BMW M4

BMW M4 review

Costs & verdict

Manufacturer price from:£62,300
What Car? Target Price£56,704
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Driving one of the best performance cars on sale comes at a price, so you’ll need deep pockets to buy an M4 coupé or Convertible with cash or on monthly finance, while running one as a company car doesn’t really make financial sense.

That said, its main rivals all costs around the same amount, so aren’t any kinder to your wallet. With its turbocharging and fewer cylinders, however, an M4 will cover more miles to the gallon than a Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé. Even so, don’t expect it to be a frugal choice, especially when driven hard.

This theme continues when you consider other running costs, because buying new tyres for the M4’s large, wide wheels will cost plenty, while its servicing, insurance and tax demands are considerable. Still, it’s likely you’ll have factored this in already if you’re shopping for something in this class.

Fortunately, because the M4 is so well equipped as standard, it’s not necessary to spend much on optional extras.

It has plenty of safety kit, too, and the BMW 3 Series (upon which the 4 Series is based) achieved the maximum five-star rating in its Euro NCAP crash tests. BMW has an average reputation for reliability, but all of its cars have a three-year unlimited-mileage warranty. Extended warranties are also available.

 

Verdict

The M4 is every bit as visceral to drive as the M3, but lacks the latter’s better practicality and lower price

  • Staggering pace
  • Engaging handling
  • Brilliant infotainment
  • Only comes alive at speed
  • Expensive to buy and run
  • Not as practical as the cheaper M3