BMW

BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL GRAN TOURER 220d xDrive M Sport 5dr Step Auto

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2150 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
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear window wiper with wash/wipe function
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
  • Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility and comfort closing function

  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Electrically operated parking brake with automatic drive release
  • Brake drying
  • Braking readiness
  • Front ventilated brake disc
  • Rear brake discs
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Brake assist function
  • 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
  • Electro hydraulically controlled multi plate clutch in rear axle
  • Energy efficient operating strategy
  • Servotronic Power Assisted Steering
  • Speed limiter
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Park assist system

  • Automatic tailgate operation
  • Auto start-stop
  • Eco pro mode

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

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

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

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

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

  • Model designation
  • Rear window aerial
  • Chrome 'M' logo side designation
  • Lightweight engineering
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Kidney grille with extra wide high gloss black vertical slats
  • Aero curtain
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • BBody colour roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • High gloss shadow line

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

  • Two zone automatic air conditioning

  • Two cupholders
  • 3 spoke M sport leather sports steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment underfloor storage
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Front axle always driven
  • 12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Conditioned based service
  • M door sill finishers with M badging
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Sunvisor with ticket holder
  • Front armrest
  • Front/rear armrests within door panels
  • 4 grab handles
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Reach + rake adjustable steering column
  • Rear centre armrest

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Glovebox with light
  • Welcome lighting
  • Ambiance lighting - switchable
  • 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
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats
  • Front side airbags
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Seatbelt warning
  • 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 sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Front head restraints

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Electronic immobiliser
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote control with integrated key with silver highlight and M designation
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment

  • Sport automatic transmission
  • Front axle differential and two part cardan shaft
  • Power transmission of front wheel drive on the rear axle
  • Electronic differential lock

  • Low rolling resistance tyres
  • Run flat tyres

  • 18" Burnished M double spoke alloy wheels finished in ferric grey - style 486

  • Noise Level dB(A): 69
  • CO: 0.073
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.021
  • HC+NOx: 0.066
  • Particles: 0.0003
  • CO2 (g/km): 131
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 187
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 194
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 154
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 135
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 137
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 151
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 150

  • Engine Code: B47C20O1
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • 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): 49.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 39.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 38.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 54.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 7.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5.9

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • 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: 22E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 190
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8
  • Top Speed: 136
  • 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
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 486
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

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

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1670
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2375
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 645
  • No. of Seats: 7
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 705
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1905
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • M sport suspension: Included
  • Adaptive suspension: £150

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

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention: Included
  • Reversing assist camera: £0
  • Active cruise control with stop and go function: £0
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included

  • Head up Display: £0
  • BMW Navigation plus system: £0
  • Traffic jam assist: £0

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

  • Aluminium hexagon trim with pearl chrome finish: Included
  • High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Brushed aluminium trim with pearl chrome finish: £0

  • 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
  • Matt aluminium roof rails: £245
  • Bike rack preparation: £160

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

  • Heated steering wheel: £160
  • Luggage compartment separating net: £105

  • Extended lights package - 2 Series Gran Tourer: £0
  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Driving assistant plus pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,150
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,000
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer Sport/Luxury/M Sport: £850
  • Technology pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £900
  • Technology pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,250

  • Metallic - Mineral white: £560
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £560
  • Metallic - Misano blue: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support: £195
  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £0
  • 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

  • Dakota leather - Mocha Brown with chestnut stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with blue stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0

  • Driver + passenger vanity mirrors: Included

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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