Although it looks like a style-conscious sedan, the 428i is actually a hatchback that can handle up to 46 cubic feet of cargo. Power comes from a turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder that achieves 240 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission comes standard, and all-drive is available. Unlike with other compact BMWs, you can't get a manual on the Gran Coupe.
All models start out with premium features like xenon headlamps, a sunroof, driver memory settings, Bluetooth audio, and HD radio. The Gran Coupe rolls on 18-inch wheels -- 19s are optional. Leather seating is available individually or as part of Premium package, which also gets you satellite radio and keyless ignition. Premium-equipped models are eligible for a Luxury package with chrome exterior accents, wood or aluminum interior trim, a saddle brown lower dash (instead of black), and non-sport seats if desired.
You can take the Gran Coupe in another direction with the M Sport package, which provides a sport-tuned suspension, unique wheels, aerodynamic body trim, and a sports steering wheel. The Track Handling package (available with or without the full M Sport treatment) has upgraded brakes, sport-tuned steering, and an adaptive suspension system.
A navigation system comes with the Technology package, which also adds a larger display screen and a suite of integrated smartphone apps. The Lighting package tacks on LED headlamps with automatic high-beam control. The Cold Weather package adds heated seats all around, a heated steering wheel, and headlamp washers.
Safety gets a boost from the Driver Assistance package with a rearview camera and front and rear parking sensors. A Plus version of the same adds blind spot monitoring, a surround-view camera system, and speed limit data. Adaptive cruise control is a standalone option.
Additional options include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, an automated parallel parking system, and a rear power sunshade.
The Gran Coupe's memorable styling comes at a price. Expect to pay about $3,300 more for it than a comparably equipped 3-Series sedan.
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