2017 BMW M4
- Impressively powerful turbocharged engine
- Sharp and responsive handling doesn't sacrifice much comfort
- Stout brakes are capable and trustworthy
- A well-finished interior fitted with many standard features
- Rearview camera only available in pricey options package
- Synthetic engine noises can be off-putting
- Steering is less connected than we'd expect from this class of vehicle
Which M4 does Edmunds recommend
Edmunds' Expert Review
overall rating4.5 / 5
A top choice among luxury two-doors, the 2017 BMW M4 boasts an ideal combination of sports-car-beating performance and everyday livability. With the turbocharged six-cylinder engine pumping out up to 444 horsepower, it comes as no surprise that the M4 is fast. The M4 also tenaciously grips the tarmac and has more powerful brakes than the standard 4 Series on which it's based. But despite all this stout performance, the M4 isn't an uncomfortable car.
The ride quality is firm but still totally livable. The seats are excellent for holding you in place, but they won't numb your backside, even on long road trips. The M4 has just two doors, but cargo space is still admirable, and there's plenty of room in the front of the cabin for tall drivers. What's more, the interior quality is excellent thanks to high-end materials and a logically laid-out cabin.
If you're looking for the grunt of a powerful sports car with the outward personality of a low-key coupe or convertible for your daily commute, we think you'll love the 2017 BMW M4.
trim levels & features
The 2017 BMW M4 is a two-door, four-passenger high-performance car that's based on the company's 4 Series and offered as a coupe or a convertible. Thanks to an excellent balance of performance and comfort, we're big fans of the M4. There are a few optional extras we'd recommend buying, but regardless of how you equip an M4, it's going to be a joy to drive every day.
As you'd probably expect with a high-end two-door such as the M4, there is a lot of standard equipment. For starters, you get the excellent turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine (425 hp, 406 lb-ft); a crisp six-speed manual transmission (a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic is optional); integrated launch control; automatic rev-matching on downshifts; 18-inch alloy wheels with summer tires; an adaptive sport-tuned suspension (a standard, non-adaptive suspension is a no-cost option); an active locking differential; adaptive xenon headlights; a performance exhaust system with quad tailpipes; exclusive exterior body panels (including a "powerdome" hood and wider rear fenders); power-folding and auto-dimming mirrors; keyless entry and ignition; dual-zone automatic climate control; leather upholstery; power front sport seats with heating; driver-seat memory settings and fold-down rear seatbacks.
In addition to the performance and cabin basics, the M4 has a decent amount of standard tech equipment, including an 8.8-inch touchscreen with BMW's iDrive infotainment interface, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, navigation, a suite of smartphone and online applications under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner, HD radio and satellite radio, a USB audio input and a CD player.
A few key optional packages are available for the M4 as well. New for 2017 is the Competition package, which ups the M4's power rating to 444 hp, adds 20-inch wheels, revised settings for the adaptive suspension, sport exhaust and some interior trim upgrades such as "M" stripes on the seat belts. Separately, the Executive package adds headlight washers, front and rear parking sensors, a head-up display, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a rearview camera, wireless charging of mobile devices and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The Lighting package adds adaptive LED headlights and automatic high-beam control. If you want some additional safety equipment, opt for the Driver Assistance Plus package, which gets you blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a side- and top-view camera system, speed limit info, forward collision warning and automatic braking for collision mitigation.
Other options include 19-inch wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes, automated parallel-parking assist, a power rear sunshade (coupe only) and enhanced smartphone connectivity.
On the coupe, you get your choice of either a visible carbon-fiber-reinforced-plastic (CFRP) roof or a traditional steel roof that includes a sunroof. The M4 convertible has a power-retractable hardtop with a wind blocker, as well as extended leather upholstery and door trim incorporating sun-reflective technology. When equipped with the Executive package, the convertible also includes front-seat neck warmers.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe (turbo 3.0L inline-6 | 6-speed manual | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current BMW M4 has received some revisions, including the addition of the adaptive suspension as standard and an optional Competition package, which increases horsepower. Despite those changes, our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's BMW M4.
noise & vibration3.5
ease of use4.5
getting in/getting out4
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite M4 safety features:
- BMW Assist
- Protects you with stolen-vehicle recovery and provides collision notification services for post-accident safety. It's standard equipment.
- Rearview and Top-Down Cameras
- Gives you a 360-degree view of the outside of the car so you can watch the details. You'll want them to help keep your M4 scratch-free.
- Driver Assistance Plus Package
- Adds in-traffic safety features such as blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and frontal collision warning and mitigation.
Providing an excellent balance of performance and comfort, the 2017 BMW M4 is one of our top choices in the high-performance luxury coupe segment. It's relatively plush and blisteringly fast, and it's one of the true sport coupes left on the road with an engaging six-speed manual coming standard. It truly lives up to the illustrious M badging. There's only one trim level for the M4, although you can choose between a coupe or a convertible and you can add a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission if the three-pedal setup isn't for you. Don't dismiss the six-speed manual outright, though — it's great for drivers who love a connected feel and it makes sense in a car such as the M4. There are a few main bundled options packages and stand-alone options to choose from, which is typical from BMW.
Packages such as the Driver Assistance Plus package and the Executive package offer appealing (maybe even necessary) luxury and safety features including heated rear seats and collision mitigation, but as is typically the case in this class, several options packages can add up very quickly. Combine the M4's multiple packages with the myriad of stand-alone options and you can have a pretty customized BMW, but your wallet will definitely get a bit lighter. Most of the M4's key competitors fall victim to the same pricing pitfalls, but there are some items missing from the M4's standard equipment list (e.g., a rearview camera) that we find surprising, especially in this price range.
The 2017 BMW M4 is one of the most expensive vehicles in its class, especially when you consider the amount of equipment you can get from key rivals for the same price. But the quality you get in the M4 is worth the trade-off. Materials and build quality alone would be enough for the M4 to stand out from the crowd, but excellent drivability and performance give it an even sharper edge. Sort through all the details and pick the right combination of options for you on Edmunds before heading to the dealer. We'll help you find the perfect car to meet your every need.
2017 BMW M4 Overview
The 2017 BMW M4 is offered in the following submodels: , . Available styles include 2dr Coupe (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M), and 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 6M).
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