No two 2019 BMW 4-Series need to be the same.
That’s because on top of three body styles and four powertrains, the coupe, convertible, or hatchback is available in myriad configurations
with amenities and features that ensure no two cars should leave the factory with identical features.
Base coupes are equipped with synthetic leather upholstery, a moonroof, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate controls, keyless ignition, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, an 8.8-inch infotainment display, automatic emergency braking (that we cover above), and Apple CarPlay compatibility for about $45,000.
That’s good equipment, including its generously sized touchscreen. The 4-Series also gets another point for its plentiful customization options, but we take one back for an Apple CarPlay subscription model that asks owners for more money each year after the first year. We land at a 7 out of 10 for features. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
Coupes, Gran Coupes, and convertibles are equipped identically in base configuration, and their options largely mirror each other. Coupes and Gran Coupes cost mostly the same, convertibles are roughly $8,000 more. Adding all-wheel drive adds $2,000 to any body style.
Most of the 4-Series options are bundled into packages that add sporty touches, luxury flair, or safety gear. Few a la carte items such as heated seats, premium audio, adaptive suspension, and tech add-ons are available.
Fully loaded, a 2019 BMW 440i xDrive Convertible can cost more than $73,000 and nearly overlap a more powerful M4.
We’d order ours more modestly. Smile-state buyers could consider the convertible, but its premium may put off some in flyover country.
We’d stick to a well-equipped 430i coupe or Gran Coupe with active safety features, premium audio, and/or adaptive suspension for about $52,000.
All versions of the 4-Series this year include navigation and an 8.8-inch infotainment display that uses BMW’s iDrive software.
The native infotainment software is powerful, and worth learning, but BMW insists on charging owners extra for Apple CarPlay compatibility after the first year of ownership (each year costs $80).
BMW is alone in charging more for CarPlay compatibility and we’re not sure why. We say skip it. The native iDrive setup is better suited for its controller—using Apple’s touchscreen-based system with a rotary knob is frustrating—and CarPlay uses only two-thirds of the screen anyway.