Observers could easily be forgiven for confusing the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe for a sedan. In fact, it does have four doors -- not two, as its name would suggest -- and shares many of the design attributes of its predecessor, the 3 Series sedan. When the 428i Gran Coupe debuted in 2015, however, it was easy to see several areas that set it apart from an ordinary sedan. To begin with, it rides lower to the ground for tighter performance. It also sports a bolder, wider front end than a sedan. Rather than a traditional sedan trunk, the 428i has a hatchback liftgate.
What hasn't changed, however, is somewhat surprising: the same turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers both the 3 Series sedan and the 428i Gran Coupe. Given its versatility, the 428i is a strong contender for buyers seeking an upscale version of a midsize family vehicle. Traditional competitors such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class or Audi A3 are much smaller than the Gran Coupe, so they tend to see different buying demographics. In fact, the Gran Coupe competes most directly with BMW's 3 Series wagon.