October 25, 2021

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2021 BMW 4-Series

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What kind of vehicle is the 2021 BMW 4-Series? What does it compare to?

The 2021 BMW 4-Series is a compact coupe/convertible that is closely related to the 3-Series, but with sportier personality and styling. It competes with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A5, and Genesis G70, among others.

Is the 2021 BMW 4-Series a good car?

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The redesigned 4-Series earns a TCC Rating of 6.8 out of 10, which trails the 7.7 rating on the related 3-Series. Its technology and drivability impress, once you get past its polarizing nose. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What’s new for the 2021 BMW 4-Series?

The redesigned 2021 4-Series is based on the same platform as the 3-Series but tweaked to make the two-door coupe longer, lower, and wider for some sleekness lacking in the 3-Series. BMW has been toying with larger sized versions of its signature kidney grille on a few other models, but the second-generation 4-Series takes it to the extreme. The grille feels at least doubled in size and covers up much of the front end. It stands in stark contrast to the rest of the car’s smooth contours. The interior offers a modern design with metal and wood accents, and comes equipped with upgraded technology and an easy-to-use interface.

The convertible follows the coupe later in 2021 in either 430i or M440i models.  The 430i uses a 235-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 with standard rear-wheel drive or optional all-wheel drive, while the M440i has a 382-hp 3.0-liter turbo-6 with standard all-wheel drive. Both engines come with an 8-speed automatic transmission. Those who want a manual will have to wait for the M4 and its 473-hp 3.0-liter twin-turbo-6 to debut sometime in 2021. Fuel economy ratings top out at an estimated at 29 combined mpg for the 430i and 25 combined mpg for the M440i. 

Inside the 4-Series gets a unique setup compared to the 3-Series, with a different center console layout and a distinct shifter. The 4-Series comes with BMW’s iDrive 7 multimedia system which includes standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility with an 8.8-inch touchscreen that can be upgraded to a 10.3-inch touchscreen. Synthetic leather upholstery is standard, laid over a pair of very comfortable front seats and a surprisingly roomy backseat. Cargo space drops from the 3-Series due to the car’s shape, with 12.0 cubic feet for the coupe and only 9.0 cubic feet for the convertible.

The 4-Series’ standard safety features now include active lane control, automatic forward emergency braking with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and blind-spot monitors. The 4-Series has not yet been crash tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS. 

How much does the 2021 BMW 4-Series cost? 

For the coupe, the 430i starts at $46,595 (including destination charges), while the jump to the M440i costs  $59,495. Convertible models start at $54,095 (430i) and $64,995 (M440i). Pricing details have not been released for the M4 as of this writing. 

BMW 430i models start with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, real wood accents, and an 8.8-inch touchscreen. The M440i adds on performance upgrades, better brakes, and a rear spoiler.

Where is the 2021 BMW 4-Series made?

In Germany.

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