For decades the BMW 3 Series defined and dominated the small luxury coupe and convertible classes. That changed in 2014 when BMW, to some confusion of the German brand’s faithful as well as the general buying public, rejiggered its naming nomenclature and decided that coupes and convertibles would wear only even numbers.
This created the smaller 2 Series and it slapped the new 4 Series label on the extremely popular 3 Series Coupe and Convertible. The larger and more expensive 6 Series held pat and the 3 Series became a sedan only zone. And then, to further the confusion, BMW created the attractive 4 Series Gran Coupe, which has four-doors and now makes up over 50 percent of 4 Series sales.
Whatever they want to call it, the 2017 BMW 4 Series is a consistent favorite in the extremely competitive small luxury coupe, convertible and sedan segments, where it successfully competes against the Lexus IS and RC, Mercedes-Benz C Class, Audi A4 and A5, Cadillac ATS, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar XE and the new Alfa Romeo Giulia.
Lets take a closer look at the 2017 BMW 4 Series.