BMW 4 Series (2013) Review

BMW 4 Series (2013) At A Glance

Effectively the replacement for the 3 Series Coupe. Longer wheelbase means more interior space. Best looking BMW in the range.

Firm ride on larger wheels.

New prices start from £35,140
Contract hire deals from £277.86 per month
Insurance Groups are between 24–41
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

The BMW 4 Series Coupe is effectively the replacement for the 3 Series Coupe in the BMW range. In terms of engines you won't be surprised to find the 4 Series follows the 3 Series range. So from launch in October 2013 there will be a 420d, a 428i and a top of the range 435i.

The 420d is expected to make up a third of all cars sold and it certainly makes the most sense on paper. It has 184PS plus plenty of poke with 380Nm of torque and yet impressively will average 60.1mpg according to the official figures.

Compared to the outgoing 3 Series Coupe prices have risen. A 420d is £540 more than the 320d Coupe it replaces but then the 4 Series is considerably better equipped with things like heated and electric seats as standard. Total up the value and the 420d actually has £1475 worth of extra kit fitted.

As desirability goes, the 4 Series is right up there alongside the Audi A5. It's a great bit of BMW design and there's not a duff engine in the line-up - every model gives impressive performance. With the convertible and M4 versions in the pipeline, the 4 Series will have few problems emulating the success of the 3 Series Coupe.

BMW 4 Series Coupe Road Test

Real MPG average for a BMW 4 Series (2013)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

76%

Real MPG

21–60 mpg

MPGs submitted

624

Diesel or petrol? If you're unsure whether to go for a petrol or diesel (or even an electric model if it's available), then you need our Petrol or Diesel? calculator. It does the maths on petrols, diesels and electric cars to show which is best suited to you.

ASK HJ

I've seen a used BMW 4 Series for £36,999 - so why is the road tax £450?
I’m confused with the new road tax rules. I want to buy a used BMW 4 Series. I've found a nice car, registered in June 2017 - so new road tax rules apply. It's £36,999 - so my understanding is that I would be paying £140 VED, but the dealers' website states £450 VED. Do I have to pay an extra £310 because the original list price was over £40,000?
Yes. If the car was originally listed at more than £40,000 (not including first year tax), the annual tax for the second, third and fourth year is £450.
Answered by Honest John
Is it normal for runflats to lose air more than regualr tyres?
I have a 2017 BMW 4 Series with 225/40 R19 tyres on the front and 255/35 R19 tyres on the rear (runflats). Over a two month period, both rear tyres have lost 0.3 bar and the front tyres 0.1 bar. The BMW dealer states this is not unusual with runflat tyres. I would appreciate your view on whether this is normal please.
It's not the fact that they are runflats. It's the extremely low profile of the tyres that means the rimseals take a greater pounding.
Answered by Honest John
Will a diesel BMW 4 Series hold its value?
Any views on the 435d? A 2015 model with less than 15,000 miles can be bought for £25,000 which is only £4000 - 5000 more than the equivalent 420d. The mpg isn't a million miles off the 420d and given the considerable power increase and x drive it seems a relative bargain. Any downsides? How well do you think it will hold value given the demonisation of diesel cars? Perhaps I'm better with a 435i as I only do about 8000 miles per year, albeit those miles are mainly motorway so DPF shouldn't be an issue.
Massive torque. Very quick car. But yes, it will suffer from diesel demonisation. It's probably the difference between about 40mpg in the 435d x drive auto and 30mpg in the 435i auto (see: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/bmw/4-series-f32-2013). See what the price difference is between the 435d xdrive and the 435i.
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Is there an insurer that will get me to the airport if I sustain a puncture on my way?
I have a three year old BMW 4 Series, 10,000 miles done and runflat tyres with no spare. I live in North Devon and often drive to Gatwick (240 miles, four hours) for a flight. If I sustain a puncture and a suitable replacement Pirelli 17-inch tyre cannot be found quickly, is there an insurance that will endeavour to complete my journey to the flight?
A friend of mine returning from Spain punctured an RFT on the Spanish border and phoned me to ask what to do. I told him that though BMW advises no more than 50 miles, in fact RFTs have been driven more than 1000 miles with no pressure. My friend got back to the UK fine. So basically you're probably safe to get to the ends of your journeys. But the answer to your question, if you're worried about it then join the AA because they now carry modular emergency wheels to fit any car.
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