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8.5

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Critics' Rating: 9.2
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety:
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2015 BMW 4-Series Review

The 2015 BMW 4 Series finishes near the top of our used luxury small car rankings. This Bimmer delivers an engaging experience behind the wheel, and it boasts a quality interior. It also earns an above-average reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Athletic handling
  • Potent engines
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Good reliability rating
  • Rivals have easier-to-use infotainment systems

2015 BMW 4-Series Overview

Is the 2015 BMW 4 Series a Good Used Car?

Yes, the 2015 BMW 4 Series is a good luxury small car. It's available in sedan (Gran Coupe), coupe, and convertible body styles. In any configuration, it's one of the most athletic cars in the class, with quick acceleration and outstanding handling. There's also a high-performance model available: the M4. Spacious front seats, a fuel-efficient base engine, and a good reliability rating only help this BMW's case. Still, the 4 Series isn't perfect – the coupe and convertible body styles have cramped rear seats, and many competitors have easier-to-use infotainment systems.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our BMW 4 Series review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from 24 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has more than a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, we never accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 BMW 4 Series?

Based on roughly 1,750 listings for the 2015 BMW 4 Series on our site, the average list price is $28,100. Prices range from $21,800 to $36,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2015 BMW 4 Series Cost to Own?

The 2015 4 Series’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $31,000, or $6,200 per year. That’s about average for a luxury small car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New 4 Series?

The 4 Series debuted for 2014, and as of the 2019 model year, it has yet to undergo a redesign. However, the 2019 4 Series has a number of advantages over the 2015 model. These include more cargo space, stronger engines in the non-performance models, and a renamed trim lineup (though still with three body styles).

The 2019 comes with more standard features, including satellite radio, a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, an 8.8-inch touch screen, navigation, and Apple CarPlay. It also offers several things the 2015 doesn't, such as wireless device charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking. But you’ll have to pay more of course, with pricing for the 2019 BMW 4 Series starting at $44,950.

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You won’t find a new luxury small car for the average price of a 2015 4 Series. If you can afford to raise your budget to $35,000, however, you’ll find a number of new luxury small cars to choose from. These include the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Genesis G70, Audi A3, and BMW 2 Series. In general, these cars have much longer features lists, with more standard infotainment and driver assistance amenities, and they also tend to have more passenger and cargo space.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 4 Series Is Best?

As mentioned above, the current 4 Series generation began with the 2014 model year. BMW expanded the 4 Series lineup by adding the Gran Coupe body style and the high-performance M4 trim. There were no major updates for 2016, except a limited edition model called the BMW 435i ZHP Coupe. The 2017 model did see a couple of notable changes: The 428i and 435i trims were renamed the 430i and 440i, respectively, and those trims received more powerful turbocharged engines.

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How Reliable Is the 2015 BMW 4 Series?

The 2015 BMW 4 Series has a good reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Recalls

As of this writing, there are no safety recalls for the 2015 BMW 4 Series.

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Which Used BMW 4 Series Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2015 BMW 4 Series comes in three body styles: coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe hatchback. There are also three trim levels to choose from: 428i, 435i, and M4. Notably, the performance-oriented M4 model is not available in the Gran Coupe body style.

The base trim is loaded with features and has sufficient horsepower for the average buyer. The 435i kicks things up a notch with a more powerful engine, while the new-for-2015 M4 further ups the ante with an even stronger engine, a sport suspension, and performance brakes.

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What Does BMW’s Certified Pre-owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW CPO program is available on vehicles with more than 300 but less than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the expiration of the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty for passenger cars and SUVs for a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW undergoes a road test and inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring certified-pre-owned coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

According to our research, BMW's CPO program is on par with competitors like Audi, but it trails rivals like Lexus and Porsche.

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How Safe Is the 4 Series?

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has crash tested the 2015 BMW 4 Series.

The 4 Series has no standard advanced safety features. Available safety upgrades include a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, a head-up display, a surround-view parking camera system, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, forward collision warning, and speed limit information.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 4 Series or 2015 BMW 3 Series?

The 2015 BMW 3 Series is similar to the 4 Series in many ways. Both have luxurious interiors and outstanding driving abilities. The 3 Series doesn't have a coupe version, but it does come in sedan, Sports Wagon, and Gran Turismo hatchback models, as well as a hybrid variant. The 4 Series has a more powerful base engine and sharper handling, and it earns a higher reliability rating. Test-drive both to see which better suits your tastes and needs.

Which Is Better: 2015 BMW 4 Series or 2015 Audi A5?

The 2015 Audi A5 is a bit more upscale inside than the 4 Series', and the A5's standard all-wheel drive is a nice perk. On the other hand, the 4 Series is more fun to drive. These are both well-rounded cars, however, so the better choice may just come down to personal preference.

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2015 4 Series Performance

How Does the 2015 BMW 4 Series Drive?

The 2015 4 Series comes standard with a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. There are two available six-cylinder engines – one makes 300 horsepower and the other puts out 425. Most models have either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, though Gran Coupe and convertible models only come with the automatic.

No matter which engine you go with, the 4 Series feels energetic. Even the turbo-four delivers eager acceleration, to the point that you may find the six-cylinder engines unnecessary. In fact, some critics say this engine is among the best turbo-fours in the class. That said, the larger engines, especially the high-performance M4's 425-horsepower setup, are incredibly potent and provide acceleration that can throw you to the back of your seat.

The great thing about the 4 Series is that it provides the kind of agile handling that lets you take full advantage of its engaging powertrains. This car feels nimble maneuvering through crowded city streets or carving up canyon roads, all while providing a comfortable ride over most surfaces.

Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. BMW's xDrive AWD system is available, except in M4 models, which only come with RWD. This system provides good road grip even during inclement weather.

Does the 2015 BMW 4 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine, the 4 Series gets better fuel economy than many of its classmates. A model with the turbo-four engine and RWD achieves 23 mpg in the city and 34 on the highway. That’s the best in this lineup. At the other end is the 425-horsepower V6 with RWD that returns 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway.

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2015 4 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 4 Series Seat?

The 2015 4 Series holds five people in Gran Coupe models, or four people in coupe and convertible models. This BMW features a stylish cabin that's built with plenty of premium materials.

Standard seating features include synthetic leather upholstery and power-adjustable front seats. Upgrades include leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a heated steering wheel.

In any body style, the front seats are spacious and comfortable. The Gran Coupe offers the most rear-seat space and can hold two adults comfortably. Adults can still fit in the back in coupe and convertible models, but they'll grow uncomfortable on longer trips.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 BMW 4 Series?

The 2015 4 Series has two complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the rear outboard seats and an upper tether on the rear middle seat.

2015 BMW 4 Series Features

The iDrive infotainment system employs a 6.5-inch display that earns praise for its crisp graphics. Other standard features include Bluetooth, a USB port, and HD Radio. Satellite radio, navigation, and a Harman Kardon surround-sound system are available.

As nice as the infotainment system is, many rivals have bested it by allowing the driver to adjust settings and perform other functions with fewer steps.

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2015 BMW 4 Series Dimensions

BMW 4 Series Cargo Space

The 2015 BMW 4-Series coupe has 11 cubic feet of trunk space, while the convertible has 9 cubic feet, and the Gran Coupe has 12 cubic feet. These are decent totals for the class.

The Gran Coupe model allows for the easiest loading of items, thanks to its wide rear opening. A hands-free power trunk lid is available.

2015 BMW 4 Series Length and Weight

The 2015 BMW 4 Series measures 15 feet, 3 inches. Its curb weight ranges from 3,450 to 4,160 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 BMW 4 Series Built?

BMW built the 4 Series in Germany.

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