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BMW 4 Series Coupé

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Summary


The BMW 4 Series joined the German upmarket brand’s range 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 is now a four-door 4 Series called the Gran Coupé…   

The all-new 2020 4 Series Coupé has a lower roofline and more ‘planted’ stance than its 3 Series sister but it’s the front end that divides opinions. Honest John begins its review with “if you can see past the enormous grille…” and Top Gear offers “Life’s pretty great inside the new 4, not just because you don’t have to look at it…” 

Beyond that enormous grille, the BMW scores highly with both reviewers and buyers, already selling very well. “The 4 Series manages to seamlessly combine impressive performance, attractive economy and a driver-focused quality that is hard to beat,” says Auto Express.

Most of the several petrol and diesel engine options are four-cylinder units, with all-wheel drive available on selected versions. There are also more potent M versions  and Business Car states; “The engine line-up ranges from truly impressive to absolute cracker.”

The car maintains the BMW record for on-road prowess, Autocar commenting that it is “more than good enough to cope with faster, smoother motorway surfaces, allied to handling dynamism that sets the car apart very clearly indeed.”

Praise is also widespread for the interior quality, design and practicality, The Telegraph concluding “you shouldn’t discount it as practical transport, with a good-sized boot and room enough for a couple of adults in the back.”

As of August 2021, the BMW 4 Series Coupé holds an Expert Rating of 81%, based on 21 reviews. That’s about three points behind its saloon sibling, the 3 Series, but comfortably ahead of the ageing Audi A5 Coupé.

4 Series highlights

  • More distinctive than 3 Series sister
  • Wide choice of engines
  • Excellent road manners
  • Quality interior
  • Comfortable

4 Series lowlights

  • Marmite looks, especially at front
  • No plug-in hybrid models
  • Options can drive up the final price
  • That grille – again…

Key specifications


Body style: 2+2 coupé
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £40,465 on-road

Launched: Autumn 2020
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: May 2021

97%

ADULT OCCUPANT

83%

CHILD OCCUPANT

93%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

72%

SAFETY ASSIST

The safety rating for the BMW 4 Series Coupé is based on the testing conducted on the 3 Series saloon in 2019. The car scored maximum points in several of the tests and Euro NCAP also highlighted the effectiveness of the active bonnet in helping to protect pedestrians.

Eco rating


No eco rating

The BMW 4 Series has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP, and inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic.

Awards


Trophies, prizes and awards that the BMW 4 Series has received

2021

  • What Car? Awards – Best Coupé + Best Performance Car for Value

Similar cars


If you’re looking at the BMW 4 Series, you might also be interested in these alternatives

BMW 4 Series | Ford Mustang | Lexus RC | Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Amongst the executive car market there are several distinctly more practical alternatives to the 4 Series Coupe, not least its sister, the seminal 3 Series. Mercedes-Benz offers its C-Class in coupe form, while Audi has the A5. But few rivals offer the distinction of the 4 Series, one of the most direct, the Lexus RC, no longer on UK sale.  

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