BMW 4 Series (2013 – 2020) Review
BMW 4 Series (2013 – 2020) At A Glance
Produced between 2014 and 2020, the first-generation BMW 4 Series Coupe offers sporty handling, stylish looks and a luxurious interior. Its range of engines includes economical diesels and performance petrols. BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive can also be found on certain models, providing extra traction for slippery conditions. Such a combination of factors makes for an appealing premium coupe, with only a handful of small downsides. The ride quality on M Sport models can be tough due to the sports suspension setup, while boot space is only average compared to class rivals. Beyond that, it is easy to see why BMW sold so many examples of this original 4 Series.
Some purists were surprised when BMW renamed coupe versions of the popular 3 Series as ‘4 Series’ in 2013. Several years later, any controversy has long been forgotten, largely thanks to how good the end product turned out to be.
Handsome but understated styling helped differentiate the 4 Series Coupe from the related 3 Series saloon, with a swooping roofline the most obvious change. The wider rear end also enhances the sporty image, with M Sport models looking particularly racy. Compared with more recent BMW efforts – not least the new 4 Series – it’s easy to see why the car won near-universal praise.
BMW has built a reputation over several decades for building cars that are good to drive. The 4 Series Coupe does not disappoint, offering a truly engaging experience. Compared with key rivals like the Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, the BMW will be the most fun to use on twisty country roads. The steering is accurate and well-weighted, while the engines are responsive and powerful.
M Sport models in particular offer the most involvement for the driver, with stiffer suspension allowing more energetic cornering.
This does come at a cost, though. The 4 Series Coupe, and M Sport versions in particular, does suffer with a firm ride quality. It never feels truly uncomfortable, but the impression of tautness never goes away, especially on cars with 19-inch alloy wheels. The optional adaptive suspension is important to look out for, delivering the best of both worlds with just a button-press.
From launch, BMW has tinkered with the engine options for the 4 Series Coupe. The latest line-up includes three diesels and three petrols, ranging from warm to scalding on the performance scale.
Commuters will be drawn to the popular diesel 420d, given its impressive fuel economy, while speed freaks will yearn for the petrol 440i. The latter has a turbocharged six-cylinder engine capable of serious speed.
Lower-level models come with a six-speed manual gearbox, but the majority of the range uses an excellent eight-speed automatic. It is generally preferred, with the manual adding little to the party. An xDrive four-wheel-drive system can also be found on key models, replacing the usual rear-wheel-drive layout.
With the driving experience and styling up to scratch, the interior is another area where the 4 Series Coupe scores strongly. Although it might not be the most exciting cabin, BMW has at least maintained its reputation for quality.
Everything you touch feels well made, with plenty of soft-touch plastics throughout. Standard leather upholstery adds to the luxurious image.
Where the 4 Series feels less generous is on space for those in the rear. Limited headroom due to the coupe roofline can make it uncomfortable for adults, even if legroom is reasonable. Boot space is also only average compared to rivals from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. These are still minor complaints, and do little to hold back the overall appeal