“BMW didn’t sell us short in promising something special with the new 4 Series coupe.” This car is a winner. In replacing the beloved 3 Series coupe, the German carmaker has produced a vehicle with a more muscular exterior profile, a more refined interior, and enhanced drivability. This two-door four-seater will please driving enthusiasts and buyers simply looking for “some exclusivity and bragging rights.”
The coupe will be available as the 428i or the 435i. The 428i features a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, while the 435i has a turbocharged in-line six. Both models carry the split-kidney grille of their predecessor, but the body now sits wider and lower. In fact, the 4 Series “boasts the lowest center of gravity” of any BMW. A “simply wonderful” new chassis keeps the coupe “flat as a pancake” when cornering, though there’s a bit of understeer at turn-in.
Inside, it’s “an easy car to be immediately comfortable in.” The controls, multimedia screen, and navigation all work well, and the seats feel agreeably comfortable. We have quibbles, like the huge gap in handling between the driving modes of the pleasant Comfort and the overly firm Sport. But still, who would complain? The 4 Series is simply “too pretty, too fast, and too well-sorted everywhere else.”