2014 BMW 4 Series Up Close, Photo Gallery

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There's a lot of talk about BMW creating new nomenclature around what used to be the 3 Series coupe. This new 4 Series is a significant update on the two-door that used to wear a 3 on its deck lid, but it's no game-changer in the world of luxury coupes.

Don't get me wrong; it will likely exhibit performance chops along the lines of the 3 Series sedan that won our $46,000 Sport Sedan Challenge earlier this year, but it looked like too much of a sleeper when I caught up to it at last week's 2013 BMW Championship in Lake Forest, Ill.

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A new model from BMW should be a bigger deal than it's become, but after the X6, 1 Series, X1, Gran Coupes and GTs of the past few years, the 4 Series might be seen as ho-hum when it goes on sale next month.

It's hard to tell that BMW has made it wider than even the previous M3 coupe as well as lighter and lower to the ground with a low center of gravity.

The subtle design is made even subtler with a black paint job, which it wore on the display stand. With that dark color, the new side vents behind the front wheels, which caused such a stir when the model first broke cover online, are barely noticeable.

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Indeed, the most improved angle is from the rear where the 4 Series loses much of the previous 3 Series two-door's trunk lid. Instead it almost appears to have the dimensions of a hatchback, but there is indeed a trunk back there.

Drop yourself into the driver's seat and you're staring at an interior that's incredibly similar to the 3 Series sedan, which is no surprise. The 4 Series does have an updated center display screen for navigation and the new version of iDrive with its touch-sensitive control knob.

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The 428i on display was also decked out in an optional red leather interior that was unflattering. The red seats and door panels looked fine; it was seeing the dashboard materials and their graining dripping in red that turned me off. I'd probably pick a more traditional black or tan scheme.

Ergonomics and space up front were terrific, but the backseat was cramped for me and our impromptu model in the photos below.

The 4 Series still appears to have a winning formula, but it will definitely take driving it to win me over.

Click on any photo below for a larger version. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

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Comments 

CarFan

An ugly vehicle, inside and out. BMW has been lost for ten years, and has still not recovered from the Chris Bangle reign of ruin.

Not since the E46 has BMW made a nice looking 3-series (or "4-series"). And the price, $50,000 with just a couple of basic options added.

Before Bangle (and BMW's corporate board that enabled him) a new BMW design would be met with "Nice car, nice lines, wish I had that one." Such words have not been uttered by me for over ten years. Every car in their line is ugly, except perhaps for the new 6-series Gran Coupe, which costs $80,000+.

The new 5-series is "not too ugly" which I suppose is an improvement. The 7-series remains a bloated blob, having become what BMW used to mock in television ads.

A decade lost at BMW, with no signs of change on the horizon.

MotherRussia

I'd be pissed off too if I was dressed like a Russian gigolo looking like he was waiting for Vlad's prostitute to get done for some sloppy seconds.

I disagree I think this vehicle looks good inside and out. I'm not crazy about the interior color but i do like the interior

Scott

Ugly? you're a complete moron. my only criticism would be perhaps that it's not different enough from the prior model (it clearly has the new hood and grill). given how good these drive (i drive the 2009 convertible version) they will sell plenty. this is the update i've been waiting for...

RIP-Kaisan

Zzzz, someone give the designers some coffee they've clearly fallen asleep. There isn't even anything unique to complain about. LOL

TheTruth

Here come the haters. BMW has taken the current 3-series platform, lowered the center of gravity, decreased the drag co., improved the handling, tightened the throttle responses, and given enthusiasts the option of a short-throw 6-speed manual. And you can pair it with the better-than-sin turbo-6. Properly set up, it will outrun an S5 to 60, 100, and in the quarter. And this is before even getting into the M-performance parts, let alone the upcoming M4. But people bitch. Why? I suspect it's simply because they can.

CarFan

The performance of the vehicle was never in doubt (aside from the soft steering of late). Complaints are regarding the ugly appearance of the vehicle.

Merging the headlights into the kidney grille? Awful. Silly side "vents" behind the front wheels? Awful. Generic black plastic fog light area below the kidney grille? Awful. Lack of any character lines on the sides of the vehicle? Awful. Gigantic horizontal seam just above the kidney grille? Awful.

And then the door sills greet you with "LUXURY" as you step into the vehicle. Are you kidding me? And that silly screen sticking out of the middle of the dashboard is laughable. The Mercedes C-300 interior is vastly more elegant and refined.

We already own multiple BMWs, and Mercedes is turning our heads to replace them. BMW still has not recovered from the horrific designs of Chris Bangle and the executive board that enabled him.

beem

S5 beats this car everywhere. It just beat the 435i....

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