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The Gran Gesture: The 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe front 3/4 view

BMW built a reputation as "The Ultimate Driving Machine". Partly through its cars, and partly through its advertising. But---how about "Savior of the hatchback"?

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe

Very popular in the 70s and early 80s, hatchbacks became uncool. Until the word "minivan" came along, it was harder to find a less desirable description of a car. As with most things, it just needed to be re-phrased. BMW calls them "Gran Coupe".

2022 BMW Gran Coupe hood up

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe engine

In March, I reviewed the 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe. This is the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe. Less of a mouthful and less of a handful, as well. The M440i is powered by a 382-horsepower twin-turbo inline six with a 48-volt electric motor. In the 430i, that's replaced by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 255 horsepower. Zero to 60 takes a bit longer, though mid-fives is still plenty quick, and the EPA fuel economy estimate bumps up to 25 miles per gallon city/34 highway.

Beyond that, it's the same driving dynamics you'll find in most 4-Series BMWs. Tight as a drum, solid as a bank vault.

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe liftgate open

2022 BMW 430i interior

The base price of the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe is $45,200. Included as standard equipment at that price are an eight-speed sport automatic transmission, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, dynamic cruise control, remote start, multi-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers and a power moonroof.

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe center stack

BMW being BMW, it's the extra-cost options where things get interesting---and pricey. The Sunset Orange Metallic paint is $550. They Oyster Vernasca leather interior is $1,450. A Dynamic Handling Package (M Sport Differential and M Sport Brakes with red calipers) is $2,450. The Shadowline trim package is $400. The M Sport Package (variable sport steering, Adaptive M suspension, 19-inch wheels, aluminum tetragonal trim, an M steering wheel and a SensaTec dashboard) is $3,550. There's a Parking Assistance Package for $700 and the Premium Package (heated steering wheel, heated front seats and ambient lighting) is $2,000. The price tag gets a break from the deletion of power seats, which knocks $995 off the total---only to be replaced by exactly that for a destination charge. So the as-tested price of the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe is $56,300.

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe front view

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe side view

2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe rear view

No, it doesn't have the ferocity of the M440i xDrive Gran Coupe, but it's no slouch. And at more than $13,500 below the 440's price tag, the 2022 BMW 430i Gran Coupe could be the smart pick.


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