2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe Review: Savor The Kidney Grille

by Deiondre van der Merwe

For many, the BMW 3 Series Coupe was always the quintessential compact sports coupe, and when BMW decided to turn it into a standalone model - the 4 Series Coupe - it seemed apparent it would become even better. But the first generation 4 Series has now become a little long in the tooth, and with a new, even longer-toothed generation about to debut, the 4 Series has fallen behind recently updated rivals like the Audi A5 Coupe and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. It's still one of the better driver's coupes, however, and with a choice of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines developing up to 320 horsepower, and either rear- or all-wheel-drive on offer, there's a lot to love about BMW's second-smallest coupe. Rivals offer more in the way of tech, though, and BMW has fallen from grace as the all-out driver's machine it once was, leaving the 4 Series straddling an awkward position of not quite being a totally enthralling driving machine, but not quite living up to the luxury of its competitors.

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 4 Series Coupe?

Largely unchanged for 2020, the BMW 4 Series remains a stylish and well-respected two-door coupe. Minor upgrades have been added to the BMW in the ways of newly standard features and new additional options. The safety suite is bolstered with the addition of features, including pedestrian monitoring, frontal collision warning, and lane departure warning. The exterior of the coupe also receives some nips and tucks, thanks to a new rear diffuser, a darker set of taillights, and a high-gloss black kidney frame. New additional options include a fresh exterior shade of Mediterranean Blue, carbon fiber trim on the 440i, and Dakota leather in a rich shade of Mocha.

Pros and Cons

  • Spacious trunk for a coupe
  • BMW engines are always frugal
  • The manual transmission lives on
  • Choice between AWD and RWD
  • Dynamically talented
  • Cold to drive
  • Outdated interior
  • Underwhelming safety features
  • Not enough modern tech

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
430i Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$44,950
430i xDrive Coupe
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$46,950
440i Coupe
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$51,350
440i xDrive Coupe
3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$53,350

4 Series Coupe Exterior

The 4 Series is as sumptuous as ever thanks to its sharp and aggressive styling that highlights every curve. This may be the last year that we can appreciate a tolerably-sized kidney grille on the 4, flanked by full-LED headlights across all models. The coupe has a seamless and attractive side profile, but the rear end is rather vapid and it looks like a watered-down 3 Series. Nevertheless, the BMW's posterior is far from unattractive, and donning full-LED taillights and the sporty diffuser allows two chrome tailpipes to poke out modestly. All trim levels sit on a set of 18-inch wheels, but 19-inch options are available.

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Dimensions

Slightly smaller than the BMW 3 Series and Audi A5, the BMW 4 Series has a length of 182.7 inches and a 110.6-inch wheelbase. The BMW coupe has a body width of 71.9 inches and it stands 54.2 inches tall. Curb weights vary across trim levels and depend on drivetrain choices, with the 430i weighing in at 3,541 pounds. Equipping it with xDrive AWD pushes it up to 3,697 lbs while the heaviest of the lot is the 440i xDrive that carries a curb weight of 3,827 lbs, which is slightly heavier than the Audi A5.

  • Length 182.7 in
  • Wheelbase 110.6 in
  • Height 54.2 in
  • Max Width 71.9 in
  • Front Width 60.8 in
  • Rear Width 62.8 in

Exterior Colors

BMW makes ten exterior paint options available for the 4 Series Coupe, two of which are no-cost options. 430i models don't get access to the most premium metallic hue, Smoked Topaz, that costs an additional $1,950 and is exclusively available to the 440i and 440i xDrive. Both trim levels get access to Alpine White and Jet Black as standard choices, and seven metallic hues that cost an additional $550. The metallic range has four elegant shades of Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver, Mineral White, and Mineral Grey, with the range nicely ended off by three gorgeous selections of blue including Estoril, Mediterranean, and Snapper Rocks - the latter being particularly striking. Two shades from 2019 are no longer available, including Sparking Brown and Imperial Blue.

  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Mediterranean Blue Metallic
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic
  • Glacier Silver Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic
  • Citrin Black Metallic, Build Out: 05/31/2019. Priority 1
  • Champagne Quartz Metallic, Build Out: 05/31/2019. Priority 1
  • Smoked Topaz Metallic, Priority 1
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

4 Series Coupe Performance

Two different engines are found in the 4 Series range, with 30i models hosting a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-pot and 40i models enlisting a potent turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six to get them going. The smaller engine found in lower trim levels gets the coupe from 0-60 mph in 5.6 seconds when equipped with the manual gearbox (5.5 with the auto), which is on par with the Audi A5 coupe. The 440i does much better with its automatic transmission and manages the feat in 4.8 seconds; but the true top dog of the launch, thanks to its perfect marriage between a powerful engine and all-wheel-drive, is the 440i xDrive, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.6 seconds when paired with the automatic gearbox. A positive for the 4 Series range would be the choice between rear-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive, although rivals like the C-Class offer the same. The choice between a manual and an automatic transmission is also available, making the 4 Series an anomaly in the segment.

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Engine and Transmission

BMW has made two engine choices available for the 4 Series Coupe lineup, and both provide considerable power. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine can be found in 430i models, and this punchy engine delivers 248 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter four-pot does a good job of getting the coupe around, but if you're after a more potent experience, the 440i models offer a bigger engine that delivers a few extra horses. The top of the range non-M 4 Series plays host to a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that squeezes out 320 hp and 330 lb-ft, and is strong enough to rival the Lexus RC's 311 hp. It sings a wonderful straight-six tune, but ultimately feels underpowered compared to iterations of this same engine in the newer BMW 3 Series.

The good news for enthusiasts is that the manual transmission lives on here. 4 Series models come standard with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, all RWD and 440i xDrive models can be equipped with a six-speed manual if you want to get up to some shifty business. We don't recommend it, though; even though BMW's commitment to the manual should be lauded, the shift quality is rubbery and the ZF automatic gearbox is so good it makes the 4 Series better than the manual.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0-liter Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The 4 Series offers a capable but less exciting driving experience compared to what BMW produced in the past, and though it will eagerly get you around the bends, you aren't likely to feel a deep connection with the car. It's quicker than many rivals, and it's still a pleasure to drive; it just lacks the character found in BMWs of yore. A firm suspension aids its handling capability, but it's on the firmer side on rougher roads, particularly with any of the larger wheel choices equipped. Nevertheless, on a daily commute, the coupe will eagerly soak up lumps and bumps on the surface thanks to properly sorted damping, and comfort is a given if you're driving Miss Daisy.

Steering is where things get mildly disappointing for the 4 Series, and though it's generally responsive and accurate enough, the feedback is as present as Batman's parents. It must be said that rivals have done better, at least in terms of driver-focused products, and though the 4 Series is dependable, it's not our first choice for a thrilling time behind the wheel.

4 Series Coupe Gas Mileage

With two engines, two drivetrains, and the availability of two transmissions, fuel economy numbers differ slightly across the 4 Series Coupe range. If you're looking for the most economical model, an automatic-equipped 430i will consume an EPA-estimated 23/34/27 mpg city/highway/combined, while the manual gearbox sees these figures drop to 21/33/25 mpg. Adding AWD - only available with the automatic gearbox - sees figures measured at 21/21/24 mpg. The 440i with an automatic is relatively frugal, still, at 22/30/25 mpg, but with the manual gearbox this drops to 19/27/22 mpg. The worst of the lot is the 440i xDrive manual, achieving 18/28/21 mpg. With a 15.8-gallon tank of premium unleaded gasoline, the most efficient models should see a mixed range of approximately 420 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    15.8 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 23/34 mpg
* 2020 BMW 4 Series 430i Coupe

4 Series Coupe Interior

BMW customarily delivers an impressive interior and manages to pander to the driver without sacrificing too horribly on comfort. Premium materials encase the inside bits of the coupe from front to back, and the 4 Series delivers a cabin that's more than easy to live with. Still, Mercedes delivers a better interior in its C-Class, which doesn't come as a huge surprise. BMW effortlessly blends modern tech with textbook BMW DNA to create a cabin that's definitely not the worst place to spend extended periods of time, and the coupe does well with its standard-fitted indulgences. But it lacks specialness, feeling like a mere evolution over older 3 Series Coupes; we wish BMW would shake up its design sense a little more.

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Seating and Interior Space

The 4 Series manages to accommodate five passengers very well by the segment's standards and though passengers won't exactly jump at the chance to be in the back seat, the coupe beats rivals including the Audi A5 coupe and the C-Class with its rear seat real estate. Sport seats in the front are attractive, erring on the firmer side and providing excellent support on longer trips. The 4 Series notably offers more room in the front than both of its German rivals, with rear head- and legroom figures of 36.1 inches and 33.7 inches respectively, although taller adults will not be thrilled with the graceless climb through to the back, due to an awkwardly low roofline. Highly adjustable front seats offer ten-way power adjustment and excellent bolstering, and allow for great visibility, though ingress and egress isn't the easiest thing in the world, thanks to large doors and a low-slung disposition. There are few, if any rivals, that allow you to sit as low in the car as the 4 Series Coupe does, giving you the best driving position in the compact coupe segment.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 42.2 in
  • Front Head Room 39.8 in
  • Rear Leg Room 33.7 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.1 in

Interior Colors and Materials

An impressive range of interior options are available for a highly customizable cabin. Three no-cost leatherette (or "Sensatec" as BMW calls it) options are available on all models and include plain black, black with red stitching or Venetian Beige. Additionally available for $1,450 is a ten-color selection of Dakota leather upholstery that comes in lighter shades including Ivory White, Venetian Beige and two varying Cognac shades. Eye-catching colors like Coral Red and Night Blue, and a rich shade of Mocha, scream luxury. Three different black options are available, one with red stitching, one with blue stitching and one with a Dark Oyster highlight.

Seven trims are available for the 4 Series, although carbon fiber is only available on 440i models when the M Sport and Track Handling packages are opted for. Four standard trim options are inclusive of Fineline Anthracite wood, Burl Walnut wood, Ash Grain wood, and Aluminum Dark Carbon. Two additional options are only available with the M Sport and Track Handling packages and require specific upholstery combinations to apply. Aluminum Hexagon with Estoril Blue highlight requires the Night Blue Dakota leather and the same trim with a black highlight requires Black Sensatec with red stitching.

4 Series Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

One of the aspects that the 4 Series excels at is its trunk space offering. The coupe beats most of its rivals with a 15.7 cubic foot trunk against the A5 coupe's 10.9 cubic feet and the Merc's 10.5 cubic feet. The BMW's trunk can easily carry a standard luggage set for those trips to the airport and extra real estate can be had when the rear seats are folded down if need be - something that occurs in a 40/20/40 split. Further convenience is added in the form of hands-free trunk access included as standard. General storage space on the inside is manageable, and a decent-size glovebox along front door pockets allow for enough space to store daily items.

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  • Trunk Volume
    15.7 ft³

4 Series Coupe Infotainment and Features

Features

The 4 Series boasts a good suite of standard features, but additional packages will need to be opted for if it's real opulence that you're after. Standard-fit conveniences are inclusive of rain-sensing windshield wipers, a power sunroof and a multifunction tilt and telescopic steering wheel, along with push-button start, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and ten-way power-adjustable front seats. Ambient lighting joins the list for both models, but 40i models get exclusive access to keyless entry. A heated steering wheel, heated seats, and wireless charging are all additionally available. Standard driver-assist features newly include lane departure warning, pedestrian warning, frontal collision warning, and city collision mitigation.

Infotainment

The absence of Android Auto in all BMW products is a downfall that the 4 Series suffers with, but the coupe offers enough standard infotainment features to get by. The absence of a digital instrument cluster is somewhat disappointing, but one can be added for $350. An 8.8-inch central infotainment display can be controlled via the dial in the front center console, and allows for Apple CarPlay, HD Radio, and Bluetooth streaming as well as standard navigation. For 430i models, a standard nine-speaker sound system gets your playlist of the day out, but a premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround system is optional, arriving standard on 440i models along with SiriusXM functionality. A head-up display is also additionally available for an extra cost of $1,100, while $500 adds wireless charging and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

4 Series Coupe Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power has given the 2020 BMW 4 Series a rating of 81 out of 100, and there has been a recall issued for the 2020 model relating to knee airbags not deploying properly. The 2019 model suffered three recalls for issues including inadequate front passenger airbags and faulty knee airbags. To quell the concerns of potential purchasers, BMW offers a basic warranty of four years/50,000 miles, which is the standard for the segment. A drivetrain warranty is valid for the same time period and mileage, as is roadside assistance.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

4 Series Coupe Safety

Neither the IIHS or the NHTSA has performed any crash tests on the 4 Series, but the previous-generation with which the 4 Series shares mechanics and a platform scored well back in 2018 as an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and with five stars overall from the NHTSA.

Key Safety Features

The 4 Series has added some extra standard features for 2020, including city collision mitigation with braking, frontal collision warning, pedestrian monitoring, and lane departure warning. Traditional features are still inclusive of a rearview camera, front and rear park distance control, and standard systems like ABD and stability control. An eight-airbag offering includes dual front, front side, front knee, and side curtain airbags. Additionally available are blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and frontal collision warning.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe a good car?

Lower, wider, and sportier than the 3 Series it was based on, the 4 Series carried much promise when it debuted nearly seven years ago, but it missed the mark in terms of driver engagement. Dynamically talented though it may be, it lacks the communicative nature of older BMWs. It scores points in terms of practicality and frugality, but despite updates for 2020, it's still lacking in driver assistance options and the interior is more than showing its age. While it might once have been a viable competitor, the freshly updated Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class are now better alternatives. The 4 Series is in dire need of an update, but with a new one on the verge of release, we'd recommend holding off on a purchase until the 2021 model year arrives.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe?

Despite its age, the 4 Series Coupe is still pricier at a base level than certain rivals. The 430i starts off at a base MSRP of $44,950 while upgrading to the all-wheel xDrive model asks $46,950. The 440i brings more power to the table at a price of $51,350, riding to $53,350 for the xDrive derivative, excluding options and a destination and handling fee of $995.

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe Models

A total of four trims make up the 4 Series Coupe range: 430i, 430i xDrive, 440i, and 440i xDrive. Two different engines are available throughout the lineup, with 430i models driven by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while 440i models are home to a more powerful 3.0-liter inline-six. All 4 Series models come standard with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, though a six-speed manual can be opted for at no additional cost on the 430i, and both 440i derivatives. Both the 430i and 440i are RWD-equipped, while xDrive models enjoy all-wheel-drive.

Standard conveniences from base level are inclusive of a power sunroof, push-button start, cruise control, and dual-zone climate control as well as ambient lighting and ten-way power-adjustable front seats. The 440i models get access to keyless entry as standard. Standard infotainment features across all models include an 8.8-inch infotainment screen that enables Apple CarPlay and Bluetooth streaming as well as HD Radio and a navigation system. 440i models get access to SiriusXM and an upgraded 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Standard safety features have been upgraded with the addition of lane departure warning, pedestrian warning, frontal collision warning and city collision mitigation for 2020.

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Additional Packages

One thing that BMW never shies away from is offering a host of additional packages to alter its products to fit your needs. The most expensive package add-on would be the Executive Package, adding automatic high beams, adaptive LED headlights, side and top view cameras, and Parking Assistant for $2,250. Adding the Convenience Package to 430i models will cost an additional $1,100, and adds blind-spot monitoring and heated front seats with lumbar support. This package price drops slightly to $850 for 440i models. For enhanced performance, an Adaptive M Suspension costs $700 and standalone options like a heated steering wheel will cost $190, while a head-up display adds $1,100 to the bill. A digital instrument cluster will cost $350. Lastly, a Track Handling Package adds $1,700 to your bill, but equips the 4 Series with variable-ratio steering, M Sport brakes, adaptive M suspension, and 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels.

🚗What BMW 4 Series Coupe Model Should I Buy?

If you haven't been dissuaded from your purchase of a 2020 4 Series, then the main decision you need to make is how much power you want. We think the 440i is perfect with its six-cylinder engine, but we'd stick with the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox, and we'd only opt for the xDrive model if you stay in a state frequently hit by snow. The 440i is not only more powerful, but it gets standard SiriusXM satellite radio, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and keyless access, but it isn't all-inclusive. We recommend adding the Convenience Package, adaptive cruise control, and the head-up display at the least, bringing the minimum price you'll pay up to $54,500.

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2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe Comparisons

Audi A5 Coupe Audi
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Mercedes-Benz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW 4 Series Coupe248 hp23/34 mpg$44,950
Audi A5 Coupe 248 hp24/32 mpg$42,900
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe 255 hp22/31 mpg$45,950

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe vs Audi A5 Coupe

Unlike the 4 Series, the A5 offers only one engine option, but the four-ringed 2.0-liter four-pot produces slightly more torque than the engine found in 430i models' 248 hp and 258 lb-ft with 273 lb-ft in the A5. A rival against the 440i is nowhere to be found in the A5 range, either, requiring you to step up to the more powerful S5. The Audi also doesn't offer the option of a manual transmission, and an RWD system isn't on the options list. Where the Audi shines is in its cabin and infotainment, and it bests the BMW in ways including the offering of Android Auto, more standard safety features, and a better-looking interior that doesn't seem as dated as the long-in-the-tooth 4 Series. The better buy here would be the Audi, at least until the new 4 Series arrives in 2021.

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2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe vs Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe

Both of these German coupes play host to 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, but the Merc's 255 hp and 273 lb-ft figures are more powerful than those of the BMW. A more luxurious interior and more standard tech and convenience features come with the C-Class, and it offers a more modern outlook on life. The BMW does, however, provide more space for rear-seat passengers and its trunk is much bigger than the Merc's. Mercedes unashamedly hammers the nails into the BMW's coffin with its standard driver-assist features that include blind-spot warning and cross wind assist, while the options list includes features the 4 Series couldn't dream of. The Mercedes is certainly the better buy of the two, with more power, a better interior, and a superior standard features list.

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