2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

MSRP range: $85,000 - $108,900
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2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Review

  • Engines are smooth and powerful
  • Nimble handling for such a big car
  • Surprisingly usable cargo space
  • Luxurious and comfortable interior
  • Low roofline compromises rear headroom, ease of entry and visibility
  • Infotainment system takes a long time to master
  • Lane departure warning is standard
  • Night-vision technology is no longer available
  • Part of the first 8 Series Gran Coupe generation introduced for 2020

Are large luxury sedans too stodgy for you? Are midsize luxury sedans lacking a certain presence or exclusivity? If so, you're in luck because there's a wonderful Goldilocks zone right between the two with some great choices. The best in that middle ground is the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. Don't let the name fool you — it is indeed a sedan.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe is one of those rare vehicles that expertly blends performance, luxury and technology in a stunning package that is greater than the sum of its parts. There are a handful of alternatives in this select class (Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-AMG GT and Audi S7) that may hold an edge in performance, but none are as balanced as the BMW. Check out our Expert Rating below to learn more.

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With the 8 Series Gran Coupe, BMW has created a winner. It has a decent amount of passenger space and utility for people with families. On top of this, you get impressive performance and sleek coupe-like style.
We tested the 840i xDrive, which has all-wheel drive. BMW's turbocharged six-cylinder provides more power than you'll need on a daily basis, and it delivers it in an impressively smooth manner. At the Edmunds test track, our car hit 60 mph in 4.7 seconds. That's a quick time though typical for a base-engine luxury sedan of this size. Braking performance is strong, but the pedal's lack of finesse can make it hard to consistently stop smoothly.

Around turns, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is stable yet deceivingly quick. There's heaps of traction and you don't have to tiptoe around it either. Just mash it and go. The steering effort is light, and the 840i is easy to maneuver around town. The steering doesn't provide much feedback, but it's accurate and complements the very accessible handling capabilities of this car. This is a well-sorted luxury sedan.
The 840i strikes a nice balance of comfort and sport. The adaptive suspension's Comfort setting filters out a lot of the ride harshness we experienced in the high-performance M8. The front seats provide a nice amount of support and adjustability. In back, the 8 Series is pretty comfortable, though we'd like the seatbacks to be less upright.

The 840 cabin is well insulated against wind and tire noise. You'll hear the six-cylinder when you rev it out. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound as sweet as the M850i's V8. The climate controls aren't very intuitive to use, and the air conditioning lacks the cooling power we'd want for really hot days. The optional seat ventilation is also pretty weak.
There's plenty of passenger space inside the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Sure, it concedes some headroom because of the sleek roofline. But legroom is abundant, and the driver's seat and steering column have more adjustment range than most of us will know what to do with.

The lower roofline is a bit of a hassle when it comes to getting in and out of the car, particularly the back. It also slightly impedes rear visibility. But if you spring for the Driver Assistance package, the 360-degree camera system and parking sensors eliminate any need to guess.

BMW's iDrive isn't the most intuitive to learn, but once you've become acquainted, it works well and doesn't distract you from the road. The use of a dial controller and touchscreen provides good redundant control, unlike Audi and Porsche, which have gone full touchscreen.
The 8 Series makes a strong showing on the tech front, primarily with an excellent suite of advanced driver aids and capable voice command system. These features fall a bit short of what Mercedes offers, but they prove convenient when it comes to easing the burden of rush-hour traffic or turning on your seat ventilation without lifting a finger.

The standard Harman Kardon audio system delivers solid sound. We don't see any real benefit to upgrading to the pricier Bowers & Wilkins systems. The 840i also comes with onboard navigation that's easy to use. Wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is also included, and Android Auto is finally rolling out as a late addition on the 8 Series. Our test car had four USB ports and two 12-volt power ports.
With trunk space of 15.5 cubic feet, the Gran Coupe slots between the AMG GT and the Porsche Panamera. Helping matters out are the 40/20/40-split rear seats that fold nearly flat via the trunk-mounted releases. The low liftover height (it's lower than the AMG GT's and Panamera's) and hands-free trunk function make loading groceries easier if your hands are full.

In-cabin storage is a bit lacking, but the available areas including the center armrest and glovebox are more usefully sized. If car seats are a part of your life, rest assured that the Gran Coupe has you covered. It has an abundance of backseat space and easy-to-access car seat anchors.
The 840i Gran Coupe with all-wheel drive has an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway). That's more fuel-efficient than the Panamera 4 (20 mpg combined) or Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 53 (22 mpg combined).

We averaged 22.5 mpg over 600 miles of mixed driving, which is an indication that the EPA figures are realistic. Traffic was particularly light due to the 2020 pandemic, but it's still a good indication the 840i is one of the more efficient models in its class.
You might have a hard time believing a $100,000 car could be considered a "good value," but hear us out. Within this class, the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe actually comes in around $12,000 less than its closest competitor without any compromise in performance or build quality. Cabin design will always have an element of subjectivity, but we think the BMW's is as solid as any, even if it's not designed to elicit as much luxury.

BMW's warranty and ownership perks are better than most, too. The basic and powertrain warranties align with other German makes at four years/50,000 miles, with a generous 12-year rust-through warranty and roadside assistance for four years. BMW is also the only one in this class that offers complimentary maintenance for three years/36,000 miles.
Sure, the 840i packs almost 300 horsepower less than the M8, but it is still rewarding and fun to drive. It also devours curvy roads with surprising ease. The beauty of all this is you don't really give up much by adding two extra doors. This coupe-style sedan has style to draw the right kind of attention plus genuine space for family or friends.

Which 8 Series Gran Coupe does Edmunds recommend?

The 840i xDrive gets our recommendation. It has more power than most drivers will ever desire and the sure-footedness of all-wheel drive without being significantly pricier. The M850i is best for the rare driver who wants more performance, but at that point it makes more sense to go all-in with the truly impressive M8 Gran Coupe.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe models

The 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door sedan with seating for five. It is offered in three trim levels: 840i (rear-wheel drive), 840i xDrive (all-wheel drive) and M850i xDrive. The high-performance BMW M8 Gran Coupe is covered in a separate review.

A turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine (335 horsepower, 368 lb-ft of torque) powers the 840i models while the M850i xDrive steps up to a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (523 hp, 553 lb-ft). Both variants use an eight-speed sport automatic transmission.

The 840i Gran Coupe is generously appointed with standard feature highlights that include:

  • 18-inch wheels
  • Power-folding and heated mirrors
  • Power trunklid
  • Adaptive suspension dampers
  • Soft-close doors
  • Leather upholstery
  • 14-way power-adjustable front sport seats
  • Heated front seats, armrest and steering wheel
  • Four-zone automatic climate control
  • Power rear sunshade
  • Panoramic sunroof

Technology and safety features include:

  • Head-up display (displays important information in your sight line onto the windshield)
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Remote monitoring and control via a smartphone app
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Navigation system
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Satellite radio
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Advanced safety features include:
    • BMW Assist eCall with automatic collision notification and SOS button
    • Forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
    • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
    • Automatic high-beam headlights
    • Adaptive headlights (swivel as you turn the steering wheel for better illumination in curves)

The 840i xDrive Gran Coupe includes all of the above plus:

  • All-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel steering

The more powerful M850i xDrive Gran Coupe adds several performance-enhancing features that include:

  • 20-inch wheels
  • Run-flat performance tires
  • Upgraded brakes
  • Improved rear differential
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Sport-design steering wheel
  • 16-way power front seats with adjustable side bolsters
  • Ventilated front seats

Notable options include:

  • Premium leather upholstery
  • Carbon-fiber roof (M850i only)
  • Glass-trimmed switchgear
  • Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system
  • Driving Assistance Professional package
    • Adaptive cruise control (adjusts speed to maintain a constant distance between the vehicle and the car in front)
    • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while reversing)
    • Front cross-traffic alert (warns if a vehicle is about to cross your path at intersections)
    • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
    • Evasive steering assist (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
    • External camera recorder
    • Automated parking system (steers into a parking spot with little or no driver intervention)
    • Surround-view camera system (gives you a top-down view of the vehicle and its surroundings for tight parking situations)
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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 8 Series Gran Coupe safety features:

    Side Collision Avoidance
    Automatically steers the 8 Series back into its lane if it wanders, if the driver attempts an unsafe lane change, or if an adjacent vehicle drifts too close to the BMW.
    Traffic Jam Assistant
    Helps keep the 8 Series centered in the lane and follows the car in front in stop-and-go traffic.
    Active Protection System
    Automatically tensions seat belts, closes the windows and sunroof, and activates the brakes when it detects an imminent collision.

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe vs. the competition

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe vs. Porsche Panamera

    Both the BMW 8 Series and the Porsche Panamera deliver impressive performance and luxurious refinement. The 8 Series gains a significant advantage when it comes to value, offering more standard features. Plus, Porsche options are notoriously expensive. On top of that, the BMW's infotainment system is a little easier to use.

    Compare BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe & Porsche Panamera features

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe vs. Mercedes-Benz AMG GT

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz compete in just about every market segment, so it should be no surprise that they offer rival coupe-style sedans too. Overall, they're pretty evenly matched, but we've found the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a little quieter and provides more cargo space.

    Compare BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe & Mercedes-Benz AMG GT features

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe vs. Audi S7

    The Audi S7 is another coupe-style rival from Germany. As an upgraded version of the A7, the S7 has 444-horsepower turbocharged V6 and standard all-wheel drive. That makes it just as entertaining to drive as the BMW. It has a more versatile cargo area too. But we're not fans of Audi's latest infotainment interface.

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    FAQ

    Is the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 8 Series Gran Coupe both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.1 out of 10. You probably care about BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 8 Series Gran Coupe gets an EPA-estimated 19 mpg to 25 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 8 Series Gran Coupe has 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. Learn more

    What's new in the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe:

    • Lane departure warning is standard
    • Night-vision technology is no longer available
    • Part of the first 8 Series Gran Coupe generation introduced for 2020
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    Is the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe reliable?

    To determine whether the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 8 Series Gran Coupe's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 8 Series Gran Coupe and gave it a 8.1 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 8 Series Gran Coupe is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe?

    The least-expensive 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $85,000.

    Other versions include:

    • 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $85,000
    • M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $108,900
    • 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $87,900
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    What are the different models of BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe?

    If you're interested in the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, the next question is, which 8 Series Gran Coupe model is right for you? 8 Series Gran Coupe variants include 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 8 Series Gran Coupe models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

    2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Overview

    The 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is offered in the following submodels: 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i xDrive, 8 Series Gran Coupe Sedan. Available styles include 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).

    What do people think of the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and all its trim types. 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 2021 8 Series Gran Coupe.

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    What's a good price for a New 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe?

    2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $85,995. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $8,290 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $8,290 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $77,705.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 9.6% below the MSRP.

    2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $88,895. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $7,930 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $7,930 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $80,965.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.9% below the MSRP.

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    2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $109,895. The average price paid for a new 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $9,056 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $9,056 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $100,839.

    The average savings for the 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 8.2% below the MSRP.

    Available Inventory:

    We are showing 1 2021 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.

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