2018 BMW 4 Series
2018 BMW 4 Series pricingin Ashburn, VA
Which 4 Series does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
BMW is strongly associated with luxury sport coupes and convertibles. The company practically invented the modern interpretation of this class with its 3 Series. Four years ago, the 4 Series replaced the 3 Series coupe and convertible in name, but not in spirit. The 4 Series has been delivering all the performance, refinement and strength of its predecessor.
Recently, however, the competition has stepped up its game. You've also got redesigned versions of the Audi A5 and S5 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coupe to consider. In our opinion, these rivals have unseated the 4 Series from the top spot in the class, but not by a significant margin. This could be partially attributed to the 2018 BMW 4 Series' age, even though it's updated this year. The changes just aren't significant enough to push it to the top. Overall, though, the 4 Series remains a solid choice for a luxury sport coupe or convertible.
Trim levels & features
The 2018 BMW 4 Series is available in three body styles: a coupe, convertible and four-door Gran Coupe. Within these models, you can choose between the 430i or 440i trims that differ mostly by engine type. The 430i is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque), and the 440i receives a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (322 hp and 332 lb-ft). All of these 4 Series models come with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels, though you can get a six-speed manual on the coupe as an option. BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is also offered as an option.
Standard features for the 430i include 18-inch wheels, automatic LED headlights and foglights, a sunroof (coupe), power-folding and heated mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, automatic wipers, selectable drive modes, cruise control, a rearview camera, BMW's Assist eCall emergency telematics and smartphone app control over some car functions.
On the inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, simulated leather upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable front sport seats, 40/20/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a universal garage door opener, BMW's iDrive infotainment system, a 6.5-inch display, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, and a nine-speaker audio system with a CD player, HD radio and a USB input.
The 440i adds keyless entry and ignition and a premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system with satellite radio. These features are options on the 430i. Convertible models have a power-operated retractable hardtop with a removable wind deflector.
Notable options include various sporty exterior touches, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, an M Sport or adaptive suspension, an automated parking system, a head-up display, a navigation system, premium leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power rear sunshade, a surround-view camera system, Apple CarPlay and a wireless charging pad. On the safety front, you can also add front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning and mitigation, a lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control.
Noise & vibration4.5
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out3.5
Audio & navigation3.5
2018 BMW 4 Series video
MARK TAKAHASHI: It's not very often that my colleagues and I disagree on a car. And when it happens, it's a little difficult, because it's never easy telling a friend they're wrong. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is the BMW 4 Series refreshed for 2018 with a new front, new back, and a few updates on the inside. This is the 430I. It's the base model with a 2 liter turbocharged four cylinder, puts out 248 horsepower. My colleagues, however, think that this car shouldn't even exist with this engine. That it should have more power and more performance. I think they're wrong and here's why. [MUSIC PLAYING] According to the track numbers we got, acceleration-wise, why is this 430I isn't really all that fast. When I heard that a V6 Camry would outdrag it, I was a little surprised. SPEAKER 2: It is a nice feeling drive train, a nice feeling engine. Even if it might get outrun by a V6 Camry these days maybe. MARK TAKAHASHI: That's primarily because this feels a lot more sporty than those numbers suggest. A lot of them might have to do with this manual transmission. I mean, there's a directness about it. There you go. I'm sorry, but that's plenty fast. The 430I, this car, has the base engine for the 4 Series. So you can't expect truly impressive acceleration and power and performance overall. But that's not to say it's a slug either. I mean, she gets up speed just fine. In everyday driving, this 430I, it drives great. It fulfills everything that you want out of a luxury sport coupe. Right now, I'm in sport plus mode, which is the stiffer suspension setting and livens up the response. And I'm not on the smoothest road in LA right here, and I'm not being jolted and tossed around. It's still very comfortable. Move to comfort mode, smooths out even more. One feature that I absolutely like in most of the new modern manual transmissions is road matching. I'm in third gear now. I don't have to blip the throttle in-between for a nice smooth downshift. I like it. But part of me, the purist in me that part of my brain that still loves manual transmissions, I still want to do that myself. I want to blip the throttle myself. And the only way to do that with this car is to disable traction and stability control completely, which for most people, maybe not such a great idea. For the vast majority of BMW4 Series shoppers, this base engine is going to be more than enough. And if they want more power and performance, step up to the 440I. Has 326 horsepower and also sets you back another $6,000. The key thing here though is, and this is important to me, is handling. Both cars are going to handle exceptionally well. They're really entertaining to drive on a winding mountain road. Or if you're lucky enough, on a closed race track. [MUSIC PLAYING] This is a rare treat for me on a number of levels. I don't get to spend quite as much time as I'd like on our wonderful handling course here. And ever rarer when it's a manual transmission. That said though, I've never really been that big a fan of the manual transmissions in BMWs. The clutch, well, the take-up can be a little bit far off the floor for me. The shifter itself is a little rubbery. I like it a little more positive, a little more mechanical. But it's something you can get over very quickly. One thing I'm noticing right off the bat though is, this brake pedal is really kind of mushy. Mushier than you'd expect for a car that purports to be the ultimate driving machine. And because it's mushy, it's a little hard to modulate and trail in accurately as you head into a turn. Now even though this brake pedal is really soft, the brakes are certainly up to the task. And it's getting it slowed down just fine. Here we go, come on. Oh, OK, so I'm in regular [? key up ?] mode, comfort mode. Now this is the 248 horsepower 2 liter turbo. And I'm having a pretty good time with it. Obviously, if you're going to be doing some track stuff like this, the 440I is your choice, because it's got 326 horsepower. Ah, here's something I just realized. Actually it's something Carlos told me just before I got in the car too is, if you're going from fourth to second in a downshift, it will not rev match for you. You have to go sequentially four, three, two, which is usually what I do. I just, whoo. Oh, I just got a little bit in the moment there. It is taking a lot for me to actually not try and rev match it myself. To rev match yourself, you have to take traction control completely off. And I don't see the point with this car right now. Whoa. There we go. Yeah, and there's no limited slip in here either. But as I just demonstrated in that last turn, she'll hang the tail out if you give it a little goose. I do like the rev matching in this. It's quick enough, but you can't just kind of aggressively just slam it and then dump the clutch. Yeah, and even right there when I really just floored it coming out of that turn, it did back the throttle back. And that's good. I mean, if you wanted to turn stability control all way off, drift to your heart's content if you can. Ooh, you can definitely have fun with what we would consider the entry level BMW 4 series. Once you've been in one BMW, it's sort of like you've been in all BMWs. There's a familiarity throughout their entire lineup that's not just refreshing and comforting, but it's just play nice and luxurious. Everything falls to hand just as it should. New for this year is an updated infotainment system, the new iDrive. It has Apple CarPlay as an option, but it's a $300 option, which sort of bothers me, because a lot of other car companies are putting in there for free and standard throughout their entire lineup. BMW, come on, let's get with it. Under this arm rest here is a new wireless charging pad for $500. That's a bit excessive. Especially when you consider you can buy one for your home for $30 on Amazon. Once you close the door of the 430I, you're presented with the seat belt right over your shoulder. And that's really nice, because otherwise, it's an awkward crane backwards to grab it. As it is, with this $53,000-ish price, it does actually feel like a $53,000 car. [MUSIC PLAYING] In this class, this BMW 4 Series represents more of a driver's car versus the Mercedes Benz C Class that is more classical luxury, while the Audi A5 sort of splits the difference and adds a whole lot of technology. The differences between all three of these are so slight, it's going to come down to personal preference. I get the performance argument, but for my money, and there there's a lot of money on the line here, I'd go with the BMW M2, because that thing is an absolute riot to drive. And if you think I'm wrong, let me know. For more information on the BMW 4 Series, as well as its competition, head over to edmunds.com. If you want to see more videos like this, hit subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]
2018 BMW 430i Review
Edmunds Senior Writer Mark Takahashi finds himself at odds with his fellow editors when it comes to the entry-level 2018 BMW 430i. They contend that the four-cylinder engine shouldn't be offered in the 4 Series because its performance won't live up to its appearance or heritage. Mark disagrees and sets out to prove why the 430i is a car worth considering.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 4 Series safety features:
- BMW Assist eCall
- Automatically calls for help in the event of a collision and also allows passengers to call for roadside assistance with a single button.
- Active Blind Spot Detection
- Warns if there is a vehicle in or approaching your blind spot with visual alerts or vibration through the steering wheel.
- Forward Collision Warning
- Alerts you if the system detects a possible front collision and automatically applies the brakes if you don't react in time.
2018 BMW 4 Series for Sale
BMW finds itself in a rare position of playing catch-up with Mercedes-Benz and Audi in the luxury sport coupe class. Recent redesigns to the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A5 and S5 models have raised the bar, but the 2018 BMW 4 Series remains competitive, buoyed by a few improvements to this year's model.
The 4 Series is available in either a coupe or convertible. The base 430i trim is powered by a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine while the 440i gets a 326-hp 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder. A standard eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels, and BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system is offered on all models. A six-speed manual transmission is only available on the coupe.
Standard 430i features highlights include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights, a sunroof, auto-dimming mirrors, selectable drive modes, BMW's Assist eCall emergency telematics, synthetic leather upholstery, BMW's iDrive infotainment system and a rearview camera. The 440i adds leather upholstery, keyless entry and ignition, and a premium 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with satellite radio.
Notable options include various sporty exterior touches, adaptive headlights, automatic high beams, an M Sport or adaptive suspension, an automated parking system, a head-up display, a navigation system, heated front seats, a power rear sunshade, a surround-view camera system, Apple CarPlay and a wireless charging pad. On the safety front, front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot monitoring, frontal collision warning and mitigation, a lane departure warning system and adaptive cruise control are also available.
In terms of price, the 2018 BMW 4 Series is in lockstep with the Mercedes C-Class and Audi A5 or S5 if you outfit the vehicles similarly. The newer Mercedes trends a bit more to the traditional luxury side while the Audi pushes modernity and technology to new levels. In many ways the BMW finds a pleasant middle ground, and despite its age handicap, is still worth serious consideration.
2018 BMW 4 Series Overview
The 2018 BMW 4 Series is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 430i 2dr Convertible (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 440i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 430i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 430i 2dr Coupe (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 440i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 430i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 440i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2018 BMW 4 Series?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 BMW 4 Series and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 4 Series 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 4 Series.
Edmunds Expert Reviews
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What's a good price for a New 2018 BMW 4 Series?
2018 BMW 4 Series 440i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $52,895. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $14,849 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $14,849 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$38,046.
The average savings for the 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is28.1% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2018 BMW 4 Series 440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $50,895. The average price paid for a new 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $6,216 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $6,216 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$44,679.
The average savings for the 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is12.2% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 2 2018 BMW 4 Series 440i 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.
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