Is The BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe Worth The Price Jump Over A 3-Series Saloon?

BMW offers three distinct models in the 4-Series family: the Coupe, the Convertible and the Gran Coupe, with the latter being the most practical of them all.

It builds upon the 3-Series Sedan, to which it adds a sportier profile and a tailgate that makes hauling larger items in the boot easier.

One would expect the sloping roofline to affect headroom on the rear bench, and they would be right, but you’d still be able to transport two adults at the rear and still be friends with them after the trip. BMW markets the 4-Series Gran Coupe as a 4+1 car, which means that the cramped space on the mid rear seat is best used by a kid, in an emergency or for short periods of time.

The range was simplified along with the mid-cycle facelift applied last year, and in the United Kingdom, even the entry-level model gets 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, satellite navigation system, and front and rear parking sensors.

Powering the Audi A5 Sportback and Volkswagen Arteon rival are three petrol and three diesel engines, which can be mated to either a manual or an automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and xDrive AWD is optional.

CarBuyer recently took the facelifted BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe out for a short review, and they found it’s a sleeker-looking and more practical alternative to the 3-Series Sedan.

But would they actually recommend it over its four-door sibling, despite the £6,320 ($8,833) price gap between them, in the entry-level trim? The answer might surprise you, but you can find for yourselves by watching the video that follows.

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  • Zandit75

    Even thought they are miles apart in money and size, I’d happily take the older 6 series GranCoupe. Such a better looking and proportioned car than the both the 3 and 4 series cars.
    Not a fan of the dicky badge on the rear 3/4 window. Looks like an afterthought.

    • Mike Sinyaboot

      Agreed. I saw finally saw M6 Gran Coupe on the road the other day and it is fantastic looking in person. I fell in love with it. I just wish it was in my price range.

      • europeon

        That horrible snout ruins everything.

  • Bo Hanan

    Nope! can barely tell the cars apart without looking at the rear badge.

  • pcurve

    comparably spec’ed, it’s $3250 difference… but 3 sedan is better looking. I really don’t like 4 gran coupe’s c-pillar glass design that looks like 2005 Legacy.

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Last I checked the 4GC starts higher, but it comes with more standard equipment, so a similarly equipped 3er is actually not much different. But in reality, residuals are higher and lease rates are lower on the 4, so it might actually come out ahead.

  • In short, no…

  • ctk4949

    The lease deals on the 430 and 440 was terrible. South BMW wanted $2500 down and $680 a month for a $44K 430!!!! Whoever is paying that is crazy and dumb!!!!

  • Six Thousand Times

    I prefer the looks and the hatchback space. With a BMW, the only engine you want is the inline six.

  • TheHake

    Look! It’s the saloon version of the coupé version of the salon…

    • europeon

      That’s something I fail to understand. They renamed the coupe to make it more distinct from the sedan, then they added two doors back. What was the logic behind doing that?

      • TheHake

        Considering the development costs, I can’t see how this could make sense. I’m sure that’s why they changed from 3 to 4. Otherwise, how would this have been distinguished from the normal 3 sedan?

        • europeon

          The same way normal 3 series is distinguished from 3 Gran Tourismo? 🙂

          • TheHake

            I think they were not happy with the differentiation…

  • europeon

    No comments about the chick? Really?

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    yes it is, its better looking and who cares abought the price when they buy a premium car 🙂

  • BlackPegasus

    The BMW is stale when compared to other 4dr coupes.

    Audi A5 Sportback and A7 lines.
    Kia Stinger

    I would include the Mercedes CLS but the design has gone south with it’s latest iteration.

  • Enter Ranting

    Hey BWM – why not try to squeeze another segment between the 3 and the 4?

  • Ary Wisesa

    I saw a 4 Series GC in real mlife, and I think it’s much better looking than the 3 Series sedan. The frameless windows adds extra touch of elegance and premium feel to it, and also, its stance looks lower and wider than the 3 Series. So yeah, it’s the better one of the two.

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