BMW

BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL GRAN TOURER 216d SE 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2132 g/km

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. Here's the improved version. 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.

SEVEN TO THE FORE

The 2 Series Gran Tourer offers seven seats, front-wheel drive and a slinky silhouette. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved version.

Ten Second Review

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. Here's the improved version. 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.

Background

Traditional thinking has always assumed that buyers in search of a compact seven-seat MPV wouldn't be interested in a premium brand. In 2015 though, BMW decided that traditional thinking needed a bit of a shake-up - and brought us this car, the 2 Series Gran Tourer. As you might gather from the looks, it's a lengthened, more versatile version of the company's five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer, a model which was not only BMW's first MPV but also the first to break away from the rear wheel drive configuration that had previously defined the Bavarian maker. In one sense, this is what BMW calls a 'retention car', there to keep buyers loyal who would otherwise be forced to desert the brand to meet the needs of a growing family. But it's also there to attract customers who might never before have had the opportunity to buy a BMW: prior to the original launch of this model, the brand had, after all, never previously sold a model offered as standard with seven seats. Now, it's been improved with more efficient engines, smarter looks and better media connectivity.

Driving Experience

It probably won't come as any great surprise that the 2 Series Gran Tourer features most of the same engines that the 2 Series Active Tourer uses. They're all cleverly spun off the same modular base, the opener being the 140hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder 218i, which will scuttle to 62mph in 9.5 seconds. Graduate to the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine in the 220i and you're looking at 192hp, which translates to 62mph disappearing in less than eight seconds. There's a trio of diesels, starting with the 116hp 216d, while the 150hp 218d is the best seller. At the top of the range is the 220d xDrive version, sending its 190hp to the front or to all four wheels, depending on whether or not you pay extra for the xDrive option. It's just as quick to 62mph as the 220i. Power on mainstream variants is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox; as an option, BMW offers a seven-speed Steptronic transmission for the three-cylinder engines, while the four-cylinder motors can be coupled with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard in the BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer). The 10-millimetre-lower M Sport suspension is standard on the M Sport trim and also available as a separate option. As an alternative, drivers can choose a chassis with Dynamic Damper Control: using the Driving Experience Control switch, two different damping settings are available.

Design and Build

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 twin tail pipes on all four cylinder variants. Otherwise, it's as you were. The longer wheelbase of the 2 Series Gran Tourer affords a little more elegance of line to its profile. All in, it's 214mm longer than the five-seat car and actually sits 53mm higher. The longer wheelbase of 2,780mm provides a decent slug of interior space and the elevated roofline affords respectable headroom in the back as well as making the car easier to get in and out of. Three child seats can be mounted in the second row, and a further two can be fitted in the third row. The second row seat slides fore and aft by 130mm, depending on whether you're prioritising legroom or luggage space. The backrest also reclines a few degrees. 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 up to 2.6m in length to be transported. The tailgate can be opened and closed automatically by push button operation or, optionally, via one of those sensors that has you hopping about waving your foot under the bumper.

Market and Model

Prices aren't too ambitious, typically being just over £2,000 above those of an equivalent five seat 2 Series Active Tourer model. This means that the range opens at just under £27,000 for the 218i and runs to around £33,500 for the top 220d xDrive variant, which comes with the option of xDrive 4WD for £1,500 more. A 7-speed Steptronic auto 'box is optional with the three cylinder engines, while an 8-speed Steptronic auto is offered either as an option or as standard on the high-torque powerplants, depending on the variant you're looking at. 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

Let's talk about the 218d Gran Tourer for a moment, because this looks to be the sweet spot in the model range when price, performance and economy are taken into account. Here, you get a seven seater that'll dip under ten seconds to 62mph quite comfortably, yet will return 61.4mpg on the combined cycle. True, it probably won't approach that number when you're seven-up, but the CO2 emissions of 121g/km will engender a rosy glow when you come to tax the thing. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that many customers will inevitably gravitate to in the 218i variant makes some extremely good numbers, recording 47.1mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and 137g/km. Economy figures that good make you wonder why you'd pay extra for the diesel but the additional torque of the 216d will prove a draw for many and 64.2mpg combined cycle economy (116g/km of CO2) isn't going to put too huge a dent in the family budget. 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 that ECO PRO setting 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, creating an MPV you could want from the kind of 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
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear window wiper with wash/wipe function
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility and comfort closing function
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing glass

  • Electrically operated parking brake with automatic drive release
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Brake drying
  • Braking readiness
  • Front ventilated brake disc
  • Rear brake discs
  • Brake assist function
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Anti-lock brake system

  • Velour floor mats

  • Drive Performance Control
  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve

  • Apple car play

  • Attentiveness assist
  • BMW remote services
  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering
  • Speed limiter
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Park assist system

  • Eco pro mode
  • Auto start-stop

  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile
  • Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Outside temperature display
  • BMW Online services
  • Check control system
  • On board computer
  • Oil temperature gauge
  • Lights on warning
  • Service interval indicator
  • Door/boot open warning light

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Door mirror integrated indicators

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • High precision direct injection
  • Variable vane geometry

  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • DAB Digital radio
  • BMW professional radio

  • Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Model designation
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Rear window aerial
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Aero curtain

  • Reverse light in rear light cluster
  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • High level third brake light
  • High beam assistant

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning

  • Two cupholders
  • Luggage compartment underfloor storage
  • 12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
  • Conditioned based service
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Sunvisor with ticket holder
  • Black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Front armrest
  • Front/rear armrests within door panels
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • 4 grab handles
  • 3 spoke leather sports steering wheel
  • Rear centre armrest

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Glovebox with light
  • Welcome lighting
  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer
  • No smoker package

  • Side impact protection
  • Front side airbags
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Front seatbelt pretensioner
  • Front and rear curtain airbags
  • Twin horns
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Battery safety cut-off

  • Third-row seating
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Sliding rear seat bench
  • Rear seat headrests, three (second row), two (third row)
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Front head restraints

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment

  • Electronic differential lock

  • Low rolling resistance tyres

  • Tyre mobility system

  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.12
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.028
  • HC+NOx: 0.055
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 109
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 156
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 117
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 119
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 138
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 132

  • Engine Code: B37C15U1
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1496

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 60.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 74.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: SE
  • Coin Description: d
  • 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: 116
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 11E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 116
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.8
  • Top Speed: 119
  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/60 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/60 R16
  • Wheel Style: V SPOKE STYLE 471
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2038
  • Height: 1612
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4568
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2780

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1530
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2220
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 645
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 690
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1905
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Sun protection glass: £300

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

  • Reversing assist camera: £0

  • Automatic tailgate operation: £150

  • Head up Display: £0
  • BMW Navigation plus system: £0

  • Electrically heated folding and driver auto dimming exterior door mirrors with memory and anti-dazzle: £0
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors: Included

  • Oxide silver interior trim: Included
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £110

  • Larger fuel tank capacity (61 litres): £50
  • 51 Litre fuel tank: Included

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Black roof rails: Included
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £945
  • Bike rack preparation: £160
  • Matt aluminium roof rails: £245

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: £0

  • Luggage compartment separating net: £105
  • Grid cloth upholstery: Included
  • Sensatec upholstery: £300
  • Dakota leather upholstery: £1,150
  • Heated steering wheel: £160

  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Extended lights package - 2 Series Gran Tourer: £0
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,000
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer SE: £950
  • Technology pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £900
  • Technology pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,250

  • Metallic - Phytonic blue: £560
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £560
  • Metallic - Sparkling Brown: £560
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £560
  • Metallic - Cashmere silver: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0
  • Solid - Jet black: £0

  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £0
  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £195
  • Heated driver and front passenger seats: £0
  • Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment: Included

  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button: Included
  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Sensatec cloth - Black: £300
  • Grid cloth - Anthracite: £0

  • Dakota leather - Black: £1,150

  • Driver + passenger vanity mirrors: Included

  • 16" V-spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 471: Included
  • 17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 546: £495

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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