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Review of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: Performance, Luxury, and Design

The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe challenges traditional coupe conventions with its four-door design, combining elegance and practicality. Positioned above the previous 6 Series Gran Coupe, it rivals the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes CLS, and Audi A7 Sportback. Engine options include a 3.0-liter six-cylinder, V8 petrol, and six-cylinder diesel, with the M850i being the top performer. The Gran Coupe offers superior handling but isn’t as nimble as the two-door version or the Panamera. The interior boasts high-quality materials and a user-friendly infotainment system. While spacious and luxurious, it has limited rear legroom and a smaller boot compared to competitors. Costly but feature-rich, it has decent reliability but requires deep pockets for ownership.

Introduction

What Car? says…

Seems oxymoronic, doesn’t it? A coupe is something that traditionally has two doors, so adding two more seems to defy convention. But breaking the rules isn’t necessarily bad, and four-door coupes, like the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, have been a hit since the Mercedes CLS debuted back in 2004. Furthermore, BMW itself has form in challenging convention; with the BMW X6, it created the even more mind-bending coupe SUV concept. One could argue that four doors on a low-slung coupe (Entity – Attribute – Relation) is still a fine blend of elegance and practicality. So, the 8 Series Gran Coupe belongs to a rare club: a car that lets you have your cake and eat it too.

Market Positioning

Where does the 8 Series Gran Coupe fit in the market? According to BMW, it’s deeper into the luxury realm than the previous 6 Series Gran Coupe. The more powerful versions align with the Porsche Panamera in terms of price, whereas its cheaper rivals include the Mercedes CLS and Audi A7 Sportback.

Engines and Performance

In essence, the Gran Coupe is a two-door 8 Series with extra length, offering the same engines. You can choose from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder petrol engine with rear-wheel drive, or a V8 petrol and six-cylinder diesel that come with BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system.

Performance and Drive

The M850i proves to be very responsive, muscular, and exceedingly fast. It’s the engine to choose if performance is your priority, capable of 0-62 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Meanwhile, the 840d impresses with an effortless thrust from the start, though diesel might not be as popular these days. For the best mix of performance and economy, we suggest the 840i. It pulls consistently from low to mid-revs, though you’ll have to work harder to find its absolute rhythm compared to the M850i.

The Gran Coupe isn’t as nimble as the 8 Series Coupe or as agile as a Panamera 4S, but it’s softer and more balanced on flowing roads. Compared to an Audi A7 Sportback, it’s a lot more fun. The 840i’s two-wheel drive isn’t much of an issue on dry roads, but for slippery surfaces, the M850i with four-wheel drive offers better performance.

Interior

Design and Features

Inside, the Gran Coupe is relatively understated. Its sweeping dashboard contrasts with the angular designs of the A7 Sportback and Porsche Panamera, while being less flamboyant than the Mercedes CLS. Materials used are of high quality, and it feels solid.

The infotainment system is a masterpiece. BMW’s latest iDrive far surpasses its rivals in usability, featuring a logical menu, responsive interface, rotary controller, and shortcut buttons. This makes it less distracting to operate. The 10.3-inch display supports touch control and optional gesture control. You also get BMW’s Intelligent Personal Assistant similar to Amazon Alexa.

Driving Position

The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s driving position is highly adjustable with an electronically adjustable steering wheel and driver’s seat. However, adjustable lumbar support is only available as part of the M Sport seat upgrade. Visibility is decent but not perfect due to the thick front pillars and shallow rear screen.

Space and Practicality

Front and Rear Space

Front space in the Gran Coupe is ample for taller adults, with good storage options. The rear features two proper seats with an occasional middle seat that’s uncomfortable for long periods due to a large floor hump.

Boot Space

The rear seatbacks can fold in a 40/20/40 configuration using handy release levers, providing a fairly flat cargo area. With the seats up, there’s room for about five carry-on suitcases. Although the boot isn’t as large or accessible as the A7 Sportback’s, it remains practical.

Buying and Owning

Costs and Reliability

The 840i is the cheapest 8 Series Gran Coupe, yet it’s pricier than the base Mercedes CLS or Audi A7 Sportback. Both the 840d and M850i are more expensive. These cars are costly, and whether paying cash or using PCP finance, deep pockets are necessary.

The 8 Series Gran Coupe holds its value better than the CLS but not as well as the Panamera. The 840d should be the cheapest to run with a combined average of 39.2mpg, though the 840i’s 33.2mpg is respectable. You get numerous standard features, and plenty of optional extras are available, adding to its appeal.

Safety

Safety features include automatic emergency braking (AEB) and lane departure warning, with blind-spot monitoring and lane assist available as options.

Reliability

BMW ranked 21st out of 31 brands in the 2019 What Car? Reliability survey, one place below Audi and above Porsche and Mercedes. The standard warranty is three years with no mileage limit.

Conclusion

In summary, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe stands out for combining luxury, performance, and practicality. Its understated yet high-quality interior, advanced infotainment system, and excellent driving dynamics make it a compelling choice in the luxury four-door coupe segment. Whether you prioritize performance, economy, or a balanced mix of both, the 8 Series Gran Coupe has something to offer. For more details, check the New Car Buying page for the best deals!

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