BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Review

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe with a fine interior and a great infotainment system. Space in the back is average, though, and it looks a bit awkward.

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What's good

  • Comfy, yet fun to drive
  • Great infotainment system
  • Rock-solid interior quality

What's not so good

  • Looks will be divisive
  • Rear headroom is average
  • Mercedes’ digital dials are clearer
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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe: what would you like to read next?

Overall verdict

Currywurst… it’s not real curry, is it? It’s just a German sausage made to taste a bit like curry. And so with the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe. It’s not really a coupe. In fact, it’s really a BMW 1 Series with a swoopy roof.

Mind you, BMW isn’t the only one trying to tempt you coupes that are not quite coupes, because the sleek Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 Saloon are vying for your attention, too.

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe even looks like a 1 Series from the front, with its large BMW grille flanked by thin LED headlights. Down the sides, it has four frameless doors and, at the back, it gets new light designs, but would you really call this car a coupe?

Inside it’s straightforward BMW. Everything is laid out logically, the build quality is rock solid and BMW’s infotainment system is superb, both to use and look at. That said, Mercedes’ digital drivers dials are now a step ahead in the CLA.

A couple of adults sat in the front seats of the 2 Series Gran Coupe will be comfortable. You should be able to find the perfect driving position as there’s loads of adjustment. The space in the back would be pretty good if it wasn’t for that sloping roofline eating into headroom – though it’s not bad enough to be a problem for children or shorter adults… or taller ones that slouch!

The 2 Series Gran Coupe isn’t based on the old rear-wheel-drive 2 Series Coupe. In fact, it’s based on the front-wheel-drive 1 Series, although all-wheel-drive is available too.

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Still, the boot is 50 litres bigger than a 1 Series’ and although the space is shallower, you can drop the rear seats in a 40:20:40 configuration and open up the amount available.

There are three engine choices: a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol 218i with 140hp if you mostly drive around town, a 2.0-litre four-cylinder 220d diesel if you do lots of motorway miles or the range topping M235i with a 306hp 2.0 petrol. The 1.5 comes with either a six-speed manual or seven speed auto, while the 220d and M235i come with an eight-speed auto only.

All versions of the 2 Series Gran Coupe are comfortable over bumps in town and are easily maneuverable, though the thick front pillars can block your view up the road when pulling out of junctions. On country roads the 2 Series Gran Coupe feels precise and agile, especially the M235i with its sportier suspension, steering and brakes.

And when you’ve stopped having fun the 2 Series Gran Coupe will play the relaxed cruiser on the motorway too. It’s just a shame that BMW doesn’t include it’s most advanced driver assist systems as an option.

So, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe isn’t as spicy as it sounds, but it’s certainly no plain Bratwurst either. It has a great interior, great tech and drives very nicely, but you’ll need to love the looks.

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What's it like inside?

While its exterior will divide opinion, inside of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe will win many fans. It’s solid, logical and tech-laden, although Mercedes does better dials.

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