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Introduction:

To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 BMW 430i Coupe

Vehicle Type: Small Gasoline
74
 overall score
Category Ranking: 2

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $45,600
Price as Tested: $58,520

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Midgrade
Fuel Capacity (gal): 15.6
EPA City mpg26
EPA Highway mpg34
EPA Combined mpg29

Advanced Safety Features

  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [O]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

As BMW aficionados know, the automaker produces a seemingly endless variety of vehicles—nearly 20 models in all. The 4 Series coupe is basically a 2-door version of the popular 3 Series sedan, with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine (255 hp) and 8-speed automatic transmission; it’s also available as a convertible. Redesigned for 2021, the current 430i picked up a few horsepower, and, most noticeably, a huge new grille that evokes an immediate love-it-or-hate-it response. The modern interior features a fully digital instrument cluster, and straightforward controls, including an iDrive infotainment system that’s easy to manipulate. In the performance department, the 430i checks most of the important boxes—a powerful engine and tight handling. Nits to pick? Value, for one. To get luxury basics like heated front seats, lumbar support, and keyless entry, for example, you have to shell out $3,200 for a Premium Package—this in a car with a base price north of $45,000. However, a suite of advanced safety features is standard, and 3 years/36,000 miles of maintenance is complimentary
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Strong acceleration andbraking
  • Sporty styling
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Fully digital instrumentcluster and infotainmentsystem

Weak Points

  • Polarizing grille design
  • Lack of interior room andstorage for passengers
  • Expensive, yet not fullyloaded

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/2
Curb weight (lbs): 3660.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 187.9 / 72.9 / 54.6
Wheelbase (in): 112.2
Number of air bags: 10
Warranty (months/miles): 48/50,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
Front and rear tire size: 225/40 R19
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Auto 8-speed
Drivetrain type: Rear wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. turbo
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 255 @ 5000

Test Data

Test Vehicle Scores

Advanced Safety Features:

8.00

Fuel Efficiency:

5.17

EPA Emissions Score:

7.00

Acceleration:

6.39

Braking:

10.00

Handling:

9.11

Ride Quality:

6.86

Interior Size:

2.89

Easy of Entry and Exit:

5.75

Visibility:

6.63

Interior Noise:

6.02

Cargo Capacity:

.65
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