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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

SEVEN TO THE FORE (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

The 2 Series Gran Tourer offers seven seats, front-wheel drive and a slinky silhouette. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved version.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 90

BMW's 2 Series Gran Tourer is a seven-seat compact MPV that offers a classier, more interesting alternative to a conventional Grand C-MAX or Grand Scenic-style People Carrier. Here's the improved version. This appealing spin on ordinary family motoring will probably attract a ready audience amongst people who maybe never thought they'd be buying from this Munich maker. They won't be getting 'the ultimate driving machine' because that's not what they need. Getting instead what may very well be 'the ultimate small people carrier' though, will suit them very well indeed.

Backgroundword count: 186

Traditional thinking has always assumed that buyers in search of a compact seven-seat MPV wouldn't be interested in a premium brand. In 2015 though, BMW decided that traditional thinking needed a bit of a shake-up - and brought us this car, the 2 Series Gran Tourer. As you might gather from the looks, it's a lengthened, more versatile version of the company's five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer, a model which was not only BMW's first MPV but also the first to break away from the rear wheel drive configuration that had previously defined the Bavarian maker. In one sense, this is what BMW calls a 'retention car', there to keep buyers loyal who would otherwise be forced to desert the brand to meet the needs of a growing family. But it's also there to attract customers who might never before have had the opportunity to buy a BMW: prior to the original launch of this model, the brand had, after all, never previously sold a model offered as standard with seven seats. Now, it's been improved with more efficient engines, smarter looks and better media connectivity.

Driving Experienceword count: 229

It probably won't come as any great surprise that the 2 Series Gran Tourer features most of the same engines that the 2 Series Active Tourer uses. They're all cleverly spun off the same modular base, the opener being the 140hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder 218i, which will scuttle to 62mph in 9.5 seconds. Graduate to the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine in the 220i and you're looking at 192hp, which translates to 62mph disappearing in less than eight seconds. There's a trio of diesels, starting with the 116hp 216d, while the 150hp 218d is the best seller. At the top of the range is the 220d xDrive version, sending its 190hp to the front or to all four wheels, depending on whether or not you pay extra for the xDrive option. It's just as quick to 62mph as the 220i. Power on mainstream variants is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox; as an option, BMW offers a seven-speed Steptronic transmission for the three-cylinder engines, while the four-cylinder motors can be coupled with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard in the BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer). The 10-millimetre-lower M Sport suspension is standard on the M Sport trim and also available as a separate option. As an alternative, drivers can choose a chassis with Dynamic Damper Control: using the Driving Experience Control switch, two different damping settings are available.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62mph (secs):

11.8

9.8

[216d 5 Door Gran Tourer 1.5 Luxury]

[218i 5 Door Gran Tourer 1.5 Luxury Auto]

Braked Tow Weight (kg):

1500

1600

[216d 5 Door Gran Tourer 1.5 Luxury]

[220d 5 Door Gran Tourer 2.0 xDrive Luxury Auto]

CO2 (g/km):

116

137

[216d 5 Door Gran Tourer 1.5 Luxury]

[218i 5 Door Gran Tourer 1.5 Luxury]

Cylinders:

3

4

[216d 5 Door Gran Tourer 1.5 Luxury]

[218d 5 Door Gran Tourer 2.0 Luxury]

Driven Wheels:

4

Electric Sunroof (Option cost £):

787.5

... and 21 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: MPV People Carriers

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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