BMW 440i is a driver’s de­light

Glamorgan Gazette - - Motors Wales - PETER HAY­WARD news­desk@waleson­

THERE are roads, if you’re pre­pared to go out and find them, where top per­form­ing cars can still show some of their im­mense ca­pa­bil­i­ties in safety.

I’m lucky enough to live in an area where there are quite a few, and hav­ing used them for many years, I know them very, very well.

I’m not go­ing to tell you where they are – I don’t want them to be­come any more crowded – but in my trav­els through­out much of this coun­try, I have found many more and en­joyed them all.

I learn more about a car on th­ese routes than any­where else, be­cause I can com­pare them against other sim­i­lar cars over the same ground.

One of the finest all round I have yet driven comes at a hefty £45,000 and change in its most ba­sic form.

The BMW 440i is yet an­other car from the Ger­man sta­ble that reaches the pin­na­cle of ex­cel­lence in ev­ery facet of a su­perb driv­ing ma­chine.

In fact, hav­ing re­cently also had a short blast in the M4, this Gran Coupe is the bet­ter car.

It’s al­most as quick, far more com­fort­able and re­laxed to drive, and per­haps with the ex­cep­tion of be­ing pushed to the limit on a cir­cuit, still man­ages han­dling that is just as scin­til­lat­ing.

The silky smooth en­gine is the well-known 3.0-litre straight six, and with 326bhp on tap, the per­for­mance is bril­liant.

It reels in the horizon like a fish on a line and a prod on the ac­cel­er­a­tor is enough for the swiftest and safest over­tak­ing on any straight piece of road.

This top model in the range comes with a wealth of elec­tronic driv­ing aids. The driv­ing po­si­tion is su­perb and the heated leather seats are well-shaped and sup­port­ive.

Equip­ment in stan­dard trim in­cludes start-stop, park­ing sen­sors and a DAB stereo.

The BMW 440i Gran Coupe is with­out doubt one of the most prac­ti­cal true driver’s cars on the mar­ket. It is an ab­so­lute gem.

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

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