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2014 BMW 4-Series Review

The new-for-2014 BMW 4 Series boasts best-in-class performance, high reliability ratings, and an upscale cabin design. However, this BMW also has mediocre passenger room. 

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful turbocharged engines
  • Electrifying handling
  • Great reliability scores
  • Driver-oriented cockpit
  • Limited rear headroom




Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.3
Interior: 7.7
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.4
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2014 BMW 4-Series Overview

Is the 2014 BMW 4 Series a Good Used Car?

The BMW 4 Series is an awesome car – a sporty rear-wheel-drive coupe or convertible heavily focused on performance. Its handling is nearly unmatched among luxury small cars, though some class rivals offer a more comfortable ride and/or more cabin space.

Used 2014 BMW 4 Series Performance and Interior

The 2014 BMW 4 Series is available with one of two engines: a 240-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder or a 300-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder. The 4 Series is also available with rear- or all-wheel drive (xDrive) and a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission. Both engines deliver satisfactory power with almost no turbo lag. Additionally, each transmission matches well with the car, providing smooth and precise shifts. The standard 428i coupe with automatic transmission gets an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, while the 435i xDrive with manual transmission gets 20/28 mpg city/highway.

The 4 Series garners almost universal acclaim for its athletic handling. Its low center of gravity and balanced weight distribution give it poise and confidence through turns, while steering is precise with good feedback from the road. Some 4 Series models may have additional performance upgrades like sport steering, an adaptive M Sport suspension, or M Sport brakes.

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The 4 Series seats four on standard leatherette upholstery and has power-adjustable front seats. Leather seats and front and rear heated seats are available. Accommodations up front are comfortable, and second-row space is decent. Back-seat legroom should be sufficient for average-sized adults, but the coupe's roofline limits headroom and slightly impairs getting in and out. The 4 Series has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connections.

Standard features in the 4 Series include dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a USB port, Bluetooth, push-button start, HD Radio, and the iDrive infotainment system. Available features include Bluetooth audio streaming, proximity key entry, a heated steering wheel, parking sensors, a Harman Kardon premium audio system, satellite radio, a rearview camera, navigation, and a head-up display. Physical controls on the dashboard are angled toward the driver and easy to reach, while the iDrive interface is generally user-friendly.

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Used 2014 BMW 4 Series Prices

Average list prices for a 2014 4 Series range from about $26,400 for a base rear-wheel-drive BMW 4 Series 428i to around $31,700 for a BMW 4 Series 435i xDrive. Prices can fluctuate with demand, and depend on the car's mileage, features, and condition.

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We researched 13 professional reviews – along with reliability ratings, cost of ownership estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2014 BMW 4 Series is the right used car for you.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 BMW 4 Series?

J.D. Power gives the 2014 BMW 4 Series an above-average reliability score of four out of five.

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How Safe Is the 4 Series?

The 2014 BMW 4 Series – like many luxury vehicles – was not crash tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The 4 Series does not come standard with driver assistance or advanced safety features, but many are available, including automatic high beams, a rear-view camera, speed limit detection, a surround-view camera, a head-up display, parking sensors, parallel parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and low-speed automatic braking.

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Should I Consider Another Used 4 Series?

The BMW 4 Series was introduced as an all-new car for the 2014 model year. It's undergone few major changes since its inception, so you can likely save money by shopping for a 2014 model instead of a newer 4 Series. For 2015, BMW added the high-performance M4 and the hatchback 4 Series Gran Coupe models to the lineup, so if one of those is on your radar, you'll have to stick to a 2015 or later model.

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Which Used BMW 4 Series Is Right for Me?

The 2014 BMW 4 Series is available in coupe and convertible body styles and 428i or 435i trim levels. The standard and available features are nearly identical between trim levels, so the major difference is the powertrain. The base engine in the 428i is potent enough for most drivers, so there's little reason to upgrade to the 435i.

You might also consider a certified pre-owned 4 Series. The BMW CPO program has three levels based on the vehicle’s age and the number of miles on the odometer: Certified Pre-Owned Elite, Certified Pre-Owned, and Pre-Owned. Each level receives the balance of the original new-car warranty. Certified Pre-Owned Elite vehicles get an additional one-year/25,000-mile warranty, while Certified Pre-Owned models receive an additional two-year/50,000-mile warranty. Pre-Owned BMWs receive no additional coverage. Each BMW undergoes an inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the BMW warranty page carefully. 

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2014 BMW 4 Series and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 4 Series or 2014 BMW 3 Series?

The 4 Series is an offshoot of the BMW 3 Series. With a wider body and lower stance and center of gravity, the 4 Series has better handling and is sportier than the 3 Series. The 3 Series has a solid engine lineup, including fuel-efficient diesel and hybrid variants. The 3 Series sedan is the more practical choice for a daily driver – it seats five with a spacious second row and comes in wagon and hatchback body styles for more utility. The 3 Series is also generally less expensive than the 4 Series. For performance and luxury at a reasonable price, the 3 Series is it. If a thrilling drive is your priority, and you're willing to pay more for it, the 4 Series is your pick.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 4 Series or 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is another great luxury small car, but it doesn’t match the exhilarating performance of the 4 Series. The C-Class has a docile base engine compared to some of the sportier rivals in the class, but it excels in delivering a luxurious and comfortable ride. The Benz has one of the best reliability scores in the class but suffers from below-average crash test ratings. The C-Class is a great buy for anyone who wants an upscale and refined daily driver, but the 4 Series is the hands-down choice for those whose main concern is performance.

Which Is Better: 2014 BMW 4 Series or 2014 Audi A4?

The 2014 Audi A4 doesn't rank as well as its aforementioned rivals, but it's still a well-rounded car. It earns decent safety and reliability scores, and its average prices and ownership costs are comparable to the 4 Series. The four-door A4 sticks out in the class for its elegant cabin, which features standard leather seating and ample back-seat space. The 4 Series is the better choice if you want a sporty coupe, but the A4 is a respectable alternative, especially if a comfortable sedan is more your style.

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