The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe looks good, drives even better and has a surprisingly roomy boot. However, it’s not cheap and you may still be tempted by the slightly better value 3 Series saloon.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe was first introduced in 2013 and is still in its first generation. There was an update in 2017 which sharpened the looks, added the latest LED lights and managed to make the engines even more powerful without losing out on efficiency. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is similar in size and price to the Audi A5 Sportback.
Sit at the front and you’ll be most impressed by the quality of the build and just how solid everything feels. However, the design is a bit long in the tooth now and you’ll find a smarter-looking cabin in an Audi A5 Sportback for example. Other than the dark and gloomy look, the rest is pretty good – you won’t be hunting for different buttons as much as in a Mercedes C-Class.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe beats both Mercedes and Audi when it comes to infotainment systems – the iDrive fitted to the 4 Series Gran Coupe, put simply, is the best system currently on sale. You’ll love its speed and colorful graphics, but most importantly the shortcuts and menus are done in a way that would seem intuitive even if you are a self-confessed technophobe.
You’ll find that space in the front seats is more than enough, but what’s not so great is trying to fit in the back seats of the 4 Series Gran Coupe – thanks to the sloping roof and front seat positioning, you’re left with little headroom and not quite enough space for your feet so a 3 Series saloon might serve you better if you plan to have rear passengers frequently.
If you don’t, you’ll love how practical the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe can be. The boot is the same size as in the 3 Series saloon, but you get a huge hatchback-style opening which makes loading and unloading quicker and easier. Folding the rear seats also opens up as much space as some full-blown estate cars.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe is just as good to drive as the two-door Coupe but you get extra practicality as a bonus
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe doesn’t quite have the broad engined choice of the 3 Series, but what you get is a bit like a greatest hits compilation. There’s the evergreen and fuel-efficient 420d, the all-rounder 430i, a couple of seriously rapid six-cylinders (430d and 435d), while the 440i making 326hp sits at the top of the 4 Series engine range.
No matter what engine you pick one thing is guaranteed – you’ll enjoy driving the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. It feels more stable at speed and has more grip in corners than equivalent Audi or Mercedes models. The 4 Series Gran Coupe, fitted with adaptive dampers, can also double as a comfortable motorway companion – it’s relaxed over bumps and the aerodynamic shape limits wind noise at high speeds. Go for an xDrive four-wheel-drive car and you get year-round grip for extra peace of mind in slippery conditions.
The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is ok in terms of safety, but far from impressive. Yes, it does have the essentials such as airbags and an advanced stability control system, but modern assists such as auto emergency braking, blind-spot alert or lane-keep assist are part of a fairly expensive optional package.
For more in-depth info about the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe make sure to check out the interior, driving and specification sections of this review or you can click the green button to compare BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe deals.