When BMW released the 4-Series as the replacement for the 3-Series Coupe, the world made sense. But then came the 4-Series Gran Coupe to muddy up the waters a bit. Little did anyone know that the roomier Gran Coupe would end up being the 4-Series model experts preferred.

Best Value

There are no traditional trim levels for the 4-Series, per se. Instead, there are two main models, the 430i and 440i, with various packages. The 440i is a great pick because of its potent powertrain, but the 430i is the better value and still performs well.

The 2018 BMW 430i starts from $44,295 (destination fees included) for the Gran Coupe model and comes standard with everything one would expect from a base Bimmer, including 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, heated mirrors, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power seats, and more.

The other benefit of going with the 430i is you can add a few extra options with the money you saved over the 440i. Some of the options available include automatic high beams, parking assist, adaptive headlights, side- and top-view cameras, Dakota leather, automatic emergency braking, and more.

  • Model: 2018 BMW 430i Gran Coupe
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
  • Output: 248 hp / 258 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Eight-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive
  • MPG: 24 City / 34 Hwy
  • Options: Executive Tier ($3,650, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, lumbar support, automatic high beams, adaptive LED headlights, parking assist, side- and top-view cameras), Driving Assistance Package ($500, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, speed limit info, pedestrian detection)
  • Base Price: $44,295 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $48,445

Performance

BMW 4 Series

The 4-Series offers a pair of engines that are plenty capable. The base 2.0-liter turbocharged engine sprints the 430i to 60 miles per hour in as little as 5.5 seconds, while the turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder 440i does the same sprint in as little as 4.6 seconds. Both do so with a slick-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. There's also an available six-speed manual gearbox for those who prefer to DIY.

Handling is also spot on, as neither gives way in the twisties. Add in the optional adaptive suspension, and the handling gets even better. Fuel economy is also good to at up to 27 miles per gallon combined in the 430i and 24 mpg combined in the 440i, according to the EPA.

Style

With three body options – coupe, convertible, or four-door Gran Coupe – there are plenty of options to choose from. The four-door 4-Series is the sharpest of the bunch and gives passengers easier access to the rear seats.

In terms of looks, the 4-Series holds steady with the BMW theme of “don’t do anything crazy.” This is great for fans of the brand, but it does very little to draw in new buyers.

Inside, things are comfortable up front for most people, but taller folks may find the roofline a bit intrusive and outward visibility blocked by the rearview mirror. In the rear, though, the 4-Series Coupe is a torture chamber for any adult with their tight 33.7 inches of leg room and 36.1 inches of head room. The convertible model’s head room is a touch more tolerable, but its rear leg room is even tighter at 33.1 inches.

The Best and Worst Things

The combination of front-seat comfort and performance is the best part about the 4-Series lineup. From top to bottom, it's a stunning performer with plenty of luxury goodies.

The coupe and convertible models are virtually useless for anyone who hauls adults in the rear seats. Even young teens would find things a tad cramped back there.

Right For? Wrong For?

BMW 4 Series

The BMW 4-Series is perfect for childless young executives looking for the perfect balance of luxury and performance.

Got kids or haul adults in the rear seats? Unless you want the Gran Coupe model, you may want to walk right past the 4-Series section at your local BMW dealer because there's nothing here for you.

The Bottom Line

Though the 2018 BMW 4-Series lineup has a few flaws, especially in the coupe and convertible models, there's no denying it's a true Bimmer through and through. It delivers in the luxury and performance areas perfectly, just as BMW fans expect. And for those who find the coupe or convertible too small, the Gran Coupe may be just right.