The interior layout, fit and finish
In traditional BMW M-car fashion, the interior of the M4 Competition is not much different to the inside of the regular BMW 4 Series – and that’s no bad thing. The 4 Series has one of the highest quality interiors of the coupé class and we reckon BMW has made enough detail tweaks for the M4 to make you feel like you’re behind the wheel of something rather special.
For example, you get heavily bolstered, supportive sport seats with integrated headrests, seatbelts in M Division colours, a bright red starter button, carbon-fibre trim, a sports steering wheel with contrast stitching and a pair of red M mode buttons. Plus, there’s a multitude of leather and interior trim finishes available.
The 10.3in centrally mounted infotainment touchscreen can also be operated by twisting and pressing a rotary controller between the front seats, which is much less distracting while you’re driving than prodding the screen. With its super-intuitive layout and responsive operating system, we much prefer it to the touchscreen-only system in the Audi RS5.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, wireless charging, DAB radio, sat-nav, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a wifi hotspot and a gimmicky gesture control function all come as standard. It’s also handy that front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera and a parking assistant function come as standard too, because the M4’s front and rear pillars are rather chunky and can obscure your vision when parking.