2014 BMW 4 Series: First Look

By Joe Bruzek  on June 16, 2013

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/77/-2001867362-1425510470177.

  • Competes with: Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe, Audi A5
  • Looks like: A less-funky-looking 3 Series coupe
  • Drivetrain: 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder; 300-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder; standard eight-speed-automatic transmission and available six-speed-manual transmission, rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late summer

The all-new 2014 BMW 4 Series looks amazingly similar to the sleek concept that debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit earlier this year. Essentially a coupe version of the redesigned 3 Series sedan, the 4 Series is a replacement for the currently sold 2013 3 Series coupe — which rides on the aging previous-generation platform — with a new name/number for the brand.

The 4 Series improves upon the old car in many ways to earn its 4 Series designation, notably with improved proportions featuring 6-Series-inspired rear styling in the fastback rear roofline. BMW further distinguishes the four-seat coupe from the sedan with a sportier appearance and driving dynamics.

The 4 Series is lighter, lower and wider than the outgoing 3 Series coupe. So low, in fact, that the 4 Series has the lowest center of gravity of any car in the BMW lineup, according to BMW. The 4 Series looks the part of a much sportier coupe than the outgoing model thanks to stretched dimensions and lower stance teaming with unique front styling and larger air intakes. The coupe's suspension is tailored specifically for a sportier driving character with a unique spring and shock package, and 4-Series-specific wheel alignment specs.

Specific to the coupe are what BMW calls "air breathers" rearward of the front wheels to reduce drag. BMW says the 4 Series has aerodynamic lift qualities that match the current M3. Under-the-hood offerings are familiar, however, with engines borrowed from the 2013 3 Series Sedan. The 428 uses a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder while the 435 has a 300-hp, turbocharged six-cylinder. BMW estimates zero to 60 mph sprints in 5.7 seconds for the 428 and 5.3 seconds for the 435.

Like the sedan, the 4 Series is rear- or all-wheel drive with a standard eight-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual as a no-cost option. Multiple driver-selected modes span the range of economy to performance with Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport or Sport+ settings that vary accelerator sensitivity, automatic transmission shift points and more depending on how the car is equipped — adjustable suspension, steering, etc. Eco Pro can cut fuel consumption as much as 20%, according to BMW. An auto stop-start shuts off the engine when stopped to save fuel. 

BMW 4 Series trim levels include base, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport packages differentiated by interior and exterior colors and material choices. The Sport Line features gloss-black painted exhaust tips and black rear bumper trim, as well as black and red interior highlights and a sport suspension. The Luxury Line makes those pieces chrome, and the M Sport Package has larger air intakes, M Sport suspension and brakes plus a unique rear bumper with diffuser and M Sport side skirts. The striking Estoril Blue Metallic exterior color is only available with the M Sport Package.

The 4 Series interior appears very similar to the 3 Series Sedan with similar feature offerings. It's no surprise the wildly opulent concept's inside didn't make it into production. Functional features like the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats from the sedan carry over. The 4 Series is available with a color head-up display, full LED headlights and navigation.  
Safety features include 10 years of BMW Assist, which makes an emergency call when a crash is detected, available collision warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and more.

Not only does the new coupe's name increase a digit, but the pricing does as well. Pricing starts at $41,425 for a 428i, including destination, up from $39,625 for a 2013 328i coupe. An Audi A5 with standard all-wheel drive starts at $39,645 including destination.
The 435i's base pricing is $46,925, up from 2013's $46,025. All-wheel-drive models of the 428 and 435 are $43,425 and 48,925 respectively. The BMW 4 Series goes on sale later this summer.

Related
BMW 3 Series Coupe Gets a New Number
BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe: Up Close
More BMW News

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/87/-1157627720-1425510973187.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/5/-1226397025-1425510964505.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/69/1363954008-1425510894469.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/37/1950430284-1425510901937.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/30/168941644-1425510975830.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/69/646311422-1425510879869.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/4/-742114666-1425510876504.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/7/2001011205-1425510928507.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/44/1339323095-1425510970144.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/82/-338760448-1425510876582.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/88/1676897920-1425510879788.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/47/1309249239-1425510878747.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/86/808404331-1425510969986.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/93/-1940858077-1425510893393.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/65/1738052422-1425510973765.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/81/-412032940-1425510970181.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/88/1114173471-1425510975688.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/85/-1613599362-1425510934385.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/20/1288478150-1425510901320.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/46/1435185046-1425510976346.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/96/1037289226-1425510903496.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/3/-1011084951-1425510880003.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/18/-1929158718-1425510918418.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/94/1044688678-1425510901094.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/55/17748709-1425510970455.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/33/-1998835596-1425510902033.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/9/2038471633-1425510898609.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/7/605598810-1425510936807.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/77/-1250903721-1425510928877.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/38/1268118156-1425510875438.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/1/1785736496-1425510932201.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/43/-1728826256-1425510978143.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/44/-2029118688-1425510928744.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/89/-202057210-1425510928889.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/7/2022138131-1425510930307.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/84/1078547223-1425510930084.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/97/1731767120-1425510903597.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/84/764107794-1425510979084.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/83/-411518391-1425510974883.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/95/-1510860420-1425510878995.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/20/-992019869-1425510976220.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/39/-779680334-1425510877539.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/73/1340938948-1425510974973.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/53/1427183281-1425510920453.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/26/214649256-1425510979726.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/27/-583822010-1425510931027.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/81/-504682857-1425510901181.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/6/-1241567646-1425510976106.

https://www.cstatic-images.com/stock/765x765/92/647075257-1425510927192.


Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am.  Email Joe


Maserati Coupe BMW Passenger Cars Sports Cars