Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4
  • Dashboard and controls almost identical to 3 Series
  • ...which is a very good thing
  • Standard equipment levels are good

It's here that the 4 Series origins are the most obvious. Its interior and especially the dashboard is almost identical to the 3 Series – but before you see that as a criticism, it certainly is not, as it's a great place in which to spend time. You get the latest version of iDrive – 7.0 – and a set of digital instruments that crisp and clear to use, if not particularly configurable.

The driving position and is excellent as is the layout of all the major controls. Although you sit quite low, forward visibility is excellent, and visual aids, such as parking cameras, are simple to use and display crisply on the central infotainment screen. Voice control is also near flawless, with all commands input via the 'hey BMW' statement.

Rear-seat passengers have a less impressive deal. There's an adequate amount of room and gettting in and out via a narrow gap is aided by redesigned front seats which have motorised safety belts that tuck neatly out of the way. But there's no escaping the fact, it's a coupe that offers less room than the saloon it's based upon.

Cutting-edge infotainment

It's worth returning to the infotainment system, which is outstanding. All 4 Series Coupes feature a 10.3-inch display that's crisp and bright, and all the better because you can use it either use as a touchscreen or operate it using the iDrive controller between the front seats. Being able to use it without prodding the screen is a huge positive, and an aid to driver safety.

Both the M Sport and M Sport Pro models offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard as well as DAB radio and an online and connected sat-nav system that matches anything you'll find via your smartphone. There's an optional Technology Pack which gains a clear-sounding Harman Kardon sound system, wireless smartphone charging and a gesture control function that we'd happily sling in the bin.

BMW 4 Series Coupe (2020) interior