BMW are making some great cars at the moment. And their new MPV, the 2 Series Gran Tourer, is certainly no exception.It is the bigger sibling of the new 2 series Active Tourer. It may share a very similar front end, but it is bigger, has two additional seats and a more premium look and feel about it.
There's no doubt the seven-seat vehicle, which goes on sale next month, is going to raise the bar for other MPVs in terms of premium feel, functionality and styling.
Take, for example, the top-of-the-range M sport model. It offers18-inch alloy wheels, eye-catching aluminium interior trim, M sport suspension and run-flat tyres.
From all angles, every model of the Gran Tourer is great to look at, from the trademark twin kidney-grille and short bonnet at the front all the way to its sporty stance at the back.
Although it is a large and spacious MPV, its size is cleverly disguised thanks to a raised bonnet and an inclined front windscreen that makes it look much less hefty than its competition.
Inside, the car is spacious. And if you are the parents of triplets, your worries are over – there’s so much room that three baby seats can fit in the second row of seats. All five rear seats can be folded down, offering 1,905 litres worth of space for luggage or any bulky items – and that’s a lot. An awful lot.
Outside light is able to flood inside the cabin thanks to the large windscreen and clever pillar design. Not enough? You want even more light? Simple – have the optional panoramic roof installed. That makes it so bright it makes every day a sunny day when you’re behind the wheel.
There is plenty of equipment, too, including dual-zone climate control, rear-park distance control and a DAB radio as standard.
Under the bonnet there is a choice between five-turbocharged petrol and diesel engines ranging from a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel producing 114 bhp or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol that offers 189 bhp.
The optional xDrive four-wheel drive system is unique to the sector and offers added stability and traction on the road, giving the driver a connection to the car and the roads.
All engine options are, quite simply, superb to handle, thanks to BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology that includes auto stop-start as standard. This makes the 2 series Gran Tourer excellent on fuel consumption. And throw in the fact it’s friendly to the planet – and that it won’t break the bank – what’s not to like?
With four specifications throughout the range – SE, Sport, Luxury and M, with prices ranging from £24,175 to £33,885 – there’s plenty to offer everyone. What’s that – you didn’t think you could get this much BMW technology for that kind of money? Take a look for yourself at your local Inchcape dealer. With this much value for money, is it any wonder the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is expected to be hugely popular in the UK and around Europe?