BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe The blends the 4 Series Coupe's sharp design with some of the 3 Series' practicalityFor:Great to look at and drive, practical hatchback boot, lots of equipmentTheBMW 4 Seriesfirst arrived as a coupe version of the3 Series saloonback in 2013, before the manufacturer sliced the roof off to create the 4 Series Convertible a year later.
The number '4' was used to denote the sportier versions of the more sensible and more practical 3 Series models despite the 3 moniker's near 40 year history. Shortly after the 4 Series Coupe and Covertible, BMW released the Gran Coupe a sleek four door model to rival the Audi A5 Sportback.Some potential buyers will be left scratching their heads, wondering how BMW can justify charging a premium of around 3,000 for the Gran Coupe over the more versatile 3 Series saloon. Others will get it straight away, and see that this car is more about style and practicality in equal measure. Either way, BMW appears to be on to a winner by offering such a wide choice in its range.BMW has pretty much perfected the art of creating cars that appeal not just to large groups of buyers with the big selling 3 Series and 5 Series executive saloon ranges, as well as the hugely popular X1,X3 and X5 SUVs but also much narrower, more niche markets.Customers seeking something different wearing a blue and white propeller badge can take their pick from the likes of the four door 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 2 Series Active Tourer people carrier and the X6 coupe SUV, for example.Crucially, these more niche models sell in large enough numbers for BMW bosses to justify the extra development costs. Indeed, it can sometimes be a little difficult to tell whether a new model from the brand is the result coach outlet 77429 of customer demand, or whether customer demand is created by the introduction of a desirable new BMW.The 4 Series Gran Coupe is a perfect example of this. Look at it logically, and there shouldn't be a market for this car as it's effectively a cheap coach purses outlet four door version of the coupe version of the 3 Series saloon. If you want a low slung coupe, so logic would have you believe, you buy a 4 Series two door. If you want coach handbags clearance sale a practical family car, you buy a standard 3 Series saloon or maybe a 3 Series Touring estate or a long wheelbase 3 Series GT hatchback.Yet BMW designed the 4 Series Gran Coupe for drivers who want to combine the practicality of the 3 Series and the styling and kerb appeal of the 4 Series and it seems there are plenty of them out there.This car is still a coupe, but with four frameless doors and a reasonably practical boot under a big hatchback lid. It's low enough to be desirable, long enough to be versatile for day to day use and still every inch a proper BMW, with all of the driving enjoyment and quality that implies.The 4 Series Gran Coupe also carries a sizeable price premium over the regular 3 Series saloon, yet brings no step up in boot size. Instead, it scores on style and image; and it's difficult to ignore its charms.On the road, the 4 Series Gran Coupe feels almost exactly the same as the two door 4 Series Coupe. You get the same weighty but responsive steering, the same strong body control and slightly firm ride, and the same sense of being truly engaged with the driving experience.The extra doors, bigger boot and slightly longer body bring a weight penalty of around 50kg over the two door 4 Series, but through a series of corners you wouldn't know it the Gran Coupe shrugs this off and delivers the handling agility we've come to expect from the brand. The only letdown with this model is its noise suppression BMW's latest four cylinder diesels are simply too vocal, and are now being left behind by excellent engines such as the Audi 2.0 litre TDI and Volvo D4 in terms of refinement.Still, once the 420d has warmed up, it becomes a lot quieter, plus if you can put up with the noise, the car has performance to spare it sprints from 0 62mph in only 7.3 seconds. There are also deep reserves of torque available, with 400Nm from 1,750rpm, so the 420d is effortless to drive whether you're pounding the motorway network or tackling a twisty mountain road.You could save around 1,000 by trading down to a 148bhp 418d, which uses the same basic 2.0 litre engine in a lower state of tune. But this will demand a surprisingly large step down in performance, and the 418d feels noticeably less agile.For a seriously quick 4 Series, go for one of the bigger 3.0 litre six cylinder diesels. The 254bhp 430d promises 0 62mph in 5.6 seconds, though adding the grippier xDrive all wheel drive system shaves off another three tenths of a second. The 309bhp 435d (only available with xDrive) claims a time of 4.8 seconds, yet neither brings a particularly heavy penalty in terms of fuel economy.In 2016, BMW replaced the twin turbocharged straight six 435i petrol with the more powerful 440i. This is a wonderful engine silky smooth and bursting with power but it will cost you a fortune to run. Potentially a better bet for petrol fans is the 2.0 litre four cylinder turbo in the 430i (previously 428i).There's a mismatch between the premium looks of the 4 Series Gran Coupe and its surprisingly affordable running costs. BMW's 2.0 litre diesel engine, in all its various guises, has an coach outlet locations 2 i uncanny ability to use less fuel than you think it's going to. Owners should easily be able to achieve mid fifties mpg, even with lots of town driving, and there's genuine potential to break the 60mpg barrier on longer journeys. Driven gently, a 420d Gran Coupe should cost you no more in fuel than a family hatchback.And you won't pay much in road tax, either. Fitted with the optional eight speed automatic gearbox, the 420d emits a remarkable 106g/km of CO2, which means a year's VED will set you back only 20. Even if you stick with the standard manual box, emissions only rise to 111g/km, but that still means just 30 for a year's tax.Obviously, it's a different picture if you buy a petrol model, with a 420i costing 145 a year in VED. But its fuel consumption shouldn't be too horrific reckon on getting low forties mpg out of it, or mid thirties from the racier 430i.
Owners who are focused on maximising their efficiency can use the Drive Performance Control system to help. This offers a choice of modes that adjusts the steering, transmission and suspension, and if you leave it in the Eco Pro setting, the car will use the minimum amount of fuel. Our favourite model, the 420d M Sport, sits somewhere in between, in Group 30.
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