When you’re comparing vehicles that start in the mid $40s range, a BMW 3 Series sedan might be in the mix, but if the budget allows it and you’re daring enough to go for a coupe or convertible, despite having fewer doors, the 2021 BMW 4 Series is also considered a compact executive car. It’s a bit longer and larger overall compared to the 3 Series with similar interior space and with four seats. The exciting M440i convertible is a blend of head-turning good looks, luxury appointments and performance that was once limited only to BMW’s highest end vehicles. The option of a drop-top convertible, BMW’s first soft top in the segment since 2006, is compelling and boasts an interior sound rating that’s quieter than the last folding-hard-top 4-series that BMW made. You’ll want to put the top down to appreciate the sounds of the engine it shares with the Toyota Supra—the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six. Spitting out 382 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission, the M440i sprints to 60 in 4.1 seconds with a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. Our test car had an MSRP of $64,000, and loaded up with Dynamic Handling Package, Parking Assist Package and Executive Package, its final sticker price was $74,670.
While all of the above fall into the same vehicle class, each was a very different vehicle designed and targeted toward very different drivers.