BMW 4 Series review - Interior, design and technology
Aside from the 4 Series’ new grille it’s very much business as usual, which means great build quality, intuitive tech and decent levels of kit
It’s probably more than fair to say that the second-generation BMW 4 Series has received a mixed response to its front-end makeover. The larger grille dominates the front of the car, but perhaps provides the style statement that buyers of cool coupes and convertibles are looking for.
Although sharing the same underpinnings as its 3 Series sibling, BMW has designed the 4 Series with a focus on form following function: the wider rear track helps increase grip, but also gives a more aggressive stance, while the coupe sits lower than the saloon which reduces its centre of gravity and adds to the impression that the 4 Series is the more sporty, driver-orientated car.
Inside, the cabin doesn’t deviate from the quality 3 Series formula, with a similar dash layout and the usual feeling that you’re sitting in a car that is thoroughly well-engineered. Buyers of the first-generation 4 Series mostly specified their cars with the popular M Sport trim, so BMW has decided to go solely with this equipment level throughout the range.
Standard kit is generous with 18-inch M alloy wheels, LED headlights, cruise control, Vernasca leather upholstery and BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional set-up featuring a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display. The Pro Edition upgrade adds 19-inch wheels, unique paint colours, adaptive dampers and further M branded trim.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
Beyond smartphone connectivity, the BMW system’s strengths remain; the graphics look clear and sharp, the user interface is well laid out and loading times are quick. Aside from slightly contrived gesture controls, the input methods are great; the touchscreen is brilliant for entering addresses and postcodes when the car is stationary, while a click wheel surrounded by physical shortcut buttons on the centre console means it’s easy to make small adjustments.
Even the voice assistant works effectively, but if we’re being picky, the 12.3-inch digital instrument panel looks a little cluttered compared with the tidy main screen.
In this review
- 1BMW 4 Series reviewA bold new design and real dynamic ability help the BMW 4 Series Coupe set the class standard
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe 4 Series is talented enough to keep keen drivers interested, but also shines as a capable cruiser
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsDiesel power still offers the best overall efficiency for the 4 Series, at least until the introduction of the all-electric i4 model
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingAside from the 4 Series’ new grille it’s very much business as usual, which means great build quality, intuitive tech and decent levels of kit
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe 4 Series is practical enough, although some optional equipment can prove to be expensive
- 6Reliability and safetyStrong safety levels and solid warranty cover should provide BMW 4 Series buyers with peace of mind