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BMW 4 Series Coupe Review

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      Launch year
      2020
      Body type
      Coupe
      Fuel type
      Petrol, Diesel
Andy Brady

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Andy Brady

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Willing to overlook that grille?

Best bits

  • Great to drive
  • Impressive infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Feels more special than a 3 Series

Not so great

  • Rivals are more practical
  • Firmer than an Audi A5
  • Not everyone likes how it looks...

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BMW 4 Series exterior driving front

Overall verdict

BMW 4 Series interior front

On the inside

BMW 4 Series exterior driving rear

Driving

BMW 4 Series exterior driving side

How much does it cost to run

BMW 4 Series exterior driving rear

Prices, versions and specification

Overall verdict

"The BMW 4 Series Coupe is a car that makes a statement. It’s more than just a 3 Series with a rakish roofline and two fewer doors; it’s a stylish coupe that could almost be considered alongside a Porsche Cayman (albeit with an extra dose of practicality)."

BMW 4 Series exterior driving front

Its designers wanted the 4 Series Coupe to stand out. And it certainly does that. You won’t have got this far without noticing the colossal grille on the front of the car - arguably the most controversial automotive design feature of recent times. If you hate it, you could spend your money on an Audi A5 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe instead, but we reckon you’d be missing out.


Indeed, the 4 Series looks pretty phwoar when you view it from the rear. And, even from the front, it’s certainly less offensive in the metal than it is in pictures - so don't dismiss it just yet. You can make your own decision about the coupe’s design but, to its credit, BMW certainly can’t be accused of treading carefully.


Fortunately, designers haven’t done anything too weird inside. It feels pretty much like a BMW 3 Series, with lots of lovely materials and feel-good fabrics. All models are well-equipped with leather seats as standard across the range, as well as the brand’s latest infotainment system. This is excellent, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as BMW's Intelligent Personal Assistant. In theory, this works a bit like Alexa but, in our experience, it’s a bit on the clumsy side.


Of course, the 4 Series Coupe is not as practical as a 3 Series (although a more versatile Gran Coupe is on its way). It’s a strict four-seater at best, with the rear seats needing some yoga-like moves to access. They’re fine for occasional use by children, though, and the boot will be big enough for the weekly Waitrose shop.


Being a BMW, the area in which the 4 Series really impresses is how it drives. Even the entry-level 420i (which, actually, is probably our favourite model) is a lot of fun, with power being sent to the rear wheels and lovely, communicative steering keeping you on the road. When you just want to get to your destination, the 4 Series does that too - it’s a remarkably civilised car, although you will notice the odd bump in the road (especially if you buy one with the bigger 19-inch alloy wheels).


While the majority of buyers are expected to go for a 420i, there’s also a diesel model (420d) for those long-distance drivers. An M440i ticks the enthusiast box, too - at least until a hot M4 variant arrives.


Marmite looks aside, there’s little to dislike about the new BMW 4 Series. It’s got a superb interior, is brilliant to drive and is loaded with tech that’s easy to use. Chuck in surprisingly low running costs and high equipment levels and we rate the 4 Series very highly indeed.


If you're looking for the older version, you need our BMW 4 Series (2013-2020) review.

Is the BMW 4 Series Coupe right for you?

If you want a premium car that’s going to get the neighbour’s tongues wagging (Neighbourhood Watch will be inundated with complaints about the grille), the BMW 4 Series is a superb choice. It’s more stylish but less practical than the 3 Series, while it’s cabin will make you feel good about life for every minute you spend in it.


While rivals are perhaps less challenging in their aesthetics, the BMW 4 Series is the choice for anyone who enjoys driving. There’s an engine to suit every requirement - all of which are fun to drive and won’t cost a fortune to run.

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

We really rate the most affordable BMW 4 Series: the 420i. It’s the sweetest handling and its 2.0-litre engine will be quick enough for the majority of buyers. It even sounds pretty characterful (in sport mode) while, as the lightest of the bunch, it’s also the most fun to drive. Save your money and go for this, unless you cover mega miles in which the 420d might make more sense.

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

The obvious competitors are the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Audi A5 while the Lexus RC is a left-field alternative. You could even compare it to sportier alternatives like the Porsche 718 Cayman or Toyota Supra.

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BMW 4 Series interior front

On the inside

BMW 4 Series exterior driving rear

Driving

BMW 4 Series exterior driving side

How much does it cost to run

BMW 4 Series exterior driving rear

Prices, versions and specification

Ask the heycar experts: common questions

How much does a BMW 4 Series Coupe cost?

A new BMW 4 Series Coupe starts in the region of £40,500 for the 420i, rising to £55,000 for the range-topping M440i.

Andy Brady

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Is the BMW 4 Series Coupe better than a 3 Series?

In some ways, you're paying more for less. As a two-door coupe, the 4 Series isn't as practical as the 3 Series, but it's more stylish and slightly better to drive.

Russ Campbell

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Russ Campbell

What should I buy instead of a BMW 4 Series Coupe?

You could also look at the Audi A5 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. The Lexus RC is a slightly left-field alternative.

Andy Brady

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