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BMW releases seven-seater 2 Series Gran Tourer

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Following the release of its first front-wheel drive car, which also happens to be its first people carrier – the 2 Series Active Tourer – BMW has unveiled a seven-seat version, the 2 Series Gran Tourer. Sharing much of its styling with the Active Tourer, this is not a car to appeal to hardcore BMW fans, but it should grab the attention of families after plenty of space and a premium badge on the bonnet.

Targeting this new model at young families, BMW claims that its new machine packs a huge amount of practicality into a compact shell, with seven seats, a sliding middle row of seats with an adjustable backrest and a third row of seats that can be folded into the boot floor. More than this, large families will be pleased to find that it has provision for up to five child seats to be safely fitted at any one time.

Five turbocharged engines will be available – two petrol units and three diesels. Performance and economy should compare favourably with rivals, with the entry level 218i petrol accelerating from a standstill to 62mph in a brisk 9.8 seconds and returning claimed fuel economy of 53.3mpg. At the other end of the range are the 220i petrol and 220d diesel, which come with four-wheel drive as standard. Both models can hit 62mph in less than eight seconds, with the petrol returning economy of 44.8mpg, while the diesel achieves 57.6mpg.

Two other diesel units are available – the 216d and 218d. The less powerful 216d returns strong claimed economy of 68.9mpg and warrants annual car tax of just £20, while getting to 62mph in 11.4 seconds. Meanwhile, the 218d slashes the nought to 62mph time to 9.5 seconds while economy tumbles to 64.2mpg.

Prices for the new 4.56m-long Gran Tourer start at £24,175 for the 218i petrol and rise to £32,005 for the four-wheel drive 220d xDrive.

Author: Christofer Lloyd


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