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5 Cars Similar to the BMW M4

A blue BMW M4 car on the parking lot at morning.

List of my favorite THREE cars similar to the BMW M4

  • 2023 BMW M3
  • 2023 Audi RS 5
  • 2023 Mercedes-Benz AMG C43

Fresh out of the box, the powerfully confident road-gripping two-door version of the M3 sedan-the M4-promises grip, luxury, thrills, and yet comfort, so much so that it’s even suitable for daily use. Now in its second generation, this racy lightweight car comes in four models-the Coupe, Competition Coupe, Competition Convertible, and the CSL.

As you can expect from BMW, this all-purpose-built car comes with several luxury amenities. Chief among these are, for example, the M4 GT4’s air conditioning, heated windscreen, and a ventilated Recaro seat-all come as standard equipment. Another wow feature is the natural fibers used for some of the interior and exterior parts. To top off, all trims, like the M4 GT4, have a steering wheel with illuminated controls made by the sim racing hardware experts at Fanatec.

Given the M4’s raw power, it is not surprising that it does 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds-a reflection of its horsepower.

Depending on trim, the M4’s inline-six engine can push out between 470-hp to as much as 550 horsepower and 479 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters) of torque. In the race-track-built M4 GT4, the output is channeled to the rear axle with help from a ZF seven-speed automatic transmission and an LSD. Highly configurable, the M4 GT4 has a 10-step traction control system, three H&R spring rates, and five-level anti-roll bar adjustability.

 The standard M4 comes with rear-wheel drive, a six-speed manual transmission, and a blazing 473-hp twin-turbo inline-six engine.  M4 Competition models pack 503 horsepower. The track-attack version-the M4 CSL, comes with 543-hpit . For the speed demon in you, you will be happy to know that both models have an optional eight-speed automatic, the only transmission sold with the optional xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Starting at a princely $76,000 for the Coupe, the M4 rises to a high of $141,000 for its prime trim, the CSL.

Except for the M4 CSL which has deleted its rear seat for less weight, the M4 comes with four seats. The BMW M4 Competition coupe is a four-seater, with two sports seats in the first row, while the second has a two-seat bench.

Available in several variants and body types, the BMW M4 is powered by PULP fuel type(s). Estimated fuel consumption starts from 10.1L/100km for Coupe /PULP for the latest year the model was manufactured. It’s no surprise then that when it comes to efficiency numbers, the M4 is rated at up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Should speed and cargo be what you are looking for, the BMW M4 Competition coupe’s boot has a cargo capacity of 420L. This can be increased to an undisclosed volume by stowing the 60/40 split-fold rear bench via the main storage area’s manual-release latches.

Despite the M4 accommodating cargo, you can still drive fast- two bag hooks and four tie-down points are available to ensure loose items are secure.

Cars Similar to the BMW M4

The 2023 BMW M4’s features and specs put it in comparative step with her similar key rivals of……..

1. 2023 BMW M3

The all new BMW M3 2023 model in white colorway look so elegant with style.

Speak of Siamese twins and you might just be talking about the 2023 BMW M3 and  M4.  Like the M4, the M3 is a top-tier driver’s dream-thrilling to drive, roomy and biting at the bit to enter the track.

Add to this a handsome exterior and powerful horses, and you have the M4 by another name. Ready to thrill you both on and off the track. Like the M4, the M3 also boasts a track-tuned chassis that is close to a racecar-like. 

Coming with a unique “M” badging and distinct trim details, the M3 echoes the M4 by offering interior Black Extended Merino leather upholstery with tri-color M stripes and special stitching. Its infotainment system runs through a 12.3-inch touchscreen. To add to the external beauty, all M3s come with a curved gauge cluster running BMW’s now standard latest operating system.

Similar to the M4, the M3 is equally quick off the 0-60mph mark, reaching it in 3.5 seconds-0.3 seconds faster than the M4.

Just like the M4, the M3’s standard version is also a rear-wheel drive 473-hp sedan available only with a six-speed manual transmission. Opt for the M3 Competition and you earn yourself 503-hp and an eight-speed automatic. The M3 Comp is available with either rear- or all-wheel drive.

Akin to the M4’s Coupe, the standard M3  also starts retailing at around $74,000 and peaks at $97, 000 with the M3 Edition 50 Jahre BMW M-a whopping $47,000 less than the M4’s CLS.

For your posterior’s pleasure, the front seats of this standard four-seater are ventilated. The M3 is, however, a four-door vehicle, whereas the M4 is a two-door.

When it comes to fuel consumption, like the M4, the BMW M3 is also available in variants and body types that are powered by PULP fuel type(s). Its estimated fuel consumption is a dead-ringer than that of the M4. It too starts from 10.1L/100km for Sedan /PULP.

 Both the 2023 M4 and M3 sedans are rated at up to 16 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. However, in the case of the M3, adding an all-wheel drive lowers its highway estimate to 22 mph.

2. Audi RS 5

Red Audi RS5 displayed on a showroom.

Endowed with the same self-elegant proportions as the M4, and similar refined 400-plus-hp twin-turbo V-6, Audi’s wildest version of the A5, the S5 coupe, is comparable. Although not as track-focused as the more powerful BMW M4 coupe, the RS5 also has the widest, stickiest tires, and biggest brakes.  It too rewards spirited drivers with thrilling acceleration, sharp, easy-to-exploit handling, and a flexible ride.

Coming with an equally sporty exterior, the RS5’s body styling, sport brakes, Matrix LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start, and heated mirrors, are unmistakeably tech-minded Audi gadgetry. As in the M4, the tech stuff is handled by a new 10.1-inch central touch screen that gets both Apple CarPlay and Android.

The richly-appointed interior has a spacious front row that leaves reasonable amounts of legroom for passengers in the rear seats. Once inside, you are welcomed by Nappa leather seats (heated in the front), illuminated door sills, stainless steel pedals, ambient interior lighting, and sporty touches. For example, the chunky, flat-bottomed steering wheel, which you will undoubtedly love.

Put the pedal to the metal and the Audi RS5 accelerates to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds.or 0-60mph 3.5 seconds- thanks to its all-wheel drive.

Pop open the RS5’s hood and you will be met by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 that pumps out 444 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.  Close to the M4, but that is as far as similarities go. Unlike the M4, the RS5’s horsepower instead routes through Audi’s rear-biased Quattro all-wheel-drive system via a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Since the 2023 Audi RS5 is not complicated by various trim levels, it retails from $77,000-only $1,000 more than the base M4.

When it comes to the number of seats, like the M4, the Audi RS5 is a four-seat (Coupe) or five-seat (Sportback) performance, model. Its lavish cockpit has plenty of space for upfront riders. The rear seat is however tighter, especially in the M4-like two-door RS5 Coupe guise.

Like the M4, the Audi RS5 is also powered by PULP fuel type(s). Unlike the M4 however, it has a slightly better-estimated fuel consumption that starts from 9.4L/100km for Coupe /PULP. Akin to the M4, EPA estimates that the high-powered RS5 coupe will get 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway- slightly better than the M4.

3. 2023 Mercedes AMG C43

Close up photo of the most awaited Mercedes AMG 2023 model in white colorway with a man driving.

 Powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 402 horses, the AMG C43 is admittedly not as powerful as the M4. However, like the latter, it comes with rear-wheel steering.

The C43’s interior is also similar to the racy M4’s. It too contains all manner of performance-enhancing tech. This includes a large, portrait-oriented infotainment tablet that is angled toward the driver and runs the latest MBUX interface.

Like the M4, the AMG C43 combines both road elegance and track raciness. Inside, racier materials such as optional carbon fiber trim, a sport steering wheel that features a flat bottom, and a leather-and-suede wrap. Akin to the M4, the C43 also comes with a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated seats, a heated steering wheel, four-zone automatic climate control, and noise-insulating window glass.

Though the AMG C43 is yet to be test driven, given its engine and horsepower, it is estimated it will hit 0-60mph in 4.0 seconds.

The 2023 AMG C43’s new engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four. Its setup is partially derived from the company’s F1 racing-engine tech. The turbocharger incorporates an auxiliary electric motor to spin up the compressor quicker, which in turn reduces turbo lag. A nine-speed automatic is standard

Although for 2023 the engine has been downsized, it still churns out an impressive 402 horsepower. In addition to this, it is assisted by a 48-volt hybrid system that temporarily contributes up to 13 more ponies at lower rpm.  And yes in case you are wondering, the hybrid assist doesn’t add to the total power output.

Mercedes-AMG hasn’t released pricing yet for the 2023 C43 sedan just yet, but when they do, it is estimated its three distinct trim levels’ price range from $63,000 for the Premium trim level and  $73,000 for the Pinnacle. Whereas the M4’s base starts from  $76,000.

Unlike the M4, the AMG C43 is a five-passenger sedan. Performance seats are optional but available.

Available in several variants and body types that are powered by PULP fuel type(s). the Mercedes-AMG C43’s fuel economy figures for the 2023 C43 sedan are yet to be released.

However, it is anticipated that to match that of the outgoing model which was rated for 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway-pretty close to the M4’s figures.  Similar to the  M4, it is estimated that the C43 will have fuel consumption starting from 10L/100km for Convertible /PULP.

Interestingly, the Mercedes-AMG C43 reportedly has a maximum towing capacity of 1800kg for the latest model available.

4. Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio

Front view of white Alfa Romeo Giulia standing in the middle of the desert.

Like the M4, the Guilia Quaddrifoglio is also a sport-orientated-looking sedan. Built by Fiat, Ferrari, and Alfa engineers, the Guilia QF  is a rear-drive, which is similar to the M4. Within the ballpark of between $76,000 and $81,000, booth vehicles are within the same price range.

Externally, the Guilia QF is beautiful whereas the M4 is handsome.  As for the interior,  the Guilia QF, like the M4,  also boasts of similar tech and arguably more.

This includes a  wireless smartphone charging pad, an air-quality system, heated front, and rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, in-dash navigation, blind-spot monitoring, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, and leather upholstery, and a 15-speaker Harman/Kardon audio system. Standard driver-assistance features are lane-departure warning and automatic high-beam headlamps.

Speed-wise, the Guilia Quadrifoglio turns up the heat on the sports sedan segment. It does 0-60mph in 3.6 seconds-0.2 seconds faster than the M4.

Driven by a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 and a well-calibrated eight-speed automatic transmission, the rear-drive-only Giulia Quadrifoglio puts out 505-hp and 443 pound-feet of torque. However, unlike the M4, it does not have manual transmission.

Offering the best of FiatFerrari, and Alfa engineering, the Guilia QF’s cost price starts from $81,000- some $5,000 more than the base M4.

At four doors, the five-seat Giulia QF s nothing like the M4 when it comes to seating. However, the two are similar in that they both have a pair of racing-oriented Recaro buckets available.

 The Alfa Romeo Giulia is available with a PULP fuel type. EPA rates the Guilia QF at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway-just slightly better than the M4.

5. 2022 Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio

The elegant looking Alfa Romeo Guilia Quadrifoglio 2022 model in metallic mint green colorway difting.

Despite their tough-guy track-ready appearances, both the M4 and the CT4 are comfortable enough for daily use. Externally, however, the CT Blackwing doesn’t have the same grand presence as its bigger rival.

Based on the regular Cadillac CT4, like the M4, the CT4-V boasts both a standard manual transmission and rear-wheel drive. Every CT4-V model is fitted with adaptive dampers, an electronic limited-slip differential, and a powerful braking system that, like the M4, makes it racetrack-ready. While the exterior of the CT4 is comparatively much like the M4’s, its interior is, however, rather tacky.

At just 8.0 inches its touchscreen’s CarPlay or Android split-screen functions result in tiny individual widgets. The Blackwing also comes standard with a 14-speaker AKG stereo that has brushed aluminum grilles and lightweight components.

Precise and nimble, the CT4-V does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds. 0.1 second slower than the M4.

The CT4-V Blackwing hood hides a twin-turbo 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 472 horsepower and 445 pound-feet of torque. Very much like on an M4, all that power is rushed to the rear wheels through either a standard six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic. 

Starting from $61,000, the CTV-V is comparatively and understandably less than the M4.

In case the list above is still not exhaustive enough for you, you might also investigate the following non-electric vehicles similar to the M4: 2022 Lexus LS 500H (Cost range:$77-113,000); 2022 BMW 7 series (Cost range:$88,000);  2022 Maserati MC20 (Cost range: $217,000); Genesis G90(Cost range:$76-80,000);

In the meantime, below are some frequently asked questions relating to the BMW M4 you might be interested in too.

BMW M4 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Front view angle of a brand new BMW M4 in white colorway in display at an Auto Show.

Q. Can an M4 be a daily driver?

A: Yes car will be fine. The real question is do you want to do that given comfort, gas consumption, and depreciation will be bad.

Q.   Is it worth getting a BMW M4

A: Overall verdict. “We think the BMW M4 Coupe is becoming a really attractive second-hand buy. In terms of value for money, it’s massively desirable, given its performance, blend of ride and handling, stylish good looks, and comfortable interior.

Q. What is the best M4 year?

A: The best year of the BMW M4 series is 2020, which is the last year of M4’s first-generation supercar. This year offers excellent performance with sharp and responsive handling, quick acceleration, a powerful drivetrain, and an elegant design establishing its authority on the road.

Q. Is the BMW M4 high maintenance?

A: According to Edmunds, a 2019 M4 will cost you around $8,038 in maintenance costs during the first five years. In terms of repairs, you’ll reportedly end up spending around $2,561.