BMW

BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL COUPE 220d xDrive Sport 2dr [Nav] Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph7s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2163 g/km

We don't expect to see a premium brand in the segment for compact seven-seat MPVs. Nor do we expect to see the option of 4WD. Both things are provided by the car on test here, BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive model. It's certainly a very pricey option in this segment but if you want the very best, it's a tempting alternative.

2 SERIES WITH THE X-FACTOR

BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer offers seven seats and four wheel drive in top 220d xDrive guise. Jonathan Crouch can see the appeal.

Ten Second Review

We don't expect to see a premium brand in the segment for compact seven-seat MPVs. Nor do we expect to see the option of 4WD. Both things are provided by the car on test here, BMW's improved 2 Series Gran Tourer 220d xDrive model. It's certainly a very pricey option in this segment but if you want the very best, it's a tempting alternative.

Background

BMW's 2 Series Gran Tourer is a seven-seat compact MPV that offers a classier, more interesting alternative to a conventional Grand C-MAX or Grand Scenic-style People Carrier. This appealing spin on ordinary family motoring will probably attract a ready audience amongst people who maybe never thought they'd be buying from this Munich maker. They won't be getting 'the ultimate driving machine' because that's not what they need. Getting instead what may very well be 'the ultimate small people carrier' though, will suit them very well indeed. That's certainly what this top 220d xDrive diesel 4WD version could be. Now, it's been improved with smarter looks and better media connectivity.

Driving Experience

On the move, this 2 Series Gran Tourer model feels a little firmer and sportier than buyers of compact MPV models may be used to. It certainly offers a more rewarding experience if you like your driving and there's an optional electronic damping system if you want to be able to occasionally prioritise comfort instead. Like most BMWs, this one gets the brand's 'Drive Performance Control' system that enables you to tweak steering feel, throttle response and gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. Here, we're looking at the top 190bhp 220d xDrive 4WD derivative, which only comes with the brand's slick and efficient 8-speed auto gearbox. The xDrive set-up really comes into its own in the winter months, distributing as it can almost 100 per cent of power to either axle - or a mix between both front and rear. Either way, the car will be kept firmly planted through the tightest bends in the foulest weather. The extra xDrive traction aids performance too, the 0-62mph sprint time improving from the 8.2s showing you get in the 2WD 220d model to just 8.0s.

Design and Build

You'll be choosing this car because you want a BMW but you need a People Carrier. Those whose priorities lie that way round probably won't mind making a few practical compromises to buy into the Munich maker's model range but as it turns out here, very few are necessary. True, this seven-seat 2 Series Gran Tourer isn't sized to regularly accommodate seven adults, but then neither are any of its rivals in the seven-seat compact MPV class. Compare this car against Grand C-MAX and Grand Scenic-style models rather than bigger Galaxys and Sharans from the next segment up and practically, it stacks up pretty well. That's thanks to a 210mm increase in length and a 50mm increase in height over its already pretty spacious five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer stablemate. BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and smarter twin tail pipes. Otherwise, it's as you were. At the wheel, you get a premium quality interior that we think will really sell this car. As for practicality, well out back you get an electrically-operated tailgate as standard (which is pretty rare in this class). Once the hatch rises, you get a decent 560-litre boot if you're not using the two rearmost seats. As for the back seat, well here there's decent space for three fully-sized adults - though they don't get three separate seats in the way that they would in some MPV rivals. For young ones, three universal childseats could clip in side by side. Adults meanwhile, will find that the seatbase is split 60:40 and that each segment slides forward and backwards over a 130mm range. This means you can either prioritise your legroom or space in the compartment behind you. Plus in the rearmost position, you get almost limousine-like standards of stretching space.

Market and Model

This seven-seat 2 Series Gran Tourer sells at a premium of around £3,000 over its five-seat Active Tourer stablemate. Which means that pricing here starts at around £27,000, though you'll be paying closer to £35,000 for this top 220d xDrive model - certainly an awful lot for a compact MPV. Still, this kind of money still represents a saving of nearly £3,000 over a comparable version of the Munich maker's much less spacious 3 Series Touring estate with exactly the same engine and AWD set-up. At least this car is very well equipped. Like all 2 Series Gran Tourer models, this one gets things like LED daytime running lights, front foglights, an automatic tailgate, Park Distance Control rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors and heated washer jets, roof rails, an alarm, a chrome-finished exhaust pipe, plus auto headlamps and wipers. Inside, the sliding rear bench and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest is standard-fit. If safety's a priority, you'll want to look at the optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' package. This includes 'Active Cruise Control' and a 'Traffic Jam Assistant' that, in heavy traffic, is able to control the car's speed, steer automatically and keep it in its lane. Also available is Lane Departure Warning and the City Braking function, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 37mph in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian, for instance. The Parking Assistant takes care of manoeuvring into parking spots that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, while its ultrasonic sensors also help to search for suitable spaces up to a speed of 22mph.

Cost of Ownership

With the 220d xDrive version of this 2 Series Gran Tourer, you get a seven seater that'll dip under eight seconds to 62mph quite comfortably, yet will return up to 57.6mpg on the combined cycle. True, it probably won't approach that number when you're seven-up, but the CO2 emissions of up to 129g/km is pretty good for an MPV with 190bhp on tap. Insurance is group 19E or 20E. The usual suite of BMW EfficientDynamics energy-saving features is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures, including Auto Start Stop and ECO PRO. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

Ultimately, this car is all about the democratisation of premium quality. Why should you be denied a prestige badge just because you've a growing family and need seven seats? With a 2 Series Gran Tourer, you don't have to be. OK, it's probably not the BMW you ideally wanted back in your college years but today, it may well be the one you actually need. Certainly if compromises have to be made to suit changes in your life, then this car represents a remarkably pleasant way of making them, especially in this top 220d xDrive guise. Here, BMW has created an MPV you could want rather than one you might merely need. There's something to be said for that. Life happens - but there's no reason why you can't better enjoy the journey.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • 2 speed adjustable intermittent wipers with wash/wipe function
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing

  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake drying
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness
  • Active differential brake (ADB), electronic differential lock in DSC-OFF mode

  • Front floor mats in velour

  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort, sport and sport + modes

  • Apple CarPlay preparation

  • BMW remote services
  • Electric Power Steering (EPS) with Servotronic
  • Speed limiting function

  • Auto start-stop

  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • BMW ConnectedDrive
  • Traffic message channel (TMC)
  • Door/boot open warning
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • Oil temperature display via on board computer in instrument cluster
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator

  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror

  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish

  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Battery age recognition function
  • Double VANOS
  • Engine cover with BMW roundel twin power turbo designation
  • Oil dipstick
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
  • High precision direct injection
  • Variable vane geometry
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase

  • DAB Digital radio

  • Shark fin roof aerial
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front bumper
  • Air intake in gloss black
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Rear window aerial
  • Model designation
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Dark chrome dual exhaust tailpipe, round, left
  • Kidney grille with extra wide high gloss black vertical slats
  • Model specific design elements
  • Exclusive front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Rear bumper with high gloss black finish
  • Front air inlet with high gloss black finish

  • Darkened rear lights with LED light bars
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED welcome home lights
  • High level third brake light
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Headlight range control
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Dynamic brake lights

  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • Storage compartment in rear centre console
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Leather handbrake lever
  • Rear coat hooks
  • Front sliding armrest
  • Leather gearknob
  • Front door storage bins
  • Conditioned based service
  • 12V power socket in passenger footwell
  • 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel with red stitching
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Glove box handle with chrome surround
  • Two cupholders with sliding cover and inlay mat
  • Single turbo charger

  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

  • Tyre pressure monitoring with 3 level warning strategy
  • Front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiter, rear coaded belt buckles
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release with hazard warning lights and interior lighting + battery safety cut-off
  • Twin horns
  • Side impact protection
  • 2 rear 3 point safety belts
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Rear folding head restraints
  • Front head restraints
  • Isofix child seat for two outer rear seats

  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm + immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control including integrated key with red insert
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button

  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
  • xDrive system permanent all-wheel drive variable torque distribution

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.102
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.02
  • HC+NOx: 0.026
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 139
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 204
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 163
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 204
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 159
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 163

  • Engine Code: B47D20O0
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1995

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 47.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 60.1
  • EC Combined (mpg): 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 44.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.4

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: Sport [Nav]
  • Coin Description: d xDrive
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 190
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 7
  • Top Speed: 140
  • Engine Power - KW: 140
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 725
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 1984
  • Height: 1418
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4432
  • Width: 1774
  • Wheelbase: 2690

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1535
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2040
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 52
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 390
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 505
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming: Included
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0

  • Park assist gap measurement and steering assist: £0
  • Front/rear Parking distance control: £0
  • Rear parking distance control: Included
  • Cruise control with braking function: £400
  • Reversing assist camera: £0
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £790

  • Speed limit info: £200
  • Professional multimedia navigation system: £0
  • Wifi hotspot preparation: £0

  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle: £0

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600
  • BMW professional radio with Single CD player + two way six speakers + 4x25W loudspeaker system: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £550
  • Electric glass sunroof: £895

  • High beam assistant: £0
  • LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £790

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning: £0
  • Automatic single zone air conditioning: Included

  • Corner cloth upholstery: Included
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat: £175
  • Full black panel display: £0
  • Dakota leather upholstery: £1,150
  • Two extra lashing eyes in luggage compartment: Included
  • Heating steering wheel: £160

  • Luggage compartment lighting: Included
  • Ambient lighting - switchable BMW classic orange/ cold white LED: Included

  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series: £0
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £390
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack I - 2 Series: £900
  • Tech pack II - 2 Series: £1,250
  • Extended storage pack when chosen with Driving assistant pack - 2 Series: £0
  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series: £0

  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £550
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £550
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £550

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • 60/40 split folding rear seat: Included
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory: £0
  • Driver and front passenger lumbar support: £195
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating: £0

  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Corner cloth - Anthracite with grey highlight: £0

  • Dakota leather - Black with exclusive stitching: £1,150
  • Dakota leather - Oyster with dark oyster highlight/Black world: £1,150

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket: Included

  • 17" Burnished light double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 725 with runflat tyres: Included
  • 18" Burnished double spoke light alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 384 with runflat tyres: £695

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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