4.4 out of 5 4.4
Parkers overall rating: 4.4 out of 5 4.4

Get beyond its challenging nose and there's a great car ready and waiting

BMW 4-Series Coupe (20 on) - rated 4.4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £39,870 - £53,875
Lease from new From £455 p/m View lease deals
Used price £27,960 - £45,315
Used monthly cost From £698 per month
Fuel Economy 36.2 - 61.4 mpg
Road tax cost £150 - £475
Insurance group 30 - 40 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Fantastic handling and balance
  • The M440i is impressively quick
  • Dashboard shared with excellent 3 Series

CONS

  • Love-it-or-hate-it styling
  • Sharp steering needs acclimatisation
  • Diesel version lacks excitement

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
3.8 out of 5 3.8

Written by Keith Adams on

BMW has a tradition of building mid-sized coupes based closely on its hugely-successful 3 Series saloon. In the old days, they were simply called the 3 Series Coupe and you knew what you were getting – a two door saloon with a sleeker roofline. But since the 2013, the franchise was rebranded the 4 Series, and although the technical link remained unbroken, styling started to go its own way.

For 2020, the second-generation 4 Series has taken a step forward visually. Well, when we say step forward, this might be a controversial view, given that bold new nose. Yes, this muscular and dramatic-looking coupe is dominated by its oversized kidney grille that is double the size of the old one and lacks the elegance of older BMWs. That's a shame, because this feature aside the 4 Series is a handsome and sporting-looking premium coupe.

In a world where SUVs are everything, rivals to the 4 Series aren't exactly plentiful. The most obvious premium market opposition comes from the Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe, but if you cast your net further, there's also the striking-looking Lexus RC, which might appeal to those for whom a German-badged coupe is a little too obvious.

What's under the skin?

It's fair to say that it's far more than just a two-door version of the 3 Series saloon. The two are related but the Coupe gets a lighter, stiffer bodyshell with a view to giving it a sharper drive. The 4 Series has adaptive sports suspension, an electronically controlled M Sport differential and a perfectly balanced 50:50 weight distribution.

This 4 Series is also 57mm lower, has a a centre of gravity that's 21mm lower, sits 10mm closer to the ground, is up to 23mm wider and is aerodynamically more efficient than the 3 Series. That should make it better to drive, more responsive in corners and faster at the top end – you can find out if it's been successful in its aim by reading on to the Engines section of this review.

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.

What models are available?

Five engines are available: the 420i/420d, 430i/430d and the performance M440i xDrive, which features four-wheel drive and 375hp. 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 automatic transmission.

Further reading

Click through the next few pages to read everything you need to know about the BMW 4 Series Coupe including its practicality, its interior, how much it costs to run, what it's like to drive – and whether we recommend buying one.

BMW 4-Series Coupe rivals

Lexus
RC
3.8 out of 5 3.8

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