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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer review

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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
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27 Jan 2016 15:04 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:21

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Cost & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The 2 Series Gran Tourer looks expensive, but the high-quality interior, good standard equipment and comparatively clean and frugal engines work in its favour. The fact that space in the third row is poor does not.

Its most obvious rivals are expensive versions of Volkswagen’s Touran and Citroën’s C4 Spacetourer, but BMW doesn't think these cars attract the same buyers; we agree, because the 2 Series Gran Tourer is noticeably plusher. As a result, the 2 Series Gran Tourer seems a bit of a niche and, ultimately, you need a very specific set of requirements for this car to make sense.

If you're looking for seven seats and all-wheel drive, more expensive models are priced alongside cars such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport. That car has similar space for seven people, a high-quality interior and is far better off road.

Meanwhile, large MPVs such as the Touran can be specced to a level classy enough for most while offering considerably more space and practicality.

Although not as strong as the 218d or 220d, the three-cylinder 216d will probably make the most sense to the majority of private and company car drivers. It emits the least CO2 and uses the least fuel, while also being the cheapest way into a diesel 2 Series Gran Tourer. Just remember that if you regularly carry plenty of people or clutter, you might want a bit more poke. With that in mind, we’d suggest stretching to a 218d if you can.

 

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
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Verdict

The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer has frugal engines, but there are far more spacious MPVs for the money

  • Efficient engines
  • High-quality interior
  • Plenty of standard equipment
  • Poor third-row space
  • Expensive to buy
  • Firm ride on standard suspension
There are 4 trims available for the 2 Series estate. Click to see details.See all versions
OUR PICK
SE
This is the trim to go for, given it’s so generously equipped. It features 16in alloy wheels, climate control, keyless start, a DAB radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth and rear parking sensors...View trim
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Sport
Sport models gain bigger 17in wheels, sports seats and a host of visual upgrades inside and out. It isn’t a lot extra over SE, but we think it’s worth giving it a miss and putting that money saved...View trim
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Luxury
Luxury trim also gets 17in alloy wheels, but it has a different set of visual upgrades inside and out to Sport models, as well as leather seats. Again, we’d save the cash and stick to entry-level S...View trim
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M Sport
M Sport cars get the biggest (18in) alloy wheels of the range, stiffer M Sport suspension, a sports steering wheel, sport seats, run flat tyres, leather seats, different headlining and M Sport styl...View trim
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