4.4 out of 5 4.4
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Fabulous driver's car that really only struggles for comfort

BMW 4-Series M4 (20 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £76,990 - £99,000
Lease from new From £1,094 p/m View lease deals
Used price £56,985 - £82,030
Fuel Economy 28.0 - 28.8 mpg
Road tax cost £490
Insurance group 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Rewarding to drive
  • Room for four
  • Super-responsive engine

CONS

  • Very expensive
  • Styling won't win friends
  • Uncomfortable ride

BMW 4-Series M4 rivals

Written by James Dennison on

Is the BMW M4 any good?

The BMW M4 is the fastest, loudest and most performance-focused version of the German maker’s popular premium coupes. Blessed with bold styling and a hefty price tag to match, its outright comfort and fuel efficiency levels aren’t as impressive as some cheaper models in the range, but when it comes to luxury sports cars the M4 is one of the finest on the market.

Alternatives include the Audi A5-based RS5 Coupe – with its standard all-wheel drive and slightly more understated styling – as well as the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe-based AMG C63 and Lexus RC F. All have their pros and cons, so think carefully before spending big money on these high-powered performance cars.

What’s it like inside?

BMW has a reputation for building wonderful car interiors and it’s no different in the M4. Depending on which of the above packs you go for, there’s lashings of Merino leather and carbon fibre, as well as an accomplished infotainment system. Central to this is a 10.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display that controls most of the car’s ancillary functions, while a digital dashboard screen (named BMW Live Cockpit Professional) gives you readouts for all crucial info.

While there’s a huge amount of functionality on offer, BMW has done a great job at making the systems easy to use – with a bit of practice. The buttons and controls are well laid out and the menu systems crisp and intuitive. Of particular note is the rotary dial control wheel placed near the gearlever. In addition to the touchscreen, this allows the driver (or passenger) to operate the infotainment systems with minimal distraction.

What’s it like to drive?

BMW has leant heavily on technology to ensure that the M4 delivers an exciting, yet practical experience. For example, adaptive suspension with electronically controlled suspension allow the driver to choose between firm, sporty settings and softer, more comfortable modes. And it’s the same story with the engine, gearbox and even brakes, with each customisable via menus in the infotainment system.

However, as mentioned above, the M4 is still primarily focused on performance and does not deliver the same level of comfort, refinement or fuel economy as other 4 Series models. Total output from its twin-turbo engine is 510hp and 650Nm of torque, good enough for 0-62mph in just 3.5 seconds in the xDrive version and 3.9 with rear-wheel drive.

It is worth remembering that the M4 is a heavy car – around 1,800kg – but it disguises its weight well. Direction changes are swift and accurate, while the flexibility of the engine is second-to-none, delivering impressive acceleration even in higher gears. Calm things down and you’ll enjoy acceptable comfort levels a vast range of driver assistance tech – including Front Collison Warning, Lane Departure Warning and BMW Head-Up Display – helping keep you safe.

What models and trims are available?

Unlike the regular 4 Series Coupe (that has lots of different trim levels and engine choices), the M4 is only available in one trim (Competition), one engine (a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged straight-six) and one gearbox – an eight-speed automatic. Other markets, such as Germany, also offer a slightly lower powered version of the M4 with a six-speed manual gearbox, but there’s currently no plans for that to be sold in the UK.

However, one thing you can choose is whether the car is rear-wheel drive (standard fit) or all-wheel drive – the latter offering a similar solution to Quattro on Audi RS models. Depending on what you want from your M4, the xDrive all-wheel drive could be desirable given its ability to provide more traction in all driving – although especially when the road surface is slippery.

Of course, besides driving dynamics, there’s several optional extra packages to choose from, including the Comfort Pack, Visibility Pack, Technology Plus Pack, M Driver’s Pack, M Carbon Pack, M Pro Pack and Ultimate Pack. The latter bundles most of the above together, giving you almost everything you could realistically want on the M4.

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BMW 4-Series M4 rivals

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