The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, the first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families. Compact exterior dimensions go hand in hand with tremendous flexibility on the inside: a sliding second row of seats with adjustable backrest, a third row of seats that fold into the floor, and provision for up to five universal child seats are just some of the features on offer.
This new car is available with a choice of five turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, all sourced from BMW’s latest engine family. With either three or four-cylinders, these advanced powerplants offer superb efficiency and, in the case of the 220i and 220d, a 0-62mph time as low as 7.8 seconds. The 220d xDrive is also the only car in its class to team four-wheel drive with seven-seat capability.
With the latest EfficientDynamics and ConnectedDrive technologies, the new 2 Series Gran Tourer takes advantage of BMW’s lead in driver safety, energy-saving and connectivity features. And thanks to its typically BMW-like sporting dynamics, it fuses its inherent practicality with genuine driver entertainment, thereby creating a uniquely appealing package.
Dimensions: 4,556mm x 1,800mm x 1,612mm (L x W x H)
Generous load compartment: extends from 560- to 1,820-litres.
The Gran Tourer is 214mm longer and 53mm higher than the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, but a longer wheelbase of 2,780mm provides a further significant increase in space inside the vehicle. The higher roofline allows occupants to sit tall and upright, affording excellent all-round vision, as well as aiding ingress and egress. Legroom, particularly in the rear, is comparable with that of many luxury cars. Three universal child seats can be mounted in the second row, and a further two universal child seats can be fitted in the third row.
There are also lashing points in the load bay and “monorails” on the backrests of the front seats, allowing a folding table to be attached. Much thought has gone into providing numerous storage compartments and space, including room for 1.5-litre bottles in each door panel. Further travel items, such as children’s toys, can be stowed away in the hinged compartments under the front or second row seats.
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer comes as standard in the UK with third row seats offering generous space for two additonal passengers. A non-slip step in the rear door opening aids access in conjunction with the folding and sliding second row of seats (Easy Entry). If the extra passenger seats are not required, the third row can be completely lowered into the load area floor to save space. The loading surface remains almost level and the storage space – barring the multifunction tray – remains unchanged.
Design: elegant yet functional
The front of the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer features a trio of BMW icons – the twin kidney grille, twin round headlights and brand logo. Despite the spacious interior, the front aspect is sporty and flat, with a low windscreen and a high bonnet reducing the perceived height of the vehicle. The bonnet sculpting and the large air intakes sited on the far edges of the nose add to this impression of sportiness. Efficient bi-LED lights are available for the dipped and main beam functions as an option.
Within the vehicle’s silhouette - characterised by a long wheelbase and short overhangs - distinctive lines rising towards the rear give the profile a clear wedge shape. The expansive side glazing accentuates the spacious interior, while a high roofline and large doors promise comfortable access to all seats.
At the rear, the low loading sill and wide-opening automatic tailgate guarantee comfortable access to the load compartment. The large tail lamps extend far into the side of the car, forming an L-shape with their two LED-fed light banks inclining towards the centre.
The interior of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer generates an airy feeling of space, combining a horizontal layering of surfaces and volumes with the hallmark BMW driver-centric design. A high seating position enhances all-round visibility; the visual demarcation between the centre console and the instrument panel actually gives the latter the appearance of floating in midair, while electroplated elements and large trim surfaces with accent strips exude a quality ambience.
Accessories: official BMW
BMW Accessories offer a range of accessories for a choice of practical, safe solutions for all sorts of tasks and situations, including:
* Bicycle transportation systems
* Roof boxes
* A modular travel system for mounting electronic devices such as smart phones and tablets
* Storage bags
BMW offers its own child seat systems for Group 1, 2 and 3, featuring the quality and safety technology associated from the brand. To keep everyone entertained within the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, the BMW Car Hotspot LTE lets passengers connect up to eight devices to the Internet simultaneously.