Which used BMW 4 Series coupe should I buy?
We reckon the old SE is probably the model to have, because it comes with the softest suspension and with smaller wheels, and has the best balance of ride and cornering ability. What’s more, equipment is plentiful, with dual-zone climate control, cruise control, leather seats, automatic headlights and wipers and front and rear parking sensors all coming as standard.
That said, the Sport version offers a tolerable ride too, so if you’d rather have stiffer suspension and slightly sharper handling, or want a later 4 Series Coupe, it’s the one to choose. You do of course get sportier styling, chunkier seats and ambient interior lighting into the bargain, too.
The older Modern and Luxury versions offer slightly different configurations of equipment, while M Sport adds an even more aggressive body kit and firmer suspension.
The 420i and 418d both lack punch and can be gruff when pressed hard. The 420d is a little on the noisy side, too, but it’s still our pick of the range thanks to its excellent blend of efficiency and performance.
If you want something even faster, though, we’d recommend upgrading to one of the six-cylinder petrol or diesel engines. The 435i only comes with four-wheel drive, which hampers its fuel economy, but the two-wheel-drive 440i is more efficient and extremely quick – even if it is only available in firm-riding M Sport form. Meanwhile both 430d and 435d models provide impressive low-down torque and six-cylinder smoothness, even if neither can match the efficiency of the smaller diesels.
Our favourite BMW 4 Series: 420d Sport