2020 BMW 4 Series
The 2020 BMW 4 Series epitomizes the brand’s luxury pedigree and storied driving engagement. There’s a sporty coupe for enthusiasts and a hard-top convertible for sun-seekers. While a four-cylinder engine with rear-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is offered, the gutsy optional six-cylinder is silky smooth and is very fuel efficient. Despite the interior’s sedate aesthetic and lack of cubby storage, the cabin is quiet and passenger space is plentiful. The 4 has some desirable standard equipment and offers myriad luxury features, but the latter can easily inflate the bottom line. Still, the 2020 4-Series is classic BMW, with a pleasantly firm ride and terrific handling.
The available convertible and turbocharged six-cylinder both significantly increase the price. While we prefer the coupe body style, the quick and efficient six is worth the investment. We’d also select the no-cost manual transmission (the automatic is standard) and pass on the $2000 all-wheel-drive system. Instead, we’d dress up the otherwise staid cabin with one of the upgraded upholstery options for $1450. The M Sport package ($3400) further enhances the 4’s driving character with a sportier suspension and includes unique bodywork and exclusive interior features. The $1700 Track Handling package maximizes the 4’s performance potential with adaptive dampers, upgraded brakes, stickier tires, and variable steering.
The 2020 BMW 4 Series is powered by a zesty 248-hp turbocharged four-cylinder, while the 440i boasts a 320-hp turbocharged inline-six that lives up to BMW’s reputation as a company that makes great engines. Rear-wheel drive is standard, but all models can be equipped with all-wheel drive. Both engines provide more than enough forward thrust to keep things interesting.
A sports car’s interior must cater to the driver, and a luxury car’s must be comfortable. The 4-Series accomplishes both, with an excellent driving position and spacious passenger accommodations. Its materials and finishes are becoming dated, however. The M Sport package adds a unique leather-wrapped steering wheel that looks and feels amazing. The standard front sport seats are supportive but too firm, especially on longer road trips. While two doors might denote limited cargo space, the 4 is less limited than most of its rivals. The coupe held four carry-ons with the rear seats folded, but interior cubby storage is sparse and caused us to mostly rely on the cupholders. A center pass-through is accessible in the back seat but foling the outboard seatbacks must be done via release handles in the trunk.