Do you need a car with many seats? Then the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is right up your street. It is the first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and fully meet the mobility requirements of young families. 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.
It 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.
The first premium compact car to offer up to seven seats.
Dimensions: 4,556mm x 1,800mm x 1,612mm (L x W x H)
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.
By sliding the rear seat fore or aft by 130mm, either load capacity or second row knee-room can be prioritised. The backrest can also be adjusted to enhance comfort in the three rear seats or to create extra luggage space. If maximum stowage space is required, the 40:20:40-split rear seat backrest can be remotely unlocked by pressing a button in the boot, then folded down to create an almost level cargo floor. The front passenger backrest can also be lowered to allow long objects such as sports equipment up to 2.60m in length to be transported. Access to the load compartment couldn’t be easier thanks to the large, broad and wide-opening tailgate, which can be opened and closed automatically by push button operation or, optionally, touch-free via a sensor below the rear bumper.
Useful features abound in the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. There are also lashing points in the load bay and “monorails” on the backrests of the front seats as standard, 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. Third row passengers also benefit from a special centre console with two cupholders, a storage compartment and a 12-volt socket.
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.
The interior of the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer creates an airy feeling of space, with a horizontal layering of surfaces and volumes with the hallmark BMW driver-centric design.
Drivetrain and chassis: a new power generation
Five lightweight, powerful and fuel-efficient petrol and diesel engines will be available at launch in the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, all featuring the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with either three or four cylinders. All engines in the range comply with the EU6 exhaust standard. Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox; as an option, BMW offers a six-speed Steptronic transmission for the three-cylinder engines, while the four-cylinders motors can be coupled with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard in the BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer). All transmissions feature the Auto Start Stop function, which improves fuel economy, while the Steptronic version also offers an efficiency-boosting coasting function.
The new engine family is based on an all-aluminium core unit designed for ultra-low friction. The closed-deck crankcase is particularly rigid, while thermally joined cylinder liners with twin-wire, arc-sprayed coating reduce weight as well as friction. A balancer shaft in the three-cylinder engine (or two counter-rotating balancer shafts in the four-cylinder engines) ensures smooth running across the entire rev range. The petrol engines feature turbochargers integrated with the exhaust manifold, with liquid cooling for the manifold as well as the aluminium turbine housing. The exhaust gases cover only a short distance to the turbocharging system, enabling quick responses to the throttle, while the very short warm-up time reduces interior friction in the system and with it fuel consumption. The close-coupled location of the catalytic converter, and the electrically controlled boost pressure control valve – or wastegate – also helps reduce emissions.
All petrol and diesel units in the new engine family come with the latest version of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The petrol engines feature turbocharging, direct petrol injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control. The technology package for the thermodynamically optimised diesel engines includes turbocharging, variable turbine geometry and common rail direct injection with a maximum pressure of 2,000-bar. These world-leading features have enabled BMW to optimise performance while ensuring high levels of efficiency.
With a new, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel engine, the new BMW 216d Gran Tourer is the most efficient model in the range. Featuring a balancer shaft, dual-mass flywheel and centrifugal pendulum absorber, it develops 116hp at 4,000 rpm and 270Nm of torque from as low as 1,750 rpm, taking it to a top speed of 119mph and from rest to 62mph in 11.4 seconds. With a combined fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and commensurately low CO2 emissions of 108g/km, the BMW 216d Gran Tourer is the most economical, environmentally friendly and efficient vehicle in its class.
The BMW 218d Gran Tourer is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. It develops a maximum output of 150hp at 4,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 330Nm between 1,750 and 2,750rpm, taking this Gran Tourer from standstill to 62mph in 9.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 127 (128)mph. Meanwhile, fuel consumption is an excellent 64.2mpg and CO2 emissions are just 115g/km.
The new BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer is arguably the most potent engine offering in the range at launch. Its 2.0‑litre four-cylinder diesel engine has a peak output of 190hp at 4,000rpm and a maximum torque of 400Nm at 1,750rpm. It completes the 0-62mph dash in just 7.8 seconds and effortlessly accelerates to a maximum speed of 135mph. Fuel consumption is an admirable 57.6mpg, while CO2 emissions are 129g/km.
The BMW 218i Gran Tourer is powered by an extremely compact and lightweight 1.5‑litre three-cylinder petrol engine. It develops 136hp at 4,400 rpm, with peak torque of 220 Nm already available from 1,250rpm, rising to 230Nm for short periods by using the overboost function. The BMW 218i Gran Tourer when fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox accelerates from 0-62mph in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 127mph, while fuel consumption is 53.3 (52.3)mpg and CO2 emissions are 123 (126)g/km.
The BMW 220i Gran Tourer features a high-performance, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 192hp with peak torque of 280Nm available between 1,250 and 4,600 rpm. As such it sprints from 0-62mph in as little as 7.9 (7.8) seconds and goes on to a top speed of 138mph. The combined fuel consumption is rated as 44.8 (47.9) mpg and CO2 emissions are 145 (138)g/km.
UK model structure
In addition to the standard SE version outlined above, the new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available in three other models, each with their own particular emphasis: Sport, Luxury and M Sport.
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is available in a wide selection of exterior colours, with a multitude of interior trim strips and light-alloy wheels offered. 13 different paint finishes are available in all, while the choice of wheels includes nine different designs ranging in size from 16 to 18 inches as an alternative to the 16-inch light-alloy wheels fitted as standard.
The extensive standard equipment list includes:
* BMW Navigation
* High-quality DAB
* AM/FM radio
* Bluetooth hands-free system and audio streaming in conjunction with compatible smartphones
* iDrive operating system with Controller on the centre console
* Intelligent Emergency Call
* 5-inch colour display
* Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode
In addition, every BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer also comes with:
* An electronic parking brake
* Front armrest
* Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation as well as Collision Warning with City Braking function
* Two-zone automatic air conditioning
* Rear Park Distance Control
* Front fog lamps
* Multi-function steering wheel complete the package
The Sport model brings 17-inch light-alloy wheels, sports seats and bodywork detailing in high-gloss black. The elegance of the Luxury model includes understated chrome trim, interior trim strips in fine wood, exclusive leather upholstery, as well as 17-inch light-alloy wheels. Finally, there is the M Sport model, which maximises the car’s on-road presence via the M Aerodynamics package, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim, sports seats in exclusive leather upholstery, M leather multifunction steering wheel and exclusive 18-inch M light-alloy wheels.
An attractive range of options includes a panoramic sunroof, Dynamic Damper Control and variable sport steering. Also there is the option of a Head-Up Display that projects all readouts from the driver assistance systems, navigation information and the current speed in full colour onto a transparent screen. In addition, the new camera-based Driving Assistant Plus feature additionally includes cruise control with Stop & Go function and a Traffic Jam Assistant.
BMW ConnectedDrive offers an unrivalled portfolio of driver assistance systems, with digital services and apps offered either as standard or as optional extras. These include the Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, the camera-based cruise control system with Stop & Go function, the Traffic Jam Assistant, Intelligent Emergency Call, Speed Limit Info Memory, the High Beam Assistant, the Lane Departure Warning system and Parking Assistant. In addition to this the Multi-Collision Braking function comes as standard. In the event of a collision, braking pressure is maintained until the vehicle finally comes to a standstill. Furthermore, Alertness Assistant is now also included. This system analyses driving behaviour, it shows a graphic symbol on the control display if there is an indication of reduced alertness.
Other services include Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI) and the Concierge Service. To enable apps to be used safely and easily when driving, those offered have been specially tested by BMW to check that they can be used safely in the vehicle with the iDrive operating system and the Control Display.
Accessories: official BMW
The BMW Accessories range offers a choice of practical, safe solutions for all sorts of tasks and situations. These include:
- 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.