It’s like a regular BMW 4 Series Coupe, but as the name suggests, you can put your Gran in the back. Compared to the two-door car, it has another pair of doors and a tailgate.
In a 4 Series two-door, the only grandma riding in the back would be the one you pick up from a senior yoga class. She would have to go through the front door and past the front seat. But, in fact, she would then find enough room for her legs. In fact, the Gran Coupe has no more overall length or wheelbase than the Two-Door Coupe. But in addition to easier access, the Gran Coupe offers more headroom and a third seat belt. In addition to a comfortable folding rear seat/trunk.
Styling is a personal thing, and most of us don’t think this generation of Series 4 looks as good as the last. But the Gran Coupe has a more elegant flow than today’s two-door, so we’ll take that as a win.
COME ON, IT’S JUST A 3 SERIES SEDAN, BUT WITH A HATCHBACK
Well, that would be nice: the 3 is a great car. But the 4 series have a wider track. Which means more grip and better posture. That’s 70kg more than a 3 Series Touring with an equivalent engine. And the inflated width comes at the cost of handling on narrow roads. It’s a big car: 4.8m long and 1.85m wide without the mirrors. Still, he’s short and seems greedy for the tarmac.
People seem to like the idea of the Gran Coupé. Of the four Series 4s sold, one is a coupe, one a convertible and two a GC.
All Series 4s have longitudinal front engines and eight-speed trolleys. The 420i is a petrol four-cylinder, and the 430i is similar but with a handy 245bhp. Diesel used to be a default in company cars, but not anymore. (It’s strange that there hasn’t been a PHEV 4 series so far.) Either way, the 420d can be used rear-wheel drive or, to tame its big torque, four-wheel drive.
If you want a beefy, muscular BMW straight-six, you need the M440i xDrive. It churns out 374 hp and has the kind of over-the-horizon magnetizing performance that very rarely runs out.
AND HOW DOES IT DRIVE?
Because it’s the same size as the coupe, the Gran Coupe handles similarly. Which is not a bad thing at all.
The motors are the smoothest in their class. The automatic transmission’s shift points are calibrated to occur in almost supernatural harmony.
The steering is purposeful and precise, the grip solid as one might reasonably expect. The only engines that could easily disrupt rear grip can’t because they are four-wheel drive. So everything is content and worthy. There is no slip here.
The current generation of the 4 Series is a tight-sprung car that loves smooth roads. It handles dips and ridges well, but is firm and choppy when the surface is rough.
What’s the verdict?
BMW is not as consistent as it used to be. Too many BMWs these days are inherently ugly and poorly designed.
This contrasts sharply with these practices. It is a car that manages to do almost everything. The concept is good: a stylish but useful sports car. The execution is more than good: excellent powertrains, nice but relatively civilized chassis, well-made and usable cabin.
Get the paint color right and it’s even easy to ignore those hated nostrils.
Nothing in the BMW lineup encompasses all three folds of handling, styling and practicality quite like the 4 Series Gran Coupe. And that means next to nothing from any other factory either.
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