2016 BMW 4-Series vs. Its Competition

2016 BMW 4-Series Coupe
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2016 BMW 4-Series includes essentially the best traits of the 3-Series sedans, packaged into a lower and sportier two-door body style.

It competes with a wide range of luxury coupes, as well as some more practical sports cars like the Porsche Boxster.

Here, we'll aim mainly toward those conventional luxury coupes and convertibles.

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe is the obvious alternative; it's offered with four-cylinder and six-cylinder options, as well as in a potent C63 AMG version, and across the C-Class lineup you'll now find a more flamboyant, expressive interior compared to the 4-Series' rather staid look.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is a different sort of pick, and 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.

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.

And the Lexus RC is a surprisingly strong contender; with its new RC 200t variant for 2016 it now offers an alternative to the base 428i Coupe, too.

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2016 Lexus RC (RC 200t)2016 Lexus RC
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2016 Mercedes-Benz C450 AMG Sport2016 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 BMW 4-Series Coupe and Convertible break away from the 3-Series sedans with a little more flamboyance.
8.6
The 2016 Audi S5 Coupe and S5 Cabriolet are among the best-looking (and best-performing) luxury coupes on the market.
8.2
The 2016 Lexus RC adds more low-end models, but it's still the racy RC F that comes closes to the Teutonic performance titans.
9.0
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is one very charming luxury car; in AMG trim, it's risen above and beyond Bavarian levels of handling.
8.2
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA is tight on rear-seat space, and on value—but long on style and in AMG trim, explosive performance.
MSRP From     
$41,650$40,500N/A$39,995$38,950$32,050
Gas Mileage     
16 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4N/AIntercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
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Style Name     
4-Door Sedan 428i RWD Gran Coupe SULEV2-Door Coupe Manual PremiumN/A2-Door Coupe4-Door Sedan C 300 Luxury RWD4-Door Sedan CLA 250 FWD
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
54N/A455
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Hatchbackquattro CoupeN/ACoupeSedanSedan
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Automatic w/ODManual w/ODN/AAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAuto-Shift Manual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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