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.
Cons: "Start up sound/options prices/need for sno tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"I bought my M4 in the middle of November and drove it all winter. Its electronic LSD makes driving in snow and ice very easy and safe-with dedicated snow tires - Blizzaks in my case. The greatest thing about his car is definitely the chassis - you can really feel the chassis like it's a second skin with the lack of bushings and taut rigidity. I have never experienced driving dynamics like the M4 at this price point. You can buy a cheaper car with a louder sounding exhaust but there is nothing that weighs the same and has the same chassis dynamics."