The entire 2017 BMW 4 Series family got a special birthday present for its third year: new engines. The new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbo boast more power and torque, and come with new nomenclature; BMW 4 Seriescoupes, convertibles and Gran Coupe 4-door models with the 4-cylinder are now known as 430i, while the 6-cylinder models are 440i. The engine upgrades are the biggest change in a year that's otherwise defined by incremental upgrades, but that's fine, as the BMW 4 Series is already a compelling choice against the likes of the Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe and Lexus RC. Whether you want rear- or all-wheel drive, or the fire-breathing M4, the 4 Series blends performance and refinement with its $40,000-plus starting price.
This year marks the debut of the 2015 M4 coupe and convertible, and the new 4 Series Gran Coupe. The former models pack a roaring 425-horsepower engine and other performance upgrades, while the latter is a 4-door model with more cargo room and passenger space.
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.
"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."
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."