When the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe model was introduced in 2014 it brought a new body style to the forefront. Once again the 4-door coupe was in the spotlight. Audi had developed the four-door coupe concept, but BMW revolutionized it with the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
This vehicle is essentially the BMW 3 Series Sedan wheelbase and body with sleeker styling. The 4 Series Gran Coupe sits low to the ground, but it’s longer than the standard coupe giving it more space and a unique shape. After doing a little BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe service in Austin here’s our general impression of this practical yet performance-driven four-door car.
People who gravitate toward the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe are the types that don’t like to sacrifice form for function. They enjoy the thrill of hugging a tight corner on their commute home from work and being able to easily load a kid into a car seat. It’s that dual nature that makes the 4 Series Gran Coupe so interesting.
Right now there are four models available: the 430i Gran Coupe, 440i Gran Coupe, 430i xDrive Gran Coupe and the 440i xDrive Gran Coupe.
Performance and Pricing
The same supped up engines that power the 4 Series Coupe carry over to the Gran Coupe. The 430i models have an inline 4-cylinder TwinPower Turbo, while the 440i models have an inline six turbocharged engine. Like many of BMWs newer models, the 4 Series Gran Coupe has the 8-speed sport automatic transmission plus paddle shifters. Paired with the low ride and smooth handling, this is a four-door that definitely drives like two-door.
Performance specs for the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe models include:
The 4 Series Gran Coupe isn’t nearly as pricy as a 6 Series, but starting at almost $42,000 the 430i Gran Coupe is solidly in the luxury vehicle price range. Of course, the upgrades can easily bump the price up another $10,000.
From the onset the 4 Series Gran Coupe was meant to make sporty styling more practical than ever before. The four doors influence the exterior and interior layout, but BMW differentiates the Gran Coupe in other ways.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe has a hidden hatchback design that helps keep the cabin space separate from the storage and provides easy access to everything in the trunk. Fold the rear seats down and you have even more storage space. It’s not as much storage as a wagon, but for a coupe it’s pretty impressive.
Then there are the frameless doors of the 4 Series Gran Coupe, which make the streamlined cabin look wide open. That’s a very good thing considering the lower roofline does mean there’s a little less headroom in the back compared to the 3 Series Sedan. All-in-all the interior is well executed and gives you the comfort of a sedan that’s been shrunken ever so slightly.
Since the 4 Series is a step up from the 3 Series in sporty design, it’s only fitting that it should have a few extra bells and whistles in the tech department. The head’s up display is one of the most impressive features, but there’s plenty more to gadgets and tools to play around with in the 4 Series Gran Coupe.
A few of the top tech components include:
Now that the original BMW 4 Series Gran Coupes have been on the road a few years, maintenance is becoming a priority. BMW builds a beautiful driving machine, but it’s up to the owner to maintain the car’s integrity. That can vary from one driver or region to the next.
Like many new BMWs, the automaker has laid out a very robust maintenance schedule. The most common BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe maintenance in Austin includes:
For more details on what maintenance is needed to keep your ultimate driving machine running smoothly, check your owner’s manual. Following the maintenance schedule is always highly recommended even if it seems a little overboard.
Fortunately for BMW, in the few years since the 4 Series was released very little repair work has been needed. There have also been no recalls so far. A few common BMW 4 Series Gran Coup repairs that go beyond regular maintenance include:
German Auto Center provides maintenance and repair on the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe in Austin. We’re a Bosch-authorized service center that began working on BMWs decades before the Gran Coupe was conceived. Call us today to learn more about our reasonable rates and reliable service.