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BMW M4 (2014-2020) Review

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  • Launched in 2014
  • Performance
  • Petrol
  • Launch year
    2014
  • Body type
    Performance
  • Fuel type
    Petrol

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Authentic, desirable performance M car

Best bits

  • Excellent engine
  • Good looks and smart interior
  • Great blend of ride and handling

Not so great

  • A little edgy on the limit
  • An expensive car to run
  • Relative rarity compared with regular 4 Series

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BMW M4 Exterior Front

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"We think the BMW M4 Coupe is becoming a really attractive second-hand buy. In terms of value for money, it’s massively desirable, given its performance, blend of ride and handling, stylish good looks and comfortable interior. We expect its appeal will only grow further once its controversial-looking replacement starts hitting the streets…"

BMW M4 Exterior Front

The BMW M4 is the coupe version of the BMW M3 four-door saloon. Really, it’s the spiritual successor to the original 1980s M3 – it was only BMW’s reluctance to ditch the M3 name when it renamed its mid-size coupe ‘4 Series’ that led to the M3 continuing as well. The M4 was the stronger seller, however, because it served up better looks and a sportier image.


The previous M3 ran a whopping great 4.0-litre V8 engine with a ferocious thirst for fuel. That’s not on these days, so it was replaced for the 2014 BMW M4 with a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight-six. This is arguably a more authentic M3/M4 engine than the howling V8 – and although smaller in capacity, it was not short on power. The old 420PS figure became 431PS, delivering 0-62mph in as little as 4.1 seconds. A later M4 Competition pack boasted 450PS. 


It’s not only fast, it’s also much more responsive than the V8. You will go quickly at all engine speeds, not only when the rev counter is bouncing against the redline. Also considerable improvements in real-world fuel economy mean long trips will be made faster, simply because you don’t have to stop so often for fuel.


The sleek, low-slung BMW 4 Series is a good-looking car even in regular guise. Add on the M4 accoutrements and it becomes yet more desirable. The front end is packed out with large air intakes to feed the turbos and cool the brakes, there’s a powerful bulge in the centre of the bonnet and the wheelarches are flared to cover the massive forged alloy wheels. There are BMW M-themed styling details throughout, including the oh-so-desirable quad exhaust pipes poking out of the rear diffuser. As an M first, the M4 Coupe even has a lightweight carbon fibre and reinforced plastic roof (which new car buyers could choose to have unpainted).


Inside, it’s more refined than before. BMW responded to criticism of the old 3 Series Coupe’s plain interior and gave the 4 Series Coupe a more luxurious layout. In the M4, it’s enhanced with the finest leather, an unusually chunky soft leather steering wheel, bespoke M-branded dials and a superb set of firmly bolstered sports seats.


What’s it like to drive? Very exciting, thanks to the extra vibrancy of the engine. The driver can spend less time worrying about always being in the right gear and more time enjoying the feel-packed steering and high limits of the chassis. It’s not as engaging as BMW M cars of old, but it is very fluid and enjoyable.


It also has a far better ride quality than the previous M3 Coupe, which was harsh. This is stiff, but it isn’t as objectionable over rough roads. Our sole criticism is a touch of on-the-limit spikiness to the handling, that does dent confidence a little – although the limits are so high, you’ll probably never experience this.


As BMW’s styling goes out on a limb with the new 4 Series Coupe, some traditionalists might be deterred by its overtly aggressive look. The answer? A well cared-for version of the previous M4 Coupe, which is a great all-rounder and delivers a tremendous bang for your buck on the second-hand market. Read on and let us tempt you.

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M4 2dr DCT [Competition Pack]

  • 2018
  • 15,645 miles
  • Vertu BMW Malton
  • North Yorkshire, YO176TB
Price:£38,900
PCP: £592.10/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £592.10, Customer Deposit: £5,835.00, Total Deposit: £5,835.00, Optional Final Payment: £19,091.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,749.50, Total Amount Payable: £45,649.50, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.56%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

BMW M4

M4 2dr DCT [Competition Pack]

  • 2018
  • 13,614 miles
  • John Clark BMW Aberdeen
  • Kincardineshire, AB123EW
Reduced by £1,000£39,000£40,000
PCP: £576.02/mo

Representative example: Contract Length: 36 months, 35 Monthly Payments: £576.02, Customer Deposit: £5,850.00, Total Deposit: £5,850.00, Optional Final Payment: £19,842.00, Total Charge For Credit: £6,852.70, Total Amount Payable: £45,852.70, Representative APR: 8.9%, Interest Rate (Fixed): 8.55%, Excess Mileage Charge: 12ppm, Mileage Per Annum: 10,000

Is the BMW M4 right for you?

As a high-performance all-rounder, the BMW M4 Coupe has a lot going for it. The engine is wonderful, an authentic BMW M six, and one that shouldn’t see you castigated by environmentalists or bankrupted by fuel bills. It’s blindingly fast and sounds the part, too.


Handling is generally entertaining without being too raw or raucous, and the improvement in ride quality over the previous car is considerable. As a daily driver, it’s a far more welcoming proposition, particularly as the interior is so nice.


Those seeking that last edge of brilliance may find the regular car a bit too soft – that’s why the M4 Competition Pack version was introduced later (there was also an ultra-rare, ultra-expensive M4 GTS). They may still grumble about the car’s feel on the absolute limit, but such people would probably be more attracted to a Porsche Cayman anyway. The BMW M4 Coupe is a supercar that can also serve as everyday family transport. If you need yet more practicality, don’t forget the otherwise-identical BMW M3 saloon is also available.

What’s the best BMW M4 model/engine to choose?

BMW offered the M4 Coupe in regular guise and later, more focused M4 Competition form. We like the regular car, as it’s becoming such a great bargain on the second-hand market, but we do prefer the slightly more exciting driving experience of the Competition.


You can get the M4 Coupe as both a six-speed manual and seven-speed M DCT automatic. The manual is very involving, and traditionalists won’t hesitate in deeming it the best option, but for most people, the M DCT will be the faster and easier car to drive – evidenced by its swifter official acceleration times (and better fuel consumption).


BMW also offered an M4 Convertible for those who like roof-down motoring, but the drive of the coupe is sharper and better.

What other cars are similar to the BMW M4?

Audi’s ever-expanding A5 Coupe range has a thrilling range-topper in the form of the RS5. Like the old BMW M3 Coupe, this uses a thirsty, high-revving V8 engine – as indeed does another rival: the Mercedes-Benz C 63 AMG Coupe (and the Merc’s motor is even bigger and more bombastic).


Because the BMW M4 Coupe is an expensive performance car, it also finds itself going up against thoroughbreds such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and, if comfort really isn’t a consideration, the Lotus Exige. A leftfield alternative is the Ford Mustang, another car with a massive V8, it’s the blue-collar alternative to the BMW.

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