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2014 BMW 4 Series

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2014 BMW 4 Series Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.1

The 2014 BMW 4 Series is an all-new model but a familiar concept – it's essentially the replacement for 2-door versions of the 3 Series. The new nomenclature sets the 4 Series coupe and convertible apart from the growing variety of 3 Series models, and numerically aligns it with other 2-door BMWs such as the current 6 Series and new 2 Series. Slightly larger than the outgoing 3 Series coupe, the 4 Series boasts sleeker sheet metal, a more tech-rich cabin, and a new base engine – BMW's potent-yet-efficient 4-cylinder. An optional 6-cylinder remains for those seeking more power. Like the Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and Infiniti Q60, the 4 Series blends performance and refinement to go with its $40,000-plus starting price.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you want to be seen in a prestigious 2-door sports car with German badge appeal and performance chops, get ready to be among the first to own the new 4 Series. Drivers who live where it snows will be happy to know all-wheel-drive versions are part of the lineup, convertibles included.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you're more about a posh ride than razor-sharp handling, the Mercedes-Benz C250 coupe might be your cup of tea. If you need a roomier cabin fit for more than four people, there's always the 3 Series, now available as a sedan, wagon and Gran Turismo hatchback.

What's New for 2014

BMW didn't just slap a number 4 on a carryover 3 Series that happened to have two doors. The new 4 Series features fresh aesthetics inside and out, powertrains boasting 8-speed automatic transmissions, and the lowest center of gravity of any vehicle in BMW's lineup.

Driving the 4 Series
Driving Impressions

The new 4 Series takes the benchmark 3 Series performance traits – agility, acceleration and overall balance – and goes one better. With a wider stance and lower center of...

... gravity, the coupe is an expert at cornering. The 428i uses BMW's phenomenal 240-horsepower 4-cylinder engine to power the rear or all wheels. Unlike the 4-cylinder in Mercedes' C250, not a hint of lag is felt in the BMW, even when the car is in "comfort" mode. BMW says this engine can zip the 4 Series to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds. With its performance-minded suspension and near-perfect weight distribution, the 428i feels athletic and nimble. The 435i uses a 300-horsepower 6-cylinder strong enough to propel all-wheel-drive models to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. Both transmission choices – the 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual – are excellent. The convertible variants are impressive in their own right, boasting a next-generation retractable hardtop that’s capable of operating at speeds up to 11 mph. Tradeoffs for the 4 Series' performance include noticeable road noise and a stiff ride on less-than-perfect pavement.

2.0-LITER TURBOCHARGED 4-CYLINDER ENGINE
The base engine in the 4 Series is so good that it leaves little reason to pay thousands more for the 6-cylinder variant. Beyond its impressive specs – 240 horsepower, 255 lb-ft of torque, 35 mpg on the highway – is its immediate responsiveness.

SLEEK CENTER SCREEN
Every 4 Series gets the latest version of BMW's iDrive command center, and the screen that relays everything from navigation to what song is playing is a real beauty. The thin, 6.5-inch screen sits atop the center dash like a high-tech jewel – easy to see, and easy on the eyes.

2014 BMW 4 Series Details
Interior

The 4 Series' 4-passenger cabin is comfortable for those in front and just adequate for two people in back. Not surprisingly, the driving position is very good. Controls are within reach, and iDrive is getting easier to operate. If your front-seat passenger plans to apply makeup, she should bring her own mirror – those in BMWs are surprisingly small. Another downside is that the visors don't extend to block the sun, a pity in a $40,000-plus luxury vehicle. The available head-up display offers information such as speed and navigation functions, but can be difficult to discern when wearing sunglasses.

Exterior

BMW didn't reinvent the wheel for the 4 Series' external design vs. the outgoing 3 Series coupe, but that's hardly an insult. The new coupe and convertible are slightly larger and lower, with headlights that flow into the "twin-kidney" grille and boomerang-shaped vents behind the front wheel wells. Both the 428i and 435i feature dual exhaust outlets, with the 435i separating them farther apart for a sportier effect. All-wheel-drive versions feature rear "xDrive" badging, and all models boast a long, dynamic side-crease. Optional "Line" models – Luxury, Sport, or M Sport – receive a distinctive front end and their own wheel design.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Step into a 2014 428i and you'll get an excellent-driving vehicle with features such as power front seats, your choice of 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission, xenon adaptive headlights, a moonroof, dynamic cruise control, and automatic climate control. Standard audio is a 9-speaker system with HD Radio and a USB audio input. Higher-end 435i models feature a more powerful 6-cylinder engine and 18-inch wheels (versus the 17-inchers found on the 428i). Models with xDrive feature traction-enhancing all-wheel drive instead of the standard rear-drive. All new BMWs come with "Ultimate Service," which covers routine maintenance for four years or 50,000 miles.

Optional Equipment

There are plenty of ways to make the 4 Series safer and more entertaining. As with other luxury cars, tempting options can quickly add thousands of dollars to the bottom line. Notable offerings include navigation with touchpad entry, heated front seats, and a sweet-sounding 16-speaker/600-watt harman/kardon sound system. If you want leather or a rear-view camera, you'll have to pay extra for those, too. If your arms are regularly filled with groceries, Comfort Access may be your savior. Part of the Premium Package, it allows you to open the trunk with a swipe of your foot below the bumper.

Under the Hood

Two turbocharged engines are offered in the 2014 BMW 4 Series: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder on 428i models, and a more powerful 3.0-liter 6-cylinder on the 435i. All-wheel drive (AWD) can be had in place of rear-wheel drive (RWD) with either engine, and a 6-speed manual transmission is a no-cost option in lieu of the 8-speed automatic for every setup except all-wheel-drive 4-cylinder models (if you must have that combination, look to an Audi A5). Both engines feature automatic start/stop technology that shuts off the engine during periods when it would otherwise sit idling, such as at stoplights. Restarts tend to be jarring, however, and can cause frustration in stop-and-go traffic. The feature can be disabled at the touch of a button. Both engines require premium gasoline.

2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4
240 horsepower @ 5,000-6,500 rpm
255 lb-ft of torque @ 1,250-4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/35 mpg (automatic, RWD), 22/34 mpg (manual, RWD), 22/33 mpg (automatic, AWD)

3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6
300 horsepower @ 5,800-6,000 rpm
300 lb-ft of torque @ 1,200-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/32 mpg (automatic, RWD), 20/30 mpg (manual, RWD), 20/30 mpg (automatic, AWD), 20/28 mpg (manual, AWD)

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2014 BMW 4 Series Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.6
Out of 10

Based on 14 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.7/10
  • Reliability
    9.3/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.4/10

Gran Coupe 428xdrive Luxury line

By on Monday, June 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,800

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Practicality, Looks, Handling and Power"

Cons: "You've got me.... this car is a complete package"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Terrific all around car, has great looks, and handling, with the 428 engine, found no need to get the larger motor, no turbo lag what so ever. Its a Hatch!! cant begin to tell you the things I have carried around in this car with ease because its a hatch. I avg around 24 mpg, with occasional aggressive driving. With wider stance, based on 4 series, it handles very well, I came out out a Porsche Cayman to the Gran Coupe, and am very happy with the handling. Between usefulness, handling, power and looks, I couldn't be happier!! BMW's maintenance program is a fantastic benefit as well."

Superb handling/cornering, good accceleration

By on Saturday, April 23, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "style, exhilarating handling,highway gas mileage"

Cons: "ingress/egress, seat comfort"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"This 2-door coupe has great lines, superb handling and carries 4 passengers comfortably. In town fuel efficiency is good but highway mileage is fantastic even at 75 MPH. Acceleration is exhilarating for a four cylinder likely due to the twin turbos.This car is a pure joy to drive especially on winding roads at high speeds. Ingress and egress is a bit challenging however, and may not be suitable of everyone."

5 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Fun

By on Thursday, March 31, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I traded my 2015 428 xi Grand Coupe for a 2016 435 I; both had M sport packet with extras and if you have a family the Grand Coupe is perfect. But no comparison with engine power from the 435. However, I don't see myself keeping for more than 2 years; because that M3 or M4 keeps calling for me... This car is great, looks sexy, and the engine on sports setting sounds like it should "beast"."

Pure Sports Car With Extras

By on Friday, March 18, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 24,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Power, style, HK stereo and MPG!"

Cons: "Cup holder, Run Flats (+/-)"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have the 428i Coupe (Sports Ed). This car is amazing! I am getting 35mpg on my 40 mile ride to work on country roads. The car is quiet and feels very smooth. As others have noted, bumpy roads are felt but no more than other comparable cars. The 2.0L motor is a dream. I drove the 435i as I thought it would be much faster and more refined. WRONG. There is no way I would spend the extra cash for that little difference in power plus the hit to mpg. This little turbo has to be the most underrated engine on the market. It flat out moves! 24,000 of trouble free miles so far. Its actually fun to drive so I often leave early for work. You have to add the HK stereo. Worth every penny of the $800. Its the best radio you will ever want."

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

My fav BMW yet

By on Monday, March 7, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,200

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "cup holder location/size/no space for cell phone"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I looove this car! I have had 3 other BMWs and this is my favorite...the ride is phenomenal, pick up and go, even on eco (gas saving mode)."

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Best 4-seat Convertible Out There

By on Thursday, September 17, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Sports car feel, practically sized"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my 3rd BMW convertible in a row - the others were 328i convertibles. This one is the best ever. It is incredibly fun to drive, powerful enough for city driving. Has every bell and whistle one could want and is good looking and stylish as well. I have had this car for 18 months now. It has performed flawlessly. Like my previous two BMW convertibles, the only time is sees the dealer is for its oil change. And of course, that is included in the purchase, so my total maintenance over all three BMWs so far is $0. This car comfortably seats 4, is a great commuting and fun car. I would highly recommend this car to anyone who wants a convertible, but still needs space for kids and stuff."

13 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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