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BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer: First drive in the large BMW van

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer in the driving report
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E twas courage is needed to be in this segment to confess to the van. It only plays a noteworthy role in Europe, and you cannot gain any major image gains with it. In addition, BMW customers who are spoiled for dynamism have to get used to the fact that there are BMW models with front-wheel drive beyond the Mini.

With the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW now a small step further after the Active Tourer last year: With a longer wheelbase (11 centimeters), a higher roof line (53 millimeters) and 21.4 centimeters more external length, it rises to the class of seven-seater vans, possibly a shock for some traditionalists among BMW customers, but for large families or those with space-intensive ones Hobbies are a blessing.

BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer with agile, tuned suspension

But it should be crucial for everyone whether the big BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer really drives like a BMW. Clear answer: yes. Anyone who knows the Active Tourer will not experience any surprises here. Of course, a van is not an M4, but the coordination of steering and chassis is convincing. The 220d xDrive with 190 PS available for the first exit (the 220d without all-wheel drive is not yet available) pleases with feedback-intensive steering (sports steering with Servotronic, 250 euros) and taut, but not bumpy basic set-up (dynamic damper control, 500 euros).

All of this is clearly premium quality, as is the 190 hp diesel, which, in cooperation with the fine eight-speed automatic, drives the BMW 2-series Gran Tourer harmoniously and not undynamically.

It is hardly worse the 218i, also driven, with a 1,500 cc three-cylinder and 136 hp and optional six-speed automatic (standard: six-speed manual transmission). It's a little harder to pull through, but still gets along well with the 1,500 kg BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer (220d xDrive seven-seater: 1,640 kg).

Seven-seater option for 790 euros

Speaking of seven-seater: The option costs a modest 790 euros extra in the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. When not in use, the seats crouch in the trunk of the trunk with no volume and can literally be folded up in no time. Access via the standard sliding back seat is a bit tedious, but children, in terms of sizebest fit there should easily master the gymnastics exercise. On the other hand, the space available on the remaining five seats is very generous, there is plenty of headroom and knee room.

Feeling good in all seats is in anyway, especially when the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is in the Luxury Line as here comes. It costs 3,550 euros and contains, among other things, the cozy Dakota leather and elegant precious wood inlays. But the basic version is already well equipped, for example with 16-inch aluminum, a divisible rear seat, sports leather steering wheel and assistance systems such as collision warning with city braking function and emergency assistance.

Finally, let's talk about money: The cheapest option , the 216i with 100 hp costs from 26,950 euros, the 220d xDive from 40,250 euros. In between there are other gasoline engines with 136 and 192 hp as well as diesels with 95, 116 and 150 hp. There is a choice of five equipment lines for the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer, from the sober base to Luxury Line and M Sport. You can also see that this seven-seater van is a real BMW, no question about it.


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