2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Review:Driving Impressions

Beverly Braga, Independent Expert | Nov 12, 2021

The BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe returns to the lineup for 2022. A functionality mix-and-match that offers sedan comfort with hatchback utility, the 4-door coupe’s turbocharged engine options also provide plenty of performance fun behind the wheel.

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The BMW 4 Series is a compact sport luxury car that, for 2022, is available in three forms: convertiblecoupe, and Gran Coupe. Want a sedan? It’s called the 3 Series. German overthinking at its finest, ja?

Now, the terms “convertible” and “coupe” will surely conjure familiar images—one has a disappearing hardtop, the other has a fixed roof and two doors—but what the heck is a Gran Coupe? Well, it’s a lot of things.

 The 4 Series Gran Coupe features four doors like a sedan but has a liftback rear opening like a hatchback. But there’s more! Because of its rakish roofline, the vehicle also evokes a coupe-like profile. The 4 Series Gran Coupe is hardly Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, though. “What is that thing?” is uttered with desire rather than derision. The coupe-sedan-hatch has excellent bone structure, to say the least.

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The BMW 4 Series was an all-new model for 2021. It was available only as a coupe or convertible in either 430i and M440i trims with or without xDrive all-wheel-drive. For 2022, BMW added M4 convertible and Gran Coupe body styles as well as performance-tuned variants in the M4 coupe and M4 Competition for the convertible and coupe. The 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe release date was August 2021.

The 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe is available only in 430i and M440i specifications. Starting at $44,800 (excluding the $995 destination fee), the 430i Gran Coupe features standard rear-wheel drive (RWD) and a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Output is a respectable 255 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque.

Opt for the M440i Gran Coupe, however, and you’ll receive a turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder powertrain that delivers 382 hp and 369 pound-feet of torque. The engine pairs with a mild-hybrid system that not only optimizes fuel efficiency but is also capable of an extra 11 hp of boost off the line and during quick bursts. The M440i Gran Coupe starts at $56,000.

BMW xDrive will add another $2,000 for either RWD model. For the transmission, all Gran Coupe models have an 8-speed sport automatic and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

My 4 Series review car was an M440i xDrive Gran Coupe with enough options boxes checked to add another $11,000 over the trim’s starting price. Decked out in Tanzanite Blue II metallic paint and genuine Cognac-colored leather, the vehicle was also equipped with a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, a SensaTec leatherette dashboard, and a number of packages for added performance, safety, and interior comfort. Including the destination charge, the final bill was $69,920.

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Tanzanite Blue II Front Quarter View

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For all 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe models, Sport seats in SensaTec faux leather are standard. Featuring contrast stitching, the upholstery is now perforated for extra softness. The vegan leather is offered in four mostly dark hues, while the genuine Vernasca leather adds an off-white to its palette.

The seats are firm yet comfortable and with plenty of supportive bolstering for when you decide to take the long way home and detour through a dynamic road or two—especially in the M440i Gran Coupe, equipped with raised knee pads on the center console just for those enthusiastic driving sessions. 430i owners can add them as part of the M Sport package.

The 4 Series Gran Coupe interior is laid out well with plenty of soft touchpoints, such as on the center console storage top and door panels. The Sport leather steering wheel feels solid in your hands. Long drives in the 4 Series will feel shorter than they are and less taxing on the body—unless you make a lot of those detours mentioned above. Other amenities like a moonroof, dual-zone climate control, power-adjustable seats, and keyless entry are standard.

BMW takes a conservative approach regarding buttons and knobs. Don’t worry; they still exist. But what you won’t find in the 4 Series Gran Coupe are screens and only screens. Having the vehicle for only a short time, hopping in and quickly accessing climate control and audio settings without having to dig through multiple settings screens, create a user profile, connect my phone, etc., is appreciated.

Being unfamiliar with the car won’t be detrimental to operating its in-car functions. For all the grief BMW gets for its iDrive system and controller knob, the operation is only as complicated as you make it. I just wish it wasn’t made of cheap-feeling plastic, of which the 4 Series has more than a necessary share. The air vents, for example, felt dinky. For 70-grand, I’d prefer a more substantial feel, especially in the details. The iDrive controller would be utilized as often as the steering wheel and should feel equally high quality, but it doesn’t.

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Tanzanite Blue II Interior Dashboard

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About that iDrive system, standard on 2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe is Live Cockpit Professional. An upgrade over Live Cockpit Plus, which is standard on the 4 Series coupe and convertible models, the Pro version includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, and the latest telematics in iDrive 7. In addition to features like navigation, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, USB ports, and 4G LTE connectivity, the multimedia system also offers many digital services.

Integration with the user interface is a crucial point as well. When connecting a smartphone, rather than having app information only accessible via the infotainment screen, the data will appear within the IP or optional head-up display as well. This keeps one’s eyes on the road instead of searching a 10.25-inch screen with multiple pages. From Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri to Google Maps and WhatsApp, pertinent info is now easier to manage.

There is no lack of safety technology, either. The 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe comes with standard advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) under its Active Driving Assitant suite of safety features. These include lane-departure warning, speed limit assist, active blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear-collision avoidance. Also standard are adaptive front headlights with automatic high beams, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and front-collision warning with pedestrian/cyclist detection.

 Two optional safety packages, available for both the 430i and M440i Gran Coupe, offer even more semi-autonomous ADAS features. They include adaptive cruise control with stop & go, automatic parking assistance, lane-centering, 360-degree surround camera views, and more.

According to BMW, standard and optional ADAS features total around 40 for the 2022 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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2022 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Tanzanite Blue II Rear Quarter View

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A short drive behind the wheel of the M440i xDrive Gran Coupe proved to be plenty of time to put a smile on my face. My 22-mile route took me through downtown Palm Springs and into the Riverside County mountains via Highway 74. Also known as the Pines to Palms Scenic Byway, I found myself more fixated with the performance of the Gran Coupe than the palm trees.

The 4-door form of the 4 Series Gran Coupe is pure deception. While the 430i and its turbo-4 can reach 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, the M440i takes only 4.4 seconds to cover the same ground. Standard performance bits on the M440i Gran Coupe include variable sport steering, an aerodynamic kit, a rear spoiler, and M sport brakes, suspension, and differential.

My M440i xDrive test car had the Cooling and High Performance Tire package, adding 19-inch performance tires, an adaptive M suspension, and an M Technology package for increased braking and cooling capacity. These can be optioned for the 430i Gran Coupe as part of the M Sport and Dynamic Handling packages.

California Highway 74 is two lanes of tight turns, blind bends, and off-camber corners with some elevation change along the way. And it’s great fun… if you’re in the right vehicle. At one point, I found myself behind a late-model Honda CR-V whose driver was hesitant around every corner (of which there are a million) while maintaining a speed 10 mph below the limit. The M440i set to Sport mode was anxious but blessed be the inventor of turnouts and passing lanes.

With a clear path, I drove the M440i with as much enthusiasm as was safely allowed, and it didn’t take much to be enthused. The turbo-6 hustles, the M sport brakes are superb, and xDrive affords you more confidence than you probably deserve. Turn-ins are quick, and the steering is precise. There is no lag, stuttering, or slip—just smooth transitions between braking and accelerating, even when heading uphill. The engine note isn’t bad, either. But switch to Comfort mode while attacking a canyon road? Then it feels like a waste of exceptional engineering.

The 440i Gran Coupe isn’t a hooligan, though. No, no. When traveling through the city, the vehicle is quiet, comfortable, and pleasant—everything you’d want for a long drive or simply running errands around town.

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The BMW 3 Series is a tried-and-true sport luxury compact car, but it’s also a sedan. Technically, so is the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Yet its styling is subtle in that respect, and its hatchback provides more practicality than the standard trunk opening of the sedan. But that’s form for function. From an aesthetic standpoint, I suppose it’s time to acknowledge the elephant in the room. Or, more specifically, the mammoth double-kidney grille that is now the BMW signature look.

The automaker says the grille design improves aero and engine cooling. Cool story, bro, but how does that jive with the incoming electric vehicles? Nevertheless, this is the new face of BMW performance until the next evolution in design and, uh, engine cooling. Regardless, it’s definitely a conversation starter and not nearly as overbearing in person. From some angles, the big-mawed BMW 4 Series—dare I say it—actually looks great.

In the end, the 4 Series Gran Coupe is more about driving capabilities, luxury appeal, comfortable appointments, and vehicle utility. If that’s what you’re looking for in a compact package, then your search is over with the 4 Series.

Beverly Braga is a freelance writer and consultant with nearly 20 years of experience as a storyteller and communications professional. In addition to JDPower.com, her work has appeared in numerous print and digital outlets covering the automotive, entertainment, lifestyle, and food & beverage industries.

The opinions expressed in this review are the author’s own, not J.D. Power’s.

No portion of these reviews may be reproduced, distributed, publicly displayed, or used for a derivative work without J.D. Power’s written permission. © 2022 J.D. Power

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