BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer review - Engines, performance and drive

The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is one of the best seven-seaters for keen drivers

Up front, the seating position is surprisingly low for an MPV, which helps set the 2 Series GT apart from its less driver-focused rivals. The class-leading dynamics also help in this regard.

So long as you are not expecting the 2 GT to corner like a 3 Series, you’re likely to be impressed with the way it drives. Despite its front-wheel drive (there’s an all-wheel drive version but it only sends power to the rear when the fronts start to slip) and tall body, this people carrier still feels very much like a BMW in the way it steers, handles and rides.

You get the sense the oily bits underneath the skin are hewn from slightly sturdier stuff than in lesser rivals and that more time and money has been spent developing the car at the test track.

Still, they can appreciate the comfort at all speeds. The cabin is well insulated from outside noise and the suspension deals with bumps in that firm but fair, BMW way. Beware of M Sport trim though as combined with the larger wheels, the upgraded lowered and stiffened sports suspension does start to feel a little too harsh on rougher roads for a people mover - even when fitted with the optional adaptive dampers.

Engines

The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines. Petrol models include the 218i, powered by the same 134bhp, 1.5-litre three-cylinder as the MINI hatchback. Another imported MINI engine is found in the 220i; a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder from the MINI Cooper S with 189bhp.

There are two diesel options: the 114bhp three-cylinder 116d and the 187bhp four-cylinder in the 20d, with the latter being the only 2 Series GT offered with xDrive four-wheel drive.

The 216i and 218d are available with the choice of manual or automatic gearboxes; the other engines in the range are automatic-only.

Which Is Best

Cheapest

  • Name
    218i SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £27,390

Most Economical

  • Name
    216d SE 5dr
  • Gearbox type
    Manual
  • Price
    £28,355

Fastest

  • Name
    220i [178] Sport 5dr DCT
  • Gearbox type
    Semi-auto
  • Price
    £32,680

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