2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe: Up Close

By Mike Hanley  on April 18, 2014

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The 4 Series Gran Coupe is emblematic of BMW's expanding product line. Even though the automaker sells the 3 Series sedan, wagon and GT, and now the 4 Series coupe, the luxury brand thinks there's room for something more. Enter the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door car with sleeker, coupelike lines.

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There's some tradeoff in interior roominess in the name of style, but more cargo versatility than you might expect.



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Whether you think BMW needs a model like the 4 Series Gran Coupe or not, it's a very slick-looking car. The fastback roofline and low-slung stance work great, and there's enough of a sedan profile to prevent it from looking like BMW's awkward 5 Series Gran Turismo. The frameless side doors look cool when open but I'd worry about a raised window getting bumped and damaging the power-operation assembly.

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The interior design and layout isn't that different from the 3 Series — or most other BMWs these days. The backseat feels tighter than the 3 Series in general, and the sleek roofline makes its presence known here; my head was up against the roof.

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Interestingly, the cargo area is more practical than a traditional trunk. Even though the 4 Series Gran Coupe still has the look of a sedan, the small decklid and rear window open as one piece like a hatchback. The cargo area is sizable, and with the rear glass out of the way it's easier to drop luggage into the space. The bumper liftover is low, too.

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One thing is sure: The price premium BMW plans to charge for the 4 Series Gran Coupe over the 3 Series sedan will be good for its bottom line, but is the $2,400-$3,000 extra worth it to you? Let us know in the comments.

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Senior Editor Mike Hanley is a father of three boys; he reviews new cars, admires classic cars and has embraced the minivan lifestyle.  Email Mike