– Munich, Germany
The BMW 4 Series lineup gets a number of updates for the 2018 model year, though I’ll forgive you for not being able to immediately spot the differences. Keen-eyed Bimmerphiles will notice the reshaped LED running lights up front, the new light design inside the taillamps, and the redesigned alloy wheels. But those tweaks don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. The important updates are found beneath the surface, where BMW has tweaked the 4 Series’ steering and suspension setups to make it an even more enjoyable driver’s tool.
Better steering. BMW sort of lost its way with steering feel a few years ago, its electrically assisted setups proving more numb than entertaining. But things are slowly improving, and the 2018 4 Series offers more feedback through the helm than before. There’s still a noticeable dead spot on center, but weight builds progressively while cornering, and the whole experience feels more natural, more involving than before.
Composed chassis. Three different suspension setups are available – standard, M Sport, and Adaptive M – and all get a bit stiffer for 2018. The M Sport car tested here provides great ride comfort on smooth Alpine roads, but keeps roll to a minimum in fast corners. If you like the way a 3 Series drives, the 4 Series is even better, thanks to its wider track and lower ride height (and thus center of gravity). This chassis is indeed tuned with sporty driving in mind, but offers enough compliance not to kill you over rough roads.
Lovely powertrain. The 440i – née 435i – uses BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six, with 320 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. The twin-scroll turbocharger kicks in early, allowing full torque to come on strong at 1,380 rpm. With a snappy eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, the 440i will hit 60 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds; the all-wheel-drive version shaves 0.2 seconds off that time. Standing-start quickness aside, the 3.0-liter engine offers smooth, effortless power all throughout the rev range. It’s a fantastic engine.
Drab interior. Get inside an Audi S5 or a Mercedes-AMG C43 and you’re greeted with interiors that make a statement. Audi’s cabin speaks to tech; Mercedes takes a more stylish, luxurious approach. The 4 Series’ interior fails to make any real statement, especially in the cold color palette of black and gray seen here. Warmer hues are available, but the overall design and the layout of the controls leave a bit to be desired, in contrast to its key German rivals. Speaking of which...
The competition is hotter than ever. Audi and Mercedes both offer special cars in this segment, the S5 and AMG C43. Each of those coupes has more power, and both stick out in my mind as being more memorable to drive. If you want to fly under the radar, the 440i is certainly the way to go. Just remember, at this price point, sportier options exist.
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Cadillac ATS Coupe 3.6L
Infiniti Q60 3.0T
Lexus RC 350
Mercedes-AMG C43 Coupe
2018 BMW 440i COUPE
EngineTurbocharged 3.0-Liter I6
Output320 Horsepower / 330 Pound-Feet
Speed 0-60 MPH4.8 Seconds
Top Speed155 MPH
Drive TypeRear-Wheel Drive
As-Tested Price$56,000 (est.)
BMW 440i, 2018 MY F32 US
(182.949 cu in)
3.23 × 3.72 in
4 valves per cylinder
24 valves in total
at 5500 rpm
1.75 bhp/cu in
at 1380-5000 rpm
194.86 PS/tonne (1000 kg)
143.32 kW/tonne (1000 kg)
192.19 bhp/tonne (1000 kg)
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Although the BMW 4-series coupe was first shown more than four years ago, the trickling out of multiple variants of the model over time means the car still feels fresh. But time marches on, and 2018 brings an update for the luxury sports coupe.
HIGHS: Superb engine, subdued styling, supremely capable chassis.
BMW tweaked the 4-series’s engine lineup and naming convention in 2017, and those continue for 2018. The 4-series is available as the turbocharged four-cylinder 430i or turbo-six 440i in two-door coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe forms. With the two-door coupes there is a choice of either a manual transmission (not dead yet) or an automatic, while all body styles offer a choice of rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The subject of this test was a 440i two-door coupe with the eight-speed automatic and rear-drive, in a pretty Estoril Blue Metallic. It came with the $2000 Premium package (heated front seats, navigation, larger instrument-cluster display) and the $2550 M Sport bundle (18-inch M star-spoke wheels, sport seats, Aluminum Dark Carbon interior trim, M sport suspension, M steering wheel, aero kit, dark exterior trim, and anthracite headliner). With $550 for the paint and $1450 for black leather with blue contrast stitching, our test car totaled $56,245.
Lights and Colors
The 4-series was already good, and the 2018 refresh provides the lightest of improvements. As when you click the automatic-fix wand in iOS’s Photos app, you can notice the differences only when you put the result next to the before image. Both the head- and taillights have been upgraded to full LEDs, with the headlights gaining a dual, open-hexagonal design that recalls the original 4-series concept.
The front fascia now features standard fog lights and wider air intakes, and the rear bumper also has been tweaked. There are new 18- and 19-inch wheel designs and two new exterior paint colors: Snapper Rocks Blue and Sunset Orange. Overall, the 4-series’s styling is less extroverted than that of competitors such as the Infiniti Q60, the Lexus RC, and the Mercedes-Benz C-class coupe.
LOWS: Ho-hum interior design, light steering.
The interior sees small updates as well. New gloss-black trim adorns the center console, the dash has contrasting double stitching, and, with navigation, the infotainment system has a new interface with configurable tiles. The facelift also brought a grippier steering wheel, three new leather color options, and the aforementioned carbon-look trim.
Although the cabin is nicely designed, it’s a fairly staid aesthetic, and the materials in which it’s rendered leave us cold. BMW’s usual texturized-rubber surfaces are used throughout, but they’ve been around so long that they make the cabin feel somewhat dated. The Mercedes-Benz C-class has set the bar for interiors in this class, and the 440i is nowhere near as luxurious or stylish. Storage space remains scarce.
Hold the Line
When the 4-series debuted, we hailed the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the 435i. “The 3.0-liter turbo six is one of the best engines available in any sub-$100,000 car—period,” we said. While that was the previous N55-generation six, the new B58 in the 440i is just as good, if not better. The turbocharged six makes 320 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 330 lb-ft of torque from 1380 to 5000 rpm, up from 300 in both measures previously.
With the eight-speed automatic transmission, the rear-wheel-drive 440i edged out the 435i xDrive we tested in 2015, scoring a 4.4-second time to 60 mph. By comparison, the twin-turbocharged V-6 Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 did zero to 60 in 4.5 seconds, the 321-hp Cadillac ATS V-6 coupe needed 5.6, and the 306-hp Lexus RC350 F Sport ran it in 5.7. From 70 mph, the BMW stopped in a respectable 166 feet.
With the temptation of that acceleration available with the simple flex of an ankle, one might expect fuel economy to take a hit, yet the 440i nailed its 25-mpg EPA combined figure during our testing (EPA city/highway estimates are 21/32 mpg).
Finding a sweet spot between balanced stiffness and comfortable ride quality is a black art. With the refresh, BMW worked on creating a stiffer suspension and a better steering setup, with impressive results.
The electrically assisted steering is on the light side, but turn-in is quick and there is some feedback—which is more than we can say about many BMWs of late. The 2018 update included tweaked damping, and the 440i provides a stable ride, with a suspension that capably absorbs bumps while still having a connected feel to the road. Despite a taut ride with little body roll, the numbers say the 4-series trails behind the competition at the skidpad. It registered 0.86 g, whereas the Q60, ATS, and C-class have hit 0.90 g or more. It is worth noting, however, that the 440i was on all-season Pirelli tires and likely would post a better number if it were equipped with the optional $1700 Track Handling package, which includes Michelin Pilot Super Sport performance rubber.
Entering this test, the BMW 4-series was among our favorite luxury coupes, and the incremental changes only improved an already strong package. The suspension is comfortable but still athletic, the engine is marriage material, and the relatively simple styling looks better after each day spent with it. The interior is slightly out of step, and the car might need stickier rubber to make the most of the chassis, but there are options available to address those issues—for a price, of course. Although BMW has fiddled a bit with the recipe, this remains one tasty two-door.
2018 BMW 440i RWD Coupe
front-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
PRICE AS TESTED
$56,245 (base price: $49,695)
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve inline-6, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
183 in3, 2998 cm3
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
330 lb-ft @ 1380 rpm
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode
Wheelbase: 110.6 in
Length: 182.7 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 54.2 in
Passenger volume: 94 ft3
Trunk volume: 16 ft3
Curb weight: 3710 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.4 sec
100 mph: 10.8 sec
130 mph: 19.2 sec
150 mph: 28.8 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 5.0 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.3 sec
¼-mile: 12.9 sec @ 109 mph
Top speed (governor limited): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 166 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.86 g
C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 25 mpg
75-mph highway driving: 37 mpg
Highway range: 580 miles
EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 25/21/32 mpg
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2018 BMW440 Pricing and Specs
Compare 4 440 trims and trim families below to see the differences in prices and features.
Trim Family Comparison
iView 2 Trims
- 3.0L I-6 Engine
- 8-spd w/OD Transmission
- 320 @ 5,500 rpm Horsepower
- 330 @ 1,380 rpm Torque
- rear-wheel Drive type
- ABS and driveline Traction control
- 1st row regular express open/close sliding and tilting glass Sunroof
- 18" machined w/painted accents aluminum Wheels
- front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
- rear air conditioning, with separate controls
- SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite, seek-scan Radio
- 1st row LCD monitor
- keyfob (all doors) Remote keyless entry
- front Fog/driving lights
- Heated mirrors
- Windshield wipers - rain sensing
- Sensatec leatherette Seat trim
- driver and passenger Lumbar support
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BMW’s 4 Series comes in coupe, four-door hatchback (Gran Coupé) and cabriolet versions. The 3 and 4 Series cars share the same 248-horsepower, 2.0L four-cylinder engine, though the M version gets an inline six cylinder. The 4 Series also gets a 3.0L inline six producing 320 horsepower, while the extremely rare M4 CS gets the M's engine, but juiced up to 460 horsepower. Its 0?100 km/h time: 3.9 seconds.
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BMW 4 Series
|Gas guzzler tax||CA$0|
|Engine||3,0 l I-6|
|Power||320 hp @ 5,500 rpm (239 kW)|
|Torque||330 lb·ft @ 1,380 – 5,000 rpm (447 N·m)|
|Vehicle type / Category|
|Category||Coupe $50,000 - $100,000|
|Fuel efficiency / Autonomy|
|CO₂ emissions||183 g/km|
|Heated steering wheel||standard|
|Lane departure warning||optional|
|Adaptive cruise control||optional|
|Auxiliary audio input||standard|
|Apple CarPlay compatible||available|
|Android Auto compatible||not available|
|Premium audio system||optional|
|Steering / Suspension / Brakes / Tires|
|Turning diameter||11 m (37′)|
|Front suspension||independent, Macpherson strut|
|Front brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Dimensions / Weight|
|Length||4,638 mm (183″)|
|Width||1,826 mm (72″)|
|Height||1,377 mm (54″)|
|Wheelbase||2,809 mm (111″)|
|Front track||1,552 mm (61″)|
|Rear track||1,600 mm (63″)|
|Weight||1,688 kg (3,721 lb)|
|Trunk||445 l (16 cu ft)|
|Fuel tank||60 l (13 gal)|
|Power to weight ratio||141.0 W/kg|
|0-100 km/h||5.1 s (manufacturer)|
|Top speed||210 km/h (130 mph) (manufacturer)|
|Base warranty||4 years/80,000 km|
|Powertrain warranty||4 years/80,000 km|
|The Car Guide rating|
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