THE FACTS: BMW 420D SE

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST -

IT IS: Cur­rently, the en­try model in the new 4-se­ries Coupé – two doors, flip-up boot lid, two rear seats, fold away rear seats, run­flat tyres. From £31,750.

GOOD FOR: Han­dling and style. Avoid if: You need rear seats fre­quently.

EN­GINE: Fa­mil­iar 2-litre tur­bod­iesel, giv­ing 181bhp and 280 lb ft, al­most 150mph and 0-62mph in 7.5 sec­onds. Quoted av­er­age con­sump­tion 60mpg and 124g/km CO2. On test: a happy 53mpg with an easy six speed man­ual gear­box. Op­tion of eight speed au­to­matic gears from £33,125.

WIDER VIEW: BMW has an­nounced star­tlingly good 10-month sales, ris­ing 8.6 per cent to con­firm its po­si­tion as the world’s big­gest pre­mium brand. Boom­ing mar­kets are Asia and the Amer­i­cas. To­tal sales in­clud­ing Mini reached 1.6 mil­lion.

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