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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer goes on sale

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BMW may be famed for its sporty saloons and, more recently, its sleek off-roaders, but the German company is now entering the seven-seater people carrier market, with the 2 Series Gran Tourer. Sitting above the five-seater 2 Series Active Tourer MPV – and unusually for a BMW, powering the front wheels – BMW is branding this new model as the first upmarket compact seven-seat people carrier.

The new car is available with two petrol and three diesel engines. Most affordable is the 218i petrol, which features a turbocharged 1.5-litre, three-cylinder engine and weighs in at £24,710, closely followed by the 216d diesel, which is available from £25,645. Topping the range is the four-wheel drive 220d xDrive diesel, which costs from £32,540.

Most economical is the 216d, which returns claimed fuel consumption of 68.9mpg and emits just 108g/km of CO2, putting it into the £20 car tax band. Acceleration is slower than the other Gran Tourers, however, with the 216d taking 11.4 seconds to sprint to 62mph. 

The petrol 218i, meanwhile, takes 9.8 seconds to accelerate to 62mph with claimed economy of 53.3mpg and emissions of 123g/km meaning that buyers will have £110 to pay in annual car tax bills. At the other end of the range, the 220d xDrive punches its way to 62mph in a brisk 7.8 seconds, with economy of 57.6mpg and car tax bills matching the 218i petrol.

Models on offer include entry-level SE, Sport, Luxury and M Sport. All cars include a 6.5-inch sat nav system, a digital radio, Bluetooth hands free connectivity and audio streaming, automatic headlights and wipers, two-zone air conditioning, rear parking sensors and a multi-function steering wheel.

Family-friendly features include a sliding middle row of seats with an adjustable backrest, a third row of seats that folds into the boot floor and provision for up to five universal child seats. Bootspace, meanwhile, stands at 560 litres with the middle row of seats in place, rising to 1,820 with the two rear rows of seats folded, while there are plenty of cubbies dotted around the cabin.

Author: Christofer Lloyd

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