BMW 4 Series Road Test (2013)

BMW 4 Series (Interior View) (2013)

BMW 4 Series Review

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Technology is in abundance in the 4 Series, but the great thing is how easy it is to use.

Comfort and Refinement

Even the entry level SE model boasts a rich array of elegant and sophisticated features. The finest leathers have been incorporated to create a warm and welcoming environment. BMW has utilised extra high gloss black to create a more stylish appearance and there are colours and materials that are exclusive to the 4 Series range plus a two-tone door trim and improved automatic seatbelt handover system.

Comfort levels are generally very good for such a low vehicle and there is ample room for four occupants to really stretch out. Back seat passengers certainly benefit from the car’s additional length although the sloping roof could prove a little claustrophobic to taller passengers in the rear.

Safety and Security

Although the 4 Series has not yet undergone the Euro NCAP crash test programme, it is expected to score highly thanks to the comprehensive array of safety innovations.

There’s a multitude of stability and driving aids along with numerous airbags and other safety features.

Additional options include adaptive headlights with glare-free high beam assist, variable beam and cornering lights incorporated into the fog lights. This costs £360 extra. And another first in the segment is the option of adaptive full LED headlights at £1,600.


Technology is in abundance in the 4 Series, but the great thing is how easy it is to use. As standard, all 4 Series models come equipped with two-zone air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors, electric seats (heating optional), rain sensing wipers and automatic headlights, auto boot opening, a 6.5-inch colour screen and iDrive, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, Drive Performance Control, Comfort Go keyless start and lots more as you move up through the trim levels including media packages with internet connectivity and M Sport styling features.

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What We Liked
  • The M Sport styling has real wow factor especially the M Sport aerodynamics package and unique colour option
  • The car's handling and driving dynamics
  • The reduction in carbon emissions across the range compared to the 3 Series Coupe and the improved fuel efficiency
  • The increase in technology and features as standard
  • A comprehensive range of engines and trim levels to suit all budgets. Most models also have a choice of transmissions too
  • The user-friendly on-board technology
  • A choice of driving modes to suit your mood on all models
What We Disliked
  • A little noisy on country roads
  • Taller back seat passengers may find their heads touching the headlining
  • The entry SE model looks a little unimaginative and would easily go unnoticed when parked next to the M Sport
What We Would Like To See
  • More of the unique colour options – the Estoril Blue really did turn heads

By introducing the 4 Series, BMW has given its top-selling range its very own niche in the marketplace. Coupes are all about style and the 4 Series has it by the bucket-load, especially the M Sport with its eye-catching Estoril Blue paintwork and unique design features.

3 September 2013 Maxine Ashford
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BMW 4 Series Road Test Data
Model ReviewedBMW 435i M Sport Coupe
Body TypeCoupe
ColourEstoril Blue
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph5.4 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
Transmission6-Speed Manual
Fuel TypePetrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban25.4 mpg
Extra Urban46.3 mpg
Combined35.8 mpg
Insurance GroupTBC
Euro NCAP RatingTBC
Warranty3 Years / unlimited Miles
Price (when tested on the 03/09/13)£41,435 plus £6,725 options

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