You can also order M Sport suspension on non-M Sport-spec models. Or on all models you can specify adaptive suspension, which brings electronically controlled dampers with two modes of stiffness
They’re complemented by an additional Eco Pro mode on the softer setting, which maximises fuel economy, and Sport+ mode on the firmer setting, which reduces the level of intervention by the electronic driver aids.
Compared with an equivalent 3 Series saloon, the 4 Series wears its added athleticism quite casually. Those equipped with BMW’s adaptive dampers and M Sport alloys and suspension settings are at their most pleasing in Comfort mode. In it, there’s enough compliance in the suspension to deal with back roads tackled with plenty of gusto.
You can tell, now and again, that some of the bump-accommodating wheel travel of the 3 Series has been sacrificed, but only over really bad roads, where the dampers seem to need an extra stroke of movement to do their work. Most of the time, the 4 Series flows over flatter surfaces with sporting readiness but also an unwearing sense of calm that makes it feel dynamically versatile.