2016 bmw 4-series Model Overview
New for 2016
The BMW 4 Series lineup enters the 2016 model year with the Sport Line standard on all models, as well as more standard features for various trims. A new low-volume M4 called the GTS also debuts with more curb appeal and nearly 500 hp.
The 2016 BMW 4 Series is a compact luxury car that’s available in three body styles, coupe, convertible, and a hatchback called the Gran Coupe.
Three engines are available in the 2016 4 Series and are available with automatic and manual transmissions.
Model: 428i, 428i xDrive
Engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter I-4 – six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic
Power: 240 hp/255 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 23/35 mpg city/highway (automatic, Coupe), 22/34 mpg (manual coupe), 23/34 mpg (Convertible and Gran Coupe hatchback), 22/ 32 mpg (Coupe xDrive), 21/33 mpg (Convertible xDrive), 22/32 mpg (Gran Coupe xDrive hatchback)
Model: 435i, 435i xDrive
Engine: turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6, six-speed manual – eight-speed automatic
Power: 300 hp/ 300 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 21/32 mpg (automatic Coupe and Gran Coupe hatchback), 20/30 mpg (manual Coupe), 20/31 mpg (Convertible), 20/30 mpg (automatic Coupe xDrive), 20/28 mpg (manual Coupe xDrive), 20/29 mpg (Convertible xDrive), 20/31 mpg (Gran Coupe xDrive hatchback)
Engine and Transmission: twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter I-6 – six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
Power: 425 hp/406 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/26 mpg (manual), 17/24 mpg (automatic)
Between the three body styles, the Gran Coupe has the most cargo space with 12 cubic feet behind the split folding rear seats that can be expanded to 45.9 cubic feet. The coupe and convertible have 13 cubic feet of trunk space but latter’s shrinks to nine cubic feet when the roof is down.
In addition to the standard dual front, side-front, and side curtain airbags, the 2016 4 Series also comes with knee airbags for the driver and front passenger. The Driver Assistance Plus package adds blind spot warning, side and top view cameras, and the Active Driving Assistance, which combines lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, and automatic emergency braking.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
Standard features on the base 428i include HID headlights, 17 inch alloy wheels, Sensatec leatherette upholstery, split-folding rear seats, a nine-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity, and 6.5-inch infotainment screen. Optional features include leather upholstery, adaptive full LED headlights, navigation, adaptive suspension, M Sport brakes, and adaptive cruise control.
What We Think
Intended to be the sportier and more fun to drive, the 2016 4 Series offers excellent driving dynamics wrapped in a svelte package. In a 2014 First Drive review, we said that the 4 Series drives like a lower and wider 3 Series, with excellent agility, surefootedness and plenty of power. While the car does come with multiple modes, they aren’t customizable like the systems found in competitors like the Audi A5. Despite being longer, the hatchback variant called the Gran Coupe, drives just as well, as we noted in a 2015 First Drive review. Even when equipped with the less powerful 240-hp turbo I-4, the car is able to move effortlessly thanks to plenty of low and mid-range torque. However, since it’s essentially a 3 Series, underneath, we said in a 2014 435i First Test review that the car never feels special even when it’s loaded to the brim with features, since it’s essentially a derivative of BMW’s best seller.
The high-performance BMW M4, on the other hand, remains an excellent machine with strong performance and impeccable handling. In a comparison test against the Lexus RC F, the M4 won because of its lighter weight, torque-rich turbo I-6, and track-ready performance. Additionally, the car’s suspension remains tolerable on public roads, making it a better jack-of-all-trades vehicle compared to the heavier and softer RC F.
The 4 Series shares a platform with the 3 Series and is essentially the sexier version of BMW’s best seller.
- Available as a practical hatchback
- Excellent driving dynamics
- Strong engine choices
You Won’t Like:
- Non-customizable driving modes
- 3 Series underpinnings doesn’t make it feel special
- M4 isn’t available as a Gran Coupe