Most shoppers will appreciate how, with the 2015 BMW 4-Series, you get what's essentially the best of the 3-Series sedans, but packaged into a lower, sportier two-door body style.
But there are definitely alternatives if you want to go fast and stylish without breaking your budget.
Mercedes-Benz actually has a couple of potential rivals.
Its 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.
The Merrcedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is the odd pick, and the one that might make sense for a performance buyer.
It's priced just above the 4-Series, but with has far more power, standard all-wheel drive, and a four-door coupe profile.
Between the Mercedes and the BMW, it mostly comes down to personal style and preference--they're both capable vehicles.
We still think the Audi A5 is the prettiest of the bunch, especially in sporty S5 trim, but in all fairness it's been on the market for many years now and could appear quite conservative, to some eyes, on the outside.
It is, after all, a model that so much of the industry has worked to emulate.
Infiniti's Q60 (formerly known as the G37 Coupe) is a more affordable, more powerful option, though it still lacks some of the refinement exhibited in the Germans.
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