BMW M4 Coupe Leasing
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The BMW 4 Series is enjoyable to drive, generously equipped and competitively priced. It’s practical for a two-door car, too, with space for four adults and a large boot.
Refinement could be better and the interior is almost identical to the cheaper 3 Series saloon’s.
Anyone after a classy, four-seat coupe should definitely consider the BMW 4 Series.
The 420d is swift and its engine revs keenly for a diesel, while the four-wheel-drive 435d is scorchingly quick. The 435i petrol pulls strongly from low revs all the way to 7000rpm; it feels properly rapid and makes overtaking effortless, although the 435d is just as quick in normal use. If you want a full-on sports car, the M4 is fast enough to embarrass plenty of supercars.
Ride & Handling
All the test cars we've driven have been fitted with the optional Adaptive M Sport suspension (it is standard on the M4), which helps the 4 Series Coupe strike a fine balance between ride comfort and agility. Steering that's precise but relatively light adds to the enjoyment. The M4 has heavily revised suspension and is thrilling when driven hard, although it feels more like a fast tourer at normal speeds.
The six-cylinder petrol engine in the 435i makes a pleasant noise when you rev it, but the diesels sound quite gruff much of the time. Wind and road noise is noticeable at speed, too. The M4's exhaust note is a suitably exciting bellow, which quietens to a reasonable hum when you want it to; the M4 suffers from plenty of road noise, though. Most versions are available with an optional eight-speed automatic gearbox, which is well worth considering because it shifts swiftly and smartly.
Buying & Owning
The 4 Series Coupe is priced in line with the Audi A5 and Mercedes E-Class coupes, but is cheaper to run than both the E-Class and four-wheel-drive versions of the A5. Even the 435i averages more than 35mpg in official tests, while the 420d manages around 60mpg. The M4 will be expensive to run, as will any similarly powerful sports car, but it is competitively priced and has relatively good fuel economy and resale value figures.
Quality & Reliability
Few manufacturers make better cabins than BMW, and the 4 Series is right up there with the best in class. The materials are sumptuous, the fit and finish is excellent, and most of the switches work with a solid, positive action. BMW’s reliability record is reasonable rather than outstanding, though.
Safety & Security
Standard safety equipment includes six airbags and a sophisticated stability control system. There’s plenty of high-tech optional kit, too, including a system that warns you if you unintentionally move out of your lane. While the 4 Series hasn’t been crash-tested by Euro NCAP, we’d expect it to match the five-star rating of the 3 Series saloon on which it’s based. An alarm is standard across the range.
Behind The Wheel
The 4 Series looks identical to a 3 Series from behind the wheel, aside from minor trim changes. Fortunately, this means you get clear instruments and BMW’s intuitive iDrive infotainment system. The seats are supportive and offer a good range of adjustment, although the manual adjustment that's standard on most models is fiddly; more expensive versions get electric controls as standard.
Space & Practicality
Rear-seat access is pretty good, thanks to front seats that tilt and slide a long way forward, so there’s a large gap to climb through. There’s also plenty of legroom in the back, but six-footers will have to slouch in their seats to avoid their heads touching the ceiling. The large boot is a decent shape, and can swallow a generous 445 litres of luggage.
Every model comes with a long list of standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated leather seats, front and rear parking sensors and xenon headlights. Bluetooth, a DAB radio and aux and USB sockets are also fitted.