The 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a gem among gems. BMW makes some amazing cars, but this one is still a standout. Everything it needs to do, it does exceptionally well. Prestige, poise, power, luxury and technology are all in abundance. It’s even fairly practical, thanks to a hatchback, split folding rear seats and rear doors.
Ah, yes, four doors in a coupe. That’s marketing for you. At least it looks arguably sleeker than any other 4-door compact BMW — especially when compared with the oddly proportioned 3 Series Gran Turismo hatchback. (Both cars are derived from the same 3 Series platform.)
The Gran Coupe shares the 2-door 4 Series coupe’s length, width and wheelbase, although the roof is half an inch higher. Its rakish roof means it has less headroom than a 3 Series, yet the Gran Coupe costs more. Such is the price of 4-door coupe styling. However, this is no time to be griping about names or quibbling about money. We have an excellent car to celebrate.
What’s New for 2019?
Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is now standard. (Still no Android Auto, though.) Navigation is also standard, as are real-time traffic updates and BMW Remote Services. (This feature can lock the doors, flash the headlights and set the climate control via a smartphone app.) There’s also been a reshuffling of optional equipment. See the 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe models for sale near you
What We Like
Strong and efficient engines; excellent interior materials; cutting-edge cabin technology; sporty driving feel; versatile hatchback trunk
What We Don’t
Costs more than a 3 Series; less rear headroom than a 3 Series
When driving the rear wheels only, the engine is rated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 24 miles per gallon in the city, 34 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in combined driving. BMW’s optional xDrive all-wheel drive system changes these figures to 23 mpg city/33 mpg hwy/27 mpg combined.
The 440i Gran Coupe — also available as a rear-wheel drive model or with AWD — has a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinder engine generating 320 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed automatic is again standard, and the EPA estimates fuel consumption at 21 mpg city/32 mpg hwy/25 mpg combined using RWD, 21 mpg city/31 mpg hwy/24 mpg combined with AWD.
Both engines have a stop/start function to save a little fuel when idling.
Standard Features & Options
The 2019 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is a 5-seater available in 430i or 440i versions. AWD is a $2,000 option.
The 430i($45,595) comes standard with 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights/taillights/fog lights, keyless entry and ignition, a powered moonroof, a powered hatchback, heated/power-folding/self-dimming side mirrors, steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a self-dimming rearview mirror, rain-sensing wipers, Driving Dynamics Control (offering four settings for throttle sensitivity and steering effort), 10-way power-adjustable front seats, leatherette upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient cabin lighting, front and rear parking sensors, Remote Services, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, iPod/USB/auxiliary connectivity, navigation with real-time traffic updates, a 9-speaker audio system, 20 gigabytes of audio file storage, HD radio, voice control and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-in widescreen display.
Standard driver aids include forward-collision warning, blind spot monitoring and lane-departure warning.
The 440i ($51,995) adds the 6-cylinder engine, plus a Nappa leather-wrapped steering wheel, a hands-free powered tailgate, satellite radio and a Harman Kardon 16-speaker, 600-watt surround sound system.
Both versions can be customized with options packages. Luxury and M Sport packages add styling flourishes, special wheels and upgraded interior decor. The M Sport package also includes an adaptive sport-tuned suspension and a sport steering wheel.
A new Convenience package brings heated front seats, active blind spot monitoring and lumbar support. The lumbar support comes standard in the 440i.
The Executive package adds adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, Dakota leather upholstery, partially autonomous parking, a digital driver information display and side- and top-view cameras.
The Track Handling package upgrades the brakes, adds special 18-in alloy wheels (or 19-in alloys) and installs an adaptive suspension plus a variable-ratio sport steering system.
Additional extras include a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, a heads-up display, a digital driver information cluster, wireless device charging, Wi-Fi, an 8.8-in widescreen iDrive display and adaptive cruise control.
Trunk space measures 17 cu ft. behind the rear seats, which is 4 cu ft. more than the 3 Series sedan’s trunk. Folding the rear seats down results in an impressive 45.9 cu ft., 7 cu ft. less than the 3 Series wagon.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe comes standard with stability control, 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (with automatic collision preparation) and eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain). Whenever the wipers are activated, so is a drying function for the brake discs.
This vehicle has not been crash-tested by any agencies in the United States.
Behind the Wheel
From a driver’s perspective, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is similar to the 3 Series. But the seating position is a little lower, imparting a slightly sportier feel. As usual, the gauges are crisp and understated, with BMW’s trademark red illumination casting a soothing glow at night.
The attractive high-resolution driver information display and the beautiful 8.8-in central screen are must-haves for drivers who want the best gadgets. And the iDrive controller interface, augmented by a touchpad with the larger display, has improved by leaps and bounds.
The standard front seats provide plenty of scope for adjustment, although their mediocre lateral support makes the optional sport seats a natural upgrade for enthusiasts.
Rear accommodation is one of the few weak spots. The stylish rear roofline means taller passengers might rub their heads on the ceiling. Still, there’s more people-carrying capability than in the regular 4 Series coupe.
The 4 Series Gran Coupe delivers a master class in driving dynamics. The suspension is never stiff, even in the optional sport-tuned form, but it provides the kind of control found in a sports car, with quick reflexes and minimal body roll. Remarkably, the ride around town remains quiet and supple.
The 440i’s turbocharged inline six is stunningly quick, but the 430i’s 4-cylinder engine isn’t far behind, and it’s more affordable and more fuel efficient. Either way, the shifts from the 8-speed automatic are fast and slick. Or you can change gears yourself using the steering wheel-mounted shift paddles. Chances are you’ll want to do that more and more.
Other Cars to Consider
2019 Lexus IS — The current IS line has bold looks that have worn well. Its sharp handling and rich interior make it a natural Gran Coupe competitor.
Used BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe — Derived from the super luxurious 6 Series. There are some appealing prices via BMW’s certified pre-owned program.
If the size, looks and price all work, then go ahead. The version with the 4-cylinder engine is great, but there’s something special about BMW’s inline six engines. Find a BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe for sale