precise, light steering, they allow the most to be made of the performance, especially when taking on tight bends as the front-end miraculously continues to hold its line.

e 4 Series has a lower centre of gravity and a wider stance than the 3 Series helping the ride and handling and giving the 435d a composure that remains unrued.

While there's a constant urge to 'oor the accelerator and unleash the beast, the 435d is quite content to potter around town and provide a relaxing, rather than 'hair-on-[euro]re' drive when required.

e M Sport is also remarkably reluctant to gulp fuel - achieving an average economy [euro]gure of around 50mpg thanks to a Stop&Go system that switches o the engine when you are stuck in trac or stationary for any reason.

Admittedly this [euro]gure can only be achieved by refusing to make the most of the 300-plus horsepower available which is extremely hard to do. Carbon dioxide emissions are also reasonable thanks to BMW EcientDynamics technologies.

e M Sport is top of the range, with SE, Sport, Modern and Luxury taking you through the line up from the entry-level car priced at PS29,425. All models get the DAB radio with aux and USB sockets [euro]tted as well as dual-zone climate control, cruise control, parking sensors and heated leather seats.

e M Sport also boasts a unique three-spoke leather steering wheel, aluminium trim, 18-inch alloys and a natty sat nav system plus an aerodynamics set up that completes a top-quality package.

Price: PS45,045 >Mechanical: 313bhp, 2993cc, 6cyl >diesel engine driving four wheels via 8-speed automatic gearbox Max speed: 155mph >0-62mph: 4.7 seconds >Combined mpg: 50.4 >Insurance group: 41 > CO2 emissions: 146g/km >BiK rating: 25% >Warranty: 3yrs/unlimited miles >
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 7, 2014
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