BMW caused quite a stir when it deviated from its iconic rear-wheel drive layout with its BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. This BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is essentially an extended version of that car, taking the seat count from five to seven.
Buyers have a choice between two different petrols engines and three diesels, and the Gran Tourer is somewhat unique among its premium rivals in offering all-wheel drive on the range-topping diesel, too.
Every engine is capable of hauling seven people, but the 216d makes the most sense – it’s one of the cheapest ways into a Gran Tourer, will cope with the majority of journeys and it has the range’s lowest CO2 emissions. There are also four trims to consider, but we think entry-level SE is the best bet as it comes with all the equipment you should need.
For an MPV the Gran Tourer is one of the better handling prospects, and its high quality interior and decent refinement will also please. Its biggest problem is price, because it looks expensive even next to much larger and more practical MPVs.