4.2 out of 5 4.2
Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

The benchmark four-seat sports coupe

BMW 4-Series Coupe (13 on) - rated 4.2 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £29,280 - £131,505
Used price £7,490 - £70,110
Fuel Economy 27.4 - 49.6 mpg
Road tax cost £20 - £475
Insurance group 24 - 50 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Broad engine range
  • Great all-rounder diesels
  • Sharp, sporting looks
  • Ballistic M4 Coupe

CONS

  • Limited practicality
  • Firm ride in M Sport models
  • Lacklustre four-cylinder engines
  • More expensive than 3 Series

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Lawrence Cheung on

The BMW 4 Series Coupe might sound like a new name, but it uses the familiar formula of being a four-seater based on the 3 Series saloon, wrapped up in a sleeker, two-door bodystyle.

While this rebrand might sound drastic, it simply separates the more niche models away from the traditional saloons and estates of the 3, 5 and 7 Series.

Otherwise, it's business as usual and the wide variety of engines, transmissions and models to choose from means it should appeal to as many buyers as the previous 3 Series Coupe.

Its direct rivals are the Audi A5 Coupe and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but you may also consider more left-field options such as the Audi TT, Lexus RC, the Toyota GT86 or Subaru BRZ twins, or even the Ford Mustang Fastback. But it's about to be replaced by a striking new-generation car sporting concept-car looks.

As driver focused as ever

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 along with many of the mechanical parts.

There’s been a thorough rework of the 4’s configuration, however: the electronically assisted power steering has been sharpened to deliver a more precise and responsive change of direction when the driver turns into a bend.

But 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 Competition.

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 system is also optionally available on all the lower-powered diesels and the petrol 420i,.

A manual gearbox is available for the entry-level engines, but the vast majority will be sold with BMW’s excellent eight-speed automatic transmission.

Equipment and technology

The 4 Series comes in two easy trims – Sport and M Sport, plus there’s the M4 Competition Pack (below).

Standard kit includes LED headlights and front and rear parking sensors, plus sat-nav (which is standard in all BMW models). There’s a wide range of kit on offer as you sift through the optional extras, allowing you to spec a remarkably high-tech 4.

BMW M4 Coupe with Competition Pack

For performance enthusiasts, 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. You also get a 19hp power hike from the frenetic engine, dropping the 0-62mph time to just 4.0 seconds.

Does the BMW 4 Series offer something different in the coupe sector? Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know, including its practicality (below), comfort, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

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BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
3.8 out of 5 3.8

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