Review: The new BMW 4 series

For a start, the BMW 4 series is a beautiful car to look at. It is obvious that BMW have pulled out all the stops to ensure that their latest addition to the fleet is a real head turner.

It’s also clear that the German car giants have taken a lot of time and care to ensure that the flagship 4 series provides a truly remarkable driving experience.

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You get the usual responsive ride you would expect from a BMW, regardless of the size of engine you opt for. As it turns out, the 3.0 litre V6 petrol engine is a standout performer. The 435i is fiercer, with an enviable 0-60 speed of 5.4 seconds, but there isn’t much of a difference between it and the slightly lesser model. The 2 litre diesel engine doesn’t quite have the same kick as the others, but still delivers an engaging, exciting ride.

Also, it seems that BMW have made it their mission to ensure that the obvious ties to the 3 series have been severed. The only part of the car that isn’t a brand new design for the 4 series is the bonnet. You definitely feel like you are part of something new when you finally sit in the driver’s seat.

There is a loud, reassuring, guttural churn to accompany your drive at low speeds and at the high end there is an unconstrained concerto of sound. The sound of this car perfectly matches its performance.

The 4 series handles surprisingly well. It’s lower than the 3 series and also has a slightly wider wheelbase which means you have more of a sense of control when cornering.

Overall, the BMW 4 series provides an excellent drive and fully justifies its price tag regardless of which engine you opt for. If you are looking for a sportier alternative to the 3 series then look no further.