2019 BMW M4

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Detailed Review

BMW 's performance division crafted, M, once again returns the new fun and spirited M3, erm, M4 which is based on the 4-series of the marquee. Carrying the banner from the apparent yesteryear 's M3, the fourth in the series nomenclature ups the game hitherto already-crafted with pure performance. Balanced with comfort, raw power, and tight pricing, the new M4 boasts a mean design with great interior craftsmanship. Its bearable back seats are a nice addition unlike other 2-door sporties in the same league. What 's the catch? Surprisingly, its obnoxiously intimidating engine sound to name one of the biggest.

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Pros

Impressive infotainment

Athletic ride and engine performance

Nimble handling

Cons

Fuel guzzler

A bit of learning curve for iDrive infotainment system

Cramped rear seats

What's New?

Apple CarPlay

Parking sensors

The rest is unchanged from its 2018 iteration.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$69150

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

7

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

182

horsepower

335 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

8-speed automated manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

122.2 in.

length

203.3 in.

width

78.7 in.

height

71.1 in.

curb weight

5370 lbs.

ground clearance

8.7 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

11 cu ft.

payload capacity

1202 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18 /25 /20 mpg

ev range

284.4 mi.

highway range

395 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 years/50000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ Unlimited mi.


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Styles

 2019 BMW M4 in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW M4 in Mineral White Metallic color  2019 BMW M4 in Lime Rock Grey color  2019 BMW M4 in Azurite Black Metallic color  2019 BMW M4 in Alpine White color
Black Sapphire Metallic

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Ratings

Features

6.5

Interior

7.5

Comfort

7.0

Driving

8.0

7.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW M4 base

base

power
425 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$69,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $69,150 MSRP (18 mpg/20/25 mpg) 425 hp @ 5500 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (required)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 4   Smoked Topaz Metallic
  Tanzanite Blue Metallic
  Sakhir Orange II Metallic
  Yas Marina Blue Metallic
  Champagne Quartz Metallic
  Azurite Black Metallic

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8.7/10

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial February 28, 2019

7.3

Overall Rating


6.5/10
Features

 
 
 

7.5/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

Albeit being a great coupe, the M4 still sees stiff competition with the likes of Jaguar F-Type R Dynamic and Cadillac ATS V. Read on the review for the M4 to find out where does it stand.

The 2019 BMW M4 in this review is a coupe and is powered by a 3.0L inline-6 cylinders mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The 2-door has driving dynamics suitable for any driver and the comfort in a sport attire. It also offers great technological features and its famous iDrive infotainment system.

 

2019 BMW M4 Features

6.5/10

The BMW M4 is offered in a single trim in 2 different body types - coupe and convertible. In this review you'd read about the coupe configuration. Under this variant, the $77,650 is powered by a 3.0L inline-6 mated to a 6-speed manual transmission with an optional 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The M4 is basically a 4-series BMW, but with added horsepower, adaptive dampers, and a high-performance rear-differential.

Trim

BMW M4 Coupe

MSRP

$69,150

Key Features

M-developed electric power steering with Servotronic

 

Active M Differential

 

Aerodynamically optimized double-arm side mirrors

 

Power-folding, heated side mirrors

 

Merino Leather upholstery and door trim

 

Ambient Lighting

 

3-stage heated front seats

We recommend

Unless you want a more robust machine, in which case look at the Competition Package ups the power, adds more adjustments to the adaptive dampers and a few sporty appearance additions. If not, the M4 is an otherwise great package in the base model.

2019 BMW M4 Engine

"The 2019 BMW M4 is so quick and sharp that the slowest part is the human in the front seat." -thecarconnection

The BMW M4 comes standard with a 3.0L inline-6 cylinders mated to an 6-speed manual transmission. Propelling the rear wheels of the coupe, this churns out 425 horses and 406 pound-feet of torque. Blazing quick just as you jab the throttle, the M4 is basically Lightning McQueen on tarmac. Under the hood, gurgles with familiar pops and crackles of an M machine package sound aloud but it isn't the most appealing aspect of this 4-seater. Its optional 7-speed automatic transmission is quicker, however the manual gearbox housed in the powertrain is mighty as well. The shifts are refined and smooth, and also hell lot of fun to drive.

Alongside the M4, rest of the coupes swing both ways in respect to their power output. The Corvette Stingray stands the most powerful while the Cadillac ATS V and the Jaguar F-Type follow through.

Models

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

MSRP

$69,150

$82,050

$56,590

$68,790

Engine

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

6.2L V8 Gas

3.6L Twin Turbo V6

Transmission

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

7 Speed manual

6 Speed Manual

Horsepower

425 hp@ 5500rpm

380 hp@ 6500rpm

455 hp@ 6000rpm

464 hp @ 5850 rpm

Torque

406 ft-lbs@ 1850 rpm

339 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

460 ft-lbs@ 4600rpm

445 ft-lbs. @ 3500rpm

Acceleration

Zipping the mighty M4 from naught to 60 miles per hour gets done in 4.3s while its 3.0L completes the quarter mile in 12.4s. Swift propulsion is a feat seen even on the F-Type R-Dynamic that however performs relatively slower than the BMW. But the Chevrolet Corvette beats the field by quite a margin and is the quickest in the field, just ahead of the ATS V, where both are powered by a more powerful V8 under their hood.

Models

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.8 sec

3.7 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter mile

12.4 sec

13.4 sec

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

6.2L V8 Gas

3.6L V6

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

9.3

N/A

Ride and Braking

The BMW M4 is a hell of a car to drive for its razor-sharp handling and excellent ride quality. Attuned more towards a firm ride, the coupe effortlessly balances between soft and stiff suspension, giving unparalleled performance when thrashed around the track or normal city cruising. Flexing on its famed BMW handling, the M4 takes it a step above and glides around the tarmac the way you drive it.

Trouble is when the Bemeer rides over bumps and potholes; it jostles around inspiring less confidence than on smooth road. The coupe gets firmer when switching its adaptive dampers to sport setting. Its light yet faultless steering is purely accurate and points exactly where intended while road feedback feel is excellent. Stopping the 4000 pound heavy BMW, the brakes are as sturdy as the powertrain is. The 15" discs on the M4 ensure powerful and brutal performance to come to a standstill.

Model

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Brake Front (in.)

15

15

13.3

14.5

Brake Rear (in.)

14.6

12.8

12.6

13.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4055

3514

3298

3803

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

2019 BMW M4 Fuel Economy

Thrifty? This coupe is anything but that; instead, the power underneath the hood is a fuel guzzler. In the city, the M4 manages to offer 17 miles per gallon while you're seeing 25 miles per gallon on the highway. Its rivals drive relatively more efficient than the Beemer however in contrast, the V8 under the Stingray is the worse drinker, sharing the podium ATS V.

Model

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

MPG (city)

17

18

16

16

MPG (highway)

25

26

25

23

MPG (combined)

20

21

19

19

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

N/A

296/463

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.9

18.5

18.5

N/A

2019 BMW M4 Interior

7.5/10

“The M4 offers more space than most two-door sports cars, including two realistically usable rear seats. Though the long doors can make access difficult in cramped parking lots and you have to reach too far to grab the seatbelts, the visibility and driving position are excellent.” -edmunds

Like its exterior, the cabin of the M4 is based on the 4 series. It is not really what its performance or the exterior of this coupe would portray. There's not much going on either; it boasts a great list of features and details but falls short of the latest German cars. For a sports car, the seats quite plush and has functional rear seating. The Beemer's seating in the front is relatively more comfortable with adjustable positions than the rear seating where legroom isn't sufficient making it no-go for adults; but headspace with the roof down is plenty, ofcourse.

Merino leather make up the upholstery of the cabin with carbon fiber interior trim with black chrome highlight making up the dash. Visibility around the cabin is really good; there isn't any unnecessary intrusive pillar or equipment in the way. The coupe isn't a really quiet car inside, and nor does it sound any sonorous.

Model

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Passenger capacity

4

2

2

4

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

40.4/55.3/42.2

37.0/56.5/43.0

37.9/55.2/43.0

37.6/54.1/42.3

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

37.1/49.8/33.1

-

-

35.1/55.1/33.5

Interior Features

Interior features for the BMW M4 are as follows -

  • M door-sill finishers, M footrest, M gear shift lever and M specific design elements
  • 14-way power front M sport seats with single-piece back panel, including 4-way power lumbar support
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function M sport steering wheel\xa0
  • Carbon Fiber Interior trim with Black Chrome highlight
  • Merino Leather upholstery and door trim

Infotainment System

Seated along the dash is a 8.8" BMW iDrive infotainment system. While it does take some time to get used to its controls and explore the multitude arrays of menus, the system is otherwise intuitive and fairly straightforward. Some features include-

  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1-year trial
  • Advanced Real Time Traffic Information
  • iDrive system with on-board computer and touchpad Controller, and 8 programmable memory buttons
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound Audio System

Cargo Volume

Inside the BMW's boot, the M4 can accommodate 7.9 cubic feet of luggage which is decent enough for its size. There's more space available thanks to the rear-folding seats, but storage is still paltry. It holds more volume than the F-Type R Dynamic however the Chevrolet Corvette has the best in the field at 15 cubic feet, followed by the ATS V.

Model

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.9

7.0

15.0

10.4

2019 BMW M4 Exterior

"The 2019 BMW M4 looks good, but its performance numbers look better." -thecarconnection

Design and Measurements

The overall design of the M4 is based on the 4 series. Rolling over 18" alloy wheels, the Bavarian looks restrained and conservative but not in a bad way. It still looks stylishly sporty and elegant - something BMW beautifully blends. The mean-looking front fascia incorporates the famous kidney-grille with LED headlights flanked on either side followed by mesh-grilles fitted with fog lights. Long nose with subtle slits and the Beemer insignia make up the hood of the M4.

Detailed parallel character line run across the side profile, and deeply routed air intake sit near the fenders. Aerodynamically designed to assist in its performance, the 182" long sleek profile moves all the way towards the back. Clear, no-nonsense elements make up the entirety of the Beemer. On the back is dominated by a plain and simple fascia with LED brake lights and dual-tailpipes on the rear left.

Model

BMW M4 Coupe

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic coupe

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT coupe

Cadillac ATS V coupe

Curb weight (lbs.)

4055

3514

3298

3803

Length(in)

184.5

176.0

176.9

184.7

Width(in)

73.6

74.2

73.9

72.5

Height(in)

54.6

51.6

48.8

54.5

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.1

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

103.2

106.7

109.3

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/63.1

62.4/64.1

63/61.7

60.3/61.7

Exterior Features

Some features fitted on the body of the M4 are as follows -

  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Sport exhaust system with quad tailpipes and chrome-plated exhaust tips
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • 18" double spoke light alloy wheels
  • Shadowline exterior trim
  • Kidney grille with black twin slats and M4 designation

2019 BMW M4 Safety

With the crash test records absent by the NHTSA and IIHS, we can't judge the Beemer how safe and reliable it is. But the abundance of safety equipment featured in the M4 make a difference in how reliable the BMW is in preventing and providing comfort to you knowing you're in safe hands. Some standard features included are -

  • eCall includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Automatic Emergency Saving
  • Forward-collision warning
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Anti-theft alarm system

2019 BMW M4 Competition

BMW M4 vs Jaguar F-Type R Dynamic

These two sport coupes don't need to try hard; the BMW and Jaguar are commendable in their own ways while housing relatively mighty powertrain. However the F-Type costs more than the Bavarian and brags lesser power and seats 2 lesser passengers. But its interior and luxury redeems the English feline including its exotic design.

Both the 2-doored coupes have similar ride quality and have spirited driving experience. We'd recommend the Jaguar albeit it being 10 grand more simply because of its eye-turning design and the opulence of the English snob infused with raw power, and especially if you only have one other passenger with you.

BMW M4 vs Cadillac ATS V

The American luxury coupe, Cadillac ATS V, is a great rival for the BMW M4. Both the cars offer excellent performance and materials, however the Bavarian falls short of practicality, interior space and relative performance. Nonetheless the German has impeccable materials and brand value. As they are price similarly, it depends on which brand you'd prefer. The Beemer looks like the safer bet purely based on its value but the ATS V is also a great choice. How about test driving both the coupes to see which one's your preferred choice?

2019 BMW M4 Final Verdict

Engineered for pure performance with spirited driving experience, the 2019 BMW M4 is a mix of comfort and power while trying to stay practical. Cramped rear seats do seem problematic but you get a bearable 4-seater sports car unlike the others in its price range. What seems the problem? The M4 could well be looked beyond "saving your bank account" where descend the ladder a bit and settle for a M3 or an M2 for that matter and soup them up with optional packages. No? Still here? A test drive of other sport luxuries should be accounted for then.