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BMW 4 Series Coupé (2013 to 2020)

Expert Rating

Used car score:

63
%
C

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

57
%
C

Reliability Rating:

79
%
C

Running Costs:

49
%
D

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

Used car score:

63
%
C

This model is no longer on sale or in production, so it doesn't have a New Car Expert Rating score.

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

74
%
B

Safety Rating:

-

Eco Rating:

57
%
C

Reliability Rating:

79
%
C

Running Costs:

49
%
D

Summary


The first-generation BMW 4 Series Coupé was a compact executive car – essentially the two-door coupé version of the previous-generation BMW 3 Series saloon.

The 4 Series joined the German upmarket brand’s range for the first time in 2013, – except that it didn’t really. Before then, the two-door version of the mass-selling 3 Series was called the 3 Series Coupé. Now it’s the 4 Series Coupé – and just to confuse matters there was a four-door 4 Series called the Gran Coupé, but that is not covered here.

A car widely praised for its attractive exterior styling, The Sunday Times said that the first iteration of the 4 Series was “a coupé that’s as good to drive as it looks”, with a wide range of strong engine options and driving dynamics that Parkers explained offered “fun and frugality in equal measure”.

What Car? added that the sports coupé was “a class act on the inside” too, with “a suave interior that’s laden with high-quality materials and an easy-to-use infotainment system.” That said, this infotainment and the car’s other on-board tech features are now rather dated when compared to more modern alternatives, including the current-generation 4 Series model.

Being a coupé, reviewers also frequently commented that the car was not very spacious in the rear, and that customers looking for family-car practicality should consider the cheaper 3 Series instead.

As of April 2024, the BMW 4 Series Coupé holds a Used Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 63%.

4 Series Coupé highlights

  • Attractive exterior styling
  • Wide range of strong engines on offer
  • Comfortable and well-built interior
  • Sharp driving dynamics

4 Series Coupé lowlights

  • Not as practical as a 3 Series
  • On-board tech is now rather dated
  • Can be pricey on the used market
  • M Sport models have firm suspension

Key specifications


Body style: 2+2 coupé
Engines:
petrol, diesel
Price when new:
From £29,280 on-road

Launched: Winter 2013
Last updated: Summer 2017
Replaced: Autumn 2020


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

No safety rating

The BMW 4 Series Coupé was not crash tested by Euro NCAP during its production life.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

The BMW 4 Series Coupé was not lab tested by Green NCAP during its production life.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

As of April 2024, the BMW 4 Series has a reliability score that’s about average, according to exclusive extended warranty data provided by our partners at MotorEasy. This score covers coupé models as well as convertibles – from this generation (pre-2020) version as well as the current (2021 onwards) version.

A quarter of all reported problems with the 4 Series relate to its engine, which accounts for a similar slice of repair claims. The average bill for these to date is an eye-watering £2,000. Gearbox problems are similarly expensive, although they seem to be quite rare to date. Suspension and braking problems are also common, although the repair bills are much more reasonable.

If you’re looking at a used BMW 4 Series, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of these potential problem areas shown above.

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Sleek styling and impressive performance make the original BMW 4 Series Coupé a stand-out choice, but it is a bit dated in the tech department.BMW 4 Series Coupé (2013 to 2020)