Company buyers and private buyers alike will be pleased with the 4 Series.
For business users the diesel versions are very competitive when it comes to CO2 emissions and tax, although the Mercedes C-Class Coupé claims better fuel economy and lower emissions than the equivalent 4 Series.
Private buyers will like the strong residual values – it holds its value extremely well indeed. Fuel economy on the 420d exceeds 60mpg in government tests, even when equipped with four-wheel drive, while 440i is rated at a still-respectable 41mpg when paired with the automatic gearbox. Our True MPG real-world tests of the older 435i were able to get relatively close to the claimed economy with 35.8mpg. We would expect the 440i to do better still.
BMW runs competitive PCP leasing deals, often over a four-year period with the option to buy and a reasonable rate of annual interest. The brand’s servicing plans are equally good value with five years’ maintenance for the same price as some companies would charge for a single interim service.
BMW 4 Series Coupe equipment
Part of the justification for the higher price of the 4 Series over its 3 Series sibling is that it’s better equipped. Even the entry-level Sport version comes with all-round parking sensors, heated leather seats, DAB digital radio, brighter LED headlights and a multifunction steering wheel. Next-level M Sport trim's additions include styling touches and 18in wheels.
The top-spec M Sport model is the only version that comes with a stiffer suspension set-up, although these firmer springs can be removed as a no-cost option. M Sport also features an aerodynamic bodykit and deeper air intakes in the front and rear bumper. It is expensive though, and you’re better off spending your money on options on a lower trim.
BMW 4 Series Coupe reliability
BMW’s reliability record is reasonable rather than outstanding. It has consistently been outscored by its major rivals in some key areas, as was revealed in our latest customer satisfaction survey.
Rivals such as the Mercedes E-Class Coupé perform better than the class average – with only a few interior issues – while the Audi A5 is well below average, so the 4 Series slots in somewhere between the two.
BMW offers a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, and for total peace of mind you can buy an insured warranty to keep your car covered for a few years longer.
BMW 4 Series Coupe safety & security
Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and a sophisticated stability control system. There’s plenty of high-tech optional kit, too, including a system that warns you if you unintentionally move out of your lane. Adaptive cruise control with automatic braking is another option for stress-free motorway journeys.
While the 4 Series hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, we’d expect it to match the five-star rating of the 3 Series saloon on which it’s based.
An alarm system is standard across the range, and it scores highly in the Thatcham security tests, so it’s a difficult car to break into.
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Entry-level Sport versions come with all-round parking sensors, heated leather seats, DAB digital radio, brighter LED headlights and a multifunction steering wheel. Its the one we’d choose.
M Sport trim's additions include styling touches and 18in wheels and a stiffer suspension set-up, although these firmer springs can be removed as a no-cost option. We’d save money and stick to the well-equipped Sport trim.
The 4 Series range-topper is, in effect, a trim level in itself, and comes with high-quality hide, special high-performance seats, top-end audio and navigation systems, and bespoke suspension. It handles when you want it to and is comfortable when you need it to be.