2014 BMW 4-Series Photo
/ 10
TCC Rating
How does the
TCC Rating work?
The TCC Rating is a clear numeric rating value based on a 10-point scale that reflects the overall opinion of our automotive experts on any vehicle and rolls up ratings we give each vehicle across sub-categories you care about like performance, safety, styling and more.

Our rating also has simple color-coded “Stop” (red), “Caution” (orange),
or “Go” (green) messages along with the numerical score so you can easily understand where we stand at a glance.

Our automotive experts then also collect and show you what other websites say about these different aspects of any vehicle. We do this leg work for you to simplify your research process.

Learn more about how we rate and review cars here.

Reviewed by Marty Padgett
Editorial Director, The Car Connection
Quick Take
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. Read more »
Compare Dealer Prices
2015 BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe
Why get price quotes?
  1. Compare multiple prices from home
  2. Dealers compete for your business
  3. Easier and faster than negotiating in person
Decision Guide
Opinions from around the Web

Compared with the 2012 concept that previewed it, the production 4-series looks pretty tame.

Road & Track »

Not everyone will like the front of the profile, which is effective yet controversial.

Automobile »

Bulging rear fender arches make the taper of the roof seem more extreme than it really is

Car and Driver »

this car just doesn't strike us as simplistically handsome as the 3 coupes that came before it.

Autoblog »

The front fascia, with its air intakes pushed out to the sides, will take time to grow on you.

Motor Trend »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$40,500 $54,900
2-Door Coupe RWD 428i
Gas Mileage 23 mpg City/35 mpg Hwy
Engine Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 2.0 L
EPA Class Compact Cars
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style 2dr Car
See Detailed Specs »
8.2 out of 10
Shopping for a new BMW 4-Series?


The Basics:

What is the BMW 4-Series? It's what used to be known as the 3-Series Coupe, except it's completely new and rather different than the latest 3-Series lineup. The 4-Series uses the same engines, and most of the same equipment, as the 3-Series sedan, but it's longer, wider, and lower, as well as having two fewer doors.

The silhouette is no big riddle. We'd venture BMW has a lot to gain by making this two-door the last to rely too heavily on the BMW grille and the Hofmeister kink to carry the day. It was perfected on the old 8-Series coupe, and this is a near-copy--if the 4-Series weren't a half-foot longer, it would overlay the 8er neatly. The cabin's more adventurous, with some sweeping arcs and trim packages that lift its basic-black wardrobe into something a little more couture.

Performance delivers just about what you'll find in today's 3-Series. The 4-Series fires up sweetly engineered in-line engines, shifts with ease, bear-hugs the road--and plots a clear trajectory into M territory with performance suspension and braking upgrades. The 428i uses a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to generate 240 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque; the hood of 435i models get the familiar 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine rated at 300 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard (available only on rear-drive models), while an eight-speed automatic is available. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all-wheel drive is available with either engine.

The manual-shifted, rear-drive 428i is as nimble as the 4-Series gets, with 0-60 mph times of 5.7 seconds and quick-footed moves. If you're angling for something more along the lines of an M car, you'll have to start with the 435i: accel runs fall by a half-second, tire sizes and grip both rise, and an available package goes headlong into M Sport territory with adaptive dampers, lower ride height, and sport brakes--all for performance that's just a few hairs off the last-gen M3 coupe. No matter which version you drive, the 4-Series' steering will be the dull spot in a driving experience.

It's made brighter by good ride quality and a relatively hushed cockpit. The 4-Series gets seriously charming with its more ritzy interior trim packages, and its sports seats give grip just where it's called for in sporty driving. Still, the backseat is somewhere we'd rather not be as grown adults. Mark it down a few points for the semi-senseless rear seat, but put it in the bonus for warmly conceived cabin themes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) haven't crash tested the 2014 BMW 4-Series yet, but the 2013 3-Series earned a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. The 4-Series' structure is different, and that may change safety ratings, though.Standard safety equipment includes a full suite of airbags, stability and traction control, adaptive brake lights, and anti-lock brakes, plus optional add-ons like the Driver Assistance Plus package (with speed limit info, side- and top-view cameras, and electronic driver aids); a rearview camera and park distance sensors; and automatic high beam headlights.

Equipment and features are grouped into those "lines," trim packages with specific themes. M Sport, Sport, and Luxury are the three divisions, available on any 4-Series model. As the name implies, the Luxury package adds upgraded leather in the cabin, a choice of three interior wood trims, unique color combinations, and exterior high-gloss chrome accents. The Sport line replaces the chrome with high-gloss black exterior cues, red-stitched leather in the interior, and red highlights in the instrument cluster, among other upgrades. The M Sport line gets a unique M aerodynamic kit, an optional exclusive Estoril blue exterior color, Shadowline exterior accents, an anthracite headliner, sport seats, and M-themed interior details.

As for infotainment, the 4-Series' iDrive system is more powerful than ever, but some of the power comes from new interface layers, like voice commands and touchpad input. It's still something to grow accustomed to over a period of time--one best measured with a calendar.

Finally, there's a 4-Series Convertible already made official, coming to showrooms soon. Its folding hardtop retracts in 20 seconds. For that inevitable M4? You'll have to wait a little longer for confirmation.


  • Low, sporty stance
  • Variety of looks through trim lines
  • Both manual and automatic transmissions offered
  • Available all-wheel drive


  • Front-end styling is very aggressive
  • No manual transmission with AWD
  • The inevitable 4-Series Gran Coupe -- a four-door 4-Series
Next: Interior / Exterior »

Would You Prefer a Free Dealer Price Quote?

With competitive price quotes from multiple dealers, you will be prepared when you meet your local car dealer. Please tell us how to contact you so that dealers can compete for your business!
There are no dealers in our network that are located near the ZIP code. Please change your ZIP code or see cars for sale near you.
Update ZIP Code
2. Tell us a little bit about yourself
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Other Choices Read More
/ 10
TCC Rating
/ 10
TCC Rating
New Car Price Quotes
Update ZIP
We are committed to your privacy. By submitting this form you agree the phone number you provided may be used to contact you (including autodialed or pre-recorded calls). Consent is not a condition of purchase.
Try My Showroom
Save cars, write notes, and comparison shop with hi-res photos.
Add your first car
Related Used Listings
Browse used listings in your area

© 2015 The Car Connection. All Rights Reserved. The Car Connection is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.