The BMW 4 Series was introduced for the 2014 model year, providing more of a distinction from the 3 Series sedan and simpler naming conventions for consumers. Even apart from the sedan, the 4 Series amounts to an incredibly diverse line up of enthusiast pleasing luxury sports cars. It’s available as a two-door coupe, a two-door convertible and a five-door Gran Coupe.
BMW 4 Series Overview
While the BMW 4 Series technically started life for the 2014 model year, the heritage of the beloved coupe dates all the way back to 1975 with the launch of the BMW E21 coupe. The iconic BMW coupe has earned the reputation of having a near perfect balance of sport and luxury, creating many benchmarks in the segment over the years that still heavily influence the luxury sports coupe market today.
The BMW 4 Series is available as a four-passenger coupe and a four-passenger hardtop convertible. A five-door 4 Series Gran Coupe is also offered. At launch, engine choices include a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 428i and a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine in 435i models. Rear-wheel drive is standard and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system is available. All 4 Series engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, while a six-speed manual is optional on select models.
By using forced induction (turbocharging) the BMW 4 Series provides plenty of horsepower while still returning excellent fuel economy. The incredibly refined power plants are among the best offered by any manufacturer, providing stellar responsiveness and an incredibly wide power band. Handling and overall driving dynamics are also well above average. BMW’s marketing department labels the vehicle as “the ultimate driving machine” and many owners and automotive reviewers are quick to provide evidence to support the claim.
Living up to the BMW premium status, the 4 Series is nicely equipped with plenty of standard features and an upscale, driver-centric cabin that doesn’t forget about the other passengers. The standard leatherette upholstery is attractive, comfortable and long-wearing. The base audio system includes USB audio and hands-free Bluetooth phone connectivity, while BMW’s iDrive infotainment system includes a standard color display. Added luxury features, like push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control and a sunroof round out the 4 Series’ standard features. Bluetooth audio streaming became standard starting with the 2015 model year.
The base 4 Series can be loaded up with performance and luxury options. A driver assistance package includes a nice set of active safety technologies that keep occupants safe and provide a little help along the journey. The M Sport package enhances the 4 Series with a bit of performance flair, which includes an aerodynamics kit, M Sport steering wheel and unique wheels.
While the BMW 4 Series represents a luxurious sports coupe with great driving dynamics, there are a few worthy competitors within the segment. These include the Audi A5, Infiniti Q60, Lexus RC and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.