After a one-year hiatus, BMW’s popular M440i xDrive Gran Coupe is back for 2022 longer, wider and taller using a stretched wheelbase and expanded track, boasting a more powerfully tuned engine in a sleeker, sculpted body.
It’s the new second generation four-door Gran Coupe, a mass of muscle and style that’s bound to appeal to sports car enthusiasts while also serving up comfort for long trips with a family of five inside a redesigned cabin with more cargo space and expanded rear leg room for adults.
We tested the Motorsport 440i xDrive Gran Coupe with a more powerfully tuned engine and agile performance (there is an M440i without xDrive’s all-wheel drive).
Aided by a 48-volt battery for quicker power and efficiency, the 3.0-liter M twin-turbo inline 6-cylinder engine produced gas-sipping mileage of 22 mpg in the city using premium fuel.
The battery regenerates when braking, storing power in a second battery for the 12V on-board power supply to hook up phones and other vehicle features.
Handling was razor sharp with variable sport steering, a 53.8-front/46.2 rear weight split, rear differential and torque delivered to front or rear wheels as needed. Five drive modes match driver passion, including Sport with muted growl under acceleration, Comfort and Eco-Pro.
Despite a stiffer body, the ride used M sport suspension with lift-related damping and springs to cushion rough and broken macadam.
Alerts are issued when GPS, using navigation information, detects rough road ahead, like railroad track humps or construction issues.
We had six options greatly improving performance and comfort, costing $5,925: the most expensive being the HP Tire Package for $2,400 adding 19-inch M steel wheels with run-flat performance tires plus technology features.
BMW’s “The Ultimate Driving Machine” mantra manifests itself when German engineering seamlessly integrates 40 automated driver assistance functions, including an array of modern driver safety features. Not yet crash rated, M440i is expected to earn top safety marks.
Driver pluses include a Heads-Up-Display and a speed limit display when exceeding the limit. The cabin was cathedral quiet; the only glitch a slightly perceptible stop/start function.
A 12.3-inch instrument cluster mates with a 10.25-inch center digital display that can tri-screen to display navigation, media, and driver assistance systems.
Comfortable leather seats with stitching, anthracite headliner and premium trim materials signify luxury.
Neat features include parking assistance, drive recorder, surround cameras for views, and a plethora of information including traffic hazards, app connections, automatic locking/unlocking with key fob untouched, WiFi and online driver’s info to decipher technological attributes.
Warranty includes three year/36,000 miles complimentary maintenance.
At a Glance
LIKES: Power, looks, luxury, handling, ride, drive modes, quiet
DISLIKES: Clunky stop/start, options for top experience
BOTTOM LINE: Addictive to drive, options pricey
Fact File: BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe
3.0-liter, turbo inline-6
382 hp at 5,800-6,500 rpm
369 ft.-lbs. at 1,800-5,000 rpm
8-speed automatic/manual paddles
22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy
15.6-gallons, premium recommended
0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds
Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.