BMW practically invented the modern category of sport coupe decades ago when it introduced the 2002, followed by the two-door 3 Series. Its reputation for world-class examples of the genus, specifically the blistering high-performance M4, is hard-earned and it’s led the pack ever since.
BMW redesigned the two-door 3 Series (coupe and convertible) several years ago and rechristened it the 4 Series to distinguish it from the sedan. Successive models have dulled the edge of its predecessors in the pursuit of broader appeal, but the 2020 BMW 4 Series is still a bit of a chameleon. It’s more civilized than a true sports car — no cramped interior or bone-jarring highway ride here — yet sportier than your average family car. One of our editors said it best in his test notes: “The 4 Series favors maturity over exuberance.” This according to the writers at Edmunds.
MSRP Starting at $44,950
- WHAT’S NEW:
- Minor tweaks to feature availability
- Part of the first 4 Series generation introduced for 2014
Pros & Cons
- Strong performance from available six-cylinder engine
- Balances stable handling with a comfortable ride quality
- Interior is upscale and has easy-to-use controls
- Cargo capacity is smaller than top rivals
- Rivals offer more innovative in-car tech
For 2020, the 4 Series gets minor cosmetic updates and some new driver aids as standard equipment. While useful, these minor details don’t give the 4 Series any particular edge. Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and even Chevrolet and Ford now offer compelling coupes. And in a category it once so thoroughly dominated, BMW is no longer an automatic pick.