2020 BMW M4
2020 BMW M4 Review
- Sharp and responsive handling doesn't sacrifice much in comfort
- Stout brakes and grippy tires are capable and trustworthy
- Interior is well-finished with many standard features
- Steering is less connected than we'd expect from this class of vehicle
- Engine and exhaust sounds can be grating
- Competitors offer more powerful and exciting engines
- The BMW M4 is unchanged for 2020
- Part of the first M4 generation introduced for 2015
The M4 may no longer be the standout among sport coupes it once was, but it remains a fun car with a muscular engine, a slick transmission and a surprisingly usable interior. It delivers the M brand's traditional cachet, though its performance, sound and features falter against improved and similarly priced (or even less expensive) competitors.
How does the M4 drive?
The M4 has quick acceleration, powerful brakes and a great manual transmission. In our testing, the M4 ripped from 0 to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds. The engine maintains excellent throttle response, and its midrange packs a wallop that lasts until redline. The brakes offer excellent and consistent stopping power.
We're less impressed with the steering and handling. The steering is precise but doesn't get you much feel and is unnecessarily heavy in the sportier drive modes. Around turns, the sticky and large summer tires work with the car's manageable balance to return high-cornering speeds. Though a joy on smooth roads, the M4, at least in the stiffer-riding Competition spec, has trouble dealing with bumps and dips, which can trigger unnecessary stability control intervention.
How comfortable is the M4?
Even with a firm ride and thickly bolstered seats, the M4 is comfortable enough to drive every day — as long as you remember that it's a sports car. The Competition package stiffens the M4's already firm ride, and you need to prepare to absorb big bumps in the road. However, the suspension's Comfort setting restores some daily livability.
More difficult to live with is the drone from the exhaust that comes with the Competition package. It sounds terrific at high rpm but turns annoying and ugly at the lower speeds where you'll spend most of your time. We're also not fans of the M4's climate control system. It's powerful but fiddly to set and operate.
How’s the interior?
The M4 offers more space than most two-door sports cars, including two usable rear seats. There's plenty of headroom, legroom and shoulder room up front and, remarkably, also in the rear seats where headroom is the only limitation. This interior is bigger than you might expect.
The M4's long doors can make for difficult entry and exit in tight spaces, and once you're in, front passengers have to reach unusually far behind to grab a seat belt. Releases on the front seatbacks, though, make for easy rear-seat access. Relatively upright seating, a tall ceiling and a big windshield make for great visibility and a sporty driving position.
How’s the tech?
The easy-to-read and powerful entertainment interface is one of our favorites. It offers good phone integration provided you're using an Apple device. It also has excellent voice controls that recognize natural speech pretty well. A depth of features means there's a bit of a learning curve.
Most safety features — such as a top-view camera system, proximity sensors and blind-spot monitoring — are optional. The stability control system intervenes regularly and feels overwhelmed by bumps, especially under full power.
How’s the storage?
The M4's sedan roots translate into a practical utility. The trunk is pretty big and can be expanded by folding down the rear seats. But interior storage is less impressive, with a shallow center bin and somewhat compromised door pockets your main go-to sources for storing stuff.
Though the rear seat space is large and the anchors are easily accessed, you wouldn't want to install or remove a car seat with any kind of frequency.
How economical is the M4?
The EPA rates the manual-transmission M4 at 20 mpg combined (17 city/25 highway), which matches other sporty German coupes. Our test car achieved 23.3 mpg on our standardized road loop and averaged 17.7 mpg over the course of its test period, which is a decent result for this kind of vehicle.
Is the M4 a good value?
The M4 is assembled very well, with tight and uniform gaps and pleasingly tactile controls. Still, the interior doesn't relay the premium feel of newer German sport coupes that cost the same.
The M4 comes with strong ownership perks and plenty of standard equipment. The Competition Pack is a worthy upgrade for the wheels alone, but the optional brakes are exceedingly expensive. The M4's basic and powertrain warranties measure up against other German brands, while scheduled maintenance and roadside assistance exceed what you'll find from similarly priced sports cars and coupes.
Once a standout among sport coupes, the M4 is showing flaws as competitors improve. With its carbon-fiber roof and attractive LED headlights, it's a sharp-looking car that's exhilarating to drive in the right circumstances. But the unrefined engine sound at low speeds and the drone from the exhaust diminish the experience.
The traditional magic behind BMW's vaunted M-car lineup lies in its balance of comfort and high performance. A prime example is the 2020 BMW M4. A strong six-cylinder engine, taut handling and powerful braking make the M4 a world-class sport coupe, but you don't need to drive it at world-class levels to enjoy it. Its cosseting seats, large trunk and user-friendly tech interface make it just as good on the daily commute or long drives out of town.
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Most helpful consumer reviews
I looked at the RS5 (way overpriced) the C63s (also over priced) the Porsche 911 (fantastic car but out of my price range) and thought about the new corvette. For me it comes down to handling and nothing handles like the M4. They also brought back a few exclusive colors that normally would have been $5 grand and didn’t charge anything. I got LeMans blue with silverstone interior. I’m really happy with it!
Got the 2020 BMW M4 Convertible. It feels like driving a machine rather than driving a car, the experience is like no others. The engine gives you a powerful push while the handling is very smooth for a 425hp vehicle. Great interior and great reliability. Overall an amazing driving experience
Our experts’ favorite M4 safety features:
- BMW Assist
- Protects car with stolen-vehicle recovery and provides collision notification services for post-accident safety. It's standard equipment.
- Side and Top View Cameras
- Gives you a 360-degree view around the car while you park so you can keep your M4 scratch-free.
- Parking Assistant
- Parks the car for you, whether the spot is parallel or perpendicular.
BMW M4 vs. the competition
BMW M4 vs. Audi RS 5
Deciding between the M4 and the newer RS 5 will still likely come down to personal preference instead of any logical decision point. The RS 5 comes standard with all-wheel drive, which is great for high-performance traction as well as driving on slippery surfaces. The M4 is rear-wheel-drive only, which may be more entertaining for performance-oriented drivers. You can also get it with a manual transmission.
BMW M4 vs. Mercedes-Benz C-Class
The Mercedes-Benz C-Class received a recent refresh and added features but not enough to tip the scales in its favor by a significant margin. The C 63 has a power advantage and a wonderfully burly V8 engine. When it comes to overall performance, it remains a very close battle.
BMW M4 vs. Lexus RC F
While the RC F can't match the M4's outright handling, athleticism and all-around performance craft, it does deliver on the Lexus hallmarks of comfort and luxury. It also crushes the M4 on one key metric alone: its 5.0-liter V8 engine. The M4's turbo six-cylinder is a fine mill, but it doesn't sound very good at low speeds. The Lexus V8, meanwhile, sounds throaty and well-fed at any speed, and it's delightful to step into with authority.
Is the BMW M4 a good car?
What's new in the 2020 BMW M4?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW M4:
- The BMW M4 is unchanged for 2020
- Part of the first M4 generation introduced for 2015
Is the BMW M4 reliable?
Is the 2020 BMW M4 a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW M4?
The least-expensive 2020 BMW M4 is the 2020 BMW M4 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $69,150.
Other versions include:
- 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $69,150
What are the different models of BMW M4?
More about the 2020 BMW M4
2020 BMW M4 Overview
The 2020 BMW M4 is offered in the following submodels: M4 Coupe, M4 Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), and 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M).
What do people think of the 2020 BMW M4?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW M4 and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 M4 5.0 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 2020 M4.
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