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BMW 4-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 4-Series ranks 5 out of 22 Upscale Midsize Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the BMW 4-Series, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2015 BMW 4-Series is ranked:

Critics say the 2015 BMW 4-Series coupe and convertible have precise handling and a handsome interior design, while the new 4-Series Gran Coupe adds more comfortable rear seats and a spacious cargo area to the mix.

According to reviewers, the 2015 BMW 428i’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers surprisingly lively acceleration, and they add that the 435i’s turbocharged six-cylinder engine is quite potent. Coupe and convertible models are available with a six-speed manual transmission, while all three body styles offer an eight-speed automatic that critics say delivers very quick gear changes. The BMW 428i gets up to an EPA-estimated 23/35 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class. With athletic handling, precise steering and powerful brakes, test drivers report that the 2015 4-Series has no trouble tackling twisty roads. They say its suspension also delivers a comfortable ride.

The 2015 BMW 4-Series’ classy interior design and upscale materials earn praise from the automotive press. Critics say the coupe and convertible’s rear seats are comfortable enough for short trips around town, while the four-door 4-Series Gran Coupe offers enough head- and legroom to fit an adult comfortably. According to automotive journalists, cargo space is impressive in every 4-Series trim, but especially so in the Gran Coupe, which has a deep trunk with a wide, hatchback-style opening. Standard features in the 2015 BMW 4-Series include Bluetooth, a USB input, a sunroof and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Available features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, satellite radio, navigation, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, parallel parking assist, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and a hands-free trunk opener. Reviewers report that BMW’s iDrive infotainment system has sharp graphics and intuitive on-screen menus, though some still note that simple adjustments require more button clicks than they do in rival systems.

  • "If you crave the excellent handling and power of the 3 Series sedan in coupe or convertible form, look to the 2015 BMW 4 Series." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Still, the 4 Series -- with its excellent handling and performance, eye-catching styling and best-in-class interior room -- strikes us as the most complete and desirable luxury sport coupe and convertible available this year." -- Edmunds
  • "Like the 3-Series Coupe that it replaces, the 4-Series is a high-style two-door version of BMW's legendary 3-Series sedan. Though quieter, cushier and more technology packed than its predecessors, it still serves up an engaging driving experience to go along with its distinctive look." -- Left Lane News
  • "Given their similar interiors as well as the added practicality of the 4 Series Gran Coupe's hatchback body, we can't help but wonder why anyone would choose a 3 Series, which comes in about $3k less, similarly equipped. That would make a big difference if the MSRP was under $20k, but at this price point, the upgrade to something that looks and feels more special than a workaday 3er seems more than worth it." -- Autoblog

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Details: 2015 BMW 4-Series

The 2015 BMW 4-Series comes in coupe and convertible body styles that seat four, or as the all-new four-door Gran Coupe hatchback, which seats five. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The 4-Series is available in 428i, 435i and new-for-2015 M4 (coupe and convertible only) trims. The base BMW 428i comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 435i offers a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available. The BMW 4-Series debuted last year, and since it sees no major changes for 2015, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 and 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 10/3/14

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