2019 BMW 430i XDrive Gran Coupe New Engine

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BMW made a Faustian bargain when it launched the 4-series a few years back as a replacement for the 3-series coupe. In its quest for sales, the German automaker dialed back some of the driving enjoyment of the prior model in favor of consumer-driven traits such as additional interior space and a larger cargo hold. Although we enjoy a roomy back seat and a spacious trunk as much as the next person (and the 4-series coupe has both), we were disappointed to see a BMW lose ground in terms of driver involvement.

More than four years after introducing the 4-series, BMW is taking steps to rectify this decision, and the refreshed 2018 4-series two-door coupe and convertible (and their four-door Gran Coupe counterpart) feature revised suspension and steering setups aimed at improving the model’s dynamic prowess.

New 2019 BMW 430i XDrive Gran Coupe Performance

The powertrains carry over untouched, with a 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four in the $44,495 430i and a 320-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six in the $50,895 440i. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, although a six-speed manual is a no-cost option on the rear-wheel-drive 430i coupe—the spec of our test car—as well as on rear- and all-wheel-drive 440i coupe models.

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Despite its suspension and steering enhancements, the 430i still doesn’t match the cohesive engagement of the prior 3-series coupe. Tackling twisty two-lanes in the 430i is a transactional process; the coupe cuts through corners with agility, poise, and stoicism but does little to enthrall the driver.

Our test vehicle was equipped with the $2600 M Sport package that includes a set of staggered split-spoke 18-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 summer tires, which—along with the optional adaptive dampers ($700)—helped the 430i circle our 300-foot skidpad at a decent 0.89 g. (Due to wintry weather conditions during most of our time with the car, we photographed it with a set of seven-spoke wheels on Pirelli winter tires.) Although an Audi A5 2.0T, a Cadillac ATS 2.0T coupe, and a Mercedes-Benz C300 coupe all recorded more than 0.90 g around the skidpad, the BMW’s near–50/50 front-to-rear weight distribution meant that it was less prone to understeer than some of its more nose-heavy rivals.

New 2019 BMW 430i XDrive Gran Coupe First Drive
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The 2019 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe offers outstanding style and technology both inside and out. See interior & exterior photos. 2019 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe New features complemented by a lower starting price and streamlined packages. The mid-size 2019 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe offers a complete lineup with a wide variety of finishes and features, two conventional engines. 2019 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe Likes

  • Surround-view cameras are a must-have feature
  • USB and Bluetooth streaming, standard
  • Good outward visibility
  • Standard all-wheel drive
  • Unmatched retro swagger

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2019 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe Expert Rating Breakdown

9.1 on a scale of 1 to 10

  • Styling 4.0
  • Performance 4.0
  • Comfort & Quality 4.0
  • Safety 4.0
  • Features 4.0
  • Fuel Economy 4.0

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