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  • 2015
  • 2014 BMW 4-Series

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in Upscale Midsize Cars

MSRP: $40,500 - $54,900
Invoice: $37,260 - $50,510
MPG: 23 City / 35 Hwy
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BMW 4-Series Interior

Reviewers agree that the all-new 2014 BMW 4-Series has a high-quality, attractive interior, although some wonder why BMW couldn’t make the interior of the 4-Series more distinct from the interior of the BMW 3-Series. Test drivers say the BMW 4-Series has a driver-oriented cabin with comfortable front seats, though some also write that the back seat isn’t as spacious as they would like. Automotive journalists say the updated iDrive system, which controls many of the vehicle’s electronic features, is pretty straightforward.

  • "The interior is richer than the previous model's, with excellent fit and finish." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The interior remains functional and good-looking, yet the 4's layout is a near mirror image of the sedan's." -- Motor Trend
  • "Up front the iDrive controller gets an integrated Audi-style touch pad, allowing you to write phone numbers and navigation addresses; but it's a shame the budget again failed to stretch to a bespoke dash for the coupe. Until you open the door and the frameless glass drops, you could be in a regular 3-series sedan." -- Road and Track
  • "All in, the cabin is what you'd expect from a BMW, with good materials used throughout, a decently thick steering wheel with redundant controls for audio and infotainment functions and generally good levels of visibility from the driver's chair." -- Autoblog

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Seating

The base 428i seats four and has standard leatherette upholstery and power front seats with driver seat memory. Optional features on the BMW 4-Series include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel and a power rear sunshade. Reviewers think that the BMW 4-Series has a functional layout, with the controls angled toward the driver and a comfortable driving position. Some test drivers think that the rear seats have adequate space, while others write that a lack of rear-seat headroom makes getting in and out of the back seats difficult.

  • "The cabin is very similar to that in the 3 Series, with the direct controls and dials trained on the driver and everything in front dominated by the speedo and the tach." -- Edmunds
  • "The 50-millimeter longer wheelbase adds a sliver of extra rear legroom compared with the old car, and the rear bench shaped for two is a nice touch." -- Road and Track
  • "The 4 Series' 4-passenger cabin is comfortable for those in front and just adequate for two people in back. Not surprisingly, the driving position is very good." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's room for two short folks in the back, and we aren't kidding around - legroom may have increased slightly because of the longer wheelbase, but headroom in back is down by almost a full inch, which hurts ingress and egress, too." -- Autoblog

Interior Features

The 428i and 435i come standard with automatic climate control, a USB input, Bluetooth phone connectivity, HD Radio, a sunroof and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which includes a 6.5-inch display. Optional features on the BMW 4-Series include a 360-degree parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors and a self-parking system, which can automatically locate a parking spot and steer the car into it. Optional features also include lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, navigation, a head-up display and a 16-speaker Harmon Kardon surround-sound system.

Reviewers write that the 4-Series and the BMW 3-Series have similar interiors. Because of that, some test drivers say that the 4-Series’ controls are recognizable and straightforward. BMW has introduced an updated iDrive infotainment system, which controls many of the car’s functions, and which one automotive journalist thinks is easier to operate than the old version. When paired with the optional navigation system, the new iDrive system includes a touchpad, which allows you to write out letters and numbers with your finger instead of using the control knob. This system was pioneered by Audi and one reviewer says it is just as easy to use as Audi’s system.

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  • "Controls are within reach, and iDrive is getting easier to operate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Coming from 3 Series architecture, everything in the cabin is familiar and comfortable and easy to use." -- Edmunds
  • "As you'd imagine, that's all controlled by the redesigned iDrive knob that now uses a larger dial with a touchpad interface similar to what Audi first introduced with its Multi Media Interface. You can use this larger knob's gesture surface to write in letters and numbers for inputs into the system and, unsurprisingly, it works just as well as the Audi system." -- Autoblog

Cargo

The BMW 4-Series has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space and split-folding rear seats. The 4-Series also has a hands-free trunk option, which allows you to open the trunk by waving your foot under the rear bumper. The 4-Series trunk space is good for the class, though one reviewer is bothered by the lack of cubbies in the cabin.

  • "Its shortage of interior cubby holes is a touch frustrating, as is BMW's inability to provide a firm holding spot for the remote key." -- Edmunds
Review Last Updated: 5/12/14

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