The benchmark four-seat sports coupe
- Broad engine range
- Great all-rounder diesels
- Sharp, sporting looks
- Badge appeal
- Limited practicality
- Firm ride in M Sport models
- Lacklustre four-cylinder petrols
- Steering lacks feel
BMW used to sell different bodystyles of its mainstream range under one badge – 3 Series – but for this generation it split its core range down the middle to simplify things. From those beginnings came this two-door BMW 4 Series Coupe.
This model is all about the driving experience and the controls have been laid out with the driver in mind – though it’s exactly the same dashboard as found in the 3 Series.
There’s been a thorough rework of the mechanicals though, and the electronically assisted powered steering has been sharpened to deliver a more precise and responsive change of direction when the driver turns into a bend.
What makes the real difference is the wider track, longer wheelbase and lower centre of gravity. In fact, it boasts the lowest centre of gravity of any car in the current BMW range and this has an effect not only on the stance of the car but the way it drives.
Choice of engines, gearboxes and all-wheel drive
There really is something for everyone here but the majority of buyers pick the frugal but feisty 420d, followed by the ballistic land-missile M4.
The third most popular option combines both attributes – the 435d is fast when needs be and good on fuel too, and boasts strong all-weather ability thanks to its xDrive all-wheel drive.
This is available on both lower powered diesels and the petrol 420i, but not on the higher power 430i or straight-six 440i.
Equipment and technology
The 4 Series comes in two easy trims – Sport and M Sport, plus there’s the standard M4 and then M4 Competition Pack.
Boost the performance of your M4 with the Competition Pack and you’ll also gain adaptive suspension, larger 20-inch wheels and specific tuning for the electronic stability control and mechanical differential.
BMW 4 Series Coupe model history
- June 2013 – Replacement for the 3 Series Coupe available to order for October delivery. Five trim levels of SE, Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Sport available from launch in 420i, 420i xDrive, 420d, 420d xDrive, 428i, 430d, 435i and 435d xDrive forms.
- February 2014 – Expansion of the range with the launch of the 425d and 430d xDrive models.
- June 2014 – M4 available to order featuring unique lightweight bodywork and an upgraded interior. Power is rated at 431hp.
- November 2014 – Modern specification discontinued.
- October 2015 – A limited run of 30 M4 GTS Coupes allocated for the UK with deliveries from March 2016. Power has been increased to 500hp, while weight’s been shaved by stripping out the interior – including the rear seats – and employing more carbon-fibre components. Unique bumpers, rear wing and OLED tail lamps make it even more distinctive.
- February 2016 – M4 Competition Pack on sale with power increased to 450hp, with further enhancements made to the suspension and stability software, additional black exterior detailing, an M Sports exhaust and lightweight sports front seats. 428i models replaced by 430i, with 435i giving way to the 440i.
- May 2016 – Improved iDrive infotainment control with an enhanced range of online services.
- October 2016 – Limited availability M4 DTM Champion Edition available to order with power increased to 500hp. Deliveries expected during 2017. Apple CarPlay available for the Professional Media system.
- January 2017 – Mildly facelifted range available to order for spring delivery. Styling revisions include new bumpers and revised LED light units front and rear. There’s also a wider choice of alloy wheel design, while inside are a smattering of chrome and electroplated details. Trim choices for the mainstream range are now limited to Sport and M Sport – the former not available with all engines – with the powertrain line-up comprising of 420i, 420i xDrive, 420d, 420d xDrive, 430i, 430d, 430d xDrive, 435d xDrive, 440i and M4.
Read the full BMW 4 Series Coupe review to see why we think it’s the yardstick four-seat sports car.
What owners say about this car
This is my first foray into 'prestige' motoring and I'm not disappointed. The only things I'm not 100% on board... Read owner review
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Awesome handling, and very frugal in ECO PRO mode. BMW construction quality continues to improve. Read owner review