The Series 2 Gran Coupé is one of the great novelties of the year for the German brand, a a model that combines the agility and dynamics of compact cars with the elegance and greater practicality of a four-door saloon with a boot. It is the alternative that BMW has devised to cover the gap that was left between the compact 1 Series and the 2 Series Coupé, in addition to standing up to the Audi A3 or the Mercedes A-Class sedan, its major competitors.
The Gran Coupé has a length of 4.5 meters, 20 centimeters more than the Series 1 and almost 10 more than the Series 2 Coupé. In all that space, which is not excessive either (the Series 3 reaches 4.7 meters long), the designers have masterfully added the third volume keeping the sporty line of a coupe.
Another feature of this model is that the rear doors are relatively small. Both these and the boot lid have a good opening angle, allowing access to the interior without complications. Precisely the trunk, which has a capacity of 430 liters and therefore adds 50 more compared to the Series 1, is the element that gives added value to this model.
Inside, the front seats are the same with respect to the Series 1 that was updated last year, while At the rear there are differences in headroom, which because of the design is more limited in the Gran Coupé. In width there is no major problem, with an appropriate height for its size and category.
It is very difficult to get behind the wheel of a BMW and not feel enveloped by its “aura”, that mixture of luxury, comfort and sportiness that has become the hallmark of the brand. This Gran Coupé is no exception, and more so if it relies, as in the case of this test, on the 2-liter 190-horsepower engine that powers the 220d, the most powerful variant among the diesel in the range.
Only the mood and the selected driving mode, to choose between Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport, puts limits on dynamics
The only “but” of this mechanic is its sound when cold and stopped, something common to the vast majority of diesel engines, but it quickly fades into the background, since inside it is hardly perceived and is diluted in movement. The engine is associated with an 8-speed automatic transmission, which can also be controlled manually by paddles on the steering wheel. In either case, it acts quickly and smoothly.
The motor provides very good thrust as soon as the needle exceeds 2,000 revolutions per minute, and with its power level, the 55 kilos of “overweight” that this version has compared to Series 1 are not noticeable. Only the spirit and the selected driving mode, to choose between Eco Pro, Comfort and Sport, puts limits on dynamics, while in the field of efficiency this BMW also stands out with a Approved average consumption of 4.9 liters per 100 km, a figure that in our test rose to an equally scarce 5.7 liters.
In addition to power, this 220d Gran Coupé shows extraordinary stability and grip. This perception is greatly influenced by the fact that the unit tested had the “M Sport” equipment, that in addition to decoration and aerodynamics adds suspension and sporty steering, with the consequent (and sensible) increase in the final bill. If the budget allows it, it is certainly highly recommended.
To equip or not to equip, that is the question
The 2 Series Gran Coupé 220d has a starting price of 41,500 euros, and for that amount, In addition to very good mechanics, you can have a very versatile BMW with 17-inch wheels, front and rear LED lights, dual zone climate control, digital instrument panel, adjustable multifunction steering wheel, driving mode selector, multimedia system with 8.8-inch screen and aids such as the cruise control with braking function, forward collision warning, parking sensors and traffic sign recognition.
The acabado M Sport, that, as we have mentioned, increases the dynamic level of the car, supposes a added disbursement of 3,900 euros, and there are several other packages that bring together connectivity and comfort elements –which were available in the test unit–, which make the price substantially more expensive. The “Connectivity” package (3,250 euros), for example, increase the size of digital screens, Provides Wi-Fi connection, gesture control of the multimedia system, real-time traffic information, wireless charging for smartphones and alarm, while the “Innovation” (3,650 euros) adds, among other things, Head-Up display (which projects information on the windshield), automatically adaptable LED headlights, high-beam assistant and an additional set of driving aids.
Motor: diesel, four cylinders.
Power (kW / CV): 140/190.
Change: Automatic, 8 speeds.
Largo (mm): 4.526.
Ancho (mm): 1.800.
Alto (mm): 1.420.
Trunk (liters): 430.
Maximum speed (km / h): 235.
From 0 to 100 km / h (sec.): 7,5.
Average consumption (l / 100 km): 4,9.
CO2 emissions (gr / km): 128.
Price (euros): from 41,500