BMW M4 (2014) Review

BMW M4 (2014) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
On the right road, the BMW M4 is extremely exciting. Thanks to the broad talents of the engine, you’re free to explore the lofty limits of the chassis, revelling in the steering and marvelling at the poise

+Terrific straight-six engine, quality interior, superb ride and handling.

-Expensive to run, edgy on the limit, standard model is too soft for some.

New prices start from £71,560
Insurance Groups are between 42–50
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

The BMW M4 is the hardcore version of the 4 Series. It’s the sister car to the BMW M3, and is available as a Coupe and Convertible. Launched in 2014, the BMW M4 rivals the likes of the Audi RS5 and Porsche Cayman, offering thunderous performance from its 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged engine. For the ultimate M4 experience, opt for the Competition pack, which became the core model later in the car’s production run. It’s brilliant to drive, although some of the options make it look very expensive. Still, it’s better looking than the new M4…

The BMW M4 Coupe and Convertible are the sister cars to the BMW M3 saloon. Launched in 2014, the M4 outsold its M3 sibling, primarily because buyers prefer the styling and image of the two-door coupe. Early models are becoming increasingly affordable.

Power is sourced from a 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged petrol engine, with BMW ditching the V8 found in the earlier M3. In many ways, this makes the M4 a more authentic BMW M model, and it’s not as though it’s short on power. In standard guise, the 3.0-litre ‘six’ produces 431PS, but Competition models boast an impressive 450PS. Rare models like the GTS and DTM Champion Edition provide even more muscle.

It’s a terrific engine, delivering smooth acceleration, low-end torque and redline fun. It’s also reasonably economical, although this won’t be a big priority for many M4 buyers.

Okay, so 25mpg to 30mpg isn’t exactly brilliant, but it means that you can complete the commute to work without visiting a petrol station on a daily basis.

This is a great-looking car. It helps that the regular 4 Series is sleek and low-slung, but the M4 treatment makes it look even more desirable. The Competition pack is a particular highlight, with the 20-inch alloy wheels filling the muscular arches. It’s a modern classic in the making, especially when you consider the challenging styling of the latest M4.

Inside, the M4 is more luxurious than ever. Soft-touch materials, fine leather, a superb leather-trimmed steering wheel and wonderful sports seats are the highlights. It’s comfortable for those dull stretches of road between your favourite B-roads.

Some will argue that it’s not as engaging as M cars of old, but others will love its refinement and fluidity. Besides, it can feel a bit edgy when you’re really ‘on it’, so such antics are best reserved for the track.

An early M4 Coupe could cost as little as £25,000. When you consider that this was a £60,000 car when new, that seems like a small price to pay. We’d recommend budgeting for £35,000, as this is enough to secure the superior Competition package. It came as no surprise when BMW decided to ditch the entry-level M4, making the Competition the core model.

There isn’t a huge amount of choice when it comes to performance coupes. The Audi RS5 is the M4’s chief rival, but beyond that, you’re looking at performance saloons and two-seater sports cars. The M4 Coupe is arguably the best of both worlds.

It’s reasonably practical, thanks to a large boot and a surprising amount of rear-seat space. It’s also well-equipped and rich in quality. The fact that it looks better than the new M4 is an added bonus.

Ask Honest John

I bought a used BMW M4 only to find out it was used as for track days - where do I stand?
"I purchased a BMW M4 from my local main dealer last week and after paying a deposit I was advised (salesman said they were obligated to) that the car had been used for track days by BMW UK. I had asked the salesman several times what the car's history was before taking a test drive and was told it was a manager's car. A little research and there are five of these on the BMW approved website at various dealers with number plates starting YJ67 in white with low spec and mileage. I did contact BMW UK and they advised me that while their dealers have guidelines they are independent to them and can sell what they like. I wasted four days negotiation, sorting car insurance, gap insurance and a tracker to be fitted the following day. the reason for the letter is in their sales terms and conditions it states the warranty is invalid if the car has been used for racing. Would the warranty stand if I had a major problem? "
Track days are not actually "racing" but it's a moot point whether the warranty would have been voided. At last dealers are catching up with the 2008 Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations that forbid "misleading omissions", such as not telling you the car had been used for track days. More on that and some recent case law if you scroll down here:
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Which luxury car is the wisest financial decision - Ferrari, Bentley or Aston Martin?
"In early 2013, I bought a new BMW 640d M Sport Gran Coupe. I part exchanged it two years later for a new BMW M4. That cost me £32,000 in depreciation. I'm now thinking of selling my M4 at the three year point and expect a similar amount of depreciation. The total in five years will be about £64,000. I want to minimise the cost of ownership with my next purchase and have a short list of four second hand vehicles for my budget of £80,000. The options are a low mileage Aston Martin Virage, low mileage Bentley Continental GT, Ferrari California or, at a push, high mileage Ferrari F430. The BMW have cost very little in servicing or road tax. Including depreciation, cost of servicing and road tax - could you advise which might be best in terms of total cost of ownership? I drive about 4000 miles per year. Feel free to suggest an alternative car if you can."
Massive risk factor and high servicing costs with the Aston and the Ferrari, but recently Ferrari have been holding their prices quite well. A California makes more sense than a 430. Why not a Porsche 911? Obviously you will amortise your M4 more effectively by keeping it for another year or two, but if you're fed up with it that isn't an option.
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fuel grades
"I use Shell Nitro unleaded in my M4, what is the equivalent grade for Esso, BP and Texaco please (on the assumption that I cannot find a Shell station)?"
Their 'super', which will be anything from 97Ron to 99Ron. Some BP stations have/had an even higher octane of 'Ultimate'. Texaco 'Cleansystem' super was good in the past. Esso claims lots of cleaning additives in its Super. Even Tesco does 99Ron 'Momentum'. But Shell V-Power is the best.
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