2014 BMW 4-Series vs. Its Competition

2015 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

The 2014 BMW 4-Series packages the best of the 3-Series' features into a lower, sportier two-door body, but there are alternatives if you're after a luxurious, fast, stylish car that doesn't break the bank.

Mercedes-Benz's C Class Coupe is the obvious alternate, offering its own turbo four-cylinder and six-cylinder options, as well as a potent C63 AMG version.

Between the Mercedes and the BMW, it mostly comes down to personal style and preference--they're both capable vehicles.

Audi's A5 is the prettiest of the bunch, especially in sporty S5 trim, but it's been on the market for several years now, losing some of its fresh factor.

Infiniti's Q60 (formerly known as the G37 Coupe) is a more affordable, more powerful option, though it lacks some of the refinement exhibited in the Germans.

An odd pick, but one that might make sense for a performance buyer, is the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG.

Priced just above the 4-Series, but with far more power, standard all-wheel drive, and a four-door coupe profile, it ticks most of the same boxes, plus a few extra.

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The 2014 BMW 4-Series stays resolutely in the same orbit as the last 3er two-door: everything's just a little better than it was, except its steering and its styling.
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Supple and sleek, the Audi A5 coupe and convertible get more rational to us as they reach into S5 and RS 5 territory.
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For those who have a want a value-oriented car that projects the right image, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class makes a lot of sense.
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2-Door Coupe 428i RWD SULEV2-Door Coupe Manual quattro 2.0T PremiumN/A4-Door Sedan C250 Sport RWD
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44N/A5
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