The BMW 4 Series isn’t a car with one outstanding selling point; instead, it has many highly convincing ones.

This isn’t a sports car, remember, not in the truest sense. It’s actually a slightly more athletic version of the car that has to score nine out of 10 on everything: the 3 Series saloon. So it’s a moustachioed Daley Thompson to a Porsche Cayman S’s Usain Bolt: fast but flexible, with the stamina for distance and the adaptability for any number of roles.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
There's still too much potential to get the specification wrong; get it right and your 4 Series will be brilliant

BMW has not sold us short in promising something special with the new 4 Series coupé. It has created a great-looking car with an ability to carry four in comfort and deliver the sort of engaging dynamism and soothing mechanical refinement we have come to expect from a car wearing the blue and white roundel.

And yet what surprised us – and disappointed us a little – was that the car feels more the junior 6 Series than the added-amusement 3 Series. Its ability to cover ground in rich, quick and comfortable fashion is more convincing than its capacity to slice delicately through a corner.

On performance, desirability, usability, comfort and more, this is a seriously accomplished product that merits its top billing.

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