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heycar review

      Launch year
      2013
      Body type
      Coupe
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
heycar editorial team

Written by

heycar editorial team

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heycar rating
“Good looking, great driving coupe”

Best bits

  • Class-leading handling across the range
  • Handsome styling 
  • Engines to suit every need and budget

Not so great

  • Ride is firm on M Sport cars with large alloys
  • Boot space is only average 
  • Six-speed manual gearbox is not worth having

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Overall Verdict

"BMW surprised a few people when it decided to rename coupe versions of its popular 3 Series as ‘4 Series’. But that’s now water under the bridge, as buyers have come to realise just how good this even-numbered BMW is. "

BMW 4 Series Driving Front

While still based on the 3 Series saloon, BMW has made plenty of effort to ensure the 4 Series feels bespoke. It certainly looks different to the conservative saloon, with a swooping roofline and wider rear end giving the 4 Series its own unique look. Compared with some other BMW designs, this one certainly hits the mark.


The styling is matched by an interior that, although not the most exciting in terms of design, is made from high-quality materials that help the 4 Series Coupe feel expensive. Standard leather upholstery helps, as does the range of decorative trims and soft-touch finishes for the dashboard. Depending on the model chosen, the interior can be filled with impressive technology, all controlled from BMW’s impressive iDrive media system. 


The driving experience is where the 4 Series Coupe really delivers. Against close competitors like the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Audi A5, this is by far the most entertaining option. BMW has ensured it handles with real agility, aided by steering that feels precise and rewarding for keen drivers. Top-spec M Sport models are the most accomplished, but all versions still feel sorted.  


One downside to this sporting intent is the effect it has on the ride of the 4 Series Coupe. It will be particularly stiff when driving an M Sport model on larger 19-inch wheels, but even lower-spec versions still feel taut. Options like adaptive suspension are important to look out for, as these deliver the best of both handling and ride. 


Other compromises include the relatively limited space in the back. Only two people can be accommodated in the individual back seats, with headroom a little cramped for taller passengers. Legroom is less of a problem, and ISOFIX child seat attachments mean it is amply suited to carrying young children. 


Room in the front is plentiful, supported by standard electrically adjustable seats and a low, sporty, driving position.


The wide range of engines available for the 4 Series Coupe offers a choice for virtually all occasions. Long-distance cruising is best-served by the four-cylinder diesel engines, with four-cylinder petrols likely to appeal to those with shorter commutes. Range-topping turbocharged six-cylinder performance comes in both petrol and diesel flavours, with the diesel 435d the fastest of all. 


BMW’s excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox is available across the range. The xDrive four-wheel drive system can also be added to certain models, replacing the usual rear-wheel-drive layout.


The 4 Series Coupe has proved a strong seller for BMW, making it a relatively common sight on the road. With handsome looks, a well-made interior and impressive driving dynamics, it’s easy to understand why it has won so many fans.  


Is the BMW 4 Series Coupe right for you?

Choosing the 4 Series Coupe over the impressive 3 Series saloon is all about making a statement. Executive coupes favour style over ultimate practicality, adding a little bit of self-indulgence to the equation. 


Whether it’s to stand out in the office car park, to liven up your daily commute, or to enjoy driving at the weekend, the 4 Series will deliver. It is arguably the entertaining option in its class, and comes with good looks to boot.


The drawbacks are the limited space in the rear, with only room for two passengers. While the boot is average compared with rivals, a coupe will never be the most practical choice. 


However, a car like the 4 Series Coupe makes being a little bit selfish seem worthwhile. 


What's the best BMW 4 Series Coupe model/engine to choose?

Which engine suits the 4 Series Coupe best depends on how you drive it. For those doing more miles, the range of diesel engines is likely to be popular, as it has been for many buyers. 


Skip the 418d and head straight for the 420d. It offers respectable performance, the best fuel economy of the entire range, and can also be had with xDrive four-wheel drive. 


A petrol engine may suit those doing shorter journeys better, and the 420i is likely to be enough for most drivers. However, the 430i delivers more power with no real penalty in terms of fuel economy. 


Whatever the engine, we would plump for range-topping M Sport trim. It offers the best overall value, and comes with features that suit the sporty nature of the 4 Series Coupe. 


What other cars are similar to the BMW 4 Series Coupe?

The closest rivals in price and spirit are the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Audi A5 Coupe. Both offer similarly Germanic quality and refinement.


Choosing the Mercedes delivers a slightly more comfortable driving experience, with the Audi offering a stylish interior. There is ultimately very little difference between the three, and personal preference is likely to be the deciding factor. The Lexus RC does offer a sharp-looking alternative, but is not as exciting to drive.


A left-field option is the 4 Series Cabriolet, which uses a folding metal roof. It looks almost identical to the Coupe, but comes with the option of fresh-air motoring.


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