The BMW 4-Series comes in Coupe or Convertible body styles, with rear- or all-wheel drive, and with a choice of four- or six-cylinder engines and six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions. As of the 2014 model year, prices ranged from about $42,000 for the base 428i Coupe to just less than $50,000 for the all-wheel-drive 435xi. Convertibles were priced from just below $50,000, and can be configured beyond $60,000.
All versions come with Bluetooth, automatic climate control, and power features.
Navigation is an option, and it's governed by iDrive, as are most audio and phone functions. The iDrive system still uses a knob-style controller, but this year BMW's added a touch-sensitive surface that accepts handwritten input, just like an old-school Palm Pilot. It's progressed over the years from infuriating to annoying to conquerable. Just be ready to spend a lot of time learning its ins, its outs, and its quirks.
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 an M-themed appearance.
Other major options on the 4-Series include a color head-up display; active cruise control; a collision warning system; and a sport suspension and sport brakes with blue calipers, the latter as upgrades to the M Sport package.Â
For 2015, Bluetooth audio streaming is now standard, and the so-called Enhanced Bluetooth (with a USB port) is now a standalone $500 option, Fineline Anthracite wood trim is now widely available, and Oyster Dakota leather is offered outside of the Sport line and included in Premium Package models.There are a number of other packaging changes for technology options.