Despite the long and somewhat confusing name, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is essentially a four-door hatchback version of the 3 Series sedan. It's one of two such hatchback variants of the 3, the other the 3 Series Gran Turismo. While the GT offers lots of space at the cost of a somewhat ungainly appearance, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe takes the opposite approach — it features a handsome coupelike profile, which comes at the expense of backseat headroom and rearward visibility.
You do get some enhanced cargo-carrying abilities over the 3 Series sedan thanks to the hatchback design, and overall we're happy with the trade-off. The 4 Series Gran Coupe has the same traits that have made the 3 Series one of the world's favorite luxury performance cars, but with more attractive styling that suits its sporty demeanor.
Current BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
BMW offers the 4 Series Gran Coupe in 430i and 440i models. Both come with a long list of luxury features as standard. The primary difference between the two is the engine, though the 440i does get a few extra comfort and convenience features as standard, including a hands-free liftgate and an upgraded stereo. Both versions offer a lengthy list of options and packages. The advantage is that you can order your 4 Series Gran Coupe exactly as you like it, but the downside is that checking too many boxes launches the price into the stratosphere.
The 430i models are powered by a 248-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, while the 440i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six good for 320 hp. Both come with an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be had with rear- or all-wheel drive. The 430i is plenty powerful, but we must admit to being smitten by the 440i's smooth-spinning engine, which we think is a nice match for the Gran Coupe's slick styling. Steering, braking and handling are excellent, and the optional M Sport and Track Handling packages make the 4 Series Gran Coupe into an even more impressive performer.
Comfort is outstanding thanks to the 4 Series Gran Coupe's multiadjustable front seats and the adaptive dampers of the optional M Sport suspension. BMW's iDrive infotainment system remains one of the more complicated systems available (though cars without navigation are slightly simpler to use), but once you get over the learning curve, running through the menus becomes second nature.
That said, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe's styling has its disadvantages. Backseat space is cramped and access is awkward. Even average-height adults may have to crouch to sit back there. And the driver suffers as well because visibility to the rear is not as good as it is in the sedan. Cargo space matches the that of the 3 Series sedan exactly, but the hatchback provides better access with easier loading and unloading.
Used BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Models
BMW introduced the first-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe in 2015. Originally, BMW called the two trim levels the 428i and 435i. Power outputs were 240 hp for the 428i and 300 hp for the 435i. For the 2017 model year, the BMW updated the engines to produce 248 hp and 320 hp, respectively, and renamed them 430i and 440i.
Read the most recent 2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe review.
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