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Cars BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe saloon

01:32  19 february  2020
01:32  19 february  2020 Source:   carbuyer.co.uk

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The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door saloon with a coupe -like silhouette. Available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines, it’s based on the 1 Series hatchback but riffs on BMW’s classic sporty saloons and – according to the marketing

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It appears German manufacturers aren't giving up on the saloon segment yet because despite its 'coupe' roofline, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has four doors and a bootlid. Its main rivals are the Mercedes CLA and A-Class saloon, along with the Audi A3 saloon, and BMW promises a more refined and enjoyable driving experience than the one offered by the 1 Series on which the car is based.

The 2 Series GC’s looks are sure to grab attention because BMW's move to a larger kidney grille has been divisive. The nose is pure 1 Series, with a different grille design depending on the trim level you choose, while the rest of the car is somewhat more traditional. There's a curved roofline and a short 'fastback' tail with particularly wide rear LED lights, accentuating its width. A small 'ducktail' spoiler and twin exhausts ensure the car has a sporty appearance.

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The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé has come to set new standards. From the distinctive front via the frameless doors, along the slightly sloping roof line, to The progressive design of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé provides a fresh interpretation of the Hofmeister kink and extends it optically into the body.

BMW 2 - Series Gran Coupe in-depth review. Read our experts' views on the engine, practicality, running costs, overall performance and more. Compared with the 1 Series hatch, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is 15mm lower and 210mm longer on the outside. The interior is all but identical for front

Inside, the layout of the BMW 1 Series has been used to good effect, with the same clear digital instrument cluster and easy-to-use central screen. Trim levels are simple; Sport has stylish 17-inch alloy wheels and LED headlights, along with convenience features like cruise control and dual-zone climate control. Above it, M Sport adds 18-inch alloys, leather upholstery and a different bodykit.

BMW is clearly keen to see how popular the car proves because just three engines are offered at first; one diesel and two petrols. The former is a 187bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel, badged 220d, with front-wheel drive and a standard automatic gearbox. It can get from 0-62mph in a swift 7.5 seconds and return up to 56mpg. The entry-level petrol 218i is fitted with a 138bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo, getting the Gran Coupe to 62mph in just under nine seconds. It’s the only version with a manual gearbox.

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The BMW 2 - series Gran Coupe is a new compact sedan that will be BMW's entry-level model. BMW finally has a competitor to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It's a small front-wheel-drive-based sedan called the 2 - series Gran Coupe that will serve as the luxury brand's price leader when it goes on sale

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé is available with three different engines, each of which can also be found under the bonnet of the BMW 1 Series . The line-up opens with a 138bhp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that brings a 218i badge and can get you from 0-62mph in a respectable 8.7sec.

For a much more high-octane experience, the M235i xDrive Gran Coupe is also offered, with 302bhp and four-wheel drive catapulting it from a standing start to 62mph in a Mercedes-AMG CLA 35-rivalling 4.9 seconds.

3.5 / 5

Efficient turbocharged engines provide acceptable running costs

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is powered by a range of petrol and diesel turbocharged engines, offering a decent blend of performance and reasonable running costs. The petrol range kicks off with the 218i, fitted with a 1.5-litre engine that’s capable of returning up to 45.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 123g/km. This compares to 46mpg for the Mercedes CLA 180, while both sit in a middling BiK band for company-car drivers.

The diesel BMW 220d has a larger 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, managing up to 56.5mpg with CO2 emissions of 110g/km. This is exactly the same emissions as the Mercedes, while fuel-efficiency is a fraction better at 57.7mpg.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 220d 2020 review

  BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 220d 2020 review The diesel-powered version of the 2 Series Gran Coupé tries – and ultimately fails – to hide the fact that it's front-wheel drive. But for the target audience, we suspect it won't be an issueThe diesel engine thrums a little more than we remember it doing in the outstanding 320d, but it is still acceptably quiet under all but the hardest use. Part-throttle acceleration is impressively strong, the engine delivering solid shove without seeming to break sweat as the automatic ’box shifts deftly to keep the motor in the muscle of its mid-range.

Is the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe really a coupe at all? We don’t think so. It’s just a 1 Series with a swoopy roof at the back. Fine if you like that sort of thing – and BMW isn’t alone in telling these fibs, though, as the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 Saloon are also small four-door cars with swoopy roofs.

The F44 BMW 2 Series is a subcompact executive car produced by BMW. It is also known as the 2 Series Gran Coupé . The F44 2 Series was revealed online on 16 October 2019, and officially premiered at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November.

Opt for the high-performance M235i xDrive with twice the power of the 218i, and fuel-efficiency drops to 37.2mpg, with CO2 emissions of just over 150g/km.

4.5 / 5

Just like the Mercedes CLA that's based on the A-Class hatchback, the 2 Series Gran Coupe shares its underpinnings and most of its parts with the BMW 1 Series hatch. To help separate the two, BMW has softened the suspension settings for the Gran Coupe somewhat, in a bid to improve refinement.

That's exactly how it feels; while it's hardly wallowy, the Gran Coupe does smooth out bumpy roads that would jostle the hatch. Impressively, BMW also seems to have given the steering a touch more feel, and the 2 Series Gran Coupe feels impressively balanced in corners. If you weren't aware, it would be hard to tell power was sent to just the front wheels, such is the car’s composure. The brakes don't disappoint either, with good feel and lots of stopping power.

The BMW 220d is fitted with a 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine for an impressive 187bhp and 400Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels and acceleration from 0-62mph takes 7.5 seconds, with a top speed of 146mph. A smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic gearbox is fitted to the 220d as standard.

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The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has been conceived as a global offering that constitutes an attractive enrichment, especially for markets in which car buyers show a strong affinity for notchbacks. As an exclusive alternative to the classic saloon , the four-door coupe addresses all target groups that

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 220d 2020 UK review. A 2.0-litre diesel engine sits at the centre of the Gran Coupe line-up, but it does little The diesel-powered version of the 2 Series Gran Coupé tries – and ultimately fails – to hide the fact that it's front-wheel drive. But for the target audience, we suspect

If, like an increasing number of UK buyers, you'd rather stick with petrol instead, the 218i is available. It's fitted with a 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo (related to the engine found in a MINI Cooper Hatch) making 138bhp. It's not quite as quick as the diesel, taking 8.7 seconds to get from rest to 62mph, and a manual gearbox is standard.

The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe is an entirely different proposition, with a 2.0-litre petrol and large turbo serving up 302bhp. Aided by the traction of its four-wheel-drive system, 0-62mph flashes up in 4.9 seconds, matching the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is good enough to drive that you forget it's front-wheel drive

4.5 / 5

The interior is almost a carbon-copy of the 1 Series', which is no bad thing. The TFT instrument display is crisp and BMW's iDrive user interface is intuitive, and the dashboard is more driver-focused than in the CLA. Quality is up there with the best cars in the class, and the M Sport version with Dakota leather seats is especially premium.

There's no basic version to speak of, with the 'entry-level' Sport getting an 8.8-inch central screen, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, LED headlights, all-round parking sensors, sports seats and 17-inch alloy wheels.

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Upgrade to M Sport and a 10.25-inch screen is included, along with the aforementioned leather upholstery, ambient lighting, and anthracite headlining, heated seats and M Sport steering wheel.

As you'd expect, there are also plenty of options to boost convenience and personalise the Gran Coupe, if you so desire. A £1,500 Tech Pack adds adaptive LED headlights, autonomous parking, a head-up display and a wireless charging pad for smartphones. There's also two levels of BMW's Comfort Pack offering LED exterior lighting, heated front seats and 'anti-dazzle' mirrors. The next level adds a heated steering wheel, electric seat adjustment and unlocking via your smartphone.

Impressive build quality and an intuitive infotainment system

4 / 5

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is a new model based on a relatively new platform, so the jury is still out on reliability. BMW as a brand has been performing below expectations recently, coming just 25th out of 30 manufacturers in our 2019 Driver Power satisfaction survey.

Just over 22% of respondents told us their car had one or more faults in the first year, while running costs and servicing bills were reportedly high. Owners praised build quality, acceleration and infotainment.

Safety is less up for debate because the closely related 1 Series achieved a full five-star rating from Euro NCAP in 2019. Considering the 2 Series is virtually identical, a similar score should apply. The 1 Series was awarded 83% and 87% in the adult and child occupant safety categories respectively, along with a high 76% score in the 'Vulnerable Road Users' section that assesses the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

BMW M235i Gran Coupe saloon

  BMW M235i Gran Coupe saloon "The BMW M235i Gran Coupe handles well but its engine lacks excitement"A four-door saloon with a curved roofline based on the same platform as the 1 Series, this is the high-performance model with a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine able to send 302bhp to all four wheels. That gets the car from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, but with a somewhat flat and blaring exhaust note, we found the engine strangely unexciting. It certainly isn't as impressive as BMW's six-cylinder petrols.

The 2 Series is a strong car and BMW will be hoping its latest models can impress owners

3.5 / 5

Extra length gives the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe a bigger boot than the 1 Series hatch

While saloons have steadily fallen in popularity, there's been a surge in the four-door coupes offered by manufacturers of late. One reason to pick the 2 Series Gran Coupe over the 1 Series could well be space because boot space is improved over the hatchback. There's 430 litres of space, soundly beating the 380 litres of the five-door and just 50 litres off the size of the BMW 3 Series. The CLA is even bigger though, beating the Gran Coupe by 30 litres, and for some, the 1 Series will still be more usable because of its taller hatchback.

The 2 Series Gran Coupe’s practicality is boosted further by 40:20:40 rear seats. Rear legroom in the Gran Coupe is pretty good too; two six-foot tall adults can comfortably sit in tandem.

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