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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (2015–)

Last updated 30 November 2018

Practical cabin with some nice luxury touches. Impressive refinement and good comfort levels. Navigation as standard.
Back seats are too small for teenagers or adults.
Updated 30 November 2018

Report of console around gearshift cracking up on a 2016 BMW 220i Grand Tourer. Dealer said not covered under BMW warranty.

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Introduction

If you could go back to 1990 and tell the first person you met that by 2015, BMW would be making a seven-seat, front-wheel drive MPV, you’d be quickly locked away by men in lab coats. Who would believe a crazy story about a BMW meant for seven? And yet, here we are with the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

Effectively it is a bigger version of the recent Active Tourer, with a larger wheelbase, longer overall length and a higher roof. That means a bigger boot of 560 litres – and if you fold the seats flat with the electronically operated one-touch buttons, that grows to a huge 1820 litres. Access is easy through the standard electric tailgate, while the load height is nice and low - good for heavy items or dogs.

But the real advantage of the Gran Tourer is the additional row of seats, although unless you have particularly small children you’re probably better off with something like a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. The third row in the Gran Tourer is really very tight when it comes to foot and knee room, so even with the adequate headroom you’re only going to get younger kids to fit without complaints.

That means there are plenty of optional extras – this is a BMW after all. Highlights include a head-up display and additional active safety kit, including cruise control that stops and starts in motorway traffic jams automatically. There is also a larger infotainment screen with a more advanced navigation screen and a hands-free system for opening the electric tailgate.

In fact it is very easy to recommend the 2 Series Gran Tourer. It might upset BMW purists, but it shouldn’t upset owners – the combination of enjoyable driving dynamics, impressive practicality and a luxurious, upmarket cabin gives the Gran Tourer plenty of appeal. There might well be cheaper or more practical options on sale but, as an all-round family car for those who demand a bit of luxury, the Gran Tourer is one of the best. 

BMW 2 Series 218i Gran Tourer 2015 Road Test

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