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.
Edmunds attended a manufacturer-sponsored event, to which selected members of the press were invited, to facilitate this report.