THE FACTS: BMW 420D SE
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.