BMW M4 review

Category: Performance car

Section: Costs & verdict

BMW M4 2021 seats view
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  • BMW M4 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW M4 2021 seats view
  • BMW M4 2021 gear selector
  • BMW M4 2021 front cornering
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  • BMW M4 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 front seats
  • BMW M4 2021 front tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 RHD dashboard
  • BMW M4 2021 seats view
  • BMW M4 2021 gear selector
  • BMW M4 2021 front cornering
  • BMW M4 2021 rear panning
  • BMW M4 2021 rear tracking
  • BMW M4 2021 front seats
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The BMW M4 Competition looks rather expensive when compared with the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Audi RS5. The Competition is also the most potent incarnation of the M4 (in Germany, the starting price is quite a bit lower because the M4 is available in non-Competition specification with a manual gearbox).

The M4 Competition is also predicted to enjoy slower depreciation than the Quadrifoglio, while the RS5 is fractionally stronger than the M4 in this respect. As with all performance cars, it'll be far from cheap to run: on our real-world test route, the M4 managed an average of just 26.3mpg.

That said, the options list is eye-watering, and most items are bundled into packs. For example, the Ultimate Pack gives you carbon-fibre exterior highlights, the M Carbon bucket seats, laser headlights, keyless entry, a heated steering wheel, a more advanced parking assistant function and additional safety kit.

The M4 hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, but we suspect it would perform well. That’s because the BMW 3 Series saloon – which it has a lot in common with – scored the full five-star rating when tested. As such, it has plenty of safety kit as standard, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), a lane-departure warning system, a lane-keeping assist function, an attentiveness assistant and a warning for traffic crossing behind you. 

In terms of reliability, we can tell you that BMW came a middling 13th (out of 30 manufacturers) in the brands league table of our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. For comparison, Audi came 18th and Mercedes was in joint 22nd place.

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BMW M4 2021 gear selector

Overview

Not only is the BMW M4 Competition staggeringly quick in a straight line, but it’s also one of the most visceral and engaging performance cars we’ve tested to date. We reckon keen drivers will enjoy the M-car’s broad performance window over its rivals, while the four-wheel-drive version bolsters its all-weather usability. Factor in its beautiful interior, impressive levels of refinement and a pair of usable back seats, and the M4 is a truly fantastic all-rounder.

  • Staggering straight-line performance
  • Surefooted yet playful handling
  • Classy interior
  • Loud, but could sound more evocative
  • Needs to be driven hard to come alive
  • Expensive to buy
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