What used BMW 4 Series coupe will I get for my budget?
The cheapest BMW 4 Series start at less than £9000, but they'll be examples with high miles, so you'll need to push your budget up to around £12,000, which is where cars of average mileage and with good service histories start.
If you want to go for one of the larger-engined models, you’ll need to increase your budget closer to £16,000 to £28,000, which gets you a choice of 430d or 435i with decent miles and histories. Alternatively, if you want a facelifted 4 Series from 2017 onward you’ll need to fork out around £17,000.
Diesel models have the lowest CO2 emissions with the 418d and 420d being the best in the range at 118 and 119g/km, respectively. The 425d and 430d share the same tax band due to similar figures of 131 and 137g/km. The 435d emits the most at 146g/km, but that's still impressively low considering the performance available.
Petrol models are more costly: the 420i and 428i are in the same band with outputs of 144 and 147g/km, respectively. The 430i and later 440i also manage to share a tax band with exhaust emissions of 151 and 159g/km. You'll pay the most car tax if you go for the 435i due to a figure of 172g/km.
Car tax (VED)
Annual car tax (VED) is based on CO2 emissions for all cars registered before April 2017. After that date, all cars are charged a flat rate fee. Beware, as well, that if your 4 Series cost more than £40,000 when new you will face a supplementary luxury car tax until the vehicle is six years old. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here for further information.
Maintenance and repair costs will be about average as far as the 4 Series’ premium rivals are concerned, although you will find any BMW to be pricier to maintain than a model from a manufacturer with less cachet.
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