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Price, fuel economy and range, finance and depreciation

There was a time when a BMW 3 Series coupé (like most premium German cars of the era) would have arrived pretty sparsely populated by gadgets and luxuries, but those days have gone.

There’s little need to dip deep into the BMW 4 Series’ options list, and if you do so it’ll largely be for desirable extras, at a few quid more on the monthly plan, rather than residual-enhancing essentials.

Strong predicted residuals, but not quite as sharp as its Audi rival

Emissions and economy are good throughout the range, especially in the case of the 420d – which also makes a compelling case for itself as a company car. That model records CO2 emissions of 124g/km and 60.1mpg on the combined cycle, although 50mpg-plus is easily possible with judicious use of the throttle.

The new BMW 4 Series should prove reliable, too, while its dealers are generally regarded as being prompt and helpful. It is too early to predict used values with any real certainty, but the car should be glamourous – and talented – enough to compensate for the lack of the gilt-edged sheen of the 3 Series badge.

Just remember to endeavour to maintain whatever warranty you have on your 4 Series, as repairs could be costly.