BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer - best people carriers and MPVs

Good-looking, great to drive and luxuriously equipped, the 2 Series Gran Tourer is a worthy first MPV from BMW

The 2 Series Gran Tourer marked a lot of firsts for BMW. The brand’s first seven-seat MPV, the first front-wheel-drive BMW, and the first time those with large families could buy a BMW with the head rather than just the heart.

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer review

BMW may have garnered most fame for its rear-wheel drive cars, which make up the bulk of its range. But it’s easy to forget how much experience the German manufacturer has with front wheel drive cars too – it’s been producing the MINI since 2001. Some of that car’s character can be found in the 2 Series Gran Tourer – unsurprisingly, as much of the front end including the engines are the same as on the MINI.

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer interior

Engines include some excellent three-cylinder petrols but BMW say the diesels make up the bulk of the sales. Most people purchasing a BMW wouldn’t want a slow one, which is why the two most powerful diesels are the best-sellers in the range – though they’re still not exactly hot hatchback levels of quick.

The Gran Tourer is luxuriously trimmed inside, as you’d expect from a premium marque like BMW, and trim levels range from SE through Sport and Luxury to sporty M Sport. All are generously equipped, but options are expensive.

The 2 Series Gran Tourer isn’t the most spacious MPV, but if you want something more premium than the regular offerings, it’s a fine choice.

Best people carriers and MPVs

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      1. Citroen Berlingo Multispace
      2. Citroen C4 SpaceTourer
      3. Renault Grand Scenic
      4. Ford S-MAX
      5. Kia Carens
      6. Vauxhall Zafira Tourer
      7. Ford C-MAX
      8. BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
      9. Ford Tourneo Connect
      10. 10 SEAT Alhambra
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