To emphasise its sporty character the driver’s seat in the 4 Series is mounted very low down in the cabin, so you feel close to the road and more in touch with its agile underpinnings.
The steering wheel has reach and height adjustment and you adjust the driver’s seat with a ratchet handle on the side of the seat. It’s stepped so there isn’t the accuracy of adjustability as you’d get with a wheel, but it’s still easy to find a driving position that works, all in a relatively short time. High-spec versions come with electrical adjustment instead. Both front seats hold you firmly in place and are supportive, with thickly cushioned bolsters. The only small gripe a driver might have is with the offset pedals – they are firmly to the right of the wheel and force you to sit at an awkward angle.
The dashboard will be instantly familiar to any 3 Series driver, with a wide instrument panel and centre console, clear dials and a smart driver’s info screen.
BMW 4 Series Coupe visibility
Turning the 3 Series into a two-door does make it harder to see out of but the difference between the coupé and the saloon is nowhere near as big as you might expect. A lower roof, thicker rear pillars and a smaller rear screen make the rear view trickier, but forward visibility is still superb. It’s very easy to judge the width of the car when threading it through traffic, and the large mirrors mean reverse-parking is easy.
Parking sensors are standard on all versions, and a reversing camera is available as an option. If that’s not enough, you can opt for a birds-eye view camera and a self-parking system, too.
The 4 Series also has the option of a head-up display, which projects key driving information onto the windscreen so that you never need to take your eyes off the road. There’s an auto-dimming rear-view mirror too.
BMW 4 Series Coupe infotainment
All 4 Series models get sat-nav, a DAB digital radio, a USB connector port and a hands-free Bluetooth connection, while the steering wheel has audio and phone controls on it.
Every car also comes with the excellent iDrive infotainment system. It’s linked to a 6.5in colour screen in the entry-level models, and is controlled via a handy rotary dial down by the gearstick; it’s simple to use, and it’s easy to look at because the screen is mounted high up on the dash. You can upgrade the system with the optional connected apps, online web browsing services and driver assistance devices.
Opt for the BMW Professional Media Pack (included on Luxury trim and above) and you’ll get a larger screen, an even greater number of online services and an upgraded sat-nav. The system is easy to navigate and stuffed with features.
BMW 4 Series Coupe build quality
Few manufacturers build better cabins than BMW, and the 4 Series continues that reputation. The materials are sumptuous, the fit and finish are excellent, and most of the switches work with a solid, and reassuringly positive action.
There are no real areas of weakness either, with beautifully soft, dense materials on all the major areas you regularly touch.
Choosing a higher trim will bring even better finishes, including gloss black surrounds on the centre console and sporty red inserts across the dash.