The Gran Tour: The 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe front 3/4 view

About the headline---if you're from Amazon, or representing Jeremy Clarkson, I don't need that kind of aggravation. Take it as a compliment and move along. I come not to fight intellectual property battles but to recommend the acquisition of some intellectual property.


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe rear 3/4 view

That, of course, would be the 2022 BMW M440i Gran Coupe---a thinking person's performance car. Regular readers will remember that last fall, I reviewed the two-door version, the M440i xDrive Coupe, and loved it. Sometimes, though, life requires not two, but four doors.


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe hood up

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe engine

When those four doors have the same sweet BMW inline 24-valve six-cylinder making 382 horsepower aided by a 48v electric motor (what's called a mild hybrid) that kicks in before the turbos spool up, it's a wonderful thing that involves getting to 60 from a standard start in a tick over four seconds and thoroughly livable EPA fuel economy estimates of 22 miles per gallon city, 29 highway.


xDrive is BMW-speak for all-wheel-drive, so that power gets laid down on the pavement from every corner of the car. The M440i gets an M Sport suspension, an eight-speed automatic transmission with selectable drive modes and an M Sport differential.


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe hatch open

Why "Gran Coupe" instead of "sedan"? That becomes obvious when you open the trunk and find there isn't one---the Gran Coupe is a hatchback with some significant cargo space behind the rear seats.


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe interior

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe rear seat

BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe front seats

BMW M440i front seats detail

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe instrument panel

Beyond that, it's BMW's stock in trade, supportive seats done exceptionally tastefully and with high-quality materials (some extra-cost) throughout the cabin. The base price of the 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is $58,200. That buys Ash Grey wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless charging and BMW's Live Cockpit Pro with navigation.


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe center console

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe center stack

The extra-cost options are usually a significant chunk of the price of premium European cars, but the M440i xDrive Gran Coupe's add-ons came in at just $10,725---$1,500 for the Tanzanite Blue II metallic paint, $1,450 for the Cognac Vernasca leather interior, $1,700 for the Drivers Assistance Pro Package, $700 for the Parking Assistance Package, $1,750 for the Premium Package (heated steering wheel, heated front seats, ambient lighting and head-up display, $2,400 for the Cooling & High Performance Tire Package (including bicolor 19-inch M wheels, $350 for the SensaTec dashboard and $875 for an upgraded Harman Kardon surround sound audio system.


So, with $995 destination charge, the as-tested price of the 2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is $69,920.


2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe front view

2022 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe side view

And if that doesn't seem like a thoroughly reasonable price, then drive the M440i xDrive. As with the very first BMWs I drove many years ago, these cars have a way of justifying their price with every turn in the road.

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