Facelifted BMW 4 Series arrives with new style, same controversial grille
Both coupe and convertible variants of the four-seater get tweaked looks and a slimmed-down engine range
- New headlights and tail-lights
- Subtle interior upgrade
- Prices start from £43,020
The BMW 4 Series has received a mid-life facelift, bringing subtle tweaks inside and out to both coupe and convertible models. Starting from £43,020 for the coupe and £49,695 for the convertible, the facelifted 4 Series can be ordered now, with first deliveries expected in the spring.
The second-generation BMW 4 Series was first revealed in 2020, designed to rival other coupes and convertibles such as the Audi A5, while the new Mercedes CLE has since arrived on the scene too. Its looks proved somewhat controversial at the time, with the giant ‘kidney’ grilles dividing opinion, but BMW has stood firm with their design direction and only opted for minor visual changes for this facelift.
What’s new for the 2024 BMW 4 Series?
Starting with the exterior, the facelifted 4 Series is fitted with a pair of new headlights. They feature a new daytime running light (DRL) signature, and can be optioned with LED matrix technology. The rear lights are new too; buyers can option the laser light units first seen on the high-performance BMW M4 CSL, complete with an intricate design of thin lighting elements. The front and rear bumpers have both been tweaked too, and there are two new 19-inch alloy wheels and two new paint colours to choose from.
In 2022, BMW introduced its curved, panoramic digital display to the 4 Series, but the tweaks for this facelift aren’t as radical. You’ll spot a revised central air vent, with different controls and a new surrounding trim piece, and a new steering wheel that features gearshift paddles as standard. All 4 Series models come with sports seats as standard, too.
Engine-wise, there’s little to report. BMW dropped its diesel engines from the 4 Series in 2023 following declining sales, and it’s no surprise that they haven’t made a reappearance for this facelift. The remaining petrol-powered options are the entry-level 420i and the performance-focused M440i. Both feature mild hybrid assistance and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The 420i uses a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine with an identical 182bhp to the outgoing model. It’s only available in rear-wheel drive configuration, sprinting from 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds in coupe form, or 8.1 seconds for the heavier convertible. The M440i ramps things up a notch, with a chunky 368bhp from its 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine. Acceleration is suitably improved over the 420i, with 0-62mph achieved in 4.5 and 4.9 seconds for coupe and convertible models respectively, although fuel economy drops marginally. Four-wheel drive is fitted as standard to M440i models.
How much will the new BMW 4 Series cost and when can I order one?
The entry-level 420i kicks off at £43,020, a surprising reduction in price from the outgoing model, which started at £44,180. The sportier M440i costs from £58,735 and convertible variants add an additional £6,675 to the price of the coupe. As with most BMWs, there is an extensive list of optional extras, so expect the starting price to rise once you’ve ticked a few boxes.
The facelifted 4 Series is available to order now and BMW has scheduled the first cars to reach customers by spring. It will be joined by a facelifted BMW M4, and we wouldn’t be surprised if the electric BMW i4 receives the same treatment later this year.
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