2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review

Pros & Cons

  • 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 the 3 Series sedan
  • Heavier and costlier than similar sedan competitors
  • Less cargo space than closest hatchback competitors
  • Available only with an automatic transmission
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Which 4 Series Gran Coupe does Edmunds recommend?

For cars like the 3 Series, we think BMW's four-cylinder engine is just fine for most shoppers. But since the Gran Coupe is supposed to be a slightly more upscale car, splurging for the 440i and its inline six-cylinder engine makes sense. It offers smooth and strong power with only a minor hit to fuel economy, and you get slightly more standard equipment. Consider also getting the Executive package and Convenience package for the added safety equipment they offer.

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

7.1 / 10

BMW has decided that no matter what you want out of a vehicle, it will make a car to fit. Small convertible? Sure. Big SUV? Check. Big SUV with a sloping roofline so it doesn't have much trunk space or rear headroom, but it looks slick? Obviously. All BMW needs now is a pickup truck.

In the case of the 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, the only really objectionable thing is the name. After all, the Gran Coupe is actually a four-door hatchback with the coupelike profile. Sizewise, it's basically a 3 Series sedan, but you get some nice trim and equipment upgrades. As such, the 4 Series Gran Coupe answers the question: "What should I buy if I like the 3 Series but I don't want the expense or size of a 5 Series?"

The 4 Series Gran Coupe is comfortable and quiet on the road and offers a suitable amount of performance. However, rear headroom is tight, and the hatchback body offers only the smallest of cargo increases over the 3 Series sedan. If you're opting for a four-cylinder engine, the 4 Series Gran Coupe looks very similar to its lesser sibling on paper. Depending on how you look at it, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is either an incredibly obvious choice or an entirely consternating one.

When it launched, the Gran Coupe didn't have much in the way of direct competition, but now there are some compelling alternatives. The Audi A5 Sportback looks even sleeker and has more cargo capacity. Or you might also consider the Kia Stinger, which comes with more equipment for the price and punches above its weight class in terms of driving dynamics and quality.

2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe models

Despite the name, the 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door hatchback with a sedan profile. Two trim levels are available, 430i and 440i, with what's underneath the hood being the main distinctions. The 430i's turbocharged four-cylinder offers a compelling blend of performance and fuel economy. The 440i has a more powerful and nearly as efficient turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Both models 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 is motivated by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (248 horsepower, 258 pound-feet). Standard features include 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and foglights, automatic wipers, a sunroof, a power liftgate, power-folding and heated outside mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, power front seats, driver-seat memory settings, a 40/20/40-split rear seat, simulated leather upholstery, adjustable driving modes, and steering wheel-mounted shift paddles.

Infotainment duties are handled by an 8.8-inch central display screen with navigation, and a nine-speaker sound system with a CD player, a USB port, and HD and satellite radio. Apple CarPlay is standard, with a one-year complimentary subscription.

You'll primarily upgrade to the 440i for its turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (322 hp, 332 lb-ft). You also get power lumbar adjustment for the front seats, proximity entry, hands-free liftgate operation and a Harman Kardon premium audio system.

Many optional packages are common to both trim levels. These include the Convenience package, which offers heated front seats along with blind-spot monitoring and adjustable lumbar support on the 430i; the Executive package, which brings adaptive headlights with automatic high-beam control, a surround-view parking camera system, automated vehicle parking and upgraded leather upholstery; and the Driving Assistance package, which offers adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist and forward collision alert with low-speed automatic emergency braking. You can also up the Gran Coupe's sporting capability with the M Sport package that adds performance tires, a sport suspension (or adaptive suspension for an added fee), a sport steering wheel, more aggressive-looking front and rear styling, and the contents of the Convenience package. The Track Handling package includes non-run-flat performance tires, upgraded brakes, adaptive suspension and variable-ratio sport steering.

Notable stand-alone options include 19-inch wheels, heated front and rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a head-up display, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, and wireless device charging.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe (turbo 2.0L inline-4 | 8-speed automatic | AWD).

Driving

7.5
The 430i Gran Coupe's driving dynamics are hard to criticize but also hard to love. Acceleration is adequate but not lively, and the handling leaves you wanting more than the all-season tires can provide. But as far as sleek luxury sedans go, we certainly don't mind it.

Acceleration

7.0
BMW's turbocharged four-cylinder has decent thrust, but the Gran Coupe is a heavy load to bear. What's more, there is a significant delay between when you press the pedal and when the real power kicks in. The Gran Coupe required 6.3 seconds to reach 60 mph, which is acceptable but not quick.

Braking

8.0
The brakes are great in both everyday traffic and in heavy braking. Pedal travel is very short and feels immediately responsive, and we didn't experience any performance degradation during spirited drives. The Gran Coupe came to a stop from 60 mph in 128 feet, which is a bit lengthy for the segment.

Steering

8.0
Steering effort is variable depending on the drive mode (Eco Pro, Comfort, Sport or Sport+) with the ideal weight in Sport mode. Comfort mode is good for parking lots and freeway cruising. All modes have a good return to center, and the hefty steering wheel feels good in your hands.

Handling

7.0
The handling feels rewarding thanks to a well-tuned suspension. But our test car's tires produced lots of tire squeal around corners. They aren't designed to sustain a spirited pace for long. Stay below the tires' limits, though, and you'll enjoy your time behind the wheel.

Drivability

8.5
The 430i is easy to drive in low-speed traffic even if throttle is a bit lazy at the onset. There's a decent amount of torque off the line and the transmission shifts are smooth. Auto stop-start remembers your settings (on or off) even after you turn off the engine.

Comfort

7.5
A quiet and soft ride on the highway is the defining characteristic of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. It's adept at keeping passengers comfortable, and the 430i does well with any kind of long freeway journey or commute. The climate control's operation is a little odd, though.

Seat comfort

7.0
The front seats are comfortable but a bit narrow for drivers with wide hips or shoulders. The length of the driver's bottom seat cushion can be adjusted. But even in its shortest setting, it may feel too long depending on a driver's inseam. The back seats are comfortable with decent yet firm bolstering.

Ride comfort

8.0
Ride comfort is especially good in the default Comfort setting. Sharp impacts are still felt but they are more than adequately softened. Sport and Sport+ modes are decidedly firmer and feel out of character. We kept it in Comfort for most of our test.

Noise & vibration

8.0
There were no rattles or squeaks in our test car. The faint growl from the tailpipe only becomes noticeable with the windows down. Otherwise, it's a quiet cabin both in the city and on the highway. There's some minor road and wind noise, but it's less than the segment average.

Climate control

7.5
This BMW climate control system is a strange duck. There is no way to sync the dual zones and the auto setting button doesn't alter fan speed at all. The air conditioning blows cold and the heated seats work very well on their maximum settings. But below that they leave a bit to be desired.

Interior

7.0
The Gran Coupe's interior is comfortable, with relatively easy access to the front seats and a good driving position. Rear visibility is subpar, and the sloping rear roof forces you to duck down when getting into the back seat.

Ease of use

7.5
BMW's iDrive infotainment interface isn't immediately intuitive. But it's likable once you learn how it operates. Otherwise the cabin layout is simple, with most controls within reach. A few often-used buttons are hard to find at first.

Getting in/getting out

7.0
Sliding in and out of the front seat is easy because the seats are at the right height for most adults and there's no need to duck through the entry. But the high beltline and sloping rear roofline make things a bit more difficult for second-row passengers.

Driving position

8.0
The driving position has plenty of adjustability. The door panel and center console armrests are placed at a comfortable height as well.

Roominess

7.0
There's plenty of legroom for an average-size adult, both front and rear. Front headroom is plenty adequate for a 6-footer. The rear middle seat is a bit tight, and rear headroom is limited. Even at 5-foot-8, you may be brushing your hair on the headliner.

Visibility

6.5
The sloping rear roofline impinges upon rear visibility. The massive windshield provides a decent forward view, but the big windshield pillars and rear pillars alike create significant blind spots.

Quality

8.0
For a car in its price range, the 430i Gran Coupe is luxurious and well-built. It has soft-touch surfaces on most of the areas of frequent contact, and our tester was devoid of any squeaks or rattles. The panel gaps are small and even, and the paint quality is top-notch.

Utility

6.0
As a hatchback, the Gran Coupe is less utilitarian than we'd like. The cabin storage for small items is abysmal, and cargo space falls behind direct rivals. Accommodation for car seats is merely average.

Small-item storage

5.0
A tiny center console, ultra slim and shallow door pockets, and cupholders that are only suitable for regular-size soda cans mean you'll be keeping most of your paraphernalia in your pockets.

Cargo space

6.0
The Gran Coupe has 14 cubic feet of cargo space, which is just 1 cube more than the 3 Series sedan and 3.5 cubes less than the 3 Series wagon. The Audi A5 hatchback has 21 cubes behind the rear seat. A narrow opening also restricts access to loading larger items, even when the seat is down.

Child safety seat accommodation

7.0
Three anchor points on the back of the rear seats and two sets of LATCH points are easily visible thanks to contrasting plastic covers, but hard to squeeze your fingers into. Most child seats will fit in the back of the Gran Coupe without issue, but installation will require a bit of hunching over.

Technology

8.0
As is typically the case, BMW's proprietary technology is a strong point. Their navigation systems, voice controls and upgraded audio system are all nearly perfect in the 4 Series, but device integration could be improved upon.

Audio & navigation

9.0
The optional Harman Kardon audio system is superb. Sound quality, even at the highest of volumes, is undistorted and clear. Every navigation command is easily understood, and the map is on a crisp display.

Smartphone integration

6.5
BMW's iDrive system works quickly, but it has lots of layered menus to search through. Apple CarPlay is standard but now requires a subscription. Android Auto is not available. Two USBs up front allow smartphone connectivity.

Driver aids

6.5
: A rearview camera with an excellent display is standard, but other driver aids are optional. Our test car had the Executive package ($2,100), which added a 360-degree camera, automated parking and automatic high beams.

Voice control

10.0
Voice controls were flawless in our test, and the prompts can be interrupted to execute your commands, which isn't the case in some systems. Song selection, navigation destination and phone commands were understood the first time, every time, thanks to the BMW system's natural language recognition.

EdmundsScorecard

Overall7.1 / 10
Driving7.5
Comfort7.5
Interior7.0
Utility6.0
Technology8.0

Consumer reviews

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A sporty 4 door BMW with a great 440 ix engine!
Bob D.,11/04/2018
440i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
A high performance, fun to drive, sporty BMW. A great mid size choice for a well handling, luxury car.
Best Car No one Knows About
Joe Mac,05/18/2019
440i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
This is an excellent company luxury car. Solid as a tank and fast. With sport handling packages this car hugs the road with ease and makes the driver feel very much in control. But be prepared to spend to get the many great options available.
Drop Dead Georgeous
Chris,07/21/2019
430i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
This is easily one of the best looking cars on the road. It performs well across the board. I will say buying or leasing get the wheel/tire insurance. Its worth the money as I have gone through 3 tires and one wheel.
B's for BMW, electronics way too difficult to oper
Ralph,03/05/2019
430i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Good looking car for a good price. No mechanical issues after 25,000 miles. The car's electrical controls are a little tuff to learn how to operate.

Safety

Our experts like the 4 Series Gran Coupe models:

Side- and Top-View Cameras
Provide a 360-degree bird's-eye view of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Makes it easier to navigate in tight parking spots.
BMW Assist
This standard system includes automatic crash notification and roadside assistance.
Active Driving Assistant
Alerts the driver when the vehicle wanders out of its lane. Also warns when a front collision is imminent. Can apply brakes if necessary.

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Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Overview

The Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is offered in the following submodels: 4 Series Gran Coupe Sedan. Available styles include 440i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 430i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A), 440i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and 430i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A).

What's a good price on a Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe?

Price comparisons for Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe trim styles:

  • The Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 430i xDrive is priced between $30,998 and$35,999 with odometer readings between 16021 and33112 miles.
  • The Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 430i is priced between $29,494 and$31,999 with odometer readings between 12784 and26088 miles.
  • The Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 440i xDrive is priced between $39,999 and$40,999 with odometer readings between 15997 and30659 miles.
  • The Used 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 440i is priced between $40,499 and$40,499 with odometer readings between 13390 and13390 miles.

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