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2015 BMW 4-Series Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 BMW 4-Series was new.


Performance: 8.9

With sharp handling and potent engine options, automotive journalists report that the 2015 BMW 4-Series is a very dynamic and fun-to-drive car.

  • "Any 3- or 4-series anything is fun to drive, and this is no exception." -- AutoWeek
  • "The 2015 4 Series takes the performance traits of the BMW 3 Series - agility, acceleration and overall balance - and goes one better." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Though quieter, cushier and more technology packed than its predecessors, it still serves up an engaging driving experience to go along with its distinctive look." -- Left Lane News
  • "Happily, BMW tuned the Gran Coupe to mimic the sporty feeling of the two-door 4 Series, changing only what it had to under the skin in order to accommodate the added mass and accompanying change in the center of gravity. To a large extent, it succeeded in keeping it quite the capable performance sedan. Or coupe. Or whatever it is." -- Autoblog

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 BMW 428i coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 240 horsepower. BMW 435i models have a 300-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine. Coupe and convertible models are available with a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic, while the 4-Series Gran Coupe is only offered with the automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the 2015 BMW 428i coupe gets up to 23/35 mpg city/highway, which is excellent for the class, while the 435i coupe gets up to 21/32 mpg city/highway, which is superb for a six-cylinder upscale midsize car.

The high-performance BMW M4 is new for 2015, and is available in coupe and convertible body styles. It comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a seven-speed automated manual is available. According to BMW, the M4 coupe can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 156 mph.

Reviewers are very impressed with the lively acceleration provided by the 428i’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Some say it’s one of the best small turbocharged engines in the class, and others claim that it’s so excellent there’s no reason to pay more for the six-cylinder. Still, test drivers report that the 435i provides exhilarating acceleration and is a blast to drive. Automotive journalists also praise the eight-speed automatic transmission’s rapid gear changes.

  • "In this new era of small-displacement turbocharged engines, BMW's is one of the best, providing easy around-town tractability along with surprisingly generous oomph when you nail the gas pedal." -- Edmunds (428i)
  • "The base engine in the 4 Series is so good that it leaves little reason to pay thousands more for the 6-cylinder variant. Beyond its impressive specs - 240 horsepower, 255 lb-ft of torque, up to 35 mpg on the highway - is its immediate responsiveness." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 435i's engine is delightful and enthusiastic -- as appealing around town as it is opened up on lonely back roads." -- AutoWeek (2014)
  • "We've praised this ZF-sourced eight-speed in the past, and it continues to shine here, providing fast, responsive gear changes that can trick you into thinking it's a well-calibrated twin-clutch." -- Motor Trend (2014)

Handling and Braking

The 2015 BMW 4-Series comes standard with rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (xDrive) is available on 428i and 435i trims. Test drivers write that the 4-Series’ agile handling makes it a welcome companion on twisty roads. They also note that its brakes are consistently strong and its steering is sharp, though some wish it provided better feedback. Critics say the 4-Series’ suspension is balanced, absorbing bumps without dulling the car’s handling.

  • "When the road bends, the 4 Series is marvelously balanced for a luxury sport two-door and easily instills driver confidence. The steering is very precise, but it lacks the detailed feedback that made older BMWs feel special." -- Edmunds
  • "Sampled on twisty and slightly slippery roads in Northern Spain, the 4-series Gran Coupe handled just like, well, a 3-series sedan, which is to say it's athletic." -- Car and Driver
  • "BMW has long been a master of shock absorption, and as with so many other Bimmers, the 4 Series Gran Coupe takes the edge off bumps without floating over them." -- Autoblog
  • "The four-wheel disc brakes never faded despite hard hammering." -- AutoWeek

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