What's the used BMW 2 Series estate like?
BMW is lucky in having a very loyal fanbase who, having grown out of its range of sports cars and executive saloons, will look without hesitation to have that badge on the front of an MPV big enough to transport their growing family and associated paraphernalia.
Hence the 2 Series Gran Tourer, which shares its underpinnings with the 2 Series Active Tourer, the firm’s able five-seat, front-wheel-drive MPV, but stretches the distance between the front and rear wheels by 11cm to fit in two extra seats in the third row. Add in the usual range of highly efficient petrol and diesel engines, a number of decently equipped trim levels and the sort of upmarket feel you would associate with BMW and you’ve got yourself a very popular premium people-carrier.
Those engines include BMW’s three-cylinder 1.5 petrol and diesel engines, the 218i and 216d. There’s also a 187bhp 2.0-litre petrol and a series of 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel units in either the 218d or 220d, as well as the option of four-wheel drive. On the road, it’s no sports car with any of those options, but it’s surprisingly refined and certainly handles well for a seven-seat MPV.
Trims range from the SE, which includes such goodies as sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers, through Sport, which adds bigger alloys and sports seats, to M Sport, with its sporty bodykit and suspension. The interior feels plush and there’s the flexibility to slide the rear seats forward to accommodate taller passengers in the rearmost seats or increase boot space, as well as the option of stowing all passenger seats for maximum space.
Size-wise, the 2 Series Gran Tourer sits in a bit of a niche. It’s smaller than seven-seat rivals such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra, and a cut above the Ford Grand C-Max and Renault Grand Scenic. It’s quite pricey new, which separates it from a lot of the other contenders, but as a used proposition that extra quality could well be worth the small premium.