BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer review - MPG, CO2 and Running Costs
It's expensive to buy, but insurance and fuel costs should be reasonable
The 2 Series Gran Tourer may be expensive to buy, but it fuel costs should be reasonable. The 218i and 220i petrols are relatively frugal: the former can manage as much as 40.4mpg (with a manual gearbox) and emits 123 to 133g/km of CO2 depending on wheel size and gearbox choice, while the latter manages up to 36.2mpg and emits 129-131g/km.
The 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel in the 20d is only available with an automatic gearbox and comes with the choice of four-wheel drive. This puts the BMW 2 GT in the same ballpark as the even more desirable, capable and practical Land Rover Discovery Sport. It returns 45.6 to 49.6mpg depending on spec, with emissions of 188 to 131gkm.
The 216d is rated to 53.3-55.4mpg and 107-111g/km of CO2; It feels capable despite its small 114bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine. Meanwhile the 148bhp 2.0-litre 218d, which promises 47.9-51.4mpg and 117-123g/km, should offer the best blend of performance, economy and price.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer occupies insurance groups 10 to 22, with the most powerful and highly specced models sitting in the upper end of that range. The BMW should therefore be marginally cheaper to insure than the Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer, which starts in group 19 and climbs to group 29.
Our experts predict that the 2 Series Gran Tourer should hold onto around 44 to 47 per cent of its value after three years and 36,000 miles come trade-in time. This is considerably better than the 30 to 39 per cent predicted for its closest Citroen rival, the Grand C4 SpaceTourer – you can thank the cachet of the BMW badge for that.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is the car growing families looking for a premium badge have been waiting for
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is one of the best seven-seaters for keen drivers
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running Costs - currently readingIt's expensive to buy, but insurance and fuel costs should be reasonable
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe Gran Tourer isn't the best-looking BMW, but it's well-built
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceIt's not quite as flexible as some cheaper rivals, but the Gran Tourer is still a spacious family car
- 6Reliability and SafetyReliability and safety should not be a concern, but servicing costs are higher than average