Independent Reviews of BMW M4 New and Used Cars

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‘M TO THE FOUR’

Added 11th August, 2021 , updated 10th August, 2021

By Jonathan Crouch

So. How can we sum all of this up? Well, it’s certainly interesting to note that, unlike its direct M3 predecessors, this M4 was built in exactly the same factory on Munich’s Preussenstrasse that was used to construct the car that started this iconic model line back in 1985, the E30 M3 coupe. That fact apart though, there’s not actually a lot of commonality between that original and its modernday interpretation. The focus here changed from a raw, track-tamed screamer to something a lot more measured. Don’t get us wrong; this ‘F82’ M4 is still hugely thrilling - even if you invoke just 50 per cent of its capability. Its agenda though, was changed. If you were one of those who had a poster of an E30 M3 on your bedroom wall back in the Eighties, then the mature adult in you would probably find that car too wearing now. Instead, you’d want something like this. That’s where this M4 is so clever. It took its customers with it, understanding that people spending this sort of money on a sports coupe don’t necessarily want something that’ll bite back, give them the shakes and necessitate a trip to the chiropractors. Are there drawbacks? Well, steering and throttle response aren’t quite as sharp as they were in this model’s M3 predecessor. Nor is the engine note quite as memorable. Many will feel though, that these are small prices to pay for the much bigger benefits offered elsewhere. And the fact that this still remains the most exciting and involving car of its kind from this period. Even its closest rival, the V8 Mercedes-AMG C 63, can’t come close to this M4’s agility and driver feedback. So yes, if this is progress, we’ll take it. In Austin Yellow metallic, with the twin-clutch gearbox, the head-up display and a set of carbon brakes. We’d better start saving.

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‘BAVARIA'S BEAST’

Added 21st July, 2017 , updated 2nd March, 2018

By Jonathan Crouch

So is this BMW 4 Series the coupe that does it all, the class benchmark from its era, the go-to choice in its segment? The answer’s probably yes. Overall, there’s a sustained level of excellence shot throughout this car that Audi A5 and Mercedes C-Class Coupe rivals can’t quite match, something especially evident when it comes to handling dynamics. There’s a levity about this 4 Series, a certain joy you get in driving it that the others can’t quite match. Great then, that it does all the sensible stuff really well too. You get impressive safety systems, a big boot, plenty of rear legroom, excellent day to day running costs and residual values that are markedly superior to this model’s two key rivals. Which all helps your conscience. Why? Because this is a car that, exactly because of those attributes, you can buy and use - and use hard - without that nagging sense of guilt that you may have over-indulged yourself. Can it be criticised? Perhaps. Some have found it a rather overly mature proposition, but these we think are people who would be better suited by Toyota GT86-style coupes more aimed at hot hatch folk - an approach that wouldn’t really work with the target demographic here. Otherwise, assuming you can afford the asking price, just about the only thing that’s perhaps open to complaint is that the interior isn’t quite as exciting as maybe it ought to be. But a carefully specified version of this 4 Series can still be pretty special in that respect. What’s not up for debate is that here, BMW built decisively the best car in its class.