2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review
2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review
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Will Kaufman has worked in the automotive industry since 2017. He has written hundreds of car-related articles and reviews over the course of his career. Will is a senior editor and content strategist for CarMax at Edmunds. Will has been featured in the Associated Press and a number of major outlets on the topics of infotainment and vehicle data, vehicle subscription services and autonomous vehicles. Will started his career in online publishing by writing and editing standardized test guides, but he has a lot more fun writing about cars.
- 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
- Navigation system now standard
- Apple CarPlay standard (with a subscription model)
- Part of the first 4 Series Gran Coupe generation introduced for 2014
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.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 430i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.93 per gallon for premium unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$172/mo for 4 Series Gran Coupe 430i
4 Series Gran Coupe 430i
Avg. Midsize Car
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.
Edmunds' Expert Rating7.1 / 10
It may be the same size as a 3 Series, but the 4 Series Gran Coupe offers a little more luxury and style, along with the option of BMW's smooth six-cylinder engine. But the Gran Coupe is a few years old, and there are some newer rivals that might have more to offer buyers.
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).
|Overall||7.1 / 10|
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 & vibration8.0
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.
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.
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 use7.5
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 out7.0
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.
The driving position has plenty of adjustability. The door panel and center console armrests are placed at a comfortable height as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 accommodation7.0
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.
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 & navigation9.0
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.
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.
: 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 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.
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.
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.
4.7 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Hot 4 door hatch
BMW BOB, 08/05/2016
2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 435i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)
I wanted a car to replace my Audi S7, and this was just the ticket. Test drove Mustang 5.0, Lexus GS-f , Lexus IS-f, Mercedes C-400, and Audi 4 and S4. BMW 435 xi Grand Coupe with M package won on several points. Versatility of hatchback, styling, included no cost maintenance, ride/performance balance, and value. Audi maintenance is very expensive, Mustang 5.0 is unrefined, and Lexus … handling is like a marsh mellow, The BMW is very quick and I have been averaging 28mpg on the highway at speeds of 75-80mph. The one major weakness in the vehicle is the horrible run-flat tires, with no option for a spare in the trunk. I will be changing to Michelin Pilot super sports soon, however puncture sealant kit must be purchased to compensate for lack of a spare." I" drive takes time to get used to, but once mastered works well. Hands free phone calls are very clear and crisp.
5 out of 5 stars
4-Series X-Drive Gran Coupe has it all
Mark F, 11/18/2016
2016 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 428i xDrive SULEV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
Purchased the car 14 mos. ago. I have owned 10 BMW's over the last 25 yrs. This car is classic BMW. It's a driver's car and performs flawlessly in that regard. BMW has figured out how to maintain performance while increasing gas mileage. I actually observe 34-35 mpg hwy while traveling at speeds in excess of 70mph. City driving gives me 23-25 mpg. The car has utility as well. Both rear … seats recline to form a mini SUV if you will. It's great! Now for my only criticism: At 6ft 200 lbs, I'm not a slight individual. The driver's door opening is restricted in order to attain the coupe-ish look, making it difficult for ingress and egress. I brush my head 90% of the time getting in and out. Once inside.... no problems.
5 out of 5 stars
BMW's "Goldilocks" Car
NOLA Guy, 12/28/2017
2018 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 430i 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
It was time to replace my 80,000+ mile 2014 Mercedes E250 BlueTec. I wasn't impressed by the generic styling of the MB's exterior so thought I'd give the BMW 5 Series a try. Nice car but it didn't offer exactly what I was looking for, namely, high mileage with visual appeal. Then I saw a car that I never knew was available until I was at the dealership -- the 403i Gran Coupe with … Luxury Package. It checked all of the boxes for me, great highway mileage (34 EPA Highway; but I've averaged about 10- to 15% higher at a steady 75+ MPH in Comfort mode), safety, comfort (I'm 6'5" & 215#), high quality entertainment system with large screen navigation and storage space. Rear Seat comfort? Ok for short jaunts -- my only sacrifice vs the 530i. Storage space? Incredible! This thing is a hatchback with about half of what my SUV holds (MB GLE350). The front seats are extremely comfortable, the steering is very direct and the iDrive 6 is amazing, especially with Apple Play. Performance? More than sufficient for my needs. I cannot rate reliability with only 1,500 miles on the odometer, however, J.D. Powers rates the GranCoupe higher than the 3 and 5 Series as "Better Than Most". Best of all it was $5k less than the comparable 5 Series. Yup, out came the checkbook. If you're searching for a stylish, comfortable, well equipped vehicle, you should give the 4 Series Gran Coupe serious consideration.
5 out of 5 stars
Had a 750i - Don't Miss It.
2017 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe 430i xDrive SULEV 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 8A)
I have a 2017 BMW 430i xdrive Gran Coupe. Purchased it new. My previous car was a 2006 750i, which I leased when new. The 750i was a fabulous road car, for sure. I regularly drove from Washington, DC, where I live, to Manhattan, NY. I would make a 4 hour drive in a little over 3 hours. The car was a no drama luxury cruiser. I needed a full size car because I had a family, which … included a son built like a nose tackle, and a young adult daughter. Alas, my son died at 27 (of diabetes), and my daughter moved away after finishing her education. It was then only my wife and I. We did not need a full size car (and my wife owns a 2019 BMW X3 - another great car). So I went looking for a new car in late December, 2017. I saw the BMW 430i xdrive Gran Coupe. Love at first sight. That freakin' car is sexy. And it drives beautifully. I never would have thought that a 4 cylinder engine could adequately propel a 3600 pound adequately But is does. The sweet spot for driving is between 75 - 90 miles per hour. The car drives lithely, very gracefully. Just a blast to drive. Makes even an older guy like me feel youthful. I love that car. And since I rack up miles fast, I will probably buy another one when the new body style is introduced in a couple of years.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, so we've included reviews for other years of the 4 Series Gran Coupe since its last redesign.
2019 4 Series Gran Coupe Highlights
|Combined MPG||27 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$172/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||rear wheel drive|
|Warranty||4 years / 50,000 miles|
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.