In recent years, it seems like the German premium brands have been trying to create and then fill every niche imaginable. A good example of this is the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé – a car that tries to combine the practicality of a four-door saloon and the looks of a coupé, and throws a hatchback into the recipe just to mix things up a bit.
It may sound like a half-baked idea, but there is method to the madness. It looks more svelte than a 3 Series saloon and is a touch more practical, thanks to the hatchback replacing the conventional boot lid. It also handles as well as you’d hope a BMW would. So far, so good.
The engine line-up mirrors the other variants of the 4 Series, with a number of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines kicking off the range. If you’re after a bit more pace and refinement, six cylinders are available and you can also have four-wheel drive. An automatic gearbox is optional on lower-rung engines and standard on higher-end ones.
Read on for our full verdict, including what it’s like to drive, how the interior stacks up and how much it’ll cost you. We’ll also tell you how it compares with rivals such as the Audi A5 Sportback.