Think you want a BMW 4 Series coupe because it's more distinctive than a 3 Series sedan, but realize you need the practicality of four doors? In its perpetual quest for luxury car dominance, BMW has a solution to this first-world problem in the form of the 4 Series Gran Coupe. Like the larger 6 Series Gran Coupe, it aims to blend the shapely looks of a two-door with a little more usability and a greater emphasis on style than a traditional sedan. And being that it shares its mechanicals with the 3 Series, the 428i Gran Coupe is a fuel-efficient, agile and luxurious touring machine.
What's New for 2015
Introduced in spring 2014, the 2015 BMW 428i Gran Coupe builds upon the 4-series Coupe, which was spun off from the 3-series family in this latest generation as a more stylish counterpart to the mainstream 3 sedan and wagon lineup. The 428i comes with BMW's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with 240 horsepower mated to an 8-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is available in the 428i xDrive. The 428i Gran Coupe starts at $40,300, or $300 less than the two-door 428i.
Choosing Your BMW 428i Gran Coupe
The 428i Gran Coupe comes in a base trim, as well as three other "lines," or design groups with their own set of styling finishes, interior color and trim choices and wheels.
Base cars include standard 17-inch alloy wheels, SensaTec upholstery inside (BMW's code name for fake leather), a 40-20-40 split-folding rear seat that increases flexibility, steering wheel paddle shifters for the automatic, an auto start-stop function, wood interior accents, 8-way power front seats with driver's memory settings, and a nine-speaker audio system.
Sport Line gets blacked-out exterior trim, a choice of 18 or 19-inch alloy wheels and red interior accents with contrasting stitching.
Luxury Line offers more brightwork on the outside, on the grille and lower air intakes. Multi-spoke 18 or 19-inch wheels are available. Inside there is more chrome around the gauges and instrument panel and a choice of upgraded leather upholstery.
M Sport is for those looking for the most aggressive 428i. Borrowing from BMW's motorsports division, it offers special exterior paint and colors and wheels. There's a special design for the front bumper and lower air intake. The interior gets an M performance steering wheel and standard sports seats. The M Sport Suspension is standard, and M Performance brakes are available.
It's easy to get carried away with option packages in between the individual lines, so stick with the base car unless you have to have the sportiest-driving 428i Gran Coupe. The Sport and Luxury lines add little substance to the car.