Parkers overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 4.2

The Parkers VerdictShould you buy a BMW 4 Series Coupe?

As a two-door coupe that's exciting to drive, refined and comfortable over long journeys, yes. Even the entry level 4 Series Coupe offers a responsive and comfortable driving experience, while scintillating performance from the diesels remain frugal. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class runs it close for driving fun, but the interior lags behind in quality, while the Audi A5 is best for those looking for the most comfortable experience.

Despite similarities with the 3 Series, the 4 Series is uniquely engineered to sit lower, making it feel planted and balanced with minimal body roll. Considering what this car is, it conducts itself extremely well.

The interior from the 3 Series saloon may not be particularly dramatic or inspiring, but everything works with precision and is laid out logically. The rear bench is only for two, but barring the limited headroom there’s plenty of space back there, so it's not that impractical either.

The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the 420d will be the best for company car drivers and those on a budget. While you’d struggle to describe it as quick, drivers are never left wanting for performance, with plenty of torque low-down in its rev range and the engine pleasantly spins freely for a diesel. The 420i might have a lower P11D value, but check the tax rate and how much mileage you cover per year. Depending on the latter figure, the saving in fuel might help you decide whether to go for petrol or diesel.

We'll be envious of those considering the 440i and 435d as they will have themselves a fast, fun-to-drive all-rounder that won't cost the bank to run, or compromise on everyday comfort - especially if the M4 is out of reach.

There's little to worry about when it comes to which model to go for, as all models are well equipped. The Adaptive M Sport suspension we can recommend for the improved response and comfort, and if you are looking for Apple Carplay, you'll have to pay extra as it doesn't come as standard.

Further reading:

>> Need a more practical version? How about the Gran Coupe

>> What if you need four doors and a coupe look?

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