BMW 4 Series review

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Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

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The most powerful BMW 4 Series (bar the ridiculously quick BMW M4 that has its own separate review) is the M440i, with its 369bhp six-cylinder, 3.0-litre petrol engine.

That’s a lot of power, so it’s a good job that it's fed to all four wheels for better traction. Indeed, the M440i gets going so well that it can hit 62mph from a standstill in just 4.5sec – quicker than the rival Audi S5 and Mercedes-AMG C43. It feels pleasingly potent from low down in the rev range, although it’s more than happy to keep singing all the way to its red line. 

Every 4 Series gets variable steering as standard. It ramps up assistance to save you from excessive arm-twirling when parking, but offers less help on faster roads to prevent the car from feeling hyper-reactive to tiny steering adjustments. It's not perfect, because the 4 Series can still feel a bit sensitive to quick inputs at higher speeds, but this can be mitigated by switching to Sport mode. That adds weight to the steering, encouraging you to be smoother with your directions, in turn giving you more confidence in the car.

The 4 Series' standard passive suspension is noticeably stiffer than the set-up in the BMW 3 Series saloon, which has the positive impact of reducing body lean. This allows you to scythe through corners more enthusiastically than in the Audi A5 and the Mercedes C-Class Coupé. However, it's more focused on delivering poise and control than wafty comfort – you always feel more of bumps as they pass beneath the car than in the best versions of the A5.

For that reason, we recommend the optional adaptive suspension that comes as part of the M Sport Pro Package (this is standard on M Sport Pro edition models and on the M440i and M440d). It allows you to stiffen or soften the ride at the touch of the button. Comfort mode makes the 4 Series much calmer around town and delivers a very smooth ride on A-roads and motorways. 

In terms of refinement, the 420i is smooth and quiet enough when you’re pottering around, with a more rorty edge when pushed hard, while the 420d is prone to a bit more vibration through the steering wheel at idle. The M440i is the best sounding 4 Series – its six-cylinder engine noise is wonderfully crisp and soulful, especially when compared with the S5's muted diesel bellow.

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