BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe review - Practicality, comfort and boot space

It isn’t the most flexible, family car, but the 2 Series Gran Coupe is a comfortable cruiser.

Overall Auto Express Rating

3.5 out of 5

Practicality, comfort and boot space Rating

3.6 out of 5

  • On-board tech
  • Decent levels of standard equipment
  • Good to drive
  • Polarising looks
  • Tight rear space
  • Smaller boot than rivals

Customers considering the 2 Series Gran Coupe probably won’t be overly concerned with issues of practicality. It does offer more boot space than the 1 Series hatchback, but the coupe style means there’s less head room in the rear and it isn’t as versatile in being able to easily carry family kit such as buggies and bikes.

The sloping shape of the Gran Coupe means rear visibility is also not the best, although BMW has fitted front and rear parking sensors as standard, which helps with parking and tricky manoeuvres.

BMW also offers its Comfort packs at extra cost across the range. These include extra features such as a heated steering wheel, electric seat adjustment and extended lighting throughout the cabin. A space saver spare wheel is also optional for all versions, with the exception of the top-of-the-range M235i xDrive.

Size

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is 4,526mm in length, 1,800mm wide and stands 1,420mm high. This makes it smaller all-round than the Mercedes CLA which is 4,695mm long, 1,830mm across and is 10mm taller.

Leg room, head room & passenger space

Four adults can fit perfectly comfortably in the 2 Series Gran Coupe, but we’d advise using the extra space for a fifth occupant only for shorter journeys. There’s plenty of room for both the driver and front passenger, although the space is a touch tighter in the back. 

Boot

With a total of 430 litres of boot space, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is 30 litres down on its Mercedes CLA rival. Loading bulky items easily could also prove to be a problem, due to the small ‘saloon-like’ boot opening.

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