Upgraded BMW 4 Series revealed

BMW is taking renewed aim at the Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class CoupΓ© with this updated 4 Series, which goes on sale in April

Words By Darren Moss

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BMW 4 Series

If you're looking for a more luxurious and stylish alternative to the staple BMW 3 Series saloon, then few cars will suit you better than the larger 4 Series.

This Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class CoupΓ© rival has proven that four-seat coupΓ©s can be both classy and fun, and while it's not as rewarding to drive as other two-door coupΓ© models – our favourite of which is the Audi TT – it still has an impressive range of abilities.

What's new on the 2017 BMW 4 Series?

The 4 Series has only been on sale since 2014, so BMW is applying no more than a subtle facelift to the range, which encompasses the traditional two-door coupΓ© and Convertible models, as well as the four-door Gran CoupΓ©.

There are light styling changes around the front and rear of the car, most notably for the bumpers and lights, and there's also a wider range of alloy wheels to choose from, as well as new paint choices.

Inside, very little has changed, but that's no bad thing because the interior of the 4 Series is very fine indeed. You get a low-slung driving position – as befits a sporty coupΓ© – and BMW's excellent iDrive infotainment and navigation system as standard. As part of this update, the iDrive Professional system receives an overhaul to make its appearance similar to that of the latest 5 Series, which is our Car of the Year for 2017.

What engines can I get with the 2017 BMW 4 Series?

BMW's range of available engines is vast, meaning there's likely to be at least one variant to suit everyone, whether you're looking for petrol or diesel models. Of the diesels, the cleanest option is the 420d, which is likely to be the biggest seller among both private buyers and company car drivers. It's claimed to return an impressive 70.6mpg and emit just 106g/km of CO2, making it tax friendly.

Our car of choice, particularly if you're looking for a petrol model, is the 440i, which feels ferociously fast and yet is still reasonably efficient. It's one step down from the fully fledged 425bhp BMW M4 and certainly feels quick.

Drivers can choose between a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox and, as with the current 4 Series, selected versions can also be bought with four-wheel drive, badged as xDrive.

How much will the 2017 BMW 4 Series cost?

The updated BMW 4 Series will reach UK showrooms in April, with prices starting from Β£32,525. At that price, the 4 Series will be more expensive than both of its main rivals, with the Audi A5 costing from Β£30,700 and the Mercedes C-Class CoupΓ© starting at Β£32,280. As with the current 4 Series, though, BMW's PCP deals are likely to be very competitive.

Prices for the big-selling 420d, meanwhile, start from Β£34,895, while a top-end 435d xDrive coupΓ© will cost Β£46,495.

See more of the BMW 4 Series in our video review, below.

Read more - our full BMW 4 Series review

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