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2017 BMW 4-Series Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 BMW 4-Series was new.


Performance: 9.0

The 2017 BMW 4 Series impresses with its powerful engines and brisk acceleration. Two new four- and six-cylinder engines have been added for the 2017 model year, each with more power than the engine it replaces. The 4 Series handles with athleticism and remains composed on curvy roads and rough pavement. Few competitors can offer the same refined ride and nimble handling.

  • "The new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo and 3.0-liter 6-cylinder turbo boast more power and torque, and come with new nomenclature; BMW 4 Series coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupe 4-door models with the 4-cylinder are now known as 430i, while the 6-cylinder models are 440i. … Whether you want rear- or all-wheel drive, or the fire-breathing M4, the 4 Series blends performance and refinement with its $40,000-plus starting price." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It also delivers the same superior driver engagement we've come to expect from BMW sport sedans." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "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 2017 BMW 430i features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 248 horsepower, which is 8 horsepower more than the previous model year. The 440i is equipped with a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produces 320 horsepower, which is 20 horsepower more than the 2016 model. An eight-speed automatic and a six-speed manual transmission are available, though the manual is offered only in coupe models. The 430i gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which is good for the class.

The hot-hot BMW M4 features a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 425 horsepower. An optional performance package raises that to 444 horsepower. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available. According to BMW, the M4 will zip from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph.

The BMW 430i and 440i models are responsive and provide ample power. Most drivers will be satisfied by the base 430i model’s quick acceleration. The 440i is a good alternative for those who want (but don’t need) a bit more oomph. The eight-speed automatic draws praise for its smooth, timely shifts.

  • "The 2017 BMW 4 Series' sleek exterior promises driving excitement, and the car largely delivers - at least the models with the old engines did. Last year's 428i delivered remarkably punchy and quick acceleration, along with an engaging engine and exhaust note that would have you randomly downshifting just for fun. We expect the revised engine, 8 horsepower richer, to be even better." -- Edmunds
  • "Transmissions haven't changed, and the available six-speed manual transmission is bound to please traditionalists with its buttery feel through the gates. The eight-speed automatic works exceptionally well in both full-auto mode and manual mode via the paddle shifters. Either way, the refinement is hard to top. One annoyance, however, is the gruff restart nature of the automatic engine start-stop function, though it can be disabled." -- Edmunds
  • "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 in the BMW 4 Series, and all-wheel drive is available. The 4 Series delivers athletic handling in the bends and features quick steering, though it also rides smoothly over rough, uneven pavement. The brakes earn praise for their ample stopping power.

  • "When the road bends, the 4 Series is marvelously balanced, immediately instilling driver confidence with its firmly planted feel. The steering is very precise, though it lacks the detailed feedback that used to set BMW apart. Some might find the ride quality overly firm, but the Track Handling package's electronically adjustable adaptive suspension nearly erases road imperfections while further boosting the car's stability." -- Edmunds
  • "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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