BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

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You won’t find another premium, all-wheel-drive, seven-seat compact MPV like BMW’s xDrive 2 Series Gran Tourer, although is usually there a reason for which? Diehard BMW fans best find another sideboard to prop themselves against. Having only just got over the introduction of the front-wheel-drive, practicality-first 2 Series Active Tourer, here’s the less driver-focused Gran Tourer variation, which comes with seven seats as standard within the UK.the item gets the same front-drive structure as well as also also engines as the shorter, all 5-seat Active Tourer, including BMW’s three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine, including its hybrid option. Here we’ve driven the range’s most expensive offering, the 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel, which comes exclusively with BMW’s eight-speed automatic gearbox as well as also also four-wheel drive.BMW claims the item’s the only premium, four-wheel-drive, seven-seat compact MPV on sale as well as also also, depending what ‘premium’ means to you, the item’s right. However, if a badge isn’t important to you, are classier versions of a larger MPV or a seven-seat ‘proper’ off-roader better value?To ensure there’s room for everyone, BMW has made the Gran Tourer 21cm longer as well as also also 5cm taller than the Active Tourer. The wheelbase is usually also 11cm longer, the result being which there’s decent front space for tall adults as well as also also enough room For 2 more occupying the outer seats within the middle row, provided both parts of its 60/40 base configuration are slid as far back along their 13cm range as possible.  Access to the middle row is usually Great thanks to rear doors which open wide, although seating three adults across the item will be as much of a squeeze as the item is usually within the Active Tourer. The Gran Tourer is usually no wider inside as well as also also still lacks three individual middle row seats.The sixth as well as also also seventh seats can be pulled up through the boot floor using one hand. Folding down as well as also also sliding forward an outside middle row seat creates Great access to these rear chairs. However, as an adult, you won’t want to be in them for long. Shoulder room is usually Great, as well as also also the seat bases are individual although even for teenagers, head, leg as well as also also foot room is usually very tight indeed. which said, you can slide forward the middle row to free up kneeroom within the third row although as an adult, by the time you’re happy, there’s very little legroom left for the middle row passengers.With the third row folded away flat there’s a 560-litre boot benefiting through a wide opening, a low lip as well as also also a usefully square shape. The middle row seats can be folded 40/20/40 electronically using buttons on the boot walls. This kind of is usually a standard feature as well as also also one which works well, increasing boot space to 1820 litres. The front passenger seat can also be folded flat to leave a 2.6m-long load bay.For the driver there are the same large, split front pillars as within the Active Tourer, so forward visibility isn’t great, although aside through some cheap-feeling switchgear – present in all BMWs – cabin quality is usually impressive. Our car sported BMW’s Professional iDrive system, which continues to be one of the best on sale. BMW’s 2.0-litre diesel engine carries a job to do in This kind of heaviest of Gran Tourers. the item certainly doesn’t feel as punchy as when screwed into a standard 2 Series. Even so, there’s enough low-down torque to shift seven people, as well as also also over a wide enough band, to make the item useful. Engine noise, accompanied by a slight buzz through the controls, gets steadily worse as the revs rise. Road noise isn’t too bad although wind noise at speed is usually noticeable around the Gran Tourer’s mirrors. The eight-speed automatic is usually slick between adjustments, though, as well as also also pulls through standstill more readily than a VAG-group DSG ‘box. Being taller as well as also also heavier than an Active Tourer was never going to do wonders for the Gran Tourer’s handling. The front-end urgency as well as also also steering precision is usually still there, although the larger Centeng trailing behind isn’t as happy to play ball when pushing hard. There’s more Centeng lean as well as also also more lateral effect on the front wheels as the rear ones swing into line.Keep things sensible as well as also also the Gran Tourer will still be more entertaining along a winding road than the average seven-seat MPV, although there’s less enjoyment to be had through exploring its limits than an Active Tourer. Our test car was fitted with optional adaptive dampers as well as also also selecting Sport to stiffen them does remove some of the Centeng lean. Doing so also better ties down the Centeng vertically, which carries a tendency to bob about over undulating roads with adjustments of camber. Sharp imperfections as well as also also expansion joints are best dealt with in Comfort, however.Despite all the options in our test car, the standard equipment count is usually generous. DAB radio, sat-nav, Bluetooth, dual-zone climate control, an electronic tailgate, alloy wheels as well as also also city braking technology can be found on every car. There are four trim levels to choose through, including the entry-level SE, Sport, Luxury as well as also also the flagship M Sport options.The 2 Series Gran Tourer looks expensive, especially in This kind of guise, although the fact which the item’s so well equipped, of such high quality inside as well as also also features engines which are clean as well as also also frugal is usually compensation. The obvious cars to compare the item to are expensive versions of Ford’s seven-seat Grand C-Max as well as also also Renault’s Grand Scenic, although BMW doesn’t think these cars possess the same buyers, as well as also also we’re inclined to agree. There’s no doubt its handling is usually competent for something with seven seats, although so is usually a Land Rover Discovery’s, a vehicle which has more space for the sixth as well as also also seventh passengers as well as also also which can conquer far harsher terrain. If you genuinely need seven seats a VW Sharan is usually classy enough for most, as well as also also vastly more spacious as well as also also practical. Cheaper designs further down the range are likely to make far more sense.BMW 220d xDrive Gran TourerPrice £32,005; Engine 4cyls, 1995cc, diesel; Power 187bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 295lb ft at 1750rpm; 0-62mph 7.8sec; Top speed 135mph; Gearbox 6-spd manual; Kerb weight 1640kg; Economy 57.6mpg (combined); CO2 129g/km, 23%
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