The 4-Series poses the usual luxury-coupe quandary. It's more sensually styled than its four-door cousins, but it's too content with that. Handsome? Yes. Daring? No.
It would overlay almost perfectly with the old 8-Series Coupe--if the wheelbase weren't actually a half-foot longer, that is.
The sweep of the 4-Series' cockpit works better in the coupe than in the sedan, too, despite the reminders of the same theme that divides some Toyota cockpits. It's an aesthetic leap forward over the old 3-Series Coupes, with a traditionally appealing driver setup walled off from the passenger by those arcs of plastic and wood and metal across the center stack. The 4-Series' cockpit tends to get dominated by the wide, bright screen that rides on the dash permanently--where you expect it might tuck itself away--and by the much larger iDrive control knob. That can all be corrected by applying the trim packages that elevate the 4-series out of its most basic, blandest look. Luxury versions get glossy wood trim, for example, while Sport-package 4-Series cars have red accents and blacked-out details, while Modern coupes get satin trim, grey or black leather, and inlaid wood trim.