BMW 4-Series Review
The 2014 BMW 4-Series ranks 1 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.
Reviewers say that powerful engine choices and razor-sharp handling make the all-new 2014 BMW 4-Series a joy to drive.
The BMW 4-Series is available with two engines, and auto writers agree that the turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the new 428i is an eager, powerful performer. If you want more power, the BMW 435i has a turbocharged six-cylinder that test drivers say delivers even stronger performance. Both models are available with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic for the same price. Reviewers say the six-speed manual makes the 4-Series a lot of fun to drive, and the eight-speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly. The 428i achieves an EPA-estimated 23/35 mpg city/highway with the automatic transmission, which is good for the class. Test drivers think that very precise handling and steering make the BMW 4-Series a blast to drive.
Reviewers agree that the 4-Series has an attractive, high-quality interior. Test drivers say the BMW 4-Series’ driver-oriented cabin has comfortable front seats. However, some note that the rear seats could offer a bit more passenger space. Automotive journalists write that the updated iDrive system, which controls many of the vehicles electronic features, is fairly simple to use. The 428i and 435i come standard with leatherette upholstery, a sunroof and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display. Optional features include heated front seats, a self-parking system, which can automatically locate a parking spot and steer the car into it, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, navigation, a head-up display and a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround-sound system.
- "BMW didn't sell us short in promising something special with the new 4-series coupe. It has created a great-looking car with an ability to carry four in comfort in a smooth and engaging coupe." -- AutoWeek
- "But really, the added cost of the 4 Series is warranted considering that it really is more than simply a two-door version of the 3 Series. It might seem silly to break out the new coupe into its own numerical designation within the BMW range, but this truly is a case where it's not just about differentiating bodystyles. It's about putting the better-driving cars one notch higher on the totem pole." -- Autoblog
- "This is an easy car to like. It looks great, goes well, handles progressively and it's comfortable. Sure, much the same could be said about the old 3 Series coupe, yet the 2014 BMW 435i manages to tweak all the parameters without giving up anything along the way." -- Edmunds
- "Don't let the name confuse you, the 435i looks suspiciously like a 3-series because that's what it is. From now on, all BMW coupes will wear even numbers to give owners bragging rights, and, in the case of the 4-series, justifiably so." -- Road and Track
Other Cars to Consider
Reviewers say the Audi A5 is an elegant German coupe with a comfortable interior. It is also available as a convertible, and in high-performance S5 and RS5 trims. Unlike the BMW 4-Series coupe, the Audi A5 coupe has standard all-wheel drive.
Though it is more expensive than the BMW 4-Series, the Porsche Boxster offers pure sports car thrills, according to automotive journalists. Test drivers say it has almost perfect handling and comfortable, supportive seats.
Details: 2014 BMW 4-Series
The 2014 BMW 4-Series seats four and comes standard with rear-wheel drive. The 4-Series is offered in 428i and 435i trims and comes in coupe and convertible body styles. BMW's all-wheel drive system (xDrive) is available. The 428i comes with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine, while the 435i offers a more powerful turbocharged, 3.0-liter, six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual transmission and an eight-speed automatic are available. The 2014 BMW 4-Series is an all-new model, which replaces the 2013 BMW 3-Series coupe and convertible.