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At a glance

New price £40,465 - £54,680
Lease from new From £458 p/m View lease deals
Used price £30,635 - £55,720
Fuel Economy 36.2 - 60.1 mpg
Road tax cost £490
Insurance group 30 - 42 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fantastic handling and balance
  • Refined and comfortable on adaptive dampers
  • Excellent interior and onboard tech
  • M4 is a genuine supercar challenger

CONS

  • Love-it-or-hate-it styling
  • Sharp steering needs acclimatisation
  • 420i petrol can feel underpowered

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
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Written by James Dennison on

Is the BMW 4 Series Coupe any good?

BMW has a tradition of building mid-sized coupes based closely on its hugely-successful 3 Series saloon. In the old days, they were simply called the 3 Series Coupe and you knew what you were getting – a two door saloon with a sleeker roofline. But since 2013, the franchise was rebranded the 4 Series, and although the technical link remained unbroken, styling started to go its own way.

For 2020, the second-generation 4 Series has taken a step forward visually. Well, when we say step forward, this might be a controversial view, given that bold new nose. Yes, this muscular and dramatic-looking coupe is dominated by its oversized kidney grille that is double the size of the old one and lacks the elegance of older BMWs. That's a shame, because this feature aside the 4 Series is a handsome and sporting-looking premium coupe.

In a world where SUVs are everything, rivals to the 4 Series aren't exactly plentiful. The most obvious premium market opposition comes from the Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but if you cast your net further, there's also the striking-looking Lexus RC, which might appeal to those for whom a German-badged coupe is a little too obvious.

Read the BMW 4 Series Coupe verdict

What's under the skin?

It's fair to say that it's far more than just a two-door version of the 3 Series saloon. The two are related but the Coupe gets a lighter, stiffer bodyshell with a view to giving it a sharper drive. The 4 Series has adaptive sports suspension, an electronically controlled M Sport differential and a perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution.

This 4 Series is also 57mm lower, has a centre of gravity that's 21mm lower, sits 10mm closer to the ground, is up to 23mm wider and is aerodynamically more efficient than the 3 Series. That should make it better to drive, more responsive in corners and faster at the top end – you can find out if it's been successful in its aim by reading on to the Engines section of this review. 

Equipment such as M Sport suspension with firmer dampers, adaptive suspension, performance brakes and an M Sport rear differential are all on the options list.

What’s it like inside?

Having ran a BMW 4 Series Coupe on the Parkers long-termer fleet for six months, we can confidently say that the interior is one of the best available at this price point. Beautifully trimmed with quality materials, its layout and available technology are second-to-none. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to spot any real differences from the far pricier 8 Series Coupe that the 4 Series shares many features with.

Of particular note is the standard-fit BMW Live Cockpit Professional media package that includes the 10.25-inch central touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital dash. The former is a benchmark infotainment system, thanks to its clean, crisp graphics, excellent functionality and ease of use (it’s touchscreen and rotary dial controlled). And while the digital dash lacks the sheer amount of customisation you’d find in a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe for example, many will appreciate the clean, uncluttered design.

Read more about the BMW 4 Series Coupe interior

What’s it like to drive? 

BMW has built its name with sweet-driving coupes and saloons and the latest 4 Series is no exception. Most of our time with the car has been in the entry level 420i petrol with the lowest power output (184hp), yet it still combines sharp, enjoyable handling with a strong dose of comfort and refinement. One quick tip, though, make sure you spec the adaptive suspension (available as part of the M Sport Pro Package) if you want to experience the finest ride quality. Cars on standard suspension are not as impressive.

As for engines, there’s a solid choice on offer (outlined below). The historically popular 420d diesel is still available, yet loses its crown as expected best seller to the 420i petrol. Indeed, if you’re struggling to choose between the two, consider how many miles you do per year. Those who cover large amounts of motorway miles will appreciate the extra grunt and fuel economy of the diesel, while others may benefit from the near-silent petrol engine at low speeds.

Read more about how the BMW 4 Series Coupe drives

What models and trims are available?

Six engines are available: the 420i/420d, 430i/430d and the performance M440i xDrive and M440d xDrive, both featuring all-wheel drive and a 0-62mph time of around 4.5 seconds. BMW has also introduced 48-volt mild hybrid assistance – improving efficiency and response times – to the diesel engines and six-cylinder petrol in the M440i model.

All models will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with rear-wheel drive fitted as standard in the majority. For the M440i and M440d xDrive, power is sent to all four wheels via a sport-calibrated version of its eight-speed automatic transmission.

510hp BMW M4 Competition version

This is something else again. Here we have a family-sized BMW M car that delivers 510hp, cracks the 0-62mph dash in 3.5 seconds, is available with all-wheel drive, but has no manual gearbox. The styling is loud enough to cause major controversy, too. The six-speed manual version is available elsewhere, but in the UK it’s an eight-speed auto only due to lack of interest for the former.

What else should I know?

The 4 Series Coupe is also available as a Convertible and Gran Coupe, the latter keeping the swooping lines and standout styling of the regular car, yet adding an extra pair of doors and hatchback-style bootlid to aid practicality.

Further reading

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the BMW 4 Series Coupe including its practicality and how much it costs to run.

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

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