What alternatives should I consider to a used BMW 2 Series estate?
In some ways, the 2 Series Gran Tourer has no natural rivals on size and price.
Size-wise, it sits between large seven-seat MPVs such as the Ford Galaxy and Seat Alhambra at one end, and the smaller Ford Grand C-Max and Renault Grand Scenic at the other. The larger cars are more spacious and more practical, and in many ways both are as good to drive as the BMW, while the Grand C-Max and Grand Scenic both push it close on practicality.
In terms of price, the 2 Series Gran Tourer is more expensive to buy both new and on the used car forecourts, model for model. Indeed, top-spec versions rival the Land Rover Discovery Sport, a supremely competent all-rounder as good on the muddy byways as it is comfortable for a family on a cross-continent cruise.
BMW would argue, as would most of its loyal supporters, that none of the aforementioned cars can match the premium feel offered by this car. Certainly in cabin appointments and material choices, the 2 Series Gran Tourer feels a cut above them all. And it’s fair to say that its driving behaviour is, if not downright sporty, at least more secure and interesting for the keen driver – it will please those coming from a saloon or hatchback more than its rivals would.