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Used BMW 4 Series

The BMW 4 Series surprises in a lot of categories. Find out why it makes for a great used car below 

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BMW 4 Series Range

First seen in 2013, the 4 Series was a brand-new model in the BMW range. It comprised exclusively of Coupé and Convertible bodystyles. For those who wanted extra practicality, there was also a 4-door Gran Coupé model available too.

This first generation model was on sale from 2013 to 2020. Essentially, the BMW 4 Series is a sleeker 3 Series, ideal for those who don't need the enhanced practicality of the latter. The BMW 4 Series range offers:

  • Sleek and stylish looks
  • Multiple engine choice
  • Multiple bodystyles
  • Decent performance, no matter the model
  • A fine driving experience
  • BMW badge kudos

Engines and Driving Experience

BMW 4 Series Exterior

To match the sleeker, sportier looks, BMW ensured the 4 Series wasn't a slouch when you put your foot down. Therefore, even the entry-level 181bhp, 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, badged 420i, can sprint from 0 to 62mph in 7.3 seconds. A more potent 252bhp 2.0-litre, badged 430i does the same in just 5.9 seconds.

For those who appreciate the silky smooth delights of a BMW 6-cylinder engine, then the 435i or 440i will appeal. You get 306bhp and 326bhp respectively, dropping the 0 to 62mph time to 5.4 seconds in the 435i and 5 seconds flat in the 440i.

Impressive diesel offerings are also available and mirror their petrol counterparts with uncanny performance levels. Although, interestingly, the 435d is the quickest 4 Series until you get to the full-fat BMW M4, dispatching 0 to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds.

To drive, the petrol engines will suit the keener driver. Although the diesels are a superb mix of performance and economy that are hard to ignore if you cover a lot of miles.

Practicality and Running Costs

BMW 4 Series Boot

To run, the 4 Series is surprisingly decent as most of the petrol engines on offer will return over 40mpg, whilst the diesels will easily return over 50mpg.

As for practicality, despite the 4 Series essentially being a sleeker, and therefore less practical BMW 3 Series, the 4 Series is far from impractical. In fact, you get a massive 445-litre boot in the Coupé, which is only 35 litres less than the 3 Series Saloon.

The 4 Series Gran Coupé offers a 480-litre boot, whilst the Convertible offers the least space unsurprisingly, with 370 litres on offer. You still get nearly 100 litres more than a Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet though.

Overall, practicality is therefore quite surprising for the 4 Series, with space for adults in the back, although taller people will not want to spend long amounts of time there due to the sleeker roof line.

Interior, Technology and Safety

BMW 4 Series Interior

Interior style is typical of BMWs from this era, with a smart and sophisticated feel and a decent sense of refinement. Early models feature sharp analogue dials, whilst later higher-spec models feature cool digital displays instead.

A central infotainment screen houses all the audio, sat-nav and vehicle settings and is easy to use and ergonomic. Again, higher-spec models feature the best kit with the likes of Apple CarPlay readily available. Although as standard, you'll get dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, cruise control, DAB, rear parking sensors and heated leather seats.

As for safety, the BMW 4 Series hasn't actually be crash tested by the likes of Euro NCAP, but the BMW 3 Series in which the 4 Series is based on scored the full five stars when it was tested. All 4 Series get:

  • Airbags
  • ESC
  • Tyre-pressure monitoring
  • ISOFIX mountings
  • Active cruise control (option)
  • Reversing camera (option)
  • Head-up display (option)

Is the BMW 4 Series right for me?

The BMW 4 Series is a great choice if you want a car that features a great driving experience, has all the toys you could need, whilst still offering decent practicality. All-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive models mean getting one to suit your needs is also easy.

With petrol and diesel engine choices, both with sharp performance and great economy, you simply can't go wrong. Of course, a Mercedes-Benz C-Class or Audi A5 may suit your needs or wants more, with both having their stand out features, but the keen driver will find the BMW more engaging, especially in rear-wheel drive form.

Alternatively, a BMW 2 Series is something to consider if you require a more compact package.

Why buy a used BMW 4 Series through Evans Halshaw?

At Evans Halshaw, we have a wide variety of quality used vehicles for you to choose from. Each car is carefully selected by our expert teams before making its way through the rigorous preparation process, where it is inspected by a qualified technician and then fully valeted throughout.

All of our vehicles are fully HPI checked, giving you peace of mind when making a decision. In addition, we're able to offer same day delivery on a selection of used cars, meaning you never have to wait for the car you want.

If you'd like some advice on picking the right car for you, or you've spotted a vehicle and want more information, please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw retailer, where one of our friendly associates will be more than happy to help.