New BMW 4 Series shows its face

  • Striking new BMW 4 Series Coupe gets its first airing
  • Petrol, diesel models with mild hybrid assistance
  • Priced from £39,870, on sale in the UK October 2020

BMW 4 Series Coupe (2020) front view

The covers have come off the new BMW 4 Series Coupe and it's nothing if not striking to look at. Especially head on. Featuring styling that is very similar to last year's Concept 4, it's the firm's first production coupe since the 2000C and CS from the late-1960s to have a full-depth kidney grille.

The latest BMW 4 Series Coupe is all about the styling. So, it features clean surfacing at the sides and swooping rear light clusters. BMW has really set the 4 Series apart from the 3 Series Saloon it's based upon. But will it be a recipe for success?

Tell us more about the 4 Series

Along with the regular specification SE models, there’s an M Sport trim level with the sportier design elements featured in the accompanying images. As with most BMW models, there is also a massive catalogue of M Performance parts to specify, making this a hugely configurable model.

Inside, it's more familiar territory. This is where differences between the 4 Series and its 3 Series cousin are rare. The overall design is the same as the 3 Series in terms of layout and materials, and BMW’s iDrive 7.0 operating system features.

A new-generation head-up display is available, as well as an expanded level of safety assistance and the firm’s reversing assistant parking system are available. Also, there's a new, cloud-based mapping system for quick route calculations is standard via the 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Apple CarPlay and now Android Auto are also included.

BMW 4 Series Coupe (2020) interior

BMW 4 Series engines and specs

BMW says the 4 Series Coupe's centre of gravity is 21mm lower, has spot-on 50/50 weight distribution front-to-rear and a rear track that’s 23mm wider than the 3 Series. That should make it better to drive and more responsive in corners. 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.

Five engines will be available at launch: a 420i/420d, 430i/430d and the performance M440i xDrive, which features four-wheel drive. BMW is introducing 48-volt mild hybrid assistance – tech that supposedly adds 7hp of electrical assistance when accelerating – to the diesel engines and six-cylinder petrol in the M440i model.

All models will use an eight-speed automatic gearbox, and two more diesel versions are planned for March 2021. For top-of-the range M440i xDrive, 375hp is sent to all four wheels via a sport-calibrated version of its eight-speed auto.

What this means for you

You're going to have to wait a little while before you can get your hands on one. The first cars will arrive in the UK October 2020 with a 420i M Sport costing you £39,870. Those prices rise to £53,875 for the M440i xDrive model, which puts this in the heart of Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe territory.

Both of its main rivals, listed above, are recently-facelifted versions of older cars, so the all-new BMW 4 Series should be in a good position to beat them, and be the best coupe for your money. But will that controversial front-end styling put you off – or will its striking nose be a positive for you?

BMW 4 Series Coupe (2020) rear view