Talking Cars 286: Driving the BMW 4 Series

Plus questions about winter tires, car buying, and our hosts’ backgrounds

Main theme: The podcast panel talks about our time spent with the new BMW 4 Series, specifically the M440i xDrive. From road trips to the track, we have a lot to say about how BMW’s newest coupe always rises to the occasion.

Driven this week: 2021 BMW 4 Series

Audience Questions
• I’m buying a new car to get out of the city. Do I have to go on a test drive? I’m nervous about COVID-19.
• Are run-flat winter tires less effective because of their additional stiffness?
• I want to buy a new car that’s not sold in the U.S. Can I?
• What are all those books in the background of Gabe’s home office?

Talking Cars 286
Talking Cars panelists Ryan Pszczolkowski, Keith Barry, and Gabe Shenhar.

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As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

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Head shot photo of CRO Cars CIA editor Keith Barry

Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.