2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe
MSRP range
$41,950 - $50,300

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Available only with an automatic transmission
  • Heavier and costlier than similar sedan competitors
  • Less backseat headroom than in 3 Series sedan


Which 4 Series Gran Coupe does Edmunds recommend

If you can afford it, spring for the 440i Gran Coupe to get its refined and powerful turbocharged inline six-cylinder engine. It's truly magnificent, and it's a good match for the Gran Coupe's sleek style. We also recommend the upgraded headlights of the Lighting package and the Driver Assistance package for its useful parking aids. Performance-oriented drivers are encouraged to tick the box for the attractively priced Track Handling package, which, among other goodies, supplies non-run-flat summer tires.

Edmunds' Expert Review

overall rating

4 / 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.

trim tested

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.

driving

4.5
Like other 328i and 428i BMWs, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is blessed with a powerful, responsive and surprisingly efficient base engine. All other dynamic attributes are at least on par with its siblings, which is saying something. Benchmark performance.

acceleration

5.0
Plenty of power, eager throttle response, and the 2.0-liter 240-horsepower turbo-four sounds great. The responsive automatic transmission also has a launch mode. Its measured a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds is almost a second quicker than average for entry-level luxury cars.

braking

3.5
The brake pedal feels solid and reassuring in all situations, and we observed zero reduction in effectiveness and a resistance to fade despite multiple successive panic stops. Braking distance of 115 feet is about average for summer tires.

steering

4.0
The optional variable-ratio steering and thick steering wheel offer excellent precision and response. We would prefer more feel, though, even in the higher-effort Sport mode. Still, for an electric-assist system, this one's pretty good.

handling

5.0
The 4 Series turns in crisply and demonstrates impeccable poise. It remains sure and predictable when driven hard like any other 3 or 4 Series. And the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages make it an even sharper driving instrument.

drivability

4.5
Adjustable drive settings allow you to set ride, steering and throttle response how you like it, but the default setting works well, too. BMW's automatic engine stop-start can feel rough at times. But when you shut it off, it stays off.

comfort

4.5
This sport-tuned model still manages to be comfortable thanks to its optional adaptive M Sport suspension and BMW's usual attention to detail. Accolades must also go toward the hugely adjustable front seats that can accommodate and hold in place a wide variety of body types.

seat comfort

5.0
It's hard to beat these front seats. A wide range of power adjustability is complemented by firm and supportive seat contours. This car is equally adept at long-distance comfort and cornering. Optional sport seats add thigh extension and power bolsters.

ride comfort

5.0
The adaptive sport-tuned M Sport suspension does create more jiggling and firmness at times, but this is still a masterfully damped suspension that soaks up bumps and quashes harshness. An example of how to do a sport model right.

noise & vibration

4.0
The 428i never sounds strained, and the engine fades into the background when cruising. There's good wind and road isolation despite frameless windows and that big, open hatchback trunk area.

interior

3.0
The 4 Series Gran Coupe four-door does not get top marks because entry and exit, space and visibility are compromised by its stylish roofline. It's better in these areas than a pure 4 Series coupe, but the 3 Series Gran Turismo, a similar but somewhat less graceful hatchback, is more practical.

ease of use

3.5
Without navigation, iDrive has a smaller screen and a simpler controller. It's still comparatively complicated, but you acclimate. Other controls are well placed, and the cruise controls are some of the best.

getting in/getting out

2.5
The front seats are low and the bolsters are prominent, which don't make it the easiest car to get into. The low roofline and fastback profile will cause you to duck more than usual, too. The 3 Series Gran Turismo is better in this regard.

roominess

2.5
There's superior room up front thanks to abundant seat movement and sufficient headroom. Those of average height or taller must slouch in the backseat, though. Get the similarly styled 3 Series GT if backseat space matters to you.

visibility

3.0
Thin roof pillars help the view forward. And given this car's roofline and low-slung seating position, it's not bad. Still, visibility to the rear is compromised, and the rearview camera is optional.

quality

4.5
Solidly built from the ground up with excellent materials and precise assembly. No gimmicks. This is clearly worth a price premium.

utility

4.0
The hatchback body style provides easy access to the cargo hold, which itself is amply sized. Cargo capacity-wise, it matches the 3 Series sedan by the numbers, but day-to-day access is better in the Gran Coupe.

Top consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Don't buy this BMW!!
Paul Bradbury, 8/4/2018
Poor performance, the engine loses all power when I turn a corner at an intersection and I just sit there for a few seconds waiting to go anywhere. Turbo lag is significant, I mash the pedal and for a few seconds nothing happens, throttle response is awful. I had an AWD MB SUV before this car and I could take turns faster in a car much, much heavier than I can in this, handling sucks. Car is way too low to the ground, the seats are the most uncomfortable car seat I've ever sat in, my feet go numb frequently because I can't get comfortable. Interior quality is awful, but then I suspect it is with every BMW, interior trim and materials are already starting to flake and peel off after only 1.5 years of ownership. Cargo and storage is decent. Navigation has to be the worst nav on the market, I used Google Maps on my phone at the same time as the vehicle system and I've stopped using the car's nav as it frequently gets the directions or street names wrong. The included cell phone charging cradle in the center armrest is friggen retarded, the only way my phone fits is if I take the case off and who the hell wants to do that? It takes all of the storage from the center console, after this there is only enough room for a pack of gum without covering the USB port in here. And of course all the cars at dealerships have to come packaged with this dumb charger, have the folks at BMW ever used a modern cell phone before? What are they thinking? USB ports are in the worst place possible, you can't both plug something into a USB port and have usable storage or drinks in the cup holders. Climate control doesn't have a sync option which many cars at this level do. My parking assistant and aid frequently doesn't work and nearly every time I back up I get a warning telling me not to rely on it and back up on my own. The lack of android auto but inclusion of apple car play is confusing, why offer one and not the other? Use of Spotify via the BMW app is spotty (no pun intended), sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I've had the car for 1.5 years and already had to replace the water pump, and after a few months of ownership one of the tires needed to be replaced, another $400 bucks down the drain. And now trying to get out of this damn lemon, my resale value is nearly half of what I originally paid for the car, went from $43,000 to $25,000 resale value in 1.5 years, now that is some depreciation! Long story short don't buy this car, get the A5 sportback which is a way better car, albeit for a bit more money.
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$41,950
MPG
23 city / 34 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$43,950
MPG
23 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
248 hp @ 5200 rpm
MSRP
$50,300
MPG
21 city / 31 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
MSRP
$48,300
MPG
21 city / 32 hwy
Seats 5
8-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
320 hp @ 5500 rpm
See all 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe features & specs

Safety

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.

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More about the 2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

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: . Available styles include 430i SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 430i xDrive SULEV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 440i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 440i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 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 4 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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Edmunds Scorecard

Overall4.0 / 5.0

Driving

4.5 / 5.0

Acceleration5.0 / 5.0
Braking3.5 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling5.0 / 5.0
Drivability4.5 / 5.0

Comfort

4.5 / 5.0

Seat comfort5.0 / 5.0
Ride comfort5.0 / 5.0
Noise & vibration4.0 / 5.0

Interior

3.0 / 5.0

Ease of use3.5 / 5.0
Getting in/getting out2.5 / 5.0
Roominess2.5 / 5.0
Visibility3.0 / 5.0
Quality4.5 / 5.0

Utility

4.0 / 5.0

Cargo space4.0 / 5.0
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