BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (2015–)

Model History

February 2015

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer launched

Offering compact exterior dimensions, yet with excellent flexibility inside to suit the needs of families: a sliding second row of seats with adjustable backrest, a third row of seats that fold into the floor, and provision for up to five universal child seats.

4,556mm long x 1,800mm wide x 1,612mm high. load compartment extends and from 560- to 1,820-litres.

Choice of five turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, all sourced from BMW’s latest engine family with either three or four-cylinders. The 220d xDrive is also the only car in its class to team four-wheel drive with seven-seat capability.

Model

Power
hp

Torque Nm

0 – 62mph seconds

Top Speed mph

Combined mpg

CO2 Emissions g/km

Price

from

BMW 218i Gran Tourer

136

220

9.8

127 (126)

53.3 (52.3)

123 (126)

£24,175

BMW 220i Gran Tourer

192

280

7.9 (7.8)

139 (138)

44.8 (47.9)

145 (138)

£27,490

BMW 216d Gran Tourer

116

270

11.4

119

68.9

108

£25,110

BMW 218d Gran Tourer

150

330

9.5

127 (128)

64.2

115

£26,255

BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer

190

400

7.8

135

57.6

129

£32,005

Figures in brackets denote models with an automatic transmission if value is different.

By sliding the rear seat fore or aft by 130mm, either load capacity or second row knee-room can be prioritised. The backrest can also be adjusted to enhance comfort in the three rear seats or to create extra luggage space. If maximum stowage space is required, the 40:20:40-split rear seat backrest can be remotely unlocked by pressing a button in the boot, then folded down to create an almost level cargo floor. The front passenger backrest can also be lowered to allow long objects such as sports equipment up to 2.60m in length to be transported. Access to the load compartment couldn’t be easier thanks to the large, broad and wide-opening tailgate, which can be opened and closed automatically by push button operation or, optionally, touch-free via a sensor below the rear bumper.

Useful features include lashing points in the load bay and “monorails” on the backrests of the front seats, allowing a folding table to be attached. Much thought has gone into providing numerous storage compartments and space, including room for 1.5-litre bottles in each door panel. Further travel items, such as children’s toys, can be stowed away in the hinged compartments under the front or second row seats.

Seven seats standard in the UK with third row seats offering generous space for two additonal passengers. A non-slip step in the rear door opening aids access in conjunction with the folding and sliding second row of seats (Easy Entry). If the extra passenger seats are not required, the third row can be completely lowered into the load area floor to save space. The loading surface remains almost level and the storage space – barring the multifunction tray – remains unchanged. Third row passengers also benefit from a special centre console with two cupholders, a storage compartment and a 12-volt socket.

With a new, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine, the new BMW 216d Gran Tourer is the most efficient model in the range. Featuring a balancer shaft, dual-mass flywheel and centrifugal pendulum absorber, it develops 116hp at 4,000 rpm and 270Nm of torque from as low as 1,750 rpm, taking it to a top speed of 119mph and from rest to 62mph in 11.4 seconds. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and commensurately low CO2 emissions of 108g/km, the BMW 216d Gran Tourer is the most economical, environmentally friendly and efficient vehicle in its class.

The BMW 218d Gran Tourer is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. It develops a maximum output of 150hp at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 330Nm between 1,750 and 2,750rpm, taking this Gran Tourer from standstill to 62mph in 9.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 127 (128)mph. Meanwhile, fuel consumption is an excellent 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions are just 115g/km.

The new BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer is arguably the most potent engine offering in the range at launch. Its 2.0‑litre four-cylinder diesel engine has a peak output of 190hp at 4,000rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm at 1,750rpm. It completes the 0-62mph dash in just 7.8 seconds and effortlessly accelerates to a maximum speed of 135mph. Fuel consumption is an admirable 57.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 129g/km.

The BMW 218i Gran Tourer is powered by an extremely compact and lightweight 1.5‑litre three-cylinder petrol engine. It develops 136hp at 4,400 rpm, with peak torque of 220 Nm already available from 1,250rpm, rising to 230Nm for short periods by using the overboost function. The BMW 218i Gran Tourer when fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 127mph, while fuel consumption is 53.3 (52.3)mpg and CO2 emissions are 123 (126)g/km.

The BMW 220i Gran Tourer features a high-performance, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 192hp with peak torque of 280Nm available between 1,250 and 4,600 rpm. As such it sprints from 0-62mph in as little as 7.9 (7.8) seconds and goes on to a top speed of 138mph. The combined fuel consumption is rated as 44.8 (47.9) mpg and CO2 emissions are 145 (138)g/km.

The 10-millimetre-lower M Sport suspension that is a feature of the M Sport model is also available as a separate option. It is based on a tauter spring/damper calibration as well as stiffer anti-roll bars. As an alternative, drivers can choose a chassis with Dynamic Damper Control: using the Driving Experience Control switch, two different damping settings are available. In fact, ECO PRO, SPORT and COMFORT modes are available via this switch in front of the centre console. A press of a button calls up a predefined set-up that configures the powertrain and chassis components accordingly.The additional option of variable sport steering allows the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer to be steered with even greater agility and precision.

In addition to the standard SE version outlined above, the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available in three other model variants, each with their own particular emphasis: Sport, Luxury and M Sport. Moreover, a host of options are available for enhancing the specification yet further, both inside and out.

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available in a wide selection of exterior colours, with a multitude of interior trim strips and light-alloy wheels offered. Some 13 different paint finishes are available in all, while the choice of wheels includes nine different designs ranging in size from 16 to 18 inches as an alternative to the 16-inch light-alloy wheels fitted as standard.

The extensive standard equipment list includes a high-quality AM/FM radio, with Bluetooth hands-free system and audio streaming in conjunction with compatible smartphones; the iDrive operating system with Controller on the centre console; Intelligent Emergency Call; a 6.5-inch colour display and the Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode. In addition, every BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer also comes with an electronic parking brake, a front armrest, a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation as well as Collision Warning with City Braking function. Two-zone automatic air conditioning, rear Park Distance Control, front fog lamps and a multi-function steering wheel complete the package.

The Sport model brings 17-inch light-alloy wheels, sports seats and bodywork detailing in high-gloss black. The elegance of the Luxury model includes understated chrome trim, interior trim strips in fine wood, exclusive leather upholstery, as well as 17-inch light-alloy wheels. Finally, there is the M Sport model, which maximises the car’s on-road presence via the M Aerodynamics package, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, sports seats in exclusive leather upholstery, M leather multifunction steering wheel and exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels.

May 2016

BMW 2 Series gets new iDrive interface

Incorporated into the BMW Professional media system, the latest iDrive interface and enhanced connectivity provides a simpler menu navigation requiring fewer clicks to move between key sections such as map view, messages, entertainment and media and an increase in RAM to improve performance. This new system also allows the wireless integration of selected third party applications from a compatible mobile device.

In addition to the already standard Bluetooth connectivity this can be further enhanced by opting for the new Enhanced Bluetooth which alongside the upgraded BMW Professional Navigation system now includes Wireless Charging, WiFi Hotspot preparation and an additional USB socket.

Accessing a library of over 30 million tracks available to stream at any time as part of BMW Online Entertainment is now even easier thanks to the new Connected Music feature. This introduces the additional option, when listening to the radio, of recognising the track, artist or album. The listener can then search for and stream other music by that artist or music of the same genre.

January 2018

Magna Steyer said it was supplying BMW with Getrag 7DCT300 third generation dual clutch transmissions for large volume transverse vehicle platform (UKL) models including the BMW X1, just-announced updated MINI models plus the next FWD BMW 1 Series and FWD 2 Series Active Tourer. With its on-demand actuation, only about 30W of the total consumption is required by the DCT in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Thanks to its intelligent shift strategy, it's also possible to achieve lower fuel consumption than with manual transmissions. Magna said its dual clutch transmissions have a "high degree of standardised design principles". "The third generation... is the basis for a variety of efficient and scalable hybrid transmissions. It allows the use of a very compact electric motor within the transmission housing, and the adaption has no impact on the installation length of the transmission. The power of the electric motor can be scaled for various applications from a 48 volt mild hybrid to a plug in hybrid."

What does a BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (2015) cost?

List Price from £26,325
Buy new from £21,591
Contract hire from £218.27 per month