The German giant makes some striking cars, some dramatic cars and one or two ugly ones, but the Gran Coupe takes the themes from the big brother 6 and puts them in the right size and proportions. © Copyright Canadian Auto Press Who is CarCostCanada We are Canada's 1 choice for New Car Buyers and the Nation's Most Trusted Online New Car Pricing Service. Sport mode is fantastic, significantly firming up the suspension, sharpening up the throttle response, shifting more aggressively and holding shift points much longer. A higher speed becomes dangerous. Very Happy with this vehicle. Perhaps to make up for it, on the tester, at least, the eight-speed automatic offers a launch-control mode: put the car into Sport+, the shifter into S, your left foot on the brake and your right foot briefly flooring the gas and holding at 2,000 rpm. My average with mostly city driving, in the 435i xDrive, was 11.
It also has electric power steering, which reduces feedback, but also reduces gas consumption. The Driving Experience Control allows you to choose between four modes: Eco Pro, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Readers can also interact with The Globe on and. The driver-oriented centre stack with its sleek shift lever and iDrive rotary controller. Transparent until you need traction, either on dry or slick surfaces. Also of note are the sport and comfort settings to the left of the gear shifter. You cannot get a 420i Gran Coupe, nor can you get this body style in M4 form.
Verdict The Gran Coupe is really a 3 Series in drag, but what lovely drag. Perhaps that makes your choice regarding which 3- or 4series to get a little bit simpler. There are a number of other packaging changes for technology options. The only look the basic no frills 4 series Coupe gets is as you pass them by in the lot on your way to the well equipped model. We laud it for the peace of mind. The traditionalist's choice in terms of transmissions will always be the manual, but the eight-speed auto works exceptionally well in both the normal driving mode or under the driver's control via the paddle shifters. I can look over this minor fault, mind you, as few cars in the compact C-segment deliver its level of luxury in such a dynamic package.
Inside, the 4-Series leaps forward from the 3er coupe past. The TwinPower turbocharged inline-6 mill is a pleasure to exploit. The car feels light and maneuverable and the M package makes it even more aggressively elegant looking. Still, the 4 Series -- with its excellent handling and performance, eye-catching styling and best-in-class interior room -- strikes us as the most complete and desirable luxury sport coupe and convertible available this year. Expanding on its four-door Gran Coupe lineup, the larger 6 Series Gran Coupe arriving on the scene two years before, we recently took to the streets in a top-line 435i xDrive Gran Coupe, having tested the near entry-level 428i xDrive version late last year. It would have been a real shame not to buy this car.
This executive coupé is, save for the , essentially the best 3-series sedan one can currently buy. In the long-run, the 4 Series' resale value is expected to be average, lagging that of its Audi and Infiniti competitors. Please for an important message about your web browser software. The thick rimmed leather-wrapped three-spoke multifunction steering wheel included the colourful M badge at its lowest central point, a reminder of performance upgrades that would come alive at the first turn. The 4-Series' cockpit tends to get dominated by the wide, bright screen that rides on the dash permanently--where you expect it might tuck itself away-and by the much larger iDrive control knob-but you can ease that clash by applying certain trim packages. Like Audi's A5 Sportback, a pointless car of which I see very few of and I suspect this 5 door 4-Series will be the same too. But the inline six has a very pleasing, very throaty exhaust note.
And it's lost a little weight, too, versus the 3-Series coupe it's replaced. One thing I really would like to see becoming more common in this segment are ventilated seats. The entry-level luxury market is a truly special one, especially when you consider the entries from Germany. Either engine pours out power from near idle to nearly 5000 rpm in a steady, smooth stream. . Also distinguishing itself from the sedan is the hatch-style rear door that opens wide to provide a gaping access to the cargo space. Transmission choices — an 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual in 428i and 435i coupes — are exceptional.
Non-subscribers can read and sort comments but will not be able to engage with them in any way. At 3799 lbs, the 435i Gran Coupe is about 200 pounds heftier than any 335i sedan we have examined. Despite the misleading name, the 2015 4 Series Gran Coupe is, in fact, a four-door sedan and covered in a separate review. There are to few cons to mention except for the elephant in the room. Precisely 20 years ago, its lineup consisted of four models: the now-defunct 8 Series, and the still-going-strong 3, 5 and 7 Series.
M4 models can further their performance potential with carbon-ceramic brakes and driver-selectable Adaptive M Suspension. To make matters more confusing, the two models are available with the same choice of engines, transmissions and drivetrains. As for the front, it's a different story completely. The salesman showed me the. Sure, it dulls turn-in a bit, but of course it also delivers great traction off the line and stoic consistency to its responses even in poor conditions. It's still something to grow accustomed to over a period of time--one best measured with a calendar.
Gone are the hybrid and diesel versions of the 3-Series, no detuned turbo-4. Gran Coupe buyers can choose all-wheel drive or a more efficient four-cylinder engine but cannot get a manual transmission. A higher speed becomes dangerous. It even steps up to the mark if you want to really stretch it out, with sharp responses to the slightly too small steering-wheel paddles, and an engine that's happier to be revved out than most oil-burners. The 4 Series GranCoupé comes in two variants, the 428i with a 241-horsepower TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder and the 435i, which features a 300-horsepower TwinPower Turbo inline six-cylinder. The convertible 4-Series has a folding hardtop which can be raised or lowered in 20 seconds, even if the car is moving at up to 11 mph.