Advertisement

BMW 4 Series video review

The BMW 4 Series is put through a rigorous three-day test over 800 miles

In this video review we get under the skin of this new breed of BMW, the BMW 4 Series, and find out what it's like to live with on a day-to-day basis. Starting from Inverness, Scotland, we take it to Edinburgh to examine practicality, then we travel to York and Liverpool before finally arriving in London in what will be a massive 800-mile journey.

Advertisement - Article continues below

BMW 4 Series review 

The car we've tested is a 4 Series 420d SE - so it's an entry-level, entry-spec diesel model. Although, BMW did throw in a few cheeky extras such as 18-inch alloys. The 4 Series has a 445-litre boot, but it still passed our practicality test with flying colours - we packed various weekend bags into the boot, and in the cabin, as you'll see in the video review.

On the journey, we were impressed with the driving dynamics of the BMW 4 Series. The steering is light but feels quite accurate, while the precise six-speed manual gearbox slots into place whenever you want it to. And even though the BMW 4 Series is a lot wider and a fair bit longer than the BMW 3 Series, it's hard to notice the extra size on the road.

The 4 Series is really comfortable to drive over long distances, the only fly in the ointment, though, is that at higher speeds you do get a bit of road and wind noise particularly on rougher roads. The 18-inch wheels and unique body really do make it look bulkier and leaner than the old 3 Series Coupe, but does it justify the new name plate?

The BMW 4 Series might have a few faults, and we're not convinced that it needed to be called the 4 Series rather than a 3 Series Coupe. Overall, though, it's an incredible new car, and it'll take a lot to knock the BMW 4 Series off its podium at the top of the class.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

New Maserati Ghibli Trofeo arrives to take on BMW M5
Maserati Ghibli

New Maserati Ghibli Trofeo arrives to take on BMW M5

The new Maserati Ghibli Trofeo packs a 572bhp V8 engine – and it’s looking to give the BMW M5 a bloody nose
10 Aug 2020
Entire Volkswagen line-up updated for 2021
News

Entire Volkswagen line-up updated for 2021

Volkswagen has revised its complete range of vehicles for 2021, adding new engines, fresh tech and its latest MIB3 infotainment system
11 Aug 2020
Best new car deals 2020
Best cars & vans

Best new car deals 2020

Secure your dream model from our list of the best new car deals on the market right now
6 Aug 2020