2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
- Hatchback body style makes it easy to load cargo
- Stout performance with either engine
- Upscale interior with easy-to-use controls
- Well-balanced ride and handling
- Less backseat headroom than in 3 Series sedan
- Heavier and costlier than similar sedan competitors
- Available only with an automatic transmission
Which 4 Series Gran Coupe does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
A variant of the 3 Series, the 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is actually a four-door hatchback. BMW has sliced and diced the automotive landscape so finely that it offers subvariants such as the 4 Series Gran Coupe (and the 3 Series GT) that have no direct competitors. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is in a segment of one until Audi releases the A5 Sportback in 2018.
Now in its third year of production, the 4 Series Gran Coupe remains an enviable automobile, one that delivers exhilarating acceleration, refinement and style. Its engines are new this year, although they share exactly the same displacement and cylinder count as the engines they replace. Compared to a regular 3 Series, you lose out on some rear seat space, and you'll pay more. But it's a trade-off we think is worth it.
Trim levels & features
The 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is — despite its coupe billing — a four-door hatchback. It's available in two trim levels, 430i and 440i, and both are available with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (called xDrive in BMW-speak). An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission available. The 430i, the entry-level version, is equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and offers many features as optional. The 440i gets our nod for its much more powerful turbocharged inline-six. Stepping up to the 440i also nets a few other upgrades, though it too has many optional features.
Highlights for the 430i include 18-inch wheels, xenon headlights, a sunroof, a power liftgate, power front seats and a nine-speaker sound system, but you'll have to visit the options sheet if you want things such as keyless entry, satellite radio, heated seats or a backup camera. Even Apple CarPlay is extra. Its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque) is more adept at hustling this heavy car around than you might expect.
But the 440i has an engine that's too compelling to ignore. The 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six (320 hp, 330 lb-ft of torque) is smooth, refined and exceedingly robust. In the bargain you get power lumbar adjustment, keyless entry, hands-free liftgate operation and a premium audio system.
Many optional packages are common to both trim levels. Options to be on the lookout for include the M Sport package (summer performance tires, a performance-tuned suspension, different exterior styling), the Technology package (a navigation system with a larger display), LED headlights, some advanced driver safety aids, an adaptive suspension and adaptive cruise control.
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions, although trim levels share many aspects. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | RWD).
NOTE: Since this test was conducted, the current 4 Series Gran Coupe has received some revisions, including an update to the model name (the 428i is now called 430i) and a new-generation engine of the same 2.0-liter displacement. Our findings remain broadly applicable to this year's 430i Gran Coupe.
Noise & vibration4.0
Ease of use3.5
Getting in/getting out2.5
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Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite 4 Series Gran Coupe safety features:
- Remote Services
- Provides status for many vehicle functions, remote unlocking and stolen vehicle recovery.
- BMW Assist
- This standard system includes automatic crash notification and roadside assistance.
- Active Driving Assistant
- This camera-based system provides lane departure warnings and forward collision mitigation. It primes and applies the brakes if necessary.
2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe for Sale
As German luxury automakers slice and dice traditional market segments, it's fair to say that the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is in a class of one. Based on the ubiquitous 3 Series, the Gran Coupe combines a four-door body with the sleek coupe profile of the 4 Series, then adds a hatchback. Bridging the gap between the two cars, the Gran Coupe trades backseat space for style.
Being a BMW, you'd expect it to drive well and the 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn't disappoint. Two all-new engines are offered for 2017, although engine sizes remain familiar. The 430i uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet of torque), while the 440i gets a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder (320 hp, 330 lb-ft of torque).
Both cars are quick — we've clocked the 430i from zero to 60 mph in a brisk 5.7 seconds — and both offer rear- or all-wheel drive. Fuel economy ranges from 27 mpg combined (23 city/34 highway) for the rear-wheel-drive 430i or 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 highway) for the all-wheel-drive 440i xDrive.
The Gran Coupe's handling is a strength, again as you might expect from a BMW. We like the Gran Coupe's impeccable poise and sharp feel when initiating a turn, although the power steering dulls some of the feedback you want from the tires. The optional M Sport suspension package sharpens the Gran Coupe's responses even further, though it also firms up the ride. That said, we love the way both suspension options soak up bumps and eliminate harshness.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe's front seats are pretty hard to beat. Firm and supportive, they also offer a plethora of power adjustments, providing good comfort on long-distance drives and great lateral support for aggressive driving. But the seats are mounted low, and those prominent side bolsters that offer so much support make the Coupe a tricky car to enter and exit.
The low roofline compromises rear seat space. Even those of average height will need to duck while entering and may have to bend their heads to avoid hitting the roof. The 3 Series Gran Turismo — another 3 Series-based four-door coupe, but shaped more like a traditional hatchback — provides better rear seat room. The Gran Coupe's swoopy roof also compromises rearward visibility, but access to the trunk is excellent.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe comes in 430i and 440i trim levels, distinguished by engine size. Both cars offer an array of options, limited only by your imagination and wallet. Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe for you.
2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Overview
The 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is offered in the following submodels: 4 Series Gran Coupe Sedan. Available styles include 430i SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 440i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 440i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 430i xDrive SULEV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe?
Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2017 4 Series Gran Coupe 3.5 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2017 4 Series Gran Coupe.
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Our Review Process
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