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Bypass the looks and the 4 Series is a great coupe

BMW 4-Series Coupe Review Video
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At a glance

New price £41,800 - £58,820
Lease from new From £579 p/m View lease deals
Used price £29,005 - £54,945
Fuel Economy 36.2 - 60.1 mpg
Road tax cost £520
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 tech

CONS

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

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Shane O'Donoghue on

The latest BMW 4 Series Coupe is part of a line of two-door sports models based on the hugely successful 3 Series saloon. Initially the two and four-door versions looked the same, but from 1990 to 2013 the 3 Series Coupe evolved to have a distinctly different appearance. Since 2013, the two-door franchise was rebranded 4 Series, and this second generation arrived in 2020.

And it landed with some controversy, because the car's muscular and dramatic body is dominated by the oversized kidney grille up front. Some people think it lacks the elegance of older BMWs, but this feature aside, the 4 Series is a handsome-looking premium coupe that is more modern than rivals such as the Audi A5 Coupe and Mercedes C-Class Coupe.

These three cars have the four-seat premium coupe sewn up between them, although the 4 Series offers the best handling. If you cast your net further, then there's also the striking-looking Lexus RC, although it's an old car that's unlikely to be replaced, while the Ford Mustang offers V8 power, but not as much prestige.

Inside, the BMW 4 Series Coupe delivers the best interior at this price point. It's beautifully trimmed with quality materials, its layout and technology are second-to-none and the standard-fit BMW Live Cockpit Professional media package sets a benchmark for infotainment systems, thanks to its crisp graphics and ease of use.

But BMW has built its name with sweet-driving cars, and the 4 Series is no exception. All models deliver sharp, enjoyable handling with a strong dose of comfort and refinement, although we'd recommend adding adaptive suspension as part of the M Sport Pro Package if you want to experience the finest ride quality.

Models include the 420i/420d, 430i/430d and the M440i xDrive and M440d xDrive, the latter two featuring all-wheel drive. All models use an eight-speed automatic gearbox. At the top of the range is the 510hp M4 Competition that cracks the 0-62mph dash in 3.5 seconds.

The 4 Series 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 tailgate to aid practicality.

Over the next few pages we’ll be thoroughly reviewing all aspects of the BMW 4 Series Coupe and rating them in our verdict. Our scores will take into account the driving experience, how pleasant the interior is, the practicality on offer and what it’ll cost you to run.

Further reading

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
3.8 out of 5 3.8

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