Though it’s a younger model (first debuting in 2013), the BMW 4 Series has earned the admiration of the German auto manufacturer’s usual crowd and casual drivers alike.
First introduced as a replacement to the fan favorite 3 Series coupe, the 4 Series has made headlines everywhere (and sold well), making an immediate and thorough case for its spot at the forefront of BMW’s automotive lineup. The 2017 model will be the next to roll off the line, but it’s worth noting these previous iterations have raised the bar a fair amount in a very short amount of time.

BMW’s take on the 4 Series seems to be this: offer fans of the 3 and 5 Series a middle ground. Somewhere to meet in the middle, with more car underneath you than a 3 Series and less presence than a 5 Series. To help get everybody onto this middle ground, BMW is offering a handful of different configuration options and variations on the base model, so there’s something for everyone.

With the company spending so much time and money refocusing the 3 Series crowd on the 4 Series roster, it’s worth taking a look at what sort of specializations are available.

The 4 Series comes in different “lines” – specializations on the base car. Think of these specialization packages as BMW’s way of doing a little bit of everything while staying in the 4 Series category. There’s a model for comfort, a model for tearing up the track, etc. Variations of the 4 Series feel like homages to some of BMW’s bigger, meaner machines.

Specifically, next year’s schema for these lines will be the same as previous years, with a Base Line (ES/SE Line) functioning as the jumping-off point. Buyers can choose their options individually with this model, interchanging them at will.

There exists a Sport Line model, designed for road performance. Alterations aren’t limited to the engine block – an enormous amount of weight’s been shaved off, and the interior shows for it. Bucket seats, red stitching, and red trim give the car a competitive look.

The Luxury Line is for laid-back drivers. In lieu of red trim and stitching, there’s wood and wood trim. Even the wheels are swapped out in place of classier ones.

Last up at bat is the M Sport Line. BMW tossed subtlety to the wind and went straight for something reminiscent of their M models. This one comes with a body kit, as well as stitching and dash accent colors available only in this car.

Those lines are options for each of BMW’s 4 Series models, the 420d, 428i, 428i xDrive, 435i, and 435i xDrive. You can play around on BMW’s official website to find the configuration that works for you. Even a convertible option is available, and for our two cents’ worth, it really looks fantastic.

BMW first introduced the 4 Series to replace the 3 Series, and its more efficient utilization of the F30 frame, including the sheer amount of configuration options, make a pretty good argument that’s turning out to be the case.

Video courtesy of Test Drive