Which used BMW 2 Series estate should I buy?
The 218i and 220i are both smooth and reasonably powerful petrol engines and do a good job of moving the 2 Series Gran Tourer around in a refined fashion. However, if you do an average to high mileage, you’ll pay more for fuel, as neither can match the economy of the diesels. The 216d is the smallest and least powerful diesel, but it only really struggles on steep hills when fully loaded; the majority of buyers will find it perfect for urban use. You’ll also get a claimed average fuel consumption figure of 68.9mpg. The 218d gains an extra cylinder and more power, but we’d stick with the 216d. The 220d is a tempting package, too, with reasonable economy and plenty of oomph, but unless you can face the higher bills, we’d opt for the smallest diesel.
All 2 Series Gran Tourer cars are well equipped, with the entry-level SE coming with a long list of desirables including sat-nav, DAB radio, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipers. Step up to Sport and you’ll add bigger 17in wheels, sports seats and a host of visual upgrades inside and out. Luxury adds leather seats and some trim details, while top-spec M Sport gives you larger alloys and sports seats, as well as a stiffer suspension that we don’t recommend as it ruins the ride quality.