Hello and welcome to the highly underrated and rather superb BMW 4 Series. This is the facelift model and if you can spot the differences between this and the car it replaces then I have good news and bad news for you. The bad news is that well you don’t have a life but the good news is: you’re a proper BMW fanatic. Fist bump!
It’s been three years since BMW revealed a facelifted version of the ever-popular 3 Series. Yet, for some reason, the bavarians waited until last year to apply the those same changes to its two-door coupe. The BMW 4 Series Coupe.
The changes include…
And you have to trust me on this one. Even though they might not seem new, they are. We now have new LED headlights with a more angular looking angel eye, full LED taillights, digital instrument cluster and some funky looking new colours.
But other than that the car is pretty much the same, design wise. It has the same wonderful M sport seats, the same comfortable back seats that can easily fit two adults and the same spacious boot. Featuring 445l of luggage space it’s only 35l smaller than that of an Audi A5 coupe.
…if we go beneath the skin…
Those are just the visual changes but there’s more if we go beneath the skin on the 4 Series. It’s got a revised suspension, which is a bit stiffer than before but weirdly at the same time it’s more comfortable and it’s also got quicker steering.
And I have to say, even though the changes are incremental, you can definitely feel their effect on the car. Granted, the 4 Series has a perfect 50:50 weight distribution and it’s known as a great drivers car. And that allowed the people at BMW to focus more on the details.
The steering has more weight added to it and that makes it even more fun to throw the car around corners. This 4 Series handles extremely well around corners, it does suffers from initial understeers as it enters the corner but the all wheel drive system fixes that in no time. There’s a small hint off body roll but all in all this is a very capable and great handling car indeed.
Something that remains unchanged from previous versions is the excellent 8 speed ZF transmission and the engine. A 3l turbocharged diesel unit, capable of producing 258hp and 560Nm of torque. It can take the car from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2s and top speed is limited to 250km/h.
It’s very responsive, it pulls very well starting from a tad below 2000 rpm and it keeps going until it almost hits the red line, something you can’t really say about most diesel engines can you?
I really loved this power unit on the 5 Series, it felt really capable and willing to make that car feel fast and agile, considering its size, but I have to say that it really comes alive in this smaller 4 Series Coupe body. It really does.
Throttle response is even better, the car feels fast all the time and thanks to the xDrive system which the car is fitted with, it can also put the power down with no traction issues whatsoever.
It’s such a versatile engine this, I’m in love with it. It’s got everything you need when you need it. It’s quiet and refined when driving like a normal person, but if your name is Paul, you have a youtube channel and you try to act like you know what your doing behind the wheel, the engine transforms the car into an angry beast.
And what about this eight speed ZF gearbox. I can’t praise this transmission enough. It blends in so well with any type of application it gets thrown in with, recently it just made it’s way into the new M5 and it will eventually end up replacing double clutch transmissions throughout BMW’s lineup.
Who knew regular torque converted automatics will become just as fast as double clutch transmission so soon?
But with all that said, the combination between this 4 Series Coupe body, the xDrive all wheel drive system, the inline six cylinder and this gearbox is the best one I’ve ever driven so far from BMW. Everything just works so well together.
It’s not all rainbows and butterflies
It has some faults. For instance yesterday after a quick twenty minutes blast down some mountain roads, the brakes began to overheat and one time I’ve almost lost the brakes completely for a second or two as the brake pedal went all the way to the floor without actually stoping the car at all.
And then there’s the steering. Which as I mentioned earlier feels a bit more heavy than the old one and while that’s great for spirited driving, it’s not so much fun around town as it makes you work a bit harder to turn the wheel especially when dealing with sharp turns and when parking.
But hey, you didn’t want the 3 Series did you, you wanted a two door sports coupe so you kinda have to deal with it I guess.
And even though the 4 Series is starting to show it’s age, especially on the inside, the small changes brought by the facelift help it retain it’s crown as the best two door coupe out there.
This is a highly underrated car, it is a proper grandtourer with real sports car handling.
I love it!