BMW 4 Series long-term test: report 4

The BMW 4 Series scooped up our Coupé of the Year award back in January, but what's it really like to live with? We're finding out...

BMW 4 Series interior

The car BMW 4 Series 420d M Sport Run by Darren Moss, deputy editor

Why it’s here To show that a stylish coupé can still be a practical choice as well as being great to drive

Needs to Be fun to drive, reasonably economical, and function as a mobile office when needed

List price £43,095 Target Price £40,469 Price as tested £48,865 Mileage 4206 Official economy 61.4mpg Test economy 51.4mpg 

30 June 2021 – The driver's choice

When was the last time you just went for a drive? I mean one of those drives where you don’t have anywhere in particular to be, but you press on regardless. Well, on a recent family holiday to Norfolk in my BMW 4 Series, I did just that.

With a press of a button to put everything available into Sport mode, the comfortable and calm 4 Series that had carried me there on the motorway, transformed into an agile and powerful beast. Now granted, if countryside blasts are your bag then you might choose the more powerful 3.0-litre, six-cylinder M440i version of the 4 Series over my humble 2.0-litre, four-cylinder 420d, but I think my car puts in a very good case for itself.

BMW 4 Series Sport button

Indeed, on those country roads I enjoyed flowing the 4 Series from corner to corner, with its quick, accurate steering always placing the car where I wanted, and the automatic gearbox helping to make the most of the engine’s available 188bhp. It was glorious, and reminded me again how much of a great all-rounder my 4 Series is. Truly, it is a car for all seasons.

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