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2017 BMW 4-Series Review

The 2017 BMW 4 Series is one of our top-rated luxury small cars. It gets high marks for its potent driving dynamics, straightforward cabin technology, luxurious materials, and high predicted reliability rating.

Pros & Cons

  • Powerful engines
  • Athletic handling
  • Large cargo space
  • Above-average predicted reliability rating    
  • Tight rear-seat space

8.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 9.0
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 7.6
Safety:
This model has never been fully tested for safety. Its overall score is being calculated without safety.
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Reliability:
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2017 BMW 4-Series Overview

Is the 2017 BMW 4 Series a Good Used Car?

The 2017 BMW 4 Series is a good used car. Available as a coupe, sedan (Gran Coupe), or convertible, it is one of the most engaging cars to drive in its segment, with superb handling and powerful engine choices. Inside, the 4 Series also has first-rate technology and upscale materials. This BMW shows a practical side with its good fuel economy and an above-average predicted reliability rating. One caveat: higher-than-average projected operating costs.

Why You Can Trust Us

We do not base our used car rankings and reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we collect information like safety and reliability reports, total cost of ownership estimates, and the views of the automotive press. We analyzed 26 professional evaluations for this 2017 BMW 4 Series review to help you make an informed buying decision.

Our experienced team of writers, editors, and analysts has been ranking and reviewing the best cars, trucks, crossovers, and SUVs since 2007. We remain unbiased by refusing pricey gifts and trips from auto manufacturers and employing an independent agency to manage the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2017 BMW 4 Series?

Based on the 226 listings for this vehicle on our site, you can expect to pay between $27,900 and $65,000 for a used 2017 BMW 4 Series. The average list price is $40,400. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 BMW 4 Series Cost to Own?

Predicted five-year costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 4 Series are estimated to be $30,977. That’s well above average for the luxury small car segment.

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

It’s difficult to directly compare the 2017 and 2018 4 Series models because there are many different body styles and packages available. The MSRP of a 2018 BMW 4 Series ranges from $44,300 to $77,200. A 2017 4 Series ranges in price from $27,900 to $65,000. If the revised suspension and upgraded infotainment system for 2018 don't interest you, stick with the fairly similar 2017 model to save a significant chunk of money.

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Considering the wide price range of the used 2017 4 Series, you may be able to find a new 2018 luxury small car for around the same money. For example, the 2018 Audi A5 may be worth a look. It is available in coupe, convertible, and hatchback body styles. The A5 was completely redesigned for 2018 and is one of our highest-ranking luxury small cars. Its starting price is just above the average price of a 2017 4 Series. For something below that average price, check out the 2018 Alfa Romeo Giulia or 2018 Kia Stinger, both of which start at under $40,000. A new BMW 3 Series also starts at under the 2017 4 Series’ average price, and it shares many similarities with its BMW sibling.

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Which Model Year of the BMW 4 Series Is Best?

Except for a slight bump in horsepower for the 2017 model year, there have been no significant changes to the 4 Series since it was introduced as a 2014 model. The four-door Gran Coupe and the M4 coupe were introduced as 2015 models. So, if you want those models, the 2015 4 Series is your best choice. Otherwise, you may want to consider the 2014 4 Series, which doesn’t sacrifice many features and could save you money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 BMW 4 Series?

The 2017 BMW 4 Series has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five, which is well above average for the industry.

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2017 BMW 4 Series Recalls

As of this writing, the 2017 BMW 4 Series has two open recalls. They both deal with seat-mounted air bags that may not deploy.

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Which Used BMW 4 Series Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 4 Series has three different body styles to choose from: the four-door Gran Coupe, the two-door coupe, and the two-door convertible. The trims are largely based on their engines: the 430i, the 440i, and the M4. Standard features and available equipment are similar among the various trims. The base 430i’s strong power and adept handling should satisfy most buyers.

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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?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not evaluate the 2017 4 Series.

No active safety features are standard. Available features include a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, a 360-degree camera, adaptive pivoting headlights, automatic self-parking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and pedestrian detection.

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2017 BMW 4 Series Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 4 Series or 2017 Mercedes C-Class?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class has a more luxurious interior, but the 2017 4 Series is the better choice for both practical and performance-related reasons. The 4 Series’ athletic handling makes it a true corner carver, but the car still produces a comfortable ride. Additionally, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has more cargo space than the C-Class sedan. The BMW also has lower predicted ownership costs and an above-average predicted reliability rating (which is especially notable next to the Mercedes’ below-average score).

Which Is Better: 2017 BMW 4 Series or 2017 Audi A4?

The 2017 Audi A4 and the 2017 4 Series are closely matched in our rankings, but they arrive at their scores by different paths. The A4 has a more luxurious interior, and it’s packed with impressive technology, including standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Audi also has one of the highest safety scores in the segment. However, the BMW offers a better selection of engines and handles all roads well. The 4 Series also has a higher predicted reliability rating, but the A4 has lower predicted ownership costs. These are both strong choices.

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2017 4 Series Performance

How Does the 2017 BMW 4 Series Drive?

The 2017 BMW 4 Series combines the spirit of a sports car with the refinement of a luxury vehicle. Its suspension keeps you planted, regardless of how much the road curves. While the 4 Series has a firm ride, it’s not punishing. Rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is available.

The base 4 Series (the 430i) has a 248-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The 440i gets its power from a 320-horsepower, turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Coupe models are available with a six-speed manual transmission, while all other models have an eight-speed automatic. The six-speed manual earns good marks for its crisp, precise shifts. The eight-speed automatic is a worthy pick as well; it shifts promptly on its own, or you can click through each gear using the 4 Series’ standard shift paddles.

You’ll get much more power in the BMW M4 coupe and convertible. They have a twin-turbo, 425-horsepower six-cylinder engine. A six-speed manual is standard and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. A competition package is available as well, and it can raise the M4’s output to 444 horsepower.

Does the 2017 BMW 4 Series Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 BMW 430i coupe with the six-speed manual transmission is EPA rated at 21 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The convertible, coupe, and Gran Coupe sedan with the eight-speed automatic transmission are rated at 23/34 mpg city/highway. Models with all-wheel drive can see a drop of up to 1 mpg in the city and on the highway. Those are all good ratings for the luxury small car segment.

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2017 4 Series Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 4 Series Seat?

The 2017 BMW 4 Series coupe and convertible models seat four, while the 4 Series Gran Coupe sedan seats five. The seats are comfortable in all positions. Front-row leg- and headroom is adequate, but rear legroom is tight – especially in the two-door models. Leatherette upholstery and power-adjustable front seats are standard. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 BMW 4 Series?

The 2017 4 Series features full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on each of the outboard rear seats, plus an additional tether anchor on the rear middle seat.

2017 BMW 4 Series Features

Standard features in the 2017 4 Series include a 6.5-inch display screen with BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, a rotary controller, HD Radio, Bluetooth, USB inputs, and a nine-speaker stereo. After a bit of a learning curve, the iDrive system is user-friendly and responds quickly to inputs. Available features in some models include a larger iDrive display screen, navigation, a touchpad controller, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, wireless device charging, and support for Apple CarPlay.

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2017 BMW 4 Series Dimensions

BMW 4 Series Cargo Space

Cargo space in the 2017 4 Series is impressive for the luxury small car segment. The 4 Series coupe has 15.7 cubic feet of trunk space. The 4 Series convertible offers an impressive 13.1 cubic feet of trunk space. The Gran Coupe is a hatchback; it opens up to reveal a wide loading space and 17 cubic feet of room behind the second row.

2017 4 Series Length and Weight

All 4 Series models are 15.2 feet long. The 2017 4 Series Gran Coupe has a curb weight ranging from 3,668 to 3,933 pounds. The 4 Series coupe’s curb weight ranges from 3,514 to 3,860 pounds. The 4 Series convertible’s curb weight ranges from 4,050 to 4,330 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 BMW 4 Series Built?

BMW built the 2017 4 Series in Germany.

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