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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive

2 SERIES WITH THE X-FACTOR (some text hidden)

By Jonathan Crouch

BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer offers seven seats and four wheel drive in top 220d xDrive guise. Jonathan Crouch can see the appeal.

Ten Second Reviewword count: 64

We don't expect to see a premium brand in the segment for compact seven-seat MPVs. Nor do we expect to see the option of 4WD. Both things are provided by the car on test here, BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive model. It's certainly a very pricey option in this segment but if you want the very best, it's a tempting alternative.

Backgroundword count: 109

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. 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. That's certainly what this top 220d xDrive diesel 4WD version could be. Now, it's been improved with smarter looks and better media connectivity.

Driving Experienceword count: 187

On the move, this 2 Series Gran Tourer model feels a little firmer and sportier than buyers of compact MPV models may be used to. It certainly offers a more rewarding experience if you like your driving and there's an optional electronic damping system if you want to be able to occasionally prioritise comfort instead. Like most BMWs, this one gets the brand's 'Drive Performance Control' system that enables you to tweak steering feel, throttle response and gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Here, we're looking at the top 190bhp 220d xDrive 4WD derivative, which only comes with the brand's slick and efficient 8-speed auto gearbox. The xDrive set-up really comes into its own in the winter months, distributing as it can almost 100 per cent of power to either axle - or a mix between both front and rear. Either way, the car will be kept firmly planted through the tightest bends in the foulest weather. The extra xDrive traction aids performance too, the 0-62mph sprint time improving from the 8.2s showing you get in the 2WD 220d model to just 8.0s.

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Statistics (subset of data only)

Min

Max

0-62 mph (s):

7.8

Combined mpg:

55.4

57.6

Extra urban mpg:

60.1

62.8

Height (mm):

1612

Length (mm):

4556

Max Speed (mph):

135

... and 6 other stats available

Scoring (subset of scores)

Category: MPV People Carriers

Performance
80%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
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