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2016 BMW 4-Series Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 BMW 4-Series was new.

Scorecard

Performance: 9.0

The 2016 BMW 4 Series impresses automotive writers with its powerful engines and potent acceleration. They add that the 4 Series handles well and remains poised when confronting curvy roads or wet weather. Most agree that it provides an engaging driving experience.

  • It also delivers the same superior driver engagement we've come to expect from BMW sport sedans." -- Edmunds
  • "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
  • "Any 3- or 4-series anything is fun to drive, and this is no exception." -- AutoWeek (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The BMW 428i features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 240 horsepower. The 435i comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 300 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission and a six-speed manual transmission are available, though the manual isn't offered on Gran Coupe models. The 428i gets an EPA-estimated 23/35 mpg city/highway, which is about average for the class.

The performance-oriented M4 features a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that puts out 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard. According to BMW, the M4 will go from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 156 mph.

According to test drivers, the 428i and 435i engines are responsive and provide ample power. Some say the 428i's acceleration and fuel efficiency are enough to make the 435i seem superfluous. The eight-speed automatic transmission draws praise for its smooth, timely shifts.

  • "There's no doubt the 435i's smooth turbocharged six-cylinder engine will make your heart beat quicker. But the 428i's turbo-4 still provides surprisingly strong acceleration and relatively excellent fuel economy. Really, you can't go wrong." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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

Rear-wheel drive is standard on the BMW 4-Series and all-wheel drive is available. Test drivers say the 4-series delivers athletic handling and that wet or winding roads pose little challenge for it. They add that the ride is smooth and the steering is accurate. The brakes earn praise for their ample stopping power.

  • "To get an idea of what it's like to drive the 2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, think of … things like strong brakes, precise steering and a suspension that makes the car nimble around turns, while still delivering a decent ride quality. The optional sport suspension firms things up noticeably, though it retains enough suppleness so as not to feel harsh (this is especially true with the optional and highly recommended adaptive suspension)." -- 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "The four-wheel disc brakes never faded despite hard hammering." -- AutoWeek (2015)

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