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.
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