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2019 BMW M4 Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

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

$77650

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182

horsepower

320 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

406 lb.-ft. @ 1850 rpm

transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

suspension front

Independent double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

126.4 in.

length

206.6 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

58.2 in.

curb weight

4195 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

7.9 cu ft.

payload capacity

680 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.5 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/24/29 mpg

ev range

268.6 mi.

highway range

597.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 years/50000 miles

drivetrain warranty

4 years/50000 miles

powertrain warranty

4 years/50000mi.

corrosion warranty

12 years/unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ Unlimited mi.


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Styles

 2019 BMW M4 Convertible in Alpine White color  2019 BMW M4 Convertible in Austin Yellow Metallic color  2019 BMW M4 Convertible in Black Sapphire Metallic color  2019 BMW M4 Convertible in Arctic Blue Metallic color  2019 BMW M4 Convertible in Silverstone Metallic color
Alpine White

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 BMW M4 Convertible base

base

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

$77,650


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) Starting at $77,650 MSRP (17 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
  Mineral White Metallic

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Expert Review


CARHP Editorial April 4, 2019


The 2019 BMW M4 in this review is a convertible and is powered by a 3.0L inline-6 cylinders mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. The hardtop 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.

Albeit being a great convertible, the M4 still sees stiff competition with the likes of Jaguar F-Type R Dynamic and Mercedes SL 450. Read on the review for the M4 to find out where does it stand.

2019 BMW M4 Convertible Features

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 convertible configuration. Under the hardtop 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 Convertible

MSRP

$77,650

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 Convertible 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 hardtop comes standard with a 3.0L inline-6 cylinders mated to an 6-speed manual transmission. Propelling the rear wheels of the convertible, 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 convertible. 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 convertibles swing both ways in respect to their power output. The Corvette Stingray stands the most powerful while the SL 450 and the Jaguar F-Type complete the bottom list.

Models

BMW M4 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

MSRP

$77,650

$87,445

$103,400

$60,590

$89,150

Engine

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

6.2L V8 Gas

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

6 Speed manual

8 Speed automatic

7 speed manual

7 Speed manual

9 speed automatic

Horsepower

425 hp@ 5500rpm

380 hp@ 6500rpm

370 hp @ 6500 rpm

455 hp@ 6000rpm

362 hp@ 5500 rpm

Torque

406 ft-lbs@ 1850 rpm

339 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

331 @ 1700

460 ft-lbs@ 4600rpm

369 ft-lbs@ 2000 rpm

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 albeit powered by a more powerful V8 under its hood.

Models

BMW M4 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet

Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

0-60 MPH

4.3 sec

4.9 sec

NA

3.6 sec

N/a

Quarter mile

12.4 sec

13.4 sec

NA

N/A

N/A

Engine

3.0L I-6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

3.0L V6 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

6.2L V8 Gas

3.0L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

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

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

9.8

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 convertible 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 hardtop 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 convertible ensure powerful and brutal performance to come to a standstill.

Model

BMW M4 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

Brake Front (in.)

15

15

13

12.6

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

14.6

12.8

13

13.3

12.6

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4055

3558

3307

3362

3826

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

NA

N/A

N/A

2019 BMW M4 Convertible Fuel Economy

Thrifty? This convertible 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.

Model

BMW M4 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet

Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

MPG (city)

17

19

20

16

20

MPG (highway)

25

27

29

25

28

MPG (combined)

20

22

23

19

23

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

15.9

18.5

16.9

N/A

19.8

2019 BMW M4 Convertible Interior

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 hardtop 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 convertible isn't a really quiet car inside, and nor does it sound any sonorous.

Model

BMW M4 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

Passenger capacity

4

2

4

2

2

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

40.4/55.3/42.2

37.0/56.5/43.0

-

37.9/55.2/43.0

39.1/55.5/42.9

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg (In.)

37.1/49.8/33.1

-

-

-

-

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
  • 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 hardtop 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 followed by the SL 450.

Model

BMW M4 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

7.9

7.3

-

10.0

8.5

2019 BMW M4 Convertible Exterior

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

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. Atop controlled electronically sits a power retractable hardtop that takes 20s to drop or rise. With its roof down, the Bavarian convertible strikes a major resemblance to its coupe sibling

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 the hardtop's 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 Convertible

Jaguar F Type R Dynamic Convertible

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray w/1LT convertible

Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

4055

3558

3307

3362

3826

Length(in)

184.5

176.0

177.1

176.9

182.3

Width(in)

73.6

74.2

71.2

73.9

73.9

Height(in)

54.6

51.5

50.7

48.9

53.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4

N/A

N/A

3.8

Wheelbase (in)

110.7

103.2

96.5

106.7

101.7

Track width (in) F/R

62.2/63.1

62.4/64.1

60.7/59.8

63/61.7

62.8/63

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 Convertible 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 hardtop 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 Convertible Competition

BMW M4 Convertible vs Jaguar F-Type R Dynamic Convertible

These two sport convertibles 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 convertibles 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 Convertible vs Mercedes Benz SL 450 Convertible

The German rivals have a lot going on against each other. BMW's M4 is a more sporty machine with a bit of luxury while the Mercedes SL 450 is abundant with opulence and athleticism. Both the convertibles have similar driving experience but the BMW is a whole lot more spirited and handles like a charm. The interior of the Mercedes is luxury abound while the same isn't completely true for the M4. Seating 2 more than the Silver Arrow, the Bavarian model is a worthy opponent if you want raw power and sturdy convertible.

2019 BMW M4 Convertible 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.