Review

BMW 4 Series coupe

Price  £30,125 - £45,745

BMW 4 Series coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Wide range of models
  • Great to drive
  • Fun to Efficient engines
Cons
  • Firm suspension
  • Not as special as the Audi TT
  • More expensive than 3 Series saloon

At a glance

The greenest
420d SE 2dr £32,495
The cheapest
420i SE 2dr £30,125
The fastest
435d A xDrive M Sport 2dr £45,745
Top of the range
435d A xDrive M Sport 2dr £45,745

“The BMW 4 Series coupe is a stylish and great-to-drive alternative to the Audi A5”

The BMW 4 Series is the coupe version of the class-leading BMW 3 Series saloon. By virtue of this, it's one of the most fun-to-drive cars in its class and is sportier to drive than the saloon. It also looks stylish, both inside and out, and is very well built.

BMW builds some of the best engines on sale and the 4 Series is offered with an excellent range of petrol and diesel power. Across a range that stretches in price from just under £30,000 to just over £45,000, there are 32 different models to choose from.

There are three petrol engines and four diesels, all of which are efficient and smooth to drive.

You can choose a traditional BMW rear-wheel-drive layout or go for an xDrive four-wheel-drive model. Also, a wide spread of trim levels – SE, Sport, Luxury and M Sport – allows you to get the equipment and style to suit you and your budget.

The basic model is the petrol 420i, while the most expensive 435d diesel is very fast, yet can return more than 50mpg fuel economy. However, the best all-rounder is the BMW 420d – a favourite of company-car drivers. It has more than enough performance for most people and is capable of returning excellent MPG figures, while low CO2 emissions place it in the 20% Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax band.

As you’d expect with a BMW, there's huge scope to add hi-tech options, but even the basic 420i SE gets air-conditioning, bright xenon headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth phone connectivity, a DAB digital radio, heated seats, cruise control, leather upholstery and rear parking sensors. As the names suggest, Luxury and M Sport models focus on extra opulence and sporty styling respectively.

Whichever engine and trim level you choose, the 4 Series wraps the fantastic driving experience, low running costs and high quality of the 3 Series in a stylish coupe body to create a very desirable car.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.2 / 5

A wide spread of engines means the BMW 4 Series returns fuel economy ranging from 35 to 59mpg

Engines, drive & performance

4.5 / 5

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

Interior & comfort

3.9 / 5

The BMW 4 Series has a classy cabin, while the interior is comfortable and well isolated from road noise

Practicality & boot space

3.5 / 5

The BMW 4 Series is a practical coupe with room for four adults, plus a big boot

Reliability & safety

3.9 / 5

Based on the ever-reliable 3 Series, the BMW 4 Series has a huge amount of standard and optional safety kit

What the others say

4 / 5
based on 2 reviews
4 / 5
"Although the BMW 4 Series remains closely tied to its smaller saloon brother, the stunning looks ensure it's worthy of its own badge. It oozes kerb appeal like no 3 Series can, and is in a different league to its predecessor."
4 / 5
"True, the 4 Series carries a premium of just over £3,000, but this isn’t excessive given the extra style and equipment it offers. The 4 Series is also priced in line with rival Audi and Mercedes coupes, and is better to drive than both."
What owners say 
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5 /5 based on 2 reviews
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Last updated 
23 Dec 2014

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