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The New 2021 BMW 4 Series is Surprisingly Unattractive

The BMW brand has always been good at balancing out performance with style. They’ve produced everything from sports cars to SUVs — though unfortunately, we have yet to see a BMW truck — that reflects the racing heritage of the company by providing power as well as a never-ending enhancement to style. The 4 Series has been a practical option for having a sporty two-door coupe with usable back seats and practical cargo space, but there is something a little off about the way the newest generation is styled.

We can’t quite put our finger on it

Actually, we can put our finger on what people aren’t loving from the new BMW 4 Series, and it isn’t unique to this model alone. For generations of cars, the manufacturer has been known for its iconic kidney-bean style grille. So much so that enthusiasts could make stickers and t-shirts identifying how proud they are to drive BMW by simply putting the grille design with headlights. The newest generation, however, ditches the symbolic kidney-bean grilles for the beaver fangs.

2021 BMW 4 Series | BMW

We don’t love it

The beaver fang grilles look exactly how they sound, and they look rather…odd. In fact, for as beautifully designed as the new 4 Series is, the grille just doesn’t feel quite right to many drivers. Maybe it’s our own personal bias and inability to accept the change that makes us hate it, or maybe it’s just flat out ugly. Either way, we are sure that the new style is here to stay whether we like it or not.

Besides the beaver fang grille, the rest of the car’s upgraded design features are pretty sleek. The aggressive front end on the M models gives the car an upper hand and more appeal, but the base model looks good as well. Completing the slick front end is a sloping roofline that gives the car the appearance of a true sports car — with some added practicality that makes the car even better.

2021 BMW M3 Competition (left) and M4 Competition front | BMW

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A modern interior for the 4 Series

The interior of the new 4 Series, on the other hand, is quite well designed. The new dashboard features a digital tachometer with several other options that can be customized to display. The new center console design is reminiscent of the previous generations of the BMW 4 Series but updated to look sleeker and even more modern. It looks so nice, perhaps, that it is one of the best design features of the whole car.

2021 BMW 4 Series | BMW

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Maybe we just need some time before we get used to the beaver fang grille, and perhaps one day, we might even learn to love it. Regardless, many critics can agree that the kidney-bean style of grille would have looked much better.