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BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review

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"More stylish 3 Series alternative "
  • Launched: 2014
  • Premium
  • Petrol, Diesel

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Quick overview

Pros

  • Looks sensational
  • More practical thanks to its useful hatchback 
  • Excellent mix of economy and performance with the diesels 

Cons

  • More expensive than its very similar 3 Series
  • Not quite the engine choice of the 3 Series – no hybrids in particular 
  • Long winded name...

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Overall verdict on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

"Engaging to drive and a touch more stylish than the 3 Series saloon, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is an appealing all-rounder, and – if you say it quickly enough to make it sound like you’re saying ‘grand’ – the name’s not so silly, either."

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Nobody can accuse BMW of not offering choice, and the 4 Series Gran Coupe exemplifies that. Once upon a time, the BMW 3 Series range was enough to cover what everybody wanted, but as the proliferation in sales of it progressed, so too did an expectation for even more body shapes. 


The 4 Series Gran Coupe is designed to satisfy that demand. Splitting off with the Coupe and Convertible to create their own sportier model line, the 4 Series Gran Coupe gives BMW a better opportunity to fight Audi’s A5 range, as well as charge a little bit more for a car that's slightly more stylish than the standard 3 Series. 


And it's undeniably handsome thing. The 4 Series Gran Coupe shares the two-door coupe’s styling right up to the windscreen, where it then gets a little bit more useful in its shape. The longer sloping roofline means you get a decent amount of head and leg room in the back and that huge hatchback boot opening makes it significantly more practical.


That said, you get the same excellent interior quality, smart diver-focussed design and infotainment screens that are crisp to look at at and easy to use. As usual, though, you'll want to upgrade from the basic infotainment's tiny display and limited functions – just like in the 3 Series. 


And the cars' close relations are evident in how they drive. Like the 3 Series, the 4 Series is a rewarding car in corners with uncorrupted steering and a pushing sensation out of bends – both courtesy of it's rear-wheel drive chassis . It's fun, but also easy to drive in town – particularly when fitted with the excellent eight-speed automatic gearbox – as well as being quiet and comfortable on the motorway.  


And the engine range is just as comprehensive in its qualities. You can choose from cheap-to-run but spritely four-cylinder petrols and diesels, or from one six-cylinder petrol and two six-cylinder diesels all of which have punch that'll catch sports cars napping. The most powerful diesel of the pair – the 435d – gets xDrive four-wheel drive as standard so it can deliver its 313PS and stonking 630Nm of torque to the road with little fuss, while returning 50mpg fuel economy. It's literally a powerful advocate for diesel.


That said, there isn't really a weak spot in the Gran Coupe range, so if you like the 3 Series but would prefer it to be a little more stylish and a touch sharper to drive – the 4 Series Gran Coupe will fit your needs like a glove. 


Is the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe right for you?

The chances are you’ll have owned several 3 Series and you’re after something a bit different. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is exactly that, familiar but different and distinct enough to be a bit more appealing, a cut above if you like. That it’s a bit more practical thanks to the large hatchback opening for the same-size boot is a bonus, so think of the 4 Series Gran Coupe as a 3 Series +, in relation to style, practicality, desirability and, of course, price. 

What’s the best BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe model/engine to choose?

With an engine line-up that broadly follows that of the 3 Series there’s a decent choice of 4 Series Gran Coupe possibilities, from the sensible 190PS 2.0-litre turbodiesel, to the powerful 326PS 440i with its petrol turbocharged six-cylinder. 


The best mix of both performance and relatively sensible economy is undoubtedly offered by the 430d model, which offers serious pace – enough to ignore the 435d above it – allied to easy, day-to-day flexibility and impressive fuel economy. Much as we’d prefer the more comfortable standard suspension of the Sport model, the sharper looks of the M Sport, as well as the additional equipment it brings makes it the more compelling choice.

What other cars are similar to the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe?

Along with its obvious BMW 3 Series relative here, the 4 Series Gran Coupe’s most direct rival would be the Audi A5 Sportback, which, like the BMW, is a more sveltely styled four-door car with a hatchback boot and a price tag a bit more than the car it’s based on – the Audi A4


Mercedes-Benz doesn’t offer a direct rival off its Mercedes C-Class range, but there are a few contenders in the upper mainstream category, with Volkswagen pushing its Volkswagen Arteon as a possible 4 Series Gran Coupe rival, while Peugeot might argue that its Peugeot 508 should be considered as an alternative, but we’re not so sure it should. Again, a Kia Stinger is conceptually similar, but however good it is, that BMW badge is a huge draw here.    

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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

What is the difference between BMW 4 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe?

The difference between the BMW 4 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe is the the former is a two-door while the latter is a five-door with a svelte body.

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What does BMW Gran Coupe mean?

The 'Gran' in BMW Gran Coupe is 'grand' in Italian while 'coupe' is used to refer to a car with a fixed, sloping roof and two doors.

Russell Campbell

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What is the difference between the BMW 4 Series and 5 Series?

The BMW 4 Series is based on the 3 Series saloon but has sportier styling and a more sloping roof. The 5 Series is a size bigger than both so it's pricier but also roomier.

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Is the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe a hatchback?

Yes, which is what helps is stand out from the BMW 3 Series. The fact it's a hatchback means the boot space is more practical and easier to access.

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