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2016 BMW 4-Series Review

The 2016 BMW 4 Series leads the pack when it comes to performance, inducing excitement through its punchy engines and nimble handling. Since it’s also more expensive to buy and own than most other luxury small cars, the 4 Series places in the middle of our rankings.   

Pros & Cons

  • Muscular engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Cramped rear seats in coupe and convertible models




Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.0
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.8
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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2016 BMW 4-Series Overview

Is the 2016 BMW 4 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2016 4 Series is a great choice in the luxury small car class, especially if you want edge-of-your-seat performance. Few rivals in the class can match the 4 Series' excellent combination of potent engines and sharp cornering. Even if you couldn't care less about performance, the 4 Series is worth a look for its elegant interior and long list of features. However, you’ll shell out more money to own this BMW than on almost every other rival.

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Our BMW 4 Series review includes far more than just one person's opinion. We collected professional evaluations from more than 20 sources and combined them with concrete data like fuel economy estimates, safety features, and performance specs to help you make an informed buying decision.

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How Much Is the 2016 BMW 4 Series?

Prices for the 2016 BMW 4 Series range from $27,200 to $46,800, depending on the car’s body style, trim level, mileage, and condition. On average, you’ll pay around $35,400, based on almost 200 listings for the 2016 4 Series on our site. This average price is higher than many of its rivals’, including the 2016 Audi A4 ($25,900) and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class ($31,900).

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How Much Does the 2016 BMW 4 Series Cost to Own?

The 4 Series typically costs more to own than almost every other model in our ranking of the best luxury small cars from 2016. Over five years, you should expect to spend around $32,000 for its insurance, maintenance, repair bills, and fuel.

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

The starting MSRP for the 2018 BMW 4 Series is $45,000, which is $9,400 more than the average price of a 2016 model. In spite of its higher price tag, there are a few reasons you may still want to consider a new 4 Series. The suspension and infotainment systems have been improved upon for 2018. The base four-cylinder and the midlevel six-cylinder engine have a higher horsepower rating than you get with the 2016 4 Series. Dedicated BMW fans should test drive both the 2016 and 2018 4 Series to see if these enhancements are worth the higher price, but even spirited drivers should find the less expensive 2016 models to be quite satisfying.

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It’s difficult to find a new luxury car that costs about the same as a 2016 4 Series without sacrificing performance, but there are few worth considering. While some may shy away from the 2019 Kia Stinger ($32,900) and its non-luxury badge, don’t pass judgment on this athletic four-door until you give it a whirl. In addition to athletic handling and an appealing selection of engines, the Stinger comes packed with an impressive list of tech features. The 2019 Cadillac ATS ($39,000) also offers a lot of driving enjoyment. It’s nimble and powerful, and goodies like a Brembo brake package and sport suspension system come standard. Designed to cater most to the driver and front passenger, this Cadillac coupe isn’t a great choice if you carpool, though the 4 Series doesn't excel with its rear seats either.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 BMW 4 Series?

J.D. Power gives the 4 Series a reliability rating of 3.5 of five. That’s slightly above average for a used car.

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2016 BMW 4 Series Recalls

No information is available on recalls for the 2016 BMW 4 Series at the time of this writing.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 4 Series Is Best?  

The 4 Series debuted as an all-new model for the 2014 model year, and all models through 2018 have similar features and overall scores. The major changes in this first generation focus on new variations of the 4 Series. In 2015, BMW introduced the four-door Gran Coupe and high-performance M4. The following year, BMW added the limited edition BMW 435i ZHP Coupe. If none of these appeal to you, then you can save a few thousand dollars by shopping for a 2014 or 2015 BMW 4 Series instead.

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Which Used BMW 4 Series Model Is Right for Me?

When shopping for a 4 Series, you'll first want to choose a body style. The 4 Series is available as a coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe (four-door hatchback). All body styles are available in two trims – 428i and 435i.

The base 428i is well-equipped with leatherette upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and a 6.5-inch infotainment system. The 435i adds a more powerful engine, a Harman Kardon audio system, and satellite radio. Most buyers should stick with the base model because the standard four-cylinder engine has plenty of grunt, and the 435i doesn't add many extra features. Performance junkies will want to seek out the M4, which comes in coupe and convertible body styles.

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What Does BMW's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

The BMW Certified CPO program is available on vehicles with between 300 and 60,000 miles on the odometer. The program covers buyers for one year with unlimited mileage after the four-year/50,000-mile new-vehicle limited warranty has expired. This warranty can be renewed for a fee, but there is a maximum of five years of coverage. Each BMW must pass a road test and a 196-point inspection before earning CPO status. Additional benefits like towing and 24-hour roadside assistance may be available. Restrictions apply on transferring CPO coverage to subsequent owners. Read the BMW warranty page carefully.

BMW has one of the less-attractive CPO programs among luxury car manufacturers, according to our research. You’ll get better warranties from Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and Jaguar.

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How Safe Is the 4 Series?

Like many luxury vehicles, the 4 Series hasn't been crash tested. It's available with many safety features, including a rearview camera, a 360-degree parking camera, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and front and rear parking sensors.

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2016 BMW 4 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 4 Series or 2016 BMW 3 Series?

The 4 Series and the 2016 BMW 3 Series are similar in several ways. They share many of the same powertrains, tech features, and even cabin styling. However, there are a few differences to consider. The 3 Series is available with a plug-in hybrid or fuel-efficient turbodiesel powertrain for drivers who want to skip trips to the pump. The 3 Series is not available as a convertible like the 4 Series is, but it does offer a wagon body style that gives you extra cargo space. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with either BMW, so your preferences will dictate which ultimate driving machine is best for you.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 4 Series or 2016 Audi A5?

The 2016 Audi A5 may look like a sporty coupe, but it can't keep up with the 4 Series around turns. While it delivers ample engine power, the A5’s handling is tuned for a balance between cushioned cruising and sharp cornering, whereas the 4 Series is more focused on performance. Audi does offer enhanced performance through its sport-tuned S5. The A5’s infotainment system, however, is more complicated than the 4 Series’. Overall, the BMW is the better car.

Which Is Better: 2016 BMW 4 Series or 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class?

The 4 Series and the 2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class may be in the same class, but they serve different types of drivers. The BMW satisfies those who crave exceptional performance, with athletic handling and potent engines, while the Mercedes is for those who want an elegant, comfortable cruiser. The C-Class has the nicest cabin in the class, with first-rate materials like genuine wood and leather paired with sufficient engine power and a cloudlike ride. If you want to ride around in comfortable, cushioned luxury, buy the C-Class. If you prefer some fun in the corners, stick with the 4 Series.

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2016 4 Series Performance

How Does the 2016 BMW 4 Series Drive?

All of the 4 Series' engines provide plenty of power for quick acceleration. The engines range from the base turbocharged four-cylinder to the 425-horsepower turbocharged six-cylinder powering the high-performance M4. A smooth-shifting, eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, and a six-speed manual is available. The 4 Series is agile around turns, and the ride is smooth, even over rough roads.

Does the 2016 BMW 4 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and the automatic transmission, the 4 Series gets up to 23 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway, which is on par with other luxury small cars.

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2016 4 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 4 Series Seat?

Passenger capacity for the 4 Series depends on the body style. Coupe and convertible models have room for four, and Gran Coupe models have five seats. Across the board, the 4 Series' cabin has a handsome design and luxurious materials. The front seats are comfortable and roomy. The rear seats in coupe and convertible models are cramped, with little headroom. The four-door Gran Coupe models have adequate space for adults in the back, though it isn't especially hospitable.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 BMW 4 Series?

The 4 Series has LATCH connectors in the second row to secure child safety seats. The upper tethers are all easy to find, but the lower anchors can be difficult to access.

2016 BMW 4 Series Features

Standard features in the 4 Series include dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker audio system, HD Radio, Bluetooth, and BMW's iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. The infotainment system is generally easy to use, but its menus can be cumbersome. You'll likely prefer the upgraded system that features an 8.8-inch screen and a touchpad controller. Other available features include a Harman Kardon audio system, a head-up display, and navigation.

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2016 BMW 4 Series Dimensions

BMW 4 Series Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the 4 Series has 13 cubic feet of trunk space in convertible models, 15.7 cubic feet in coupe models, and 17 cubic feet in Gran Coupe models. All three body styles let you expand on this, thanks to the standard split-folding rear seat, and some models also come with a hands-free power trunk lid.

Where Was the 2016 BMW 4 Series Built?

BMW manufactured the 2016 4 Series in Germany.

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