2017 BMW 4-Series vs. Its Competition

2017 BMW 4-Series
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

It's a tough contest, this one.

All of the 4-Series' rivals offer more style, but the 4-Series stands alone on being available as a folding metal hardtop convertible and a 5-door hatchback (curiously marketed as the Gran Coupe).

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe is one of the segment's freshest and it balances the C sedan's swoopiness with a little more flavor inside and out.

The Audi A5 is new for 2017 and it remains conservative but hugely desirable as either a coupe or a convertible—or even the S5 performance variants.

From Japan, the Infiniti Q60 and Lexus RC offer more dedicated takes on the two-door recipe; they're not quite sedans with a different profile, and that's admirable.

2017 BMW 4-Series2017 BMW 4-Series
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2015 Audi A52017 Audi A5
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2017 Lexus RC 350 F Sport2017 Lexus RC
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class2017 Mercedes-Benz C Class
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2016 Lexus RC (RC 200t)2016 Lexus RC
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Quick Specs
6.6
With a small dose of added flamboyance, the 2017 BMW 4-Series is the fun-loving sibling to the more pedestrian 3-Series sedan and wagon.
7.4
The Audi A5 coupe and convertible are sleek and supple, providing relaxed yet sporty dynamics in a tidy package.
6.7
All Lexus RC models offer engaging dynamics and plenty of style, though this sporty coupe could stand to drop a few pounds and its base engines aren't up to snuff.
7.5
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class adds to the impressive roster with a convertible version this year and a newly minted AMG C43 version. Bavaria is even better now.
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.
MSRP From    
$41,950$41,200$40,155$39,500$42,780
Gas Mileage    
20 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
Compact CarsSubcompact CarsSubcompact CarsCompact CarsSubcompact Cars
Style Name    
430i Gran Coupe SULEV2.0 TFSI Sport ManualRC Turbo F Sport RWDC 300 Sedan with Sport Pkg2-Door Coupe RWD
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
54454
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
Hatchbackquattro CoupeCoupeSedanCoupe
Transmission    
Automatic w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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