Although it shares much of its interior and chassis with the 3-series sedan, the 2022 BMW 4-series’s rakish two-door roofline and snout-like front grille give it a distinctive, if controversial, look. Offered as either a hardtop coupe or a soft-top convertible, the 4-series competes with other German luxury cars such as the Audi A5 and the Mercedes-Benz C-class. The 4-series comes with your choice of either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a turbocharged inline-six engine; both are offered with rear- or all-wheel drive. Inside, you’ll find a well-outfitted cockpit, intuitive controls, and all manner of modern infotainment technology, including a digital gauge display. The rear seat is snug for adults, especially in the convertible, but for buyers who value style over practicality, the 4-series is competitive in this class. If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, BMW offers the 4-series Gran Coupe (reviewed separately), which sneaks a pair of rear doors into the mix without compromising the car’s fastback styling.
What’s New for 2022?
BMW hasn’t made any major changes to the 4-series coupe and convertible for 2022, but there are a few small ones that warrant a mention. The higher-powered M440i coupe model is now available in a rear-wheel drive configuration and all trims now come with ambient interior lighting as standard. The optional Premium package now includes power lumbar support, a head-up display, and gesture controls for the car’s infotainment system. Two new colors are offered—Brooklyn Grey Metallic and Aventurin Red Metallic—while the car’s standard faux-leather upholstery is now perforated.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The same two overachieving engines offered in the 3-series are available in the 4-series. Models designated 430i are powered by a 255-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The M440i is powered by a silky-smooth turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that gains an assist from a 48-volt hybrid system to make 382-hp. The 4-series provides a sporty driving experience, courtesy of a retuned suspension, a more-aggressive steering calibration, a wider rear track, and a lower center of gravity than the 3-series sedan. Still, we tested the M440i coupe and came away less impressed with its driving character than its terrific inline-six. Apart from strong brakes that performed well in our 70-to-zero-mph test (149 feet), the Bimmer’s rubbery steering and compliant ride didn’t deliver the same satisfaction we got from the M340i sedan. During our test drive of an all-wheel drive 430i xDrive model, we noted decent power from the turbocharged four-cylinder but came away with a similar complaint about the car’s too-soft suspension.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA estimates the four-cylinder 430i coupe will earn 26 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Adding all-wheel drive into the equation drops those figures to 24 and 33 mpg, respectively. The six-cylinder M440i is rated at 22 mpg city and 31 highway. We haven’t tested the M440i model on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, but the 430i xDrive delivered 34 mpg over the 200-mile test. For more information about the 4-series’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Shoppers may not notice much difference between the cabins of the 4-series and the 3-series unless they’re in the back seat. The dashboard layout, interior materials, and primary controls look to be identical to the four-door 3-series’, although we noticed that the lower roofline in the 4-series gives it a less spacious feel. Trunk space is less generous here than in the 3-series, especially in the convertible model; in our testing, we fit five carry-on suitcases in the trunk of the coupe model, one less than in the 3-series sedan.
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
Compared to rivals such as the Cadillac CT5 or the Genesis G70 the BMW 4-series’ standard warranty offerings are fairly basic. BMW makes up for that with a three-year complimentary maintenance plan, whereas the Caddy only offers but one free visit.
Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
Powertrain warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles