First drive: BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive M Sport

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available with a choice of five turbocharged petrol and diesel engines

The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available with a choice of five turbocharged petrol and diesel engines

So who’s doing the school run? If you own BMW’s new 2 Series Gran Tourer, you can bet it’ll be you writes Geraldine Herbert

What is it? The car market may be awash with new smaller crossovers and compact SUVs but how do big families get around these days? This is BMW’s new family ferry with driving dynamics to merit the badge and large enough to haul a small hockey team.

First impressions of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer? Aimed at rivals such, as Ford’s S-Max, the Peugeot 5008 and Citroen’s C4 Grand Picasso essentially the 2 Series Gran Tourer is an extended version of BMW’s five seat Active Tourer; while the Active Tourer was designed to appeal to young families who wanted a little more space the Gran Tourer is  all about those crucial seven seats.

At 214mm longer and 53mm higher than the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer compared to other MPVs the Gran Tourer is longer than Ford’s Grande C-Max but shorter than the Citroen’s C4 Grand Picasso.

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What about the interior?  The cosy driver’s seat of the Gran Tourer is lower than that most MPVs, and while this isn’t necessarily a bad thing and improves driving dynamics, it does mean the pillars can be tricky to see past. The dashboard is laid out in a straightforward, no-nonsense way, but still manages to be stylish.

On the practical side, there is decent space for three kids in the standard arrangement, each with individual isofix mountings and the optional third row can also accommodate two child seats. There is also a huge amount of cubby holes and storage areas, where children’s toys and books can be stowed easily, and a host of family features, including folding tables at the rear of the front seats

And on the road?.According to BMW, driving dynamics are a key consideration for buyers, even within this more practical end of the market. With this in mind, the Gran Tourer certainly doesn’t disappoint. While it is not quite as sharp as the five- seater and the extra weight is apparent, it negotiates twists and bends with reassuring ease, and while we wouldn’t pit the Gran Tourer against a 3 series, this hauler has an impressively stiff ride with adept steering and shares the key BMW driving dynamics from across the range

How much? Prices for the Gran Tourer start at £24,175, The range topping 220d xDrive M Sport is £32,005.

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How safe? The Gran Tourer has not yet been tested by the EuroNCAP but there is no reason to believe it wont secure the same five star rating the smaller Active Tourer achieved. There is a huge array of safety features as standard including a large number of airbags are featured and electronic stability and traction control systems.

What about my options? The standard specification includes Intelligent Emergency Call, Bluetooth, Collision Warning with City Braking Function and BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. In addition to the standard SE version, the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available in Sport, Luxury and M Sport.

3 words to describe the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer?  Practical; Spacious; Dynamic

 

Model Price
BMW 218i Gran Tourer £24,175
BMW 220i Gran Tourer £27,490
BMW 216d Gran Tourer £25,110
BMW 218d Gran Tourer £26,255
BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer £32,005

For more information check out BMW.co.uk , the BMW Facebook page or follow BMW UK on twitter

 

Geraldine Herbert

7th May, 2015

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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