This is where you pay the price for the 4 Series’ sleek lines and two-door body: the relatively low roofline and lack of rear doors mean access into the back is tricky for taller passengers, although the space once you’re in there is reasonably good. Only those over six feet tall will feel cramped, so it’s on a par with the Audi A5 Coupe. Everything is well built, too, and other than the pedals, which are slightly offset to the right, there are no complaints about the driving position, with plenty of adjustment on the seat and steering wheel. If there is a criticism, it’s that BMW trails both Audi and Mercedes for cabin quality in this sector.
The BMW’s 445-litre boot capacity is marginally smaller than that in the Audi, while the small opening makes it hard to load larger items, and to reach to the very back of boot. However, the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats make it easy to extend. If that all sounds a bit of a turn-off, and you want something with a bit more practicality, your friendly local BMW dealer will happily point you in the direction of the four-door Gran Coupe version
Every model in the 3 and 4 Series ranges is superb to drive, and the Coupe is no exception. There’s just something about the balance between ride and handling, and between comfort and control, that BMW does better than anyone else in this area of the market. Although the ride is a little firm at low speeds, the 4 Series is fun in the bends, but still quiet and comfortable on the motorway. In other words, the 4 Series is a really enjoyable car to drive, no matter where and how you’re driving it. Our one word of caution is that this isn’t quite as sharp as a genuine sportscar, but the overwhelmingly sure-footed feel and the way this car can just flow through bends means it’s very easy to keep up sports car pace across country. Treat it as a Grand Tourer and you’ll be playing to its strengths.