2018 BMW 4 Series

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2018 MODEL
$43,500 - $51,900 See Inventory Prices

8.2

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2018 BMW 4 Series Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

BMW 4-Series was launched in 2014 and it replaced 3 series coupes and convertibles. You must be thinking why BMW did that. Well, like for example, Audi has an A4 sedan and the coupe version of that is known as Audi A5. So, BMW basically split 2 models with the 3 series being the sedan and 4-Series being the coupe. The 2018 BMW 4-Series Coupe starts from $40,955 for the rear wheel drive 430i.

For all-weather capability, BMW 430i xDrive is available for $42,815. Both the trims have a standard inline 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that punches out 248 horses with 258-pound-feet of torque at just 1450 RPM. The potent thrust kicks in right from the start and continues all the way till 4800 RPM.

With Sharp driving dynamics and strong performance levels, it is evident that BMW has hit its mark with 2018 BMW 4-Series Coupe. Excellent engine and surprisingly spacious and high-quality interior are only let down by hefty price tag and refinement levels. They are not quite at the top of the class.

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Pros

Comfortable and fun car to drive

Relatively practical for a coupe

Adaptive M suspension

All-wheel drive version

Cons

Noisy cabin at high speeds

Interior is same as the 3-Series Sedan

What's New?

LED Headlights and taillights

Newly redesigned front and rear bumpers


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$43500

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

147 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

248 hp @ 5200 rpm

torque

258 lb.-ft. @ 1450 rpm

transmission

6-speed automatic

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

13.6 in./13.4 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

105.9 in.

length

174.7 in.

width

69.8 in.

height

55.6 in.

curb weight

3944 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.

capacity

cargo volume

15.7 cu ft.

payload capacity

790 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

5.3 sec.

standing ¼-mile

13.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

24/27/34 mpg

ev range

379.2 mi.

highway range

465.8 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited


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Styles

 2018 BMW 4 Series in Alpine White color  2018 BMW 4 Series in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2018 BMW 4 Series in Champagne Quartz Metallic color  2018 BMW 4 Series in Citrin Black Metallic color  2018 BMW 4 Series in Estoril Blue Metallic color  2018 BMW 4 Series in Glacier Silver Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

7.8

Engine

8.6

Fuel Economy

8.9

Interior

7.5

Exterior

8.6

8.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 BMW 4 Series 430i SULEV

430i SULEV

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$43,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
430i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $43,500 MSRP (24/27/34) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Alpine White
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Champagne Quartz Metallic
  Citrin Black Metallic
  Estoril Blue Metallic
  Glacier Silver Metallic

 2018 BMW 4 Series 430i xDrive SULEV

430i xDrive SULEV

power
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
27 combined

$45,500


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
430i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $45,500 MSRP (23/27/33) 248 hp @ 5200 rpm, 2 L, I4, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4   Alpine White
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Champagne Quartz Metallic
  Citrin Black Metallic
  Estoril Blue Metallic
  Glacier Silver Metallic

 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i

440i

power
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$49,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $49,900 MSRP (21/25/32) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic rear wheel drive 4   Alpine White
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Champagne Quartz Metallic
  Citrin Black Metallic
  Estoril Blue Metallic
  Glacier Silver Metallic

 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i xDrive

440i xDrive

power
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
25 combined

$51,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
440i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) Starting at $51,900 MSRP (21/25/31) 320 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I6, premium unleaded (recommended)
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8-speed automatic all wheel drive 4   Alpine White
  Black Sapphire Metallic
  Champagne Quartz Metallic
  Citrin Black Metallic
  Estoril Blue Metallic
  Glacier Silver Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial September 21, 2018

8.2

Overall Rating


The 2018 BMW 4-Series Coupe starts from $40,955 for the rear wheel drive 430i. For all-weather capability, BMW 430i xDrive is available for $42,815. Both the trims have a standard inline 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine that punches out 248 horses with 258 pound-feet of torque at just 1450 RPM. The potent thrust kicks from the start and continues all the way to 4800 RPM.


7.8/10
Features

 

8.6/10
Engine

 

8.9/10
Fuel Economy

 

7.5/10
Interior

 

8.6/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2018 BMW 4 Series Features

7.8/10

BMW 4-Series coupe has 4 trim levels. The base trim is a rear wheel drive model with a price tag of $40,955 and xDrive trim is an all-wheel-drive trim with a $42,815 price tag.

BMW 430i is powered by a 2.0-Liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine with 248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It has 3 trims namely Sport Line, Luxury line and M sport. It is fitted with an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Trims 430i 430i xDrive 440i 440i xDrive
MSRP $40,955 $42,815 $51,200 $53,200
Key Features 6.5-inch LCD touchscreen Additional features to 430i Coupe: Additional features to 430i Coupe: Additional features to 440i Coupe:
  Panoramic Sun/Moonroof All-wheel drive 320 hp Straight-6 Twin Turbo Engine All-wheel drive
  Backup Camera      
  Heated Mirrors with memory      
  Variable speed Intermittent wipers      

Also, there are packages available for your BMW 430i trims like Convenience Tier which adds heated front seats with lumbar support and active blind spot monitoring, the Executive Tier which includes adaptive LED headlights, 360 cameras for top and side views and Track Handling Package which designed for serious drivers.

Our Recommendation

The 430i coupe is an excellent bargain for what all you get. The rear wheel drive system brings smiles on most people’s faces. However, if you frequently face snowy slippery roads, the 430i xDrive is the one to go for. Be it wet or be it snow, you will always be in command with xDrive system.

2018 BMW 4 Series Engine

8.6/10

“Direct your attention to the hard-core BMW M4 for no-holds-barred performance. While the regular 4-series won’t deliver a white-knuckle driving experience, its chassis is a chameleon that instantly adapts to the spirited nature of twisty backroads or the relaxed comfort of black-top boulevards.” – Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

BMW 430i is powered by a mighty 2.0-Liter inline four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine with 248 horsepower generating 258 lb-ft of torque. Lightweight and smooth-running, it incorporates High precision direct injection and BMW’s VANOS technologies. The BMW 440i has a more powerful twin-turbo straight 6 generating 320 horsepower.

Models BMW 4-Series Coupe Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C Class (300)
MSRP $43,500 $31,900 $40,640 $40,250
Engine

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4

 

2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
Transmission 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 8-Speed Automatic 9-Speed Automatic
Power (hp @ rpm) 248 @ 5200 255 @ 6200 241 @ 5800 241 @ 5550
Torque (lb.-ft @ rpm) 258 @ 1450 260 @1400 258 @ 1650 273 @ 1300

Kia, which has brought a storm in the industry with new Stinger, has 255 horsepower with 260 lb-ft of torque and is on the top of this segment. Transmission wise, Mercedes has up to the game with new 9G-Tronic. No one in this segment offers 9 gears.

Acceleration

BMW is known for its engine and transmission all over the world and it shows its presence in the acceleration timings. The 2.0-Liter engine rushes towards the 60MPH mark in 5.5 seconds. Standing quarter mile takes 14.4 sec at 100.7 MPH.

Models BMW 4-Series (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C (300)
0-60 MPH 5.5 sec 5.9 sec 7.3 sec 5.8 sec
Quarter mile 14.4 sec @ 100.7 mph 12.9 sec @ 110 mph 15.2 sec @ 81.0 mph 14.6 sec @ 93.3 mph
Engine 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L 2.0L
Emission(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 6.6 7.4 6.8 6.6

BMW 4-Series blows away the competition in the acceleration timings. Mercedes Benz C-coupe and Kia Stinger come under the 6-second mark with 5.8 sec and 5.9 sec but nowhere close to the 5.5-second mark of the 4-Series. But Kia surprises everyone with quarter mile time and speed.

Handling and Steering

Now onto the main question, what is 2018 4-Series Coupe like when you hit the road? BMW has set this 430i coupe to be sportier than the 3 series on which it’s based and that is a really good platform, to begin with. It is a genuinely good fun car to drive, feels like a sports car and it looks like one. With a low center of gravity and wider track, BMW feels in control at any speed.

While the 4-Series is genuine fun in sport mode, it turns into a cushy grand tourer as soon as you switch to the comfort mode – thanks to the adaptive suspension which varies the stiffness of the damper between different driving modes.

Braking

BMW 4-Series Coupe is equipped with ventilated disc brakes all around. Front rotor is of 12.3 inches and the rear rotor is of 11.8 inches. BMW weighs in at 3574 pounds.

Model BMW 4-Series (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C (300)
Brake Front(in) 12.3 12.6 13.1 13.0
Brake Rear(in) 11.8 12.4 12.2 11.8
Curb weight(lbs) 3574 3611 3737 3472
60-0 MPH (ft.) N/A 113 110 109

Against the competition, BMW hasn’t issued its braking time yet. Here, Mercedes takes the crown at 109 ft stopping distance from 60-0 MPH because of its lower curb weight of 3472 pounds and big brake rotors in the front. Lexus takes second place at 110 ft stopping distance, being the heaviest. Kia takes the last place, stopping at a distance of 113 ft.

2018 BMW 4 Series Fuel Economy

8.9/10

With an 8 speed automatic transmission and turbocharged engine, BMW manages a 24 MPG in the city, 34 MPG on the highway and 27 MPG combined with city and highway driving.

Model BMW 4-Series (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C (300)
MPG (city) 24 22 22 24
MPG (highway) 34 29 32 33
MPG (combined) 27 25 26 28

Well, Mercedes C-coupe manages to be at par with BMW in fuel economy. Mercedes 9G-Tronic proves to be good in performance as well as frugal in daily use driving. Kia is last with a low economy despite having 8 gears which go to show the need for improvement in that department.

2018 BMW 4 Series Interior

7.5/10

“The BMW 4 Series remains a pleasant middle ground to the more traditional Mercedes and starkly modern Audi interiors. The quality of materials and construction meet expectations for luxury coupes, even in the face of newer rivals.” - Edmunds

Inside, the 2018 BMW 4-Series coupe cabin is very similar to that of the 3-series. Front seats are supportive and the rear seats are surprisingly spacious for a 2-door coupe. It’s got a driver-oriented cockpit with a solid build quality. The dashboard uses high-end materials and feels premium wherever you touch.

The new sport multifunction steering wheel is wrapped in leather and gets hand bolsters in driving position. Interior is pretty much same as the 3 series i.e. gorgeous. Previously it had too many buttons on the dashboard, but they have worked on design.

Seating and comfort

The 4 Series has spacious front seats offering good support. The seats are great for long-distance freeway jaunts but they still manage to offer sufficient lateral support for spirited driving on the mountain roads. However, rear seats are cramped and are best reserved for kids.

Model BMW 4-Series (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C (300)
Passenger capacity 4 5 4 5
Passenger Volume (ft cube) 90.0 93.8 82.0 88.2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

39.8/55.3/42.2 38.3/56.4/42.6 37.8/54.7/45.4 37.1/55.3/41.7

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)(In.)

36.1/51.7/33.7 37/54.8/36.4 34.8/50.8/27.3 37.1/55.5/35.2

Comparing it to the competitors, BMW is second best to Kia with 90 cu-ft. Kia being a four-door sedan has best space in both front and back. Mercedes is more or less same in front but at the back offers better room due to longer wheelbase than the BMW.

Infotainment

BMW has updated its iDrive infotainment system. It comes with new 5.0 version which you get in the brand new 7 series. It’s a 10.2-inch display with a swivel wheel and the touchpad. This is just spectacular, the way the menus are laid out is so easy to use and it is the best on the market.

  • Music Player
  • Service information (and reminder)
  • Navigation
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • USB ports
  • Apple Carplay
  • BMW connected services

Cargo Space

2018 BMW 4-Series coupe has a really useful cargo as you’ve got a big wide opening and you can put a lot of stuff in the back. 15.7 cu-ft of space is commendable for a coupe. It does have 4/20/40 split folding rear seats to carry longer items.

Model BMW 4-Series (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C (300)
Volume (ft cube) 15.7 23.3 10.4 12.6

In comparison, BMW is the best among the coupe competition between Mercedes C class coupe and Lexus RC but loses out to the four-door sedan Kia stinger, which has an impressive 23.3 cu-ft of space.

2018 BMW 4 Series Exterior

8.6/10

“The BMW 4 Series has been updated for 2018, but the revisions are minor: a restyled nose, larger central air intake, and elongated design of the rear light clusters.” – Kelley Blue Book

From outside, 2018 BMW 4-Series coupe is almost same as the outgoing model but BMW has made some changes to make the new model stand out. The shape of the headlights has been completely restyled. The more pronounced eyebrow and meaner look add to the look of the 4-Series Coupe. It is sleek with that dashing roofline which differentiates it from 3 Series.

You also have restyled bumper in the lower front to aid the airflow. To differentiate the packages available with 4-Series coupe, BMW has added gloss black surround to the front of the sport line and a chrome surround for the luxury line.

Dimensions and Weight

2018 BMW 4-Series coupe is 182.6 inches in length and 71.9 inches in width with side mirrors retracted. The height is low at 54.2 inches which provides for dynamic handling and cuts through the air like a knife.

Model BMW 4-Series (Coupe) Kia Stinger (Base) Lexus RC (300) Mercedes-Benz C (300)
Curb weight(lbs) 3574 3611 3737 3472
Length(in) 182.6 190.2 184.8 184.5
Width(in) 71.9 73.6 72.4 71.3
Height(in) 54.2 55.1 54.9 57.0
Ground clearance(in) 5.1 5.0 5.3 4.1
Wheelbase(in) 110.6 114.4 107.5 111.8
Track width(in) F/R 60.9/62.7 62.8/64.8 62.2/61.8 61.5/60.9

In comparison, Kia Stinger is longest at 190-inch and widest at 73.6-inch but Kia is a four-door sedan and rest of the competition are coupes. Removing the Stinger, Lexus is longest at 184.8 and widest at 72.4. Mercedes is the tallest among them at 57 inches and has a wheelbase of 111.8 inches providing more space for the passengers.

Exterior Features

BMW has also equipped some features to the 4-Series coupe on the outside of the car:

  • Bi-LED Headlights and taillights
  • New front bumper for better airflow
  • Strip between rear reflectors
  • A vent at the back of the front wheel for aerodynamics.

2018 BMW 4 Series Safety

BMW 4-Series comes with an exhaustive list of safety features such as ABS, ASC, traction control, airbags on the front, side and back. You also get some really awesome tech like cornering brake control for thrashing in corners, dynamic brake control which helps in maintain in the straight line and the list goes on.

  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints

The ratings of IIHS and NHTSA is currently not available for the 2018 BMW 4-Series Coupe.

2018 BMW 4 Series Competition

BMW 4-Series Coupe Vs Kia Stinger

Stinger is clearly more exciting with a really good motor and big presence on the street. Also, the price of the Kia is $31,900 which is almost 9 grand less than more expensive BMW 4-Series at $ 40,955. Majority of buyers would look for practicality where Kia scores with 4 doors while 4-Series being a Coupe has only 2 doors.

BMW 4-Series Coupe Vs Mercedes C-300

Among the long-time rivals, Mercedes is more about presence, glitz, and impression whereas BMW is the brand that defines speed and performance. It’s completely on the buyer and their choice between these two beautiful coupes. But with a really good engine and transmission, having better ground clearance and interior space, BMW is still the best.

BMW 4-Series Coupe Vs Lexus RC

Europe vs Japan, this duel has always been a debate of many conversations. One is a really well put, solid built, quality product and other is sharp, slow and flashy looking. Lexus, as a brand, is perceived as more expensive Toyota. The brand image plays a lot of importance when you are buying a $40,000 car and this is where BMW takes all the glory.

2018 BMW 4 Series Final Verdict

The BMW 4 Series is a compelling Grand Tourer with the potent engine up front, excellent performance around corners and a cushy interior. However, those looking for a more hardcore driving experience should go for the halo M4.

And if the price becomes an issue, the Kia Stinger is a great alternative, offering more excitement than the BMW 4-Series for significantly less money. All considered, the 4 Series Coupe only makes sense if you are looking for a sleek Grand Tourer with a prestigious emblem for not so stratospheric price.