2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Test Drive Review: The Complete Package

The second-generation BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has grown up. It's also grown physically, as BMW succumbs to the seemingly irresistible industry trend of making cars bigger than they were before. The most practical member of the new 4 Series family, the Gran Coupe, has seating for five, four doors, and a liftback trunk lid, while boasting an improved, though still not perfect, cabin that's nearly identical to that of the 3 Series. The massive and controversial front grille overshadows everything else, however, and continues to divide opinion. In non-M guise, two sublime powertrains are available, with up to 382 horsepower generated by the M440i's 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six, now supplemented by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. Traditionalists will love BMW's adherence to rear-wheel drive, but for our week-long test drive, we spent time in the AWD M440i xDrive.

As before, the Audi A5 Sportback remains the BMW's primary rival, with a left-field choice also present in the Kia Stinger. The Audi offers a bigger trunk and standard all-wheel drive, but the BMW, in our experience, is more enjoyable to drive thanks to a rearward bias even on the xDrive models. Aimed at those who are tired of a traditional three-box sedan, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is a unique take on style and practicality in one consummate package.

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2020 4 Series Gran Coupe?

Having skipped the 2021 model year as it got ready to release the new model, BMW has now launched the second-generation 4 Series Gran Coupe for the 2022 model year. Once again blending the more flamboyant style of the 4 Series with added practicality by virtue of another set of doors, the all-new 4 Series Gran Coupe is longer, wider, and taller than its predecessor. It boasts a much more aggressive face thanks to the huge grille, and the cabin has a lot in common with the latest 3 Series. Both engines are stronger than before, especially the six-cylinder in the M440i which now makes 382 horsepower and gets assistance from a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. There's more space for passengers than before, and the standard infotainment system is improved with a larger standard 10.25-inch touchscreen. The 430i with all-wheel drive and the M440i with rear-wheel drive will follow at a later date.

Pros and Cons

  • Nothing boring about the way it looks
  • Refined, powerful engines
  • M440i's six-pot still one of the best
  • Sharp handling
  • More practical than 4 Series Coupe
  • Exemplary build quality
  • Divisive styling
  • Conservative, cookie-cutter cabin styling
  • 3 Series is a smarter buy
  • Steering feel is lacking
  • Sensitive brakes

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
430i Gran Coupe
2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$45,200
M440i xDrive Gran Coupe
3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$58,200
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2022 4 Series Gran Coupe Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 188.5 in
  • Wheelbase 112.4 in
  • Height 56.8 in
  • Max Width 72.9 in
  • Front Width 62.4 in
  • Rear Width 63.5 in
  • Curb Weight 3,792.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Black Sapphire Metallic +$550
  • Mineral White Metallic +$550
  • Skyscraper Grey Metallic +$550
  • Sunset Orange Metallic +$550
  • Portimao Blue Metallic +$550
  • San Remo Green Metallic +$550
  • Brooklyn Grey Metallic +$550
  • Dravit Grey Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,500
  • Tanzanite Blue II Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,500
  • Aventurin Red Metallic, Priority 1 +$1,500
  • Alpine White
  • Jet Black

2022 4 Series Gran Coupe Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    2.0L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 3.0L Turbo Inline-6 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Perhaps if we all stop expecting modern, larger BMWs to entertain like the charismatic E46s and even E39s from years gone by, we'll be able to better focus on what they do well. The 4 Series Gran Coupe provides a stable, comfortable, and isolated driving experience. On extended trips, it's a lovely vehicle to pilot. It's a wonderful grand tourer. The ride isn't quite pillowy soft but it does a great job of filtering out minor surface imperfections.

When you're in the mood to have fun, the Gran Coupe delivers, but the steering lacks a certain old-school BMW feel. The sportier driving modes do help but everyday cruising in Standard mode is uneventful. Overall, the steering is accurate and the Gran Coupe retains good body control through the corners, but it stops short of being a thrilling experience. However, the M440i with AWD and the available adaptive M suspension (as our tester came equipped) is a rapid machine. It grips hard and impresses with quick turn-in, not to mention the cultured howl from that inline-6.

The RWD 430i is a bit more playful, but the upcoming M440i RWD is likely to be the most fun model in the lineup. The addition of the xDrive system doesn't ruin the fun, however, because it's rear-biased, sending 60 percent of the power to the rear wheels and the remaining 40 percent to the front. Drivers can alter this in just a tenth of a second with nearly 100 percent of the torque directed to the front or rear axle, depending on available grip. Combined with that adaptive M suspension, with which, at the push of a button, ride quality and handling immediately change, the M440i AWD is immensely fun. One critique we have is that we feel the brakes are slightly too sensitive.

2022 4 Series Gran Coupe Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater
  • Front Leg Room 41.5 in
  • Front Head Room 38.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 34.9 in
  • Rear Head Room 36.6 in

2022 4 Series Gran Coupe Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    127 ft³

2022 4 Series Gran Coupe Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe A Good car?

The 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a palpable improvement over its predecessor. It does almost everything better than before. The silky powertrains are a highlight, combining power and efficiency better than most. There's also a well-sorted chassis, although the Gran Coupe's driving experience is a little more muted than we'd like. The cabin is beautifully assembled and we appreciate that one no longer has to spend thousands on options to make a BMW feel properly luxurious. It's subjective, but we do think that the Gran Coupe is easier on the eye than the 4 Series Coupe. On the downside, the cabin is somewhat blandly styled (especially when compared to new Audi and Mercedes models), and rear-seat space and access aren't as good as in a 3 Series. Those aren't dealbreakers, though, so we're happy to recommend the new Gran Coupe.

2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Comparisons

BMW 3 Series Sedan BMW
Audi A5 Sportback Audi
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe255 hp23/33 mpg$45,900
BMW 3 Series Sedan 255 hp26/36 mpg$41,450
Audi A5 Sportback 201 hp24/33 mpg$44,600

2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs BMW 3 Series Sedan

If you need four doors but consider the familiar 3 Series a bit too ordinary, the flashier 4 Series Gran Coupe is a worthy alternative. Mechanically, both cars are similar so each handles well but can do long-distance comfort too, although the ride on larger wheels is rather firm. Right now, the 3 Series has a broader lineup that includes a hybrid, as well as RWD/AWD versions of both the 330i and M340i. At $41,450, the base 3 Series is $3,750 cheaper than the equivalent 4 Series Gran Coupe, money that could be spent on some of the many options. The 3 Series remains more practical and is a more handsome sedan to most eyes due to its traditional kidney grilles. For its substance and more appealing price tag, we'll choose the well-rounded 3 Series.

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe vs Audi A5 Sportback

The Audi is perhaps the closest rival to the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Like the Gran Coupe, the A5 Sportback has four doors but looks a lot sportier than its traditional sedan sibling, the A4. The base A5 Sportback starts at $43,500, making it almost $2,000 cheaper than the 430i. The Audi also gets AWD as standard. However, the A5 isn't as fun to drive and it isn't as rapid as the 4 Series. The base A5 is over half a second slower to 60 mph. The BMW is also much more efficient. Then again, for around the same price as the 430i, you can get the more powerful A5 Sportback 45 TFSI that is quicker than the equivalent BMW. The Audi also has a larger trunk as well as more leg- and headroom for rear-seat passengers. But if practicality was a big priority, you'd simply get an A4 or 3 Series. These four-door coupes are still practical but are more emotionally-charged purchases. On that basis, the BMW wins.

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