BMW 4 Series coupe
Price £30,260 - £45,745
- Powerful, efficient engines
- Wide range of models
- Great to drive
- Firm suspension
- Not as special as an Audi TT
- More expensive than 3 Series saloon
At a glance
"The BMW 4 Series coupe is a stylish and great-to-drive alternative to the Audi A5"
The BMW 4 Series coupe is based on the BMW 3 Series saloon, but it's sportier and more stylish, while being just as well built and surprisingly roomy for a coupe. Its rivals include the Audi A5 Coupe and Mercedes C-Class Coupe. There's also a four-door version with a bigger boot called the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Meanwhile, pure driving enthusiasts will want to check out the BMW M4 Coupe, which we’ve reviewed separately.
There's no shortage of petrol and diesel engines to choose from. Foremost among the petrols is the basic 420i, which can return 48.7mpg but also sprint from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds. However, the 420d diesel will appeal most to buyers with an eye on fuel economy and company-car tax. It does a claimed 67.3mpg, yet is as quick from 0-62mph as the 420i.
Most versions of the 4 Series are rear-wheel drive, a layout that offers a sportier driving experience, but can catch you out on if you’re a little heavy footed on slippery surfaces. For this reason, you might want to consider an xDrive four-wheel-drive version.
As it's based on the 3 Series saloon, whichever version of the 4 Series you choose will steer and handle very well. The suspension is firm enough to resist body lean in corners, but not so firm that the ride is uncomfortable.
The stylish interior is comfortable and practical. There's plenty of room in the front, but while the sloping roofline means headroom in the rear is a little tight, two adults can still sit in comfort. The back seats split and fold, making an already reasonably sized boot larger still.
There are four trims, ranging from basic SE, through Sport and Luxury to M Sport (not to be confused with the ultra-sporty but expensive M4). Fortunately, you don’t have to slum it in the SE, as it's loaded with essentials such as air-conditioning, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, DAB digital radio, cruise control and even leather upholstery.
The 3 Series is a reliable car, so the 4 Series on which it's based should be, too. It hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but the 3 Series has, and scored the full five stars. The 4 Series is certainly well equipped, with safety features including rear parking sensors, tyre-pressure monitoring and electronic stability control.
A wide spread of engines means the BMW 4 Series returns fuel economy ranging from 35 to 59mpg
It’s based on the 3 Series, but the BMW 4 Series is even sharper to drive and the best four-seater coupe in this price range
The BMW 4 Series has a classy cabin, while the interior is comfortable and well isolated from road noise
The BMW 4 Series is a practical coupe with room for four adults, plus a big boot
Based on the ever-reliable 3 Series, the BMW 4 Series has a huge amount of standard and optional safety kit