At full throttle, I wing past the diesel cargo van that had been clogging the fast lane and look down at the BMW’s speedometer. It reads 200 kilometers per hour. That’s 125 mph, a velocity I would never attempt on an American roadway. But this is Germany, and I’m taking full advantage of the Autobahn’s unlimited speed limits and the impressive high-speed stability of this 2018 BMW 4 Series. This is where German luxury cars really impress, and it’s that performance, combined with its beauty and comfort, which has made the 4 Series so popular in America.
In all its forms — coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe hatchback — the 4 Series is a consistent favorite in the extremely competitive small luxury segment. Updated for 2018, the 4 Series competes very successfully against the Lexus IS and RC, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and A5, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q5 and Q60, Jaguar XE and the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.