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 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer may be expensive to buy, but its fuel costs should be reasonable. The 218i and 220i petrols are relatively frugal: the former can manage as much as 44.1mpg (with a manual gearbox) and emits 144 to 148g/km of CO2 depending on wheel size and gearbox choice, while the latter manages up to 43.5mpg and emits 148-153g/km.

The 187bhp 2.0-litre diesel in the 220d 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 up to 53.3mpg depending on spec, with emissions starting at 138g/km.

The 216d is rated at 53.3-55.4mpg and 130-139g/km of CO2; it feels capable despite its small 114bhp 1.5-litre diesel engine. Meanwhile the 148bhp 2.0-litre 218d, which promises up to 56.5mpg and CO2 starting from 130g/km, should offer the best blend of performance, economy and price.

Insurance Groups

The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer occupies insurance groups 11 to 25, 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 14 and climbs to group 25.

Depreciation

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.

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