The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe has been revealed in Geneva – it's a four-door coupe to rival the Audi A5 Sportback. The 4 Series Gran Coupe offers “the sleek look of a two-door coupe with the functionality provided by four doors”, says BMW.
While it’s identical in length and width to the 4 Series Coupe, the Gran Coupe’s roof is 12mm higher and stretches 112mm further back, leaving more headroom for rear passengers, and creating a sportier profile than the 3 Series saloon.
The Gran Coupe’s calling card, though, is its standard-fit automatic tailgate, which can be opened conventionally or by waving your foot under the rear bumper. It reveals a boot space of 480 litres – 35 litres more than in the Coupe, identical to the 3 Series saloon and 40 litres down on the 3 Series Touring. Drop the 40:20:40 split folding rear seats and that climbs to 1,300 litres – 320 litres more than in the A5 Sportback.
The rear bench is more accommodating for passengers than in the Coupe, with a few mm more headroom and space for three... just. So while the Coupe is a four- seater, BMW calls the Gran Coupe a 4+1.
Five engine choices will be offered when it goes on sale in the UK on 21 June. The petrol models are an entry-level 181bhp 420i, the 242bhp 428i and the range-topping 302bhp 435i, only available in Luxury trim and above.
There are only two diesel options – the 141bhp 418d, which is capable of returning 63mpg and 119g/km, and the 181bhp 420d. All the models are rear-wheel drive only except the 420d, which comes with the option of 4WD xDrive. All engines feature a six-speed manual as standard, but an eight-speed auto can be specified for £1,500 extra.
Five trim levels are available – SE, Sport (add £1,500), Modern (add £1,500), Luxury (add £2,500) and M Sport (add £3,000) – and despite the extra set of doors and automatic tailgate, prices for the Gran Coupe are identical to the Coupe’s.
That means the 420i SE kicks off at £29,420, the 428i SE at £32,815 and the 435i Luxury at £41,155. The 418d SE starts at £30,995, while the 420d SE costs £31,795, or £33,295 with xDrive. Options include a colour head-up display and active cruise control.
“The 4 Series Gran Coupé is aimed at customers who enjoy the prestige and higher levels of standard equipment of a 4 Series, but need the practicality offered by the additional two doors.”
3 Series saloon
“The 3 Series is the ultimate sports saloon offering a class-leading combination of design, performance, efficiency, equipment and driving dynamics. This all adds up to an exceptional bedrock for the whole BMW range.”
3 Series Touring
“The BMW 3 Series Touring offers the same dynamic experience as the saloon. But it combines it with a more practical package including a larger boot and automatic tailgate.”
3 Series GT
“The 3 Series Gran Turismo combines the practicality of a Touring with the sporty styling of a Coupé, meaning this is the perfect choice for those who don’t want to sacrifice style for versatility.”
BMW boss Ian Robertson gave me a preview of the 4 Series Gran Coupé last year, and left me convinced: this is the one to go for. It’s the best-looking of all the four-door 3/4 Series models with a decent dose of practicality, too – as long as you can live with the 4+1 seating.
Steve Fowler, Editor-in-chief