How to spec a BMW 4 Series

Our guide to BMW's award-winning coupé covers which options to consider, which to avoid and how much to pay for it all...

BMW 4 Series options to choose and avoid

How to spec a BMW 4 Series

Whether you love or hate its looks, the latest BMW 4 Series is the best coupé you can buy in 2021, and the deserving winner of our Coupé of the Year Award. 

We love the 4 Series for its engaging driving style, its smart interior and its decent practicality, and with our recommended 181bhp 420i petrol engine under the bonnet, it strikes an impressive balance between performance and running costs. Our full review can tell you more about what the 4 Series is like to drive and to live with, but here we're focussing on which version you should go for.

Go for M Sport trim, as most BMW buyers do, and you'll be off to a fine start, because heated seats, three-zone climate control and 18in alloy wheels come as standard. There are still plenty of ways to add more luxury to the 4 Series, though, without blowing your budget.

BMW 4 Series options to choose

BMW 4 Series adaptive dampers

1. M Sport Pro pack (£2500)

To turn the 4 Series from a good car into a great one, you need to add the M Sport Pro pack. It's not cheap, but as well as giving you an upgraded audio system, it also brings adaptive suspension to help soak up the worst of the lumps, bumps and ruts that pockmark UK roads. Whether you're returning home after a long day or going for a spirited drive in the country, this pack is a must.

BMW 4 Series options to choose

BMW 4 Series Coupé 2020 interior

2. Comfort Plus pack (£1950)

This pack bundles together lots of useful kit, including keyless entry, an electric bootlid and a heated steering wheel – all of which will make life with the 4 Series even easier. The biggest benefit, however, is the addition of electric adjustment for the front seats, including for lumbar support. This makes it easy to find a perfect driving position easy, and keeps you comfy on even the longest of journeys.

BMW 4 Series options to choose

BMW 4 Series charging pad

3. Technology pack (£1900)

Staying connected is important, so not having to plug your phone in to charge it when you're driving is a big help. Just place it on the wireless charging pad and watch the juice flow. This package also gives you a head-up display that puts the most useful information right in front of you, as well as gesture control which you can use to operate the iDrive infotainment system.

BMW 4 Series options to choose

BMW 4 Series metallic paint

4. Metallic paint (£670)

As standard, your new 4 Series will come with non-metallic white paintwork, so to add both visual distinction and value, we'd recommend upgrading to one of the five metallic colours on offer instead. Besides more lustrous takes on black or white this unlocks a choice beyond monochrome, and any metallic hue will ensure that you get more money back when it comes time to sell your car.

BMW 4 Series options to avoid

BMW 4 Series sunroof

1. Electric glass sunroof (£950)

While a pair of six-footers will be fine in the rear seats of the 4 Series for short journeys, it's not what you'd call spacious, and this is particularly felt on longer trips. That's why we'd avoid going for this electric glass sunroof; it lets more light into the car but it also reduces rear headroom, which is already at a premium. 

BMW 4 Series: best buy

BMW 4 Series Coupé 2021 front tracking
  • Model 420i M Sport
  • List price £40,460
  • Target Price £38,001
  • Target PCP £403 per month
  • Options we'd add -  M Sport Pro pack (£2500), Comfort Plus pack (£1950), Technology pack (£1900), Metallic paint (£670)

  • Cost of options - £7020

*all prices correct at the time of writing

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