Review

BMW 4 Series coupe

Price  £30,260 - £45,745

BMW 4 Series coupe

reviewed by Carbuyer

Pros
  • Powerful, efficient engines
  • Wide range of models
  • Great to drive
Cons
  • Firm suspension
  • Not as special as an Audi TT
  • More expensive than 3 Series saloon

At a glance

The greenest
418d SE 2dr £31,845
The cheapest
420i SE 2dr £30,260
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 smart, sleek and great-to-drive alternative to cars like the Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe”

The BMW 4 Series coupe shares its mechanical underpinnings with the BMW 3 Series saloon but it has slightly sportier handling, as well as sharper looks thanks to having only two doors. Despite this, the 4 Series is remarkably spacious and practical for a coupe, while the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (which we’ve reviewed separately) offers similar style, but with four-door practicality.

The BMW 4 Series has a wide range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which are powerful and economical. The entry-level BMW 420i petrol goes from 0-62mph in just 7.3 seconds, yet manages to return 48.7mpg. The BMW 420d diesel model makes more sense though, as it's just as quick as the 420i, but returns far better 67.3mpg fuel economy and its CO2 emissions incur just £30 a year in road tax.

If you’re after greater performance, the BMW 440i is a seriously swift car, with a 0-62mph time of just 5.2 seconds – although it's quite expensive to buy, tax and run. For serious driving enthusiasts, there's also the BMW M4 Coupe, which we’ve reviewed separately as well.

One of the reasons the BMW 4 Series is so good to drive is that it comes with rear-wheel drive as standard. This can make things tricky in slippery conditions if you drive it with heavy feet though, so BMW offers the 4 Series with an xDrive four-wheel-drive option, which provides extra grip and reassurance. However, it's quite an expensive option that reduces fuel economy and increases CO2 emissions slightly.

The BMW 3 Series saloon is one of the best-handling cars available today, so it's no surprise that the 4 Series is an excellent car to drive, with accurate steering and suspension that gets the balance spot-on in terms of comfort and sportiness.

The 4 Series also has a comfortable and stylishly designed interior that offers impressive practicality for a two-door coupe. Front-seat passengers have plenty of space and while rear headroom is slightly limited due to the car's sloping roofline, it's still possible to transport four adults in comfort over long(ish) distances. The 4 Series also has a useable and good-sized boot, while split-folding rear seats mean that despite being a sleek coupe, the 4 Series is easy to justify in terms of practicality.

BMW offers four trim levels for the 4 Series, starting with SE and rising through Sport, Luxury and M Sport. The latter brings styling touches from the M4, but without the associated expenses of that car. Even the entry-level SE model is well equipped, coming with air-conditioning, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, DAB digital radio and even leather trim.

A 19th-place finish for the 4 Series in our 2015 Drive Power customer satisfaction survey attests to its reliability, while standard safety equipment like electronic stability control, parking sensors and a host of airbags boosts the 4 Series’ safety credentials. While the 4 Series hasn’t gone through Euro NCAP crash-safety tests, the 3 Series saloon scored the full five stars in its evaluation, so the coupe should be a very safe car as well.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.2 / 5

A wide spread of engines means the BMW 4 Series returns fuel economy ranging from 35 to 67mpg

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 interior, which 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 it has 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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Last updated 
16 Mar 2016
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