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Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe?

Should You Buy a 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe?

Why you should buy a 2021 BMW 4 Series, and why you should put your money elsewhere

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Pros

  • Typically great BMW handling
  • Interior is very luxurious
  • 440i’s sound is perfect

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe Cons

  • Can get a little loud
  • Cramped even in front
  • More of a grand tourer which can be either good or bad

It would be so easy to throw in a few hundred words here on the new BMW 4 Series’ design, but I won’t do it. Matt talked about it at length in his BMW 440i xDrive review, and well it’s been talked about in every article about the car since the redesigned BMW 4 Series was first launched.

If you’re here, you are probably interested in a 4 Series which means you like the design or at the very least can live with it, and so let’s get to the point. Should you buy a BMW 4 Series?

BMW 440i
2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Like the 3 Series, the new 2021 BMW 4 Series was redesigned inside and out and arrived on the market last year. BMW used the same recipe in redesigning the 4 Series as it did with every single new BMW introduced in the last two years. The comfort level has gone up, the edginess has gone down, and the performance has remained front and centre.

The BMW Series 4 Series Coupe comes in two versions in Canada, the BMW 430i xDrive and BMW M440i xDrive. There’s also a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, a convertible, and of course the BMW M4. All three deserve separate reviews, so here we focus on the coupe. The US gets rear-wheel drive versions of the 430i, but we’ll focus this analysis on the all-wheel drive BMW 4 Series Coupe with xDrive AWD.

Our tester (M440i xDrive) had the more powerful twin-power turbocharged 3.0-litre 6-cylinder that delivers 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, enough to get you to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds. The 430i delivers 255 horsepower.

2021 BMW 4 Series
2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

The first thing to say here is that there is a considerable difference in performance between the 440i and 430i, but not as much of a difference between the 440i and the M4 despite the latter having almost 100 more horsepower.

The 2021 BMW M440i xDrive is the real deal in terms of performance. It’s quicker than anything the Audi S5 or Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe can provide, and it sounds a whole lot better too. It starts at $64,950 in Canada and $58,500 in the US. The base 4 Series Coupe starts at $53,650 in Canada and $45,650 in the US.

2021 BMW 4 Series
2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why You Should Buy a 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe

  • We didn’t get a chance to drive the 430i, but we can say with confidence that it has more punch and performance than a base Audi A5 or Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe. That’s just how it is. As for the BMW M440i xDrive, it is a true performance machine and it you won’t find a quicker car in this segment at this price.

  • BMW has given its cars a more luxurious feel on the road, and more comfort. The BMW 4 Series Coupe is more of a grand tourer than any previous 4 Series ever. I drove for four hours on the highway and didn’t feel in a hurry for the journey to end.

  • The interior is very nice. BMW interiors are newer than Audi and Mercedes-Benz interiors in this segment, and it shows. Moreover, the fact that everybody gets fully independent climate controls (meaning temperature, air flow, and air direction) is a big plus for couples who can never agree on the temperature inside.

  • BMW set the benchmark for steering feel, and this 4 Series is no different. The steering is perfectly weighted and perfectly heavy, and the car just goes exactly where you want it to go.

  • The exhaust note of the BMW M440i xDrive is perfect. It’s just loud enough for the enthusiast in you, but just quiet enough that it doesn’t get annoying when you have to head to the store because your forgot milk.

  • This may seem trivial in a luxury coupe, but fuel economy is impressive. I averaged just over 10.0 litres per 100 kilometres (24 MPG) and I didn’t spare the gas pedal.

2021 BMW 4 Series
2021 BMW M440i xDrive Coupe | Photo: Olivier Delorme

Why You Should Not Buy a 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe

  • It is cramped in there, even by luxury compact coupe standards. The C-Class and A5 give you more headroom upfront, and a little bit more rear room. There’s really no point in trying to fit someone older than 5 in the back seats.

  • Some will like that the BMW 4 Series is more comfortable, but some want that BMW edge that just isn’t available elsewhere. The 4 Series has lost some of that. And, maybe more important, it still isn’t as comfortable as a C-Class or A5.

  • Again with the space, but the trunk is far from spacious, even by coupe standards.

  • Some of the tech does get in the way. The volume of the radio kept going down as a gestured while talking on the phone (you can rotate your finger near the screen to adjust the volume of the radio, but the system catches random movements some times). Moreover, sometimes the radio would just go into mute for no reason. These may be journalist problems, i.e. problems that happen only to someone who drives the car for a week, but it was enough to get noticed.

2021 BMW 4 Series
2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW

Final word on the 2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe

None of its rivals can beat the performance it offers, and the BMW M440i xDrive may just be the perfect model in the entire segment, including the M4s and AMGs. It certainly has the performance to look in the direction of an M4 or C 63 AMG, and it will smoke an S5 or C 43 AMG off the line. If you want a spacious coupe (I know, few do), this isn’t the one for you and if you want comfort before anything else, it’s not the best choice. It is, however, the most modern of the lot in its segment and that shouldn’t be overlooked.

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW

2021 BMW 4 Series Coupe | Photo: BMW2021

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Charles Jolicoeur was studying to be a CPA when he decided to drop everything and launch a car website in 2012. Don't ask. The journey has been an interesting one, but today he has co-founded and manages 8 websites including EcoloAuto.com and MotorIllustrated.com as General Manager of NetMedia360. He also sits on the board of the Automotive Journalists Association of Canada. Send me an email


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