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BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL GRAN TOURER 218d SE 5dr

BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
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BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr
BMW 2 SERIES 218d SE 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG61.40
  • 0-62mph9.6 secs
  • Top Speed129 mph
  • C02121 g/km
  • BHP150
  • Torque258 lbs/f
  • P11D28%

Review

BMW's 2 Series Gran Tourer is a seven-seat compact MPV that offers a classier, more interesting alternative to a conventional Grand C-MAX or Grand Scenic-style People Carrier. Here's the improved version. This appealing spin on ordinary family motoring will probably attract a ready audience amongst people who maybe never thought they'd be buying from this Munich maker. They won't be getting 'the ultimate driving machine' because that's not what they need. Getting instead what may very well be 'the ultimate small people carrier' though, will suit them very well indeed.

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The 2 Series Gran Tourer offers seven seats, front-wheel drive and a slinky silhouette. Jonathan Crouch checks out the improved version.

Background

Traditional thinking has always assumed that buyers in search of a compact seven-seat MPV wouldn't be interested in a premium brand. In 2015 though, BMW decided that traditional thinking needed a bit of a shake-up - and brought us this car, the 2 Series Gran Tourer. As you might gather from the looks, it's a lengthened, more versatile version of the company's five-seat 2 Series Active Tourer, a model which was not only BMW's first MPV but also the first to break away from the rear wheel drive configuration that had previously defined the Bavarian maker. In one sense, this is what BMW calls a 'retention car', there to keep buyers loyal who would otherwise be forced to desert the brand to meet the needs of a growing family. But it's also there to attract customers who might never before have had the opportunity to buy a BMW: prior to the original launch of this model, the brand had, after all, never previously sold a model offered as standard with seven seats. Now, it's been improved with more efficient engines, smarter looks and better media connectivity.

Driving Experience

It probably won't come as any great surprise that the 2 Series Gran Tourer features most of the same engines that the 2 Series Active Tourer uses. They're all cleverly spun off the same modular base, the opener being the 140hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder 218i, which will scuttle to 62mph in 9.5 seconds. Graduate to the 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine in the 220i and you're looking at 192hp, which translates to 62mph disappearing in less than eight seconds. There's a trio of diesels, starting with the 116hp 216d, while the 150hp 218d is the best seller. At the top of the range is the 220d xDrive version, sending its 190hp to the front or to all four wheels, depending on whether or not you pay extra for the xDrive option. It's just as quick to 62mph as the 220i. Power on mainstream variants is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox; as an option, BMW offers a seven-speed Steptronic transmission for the three-cylinder engines, while the four-cylinder motors can be coupled with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard in the BMW 220d xDrive Gran Tourer). The 10-millimetre-lower M Sport suspension is standard on the M Sport trim and also available as a separate option. As an alternative, drivers can choose a chassis with Dynamic Damper Control: using the Driving Experience Control switch, two different damping settings are available.

Design and Build

BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and twin tail pipes on all four cylinder variants. Otherwise, it's as you were. The longer wheelbase of the 2 Series Gran Tourer affords a little more elegance of line to its profile. All in, it's 214mm longer than the five-seat car and actually sits 53mm higher. The longer wheelbase of 2,780mm provides a decent slug of interior space and the elevated roofline affords respectable headroom in the back as well as making the car easier to get in and out of. Three child seats can be mounted in the second row, and a further two can be fitted in the third row. The second row seat slides fore and aft by 130mm, depending on whether you're prioritising legroom or luggage space. The backrest also reclines a few degrees. If maximum stowage space is required, the 40:20:40-split rear seat backrest can be remotely unlocked by pressing a button in the boot, then folded down to create an almost level cargo floor. The front passenger backrest can also be lowered to allow long objects up to 2.6m in length to be transported. The tailgate can be opened and closed automatically by push button operation or, optionally, via one of those sensors that has you hopping about waving your foot under the bumper.

Market and Model

Prices aren't too ambitious, typically being just over £2,000 above those of an equivalent five seat 2 Series Active Tourer model. This means that the range opens at just under £27,000 for the 218i and runs to around £33,500 for the top 220d xDrive variant, which comes with the option of xDrive 4WD for £1,500 more. A 7-speed Steptronic auto 'box is optional with the three cylinder engines, while an 8-speed Steptronic auto is offered either as an option or as standard on the high-torque powerplants, depending on the variant you're looking at. If safety's a priority, you'll want to look at the optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' package. This includes 'Active Cruise Control' and a 'Traffic Jam Assistant' that, in heavy traffic, is able to control the car's speed, steer automatically and keep it in its lane. Also available is Lane Departure Warning and the City Braking function, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 37mph in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian, for instance. The Parking Assistant takes care of manoeuvring into parking spots that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, while its ultrasonic sensors also help to search for suitable spaces up to a speed of 22mph.

Cost of Ownership

Let's talk about the 218d Gran Tourer for a moment, because this looks to be the sweet spot in the model range when price, performance and economy are taken into account. Here, you get a seven seater that'll dip under ten seconds to 62mph quite comfortably, yet will return 61.4mpg on the combined cycle. True, it probably won't approach that number when you're seven-up, but the CO2 emissions of 121g/km will engender a rosy glow when you come to tax the thing. The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that many customers will inevitably gravitate to in the 218i variant makes some extremely good numbers, recording 47.1mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and 137g/km. Economy figures that good make you wonder why you'd pay extra for the diesel but the additional torque of the 216d will prove a draw for many and 64.2mpg combined cycle economy (116g/km of CO2) isn't going to put too huge a dent in the family budget. The usual suite of BMW EfficientDynamics energy-saving features is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures, including Auto Start Stop and ECO PRO. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in that ECO PRO setting is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

Ultimately, this car is all about the democratisation of premium quality. Why should you be denied a prestige badge just because you've a growing family and need seven seats? With a 2 Series Gran Tourer, you don't have to be. OK, it's probably not the BMW you ideally wanted back in your college years but today, it may well be the one you actually need. Certainly if compromises have to be made to suit changes in your life, then this car represents a remarkably pleasant way of making them, creating an MPV you could want from the kind of one you might merely need. There's something to be said for that. Life happens - but there's no reason why you can't better enjoy the journey.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free telephone connection with USB audio interface + audio streaming
Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
Apple car play
Attentiveness assist
Auto start-stop
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Check control system
Cruise control with brake function
Door/boot open warning light
Eco pro mode
Front and rear Brake pad wear indicator
Front/rear Parking distance control
Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
Lights on warning
Oil temperature gauge
On board computer
Optimum shift indicator
Outside temperature display
Park assist system
Personal Profile
Real time traffic information
Service interval indicator
Servotronic PAS
Speed limiter
Entertainment
6 speakers
Bluetooth audio streaming
BMW professional radio
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Black roof rails
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
LED Headlights
Solid paint
Aero curtain
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Body colour bumpers
Body colour door handles
Body colour door mirrors
Body colour roof mouldings
Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats
Clear lenses direction indicator lights
Door mirror integrated indicators
Dynamic brake lights
Electric front and rear windows with fingertip open/close + anti-trap facility and comfort closing function
Front and rear bumper system
Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
Heated windscreen washer jets
High beam assistant
High level third brake light
LED front fog lights
Lightweight engineering
Model designation
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear fog lights
Rear window aerial
Rear window wiper with wash/wipe function
Reverse light in rear light cluster
Shark fin antenna
Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
Driver + passenger vanity mirrors
Grid cloth upholstery
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
12V power socket in front centre console with blanking plug
3 spoke leather sports steering wheel
4 grab handles
40:20:40 split folding rear seat
Black door sill finishers with BMW designation
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Conditioned based service
Front armrest
Front head restraints
Front/rear armrests within door panels
Glovebox with light
Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
Luggage compartment lighting
Luggage compartment underfloor storage
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Reach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrest
Rear coded belt buckles
Rear seat headrests, three (second row), two (third row)
Sliding rear seat bench
Sunvisor with ticket holder
Third-row seating
Two cupholders
Two zone automatic air conditioning
Velour floor mats
Welcome lighting
Packs
BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series
Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer
No smoker package
Security
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Electronic immobiliser
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control including two integrated key - one button for open/close all lockable content, windows and separate button for open luggage compartment
Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
Technical
51 Litre fuel tank
12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
Diesel particulate filter
Drive Performance Control
Electronic differential lock
High precision direct injection
Incorrect fuelling protection
Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve
Variable vane geometry
Trim
Oxide silver interior trim
Safety
3 point seatbelts on all seats
ABS
Battery safety cut-off
Brake assist function
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking readiness
Childproof rear door locks
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated parking brake with automatic drive release
Front and rear curtain airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivation
Front seatbelt force limiters
Front seatbelt pretensioner
Front side airbags
Front ventilated brake disc
Hill start assist
Rear brake discs
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Wheels
17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 546
Low rolling resistance tyres
Tyre mobility system
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.179
CO2 (g/km) 120
HC+NOx 0.07
Noise Level dB(A) 69
NOx 0.031
Particles 0.0004
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 140
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 144
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 142
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 127
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 125
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 163
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 166
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 162
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 133
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 137
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 133
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1995
Compression Ratio 16.5:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 84
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 90
Engine Code B47C20U1
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 61.4
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 68.9
EC Urban (mpg) 52.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 5.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 4.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 6.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 5.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 5.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 5.1
WLTP - MPG - Comb 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 51.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 52.3
WLTP - MPG - High 58.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 58.9
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 58.9
WLTP - MPG - Low 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 45.6
WLTP - MPG - Medium 55.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 53.3
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 55.4
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 150
Coin Description d
Coin Series SE
Generation Mark 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 16E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 18000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 9.6
Engine Power - BHP 150
Engine Power - KW 110
Engine Power - RPM 4000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 258
Engine Torque - MKG 35.7
Engine Torque - NM 350
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 129
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
RDE Certification Level RDE 2
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style MULTI SPOKE STYLE 546
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1612
Length 4568
Wheelbase 2780
Width 1800
Width (including mirrors) 2038
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 2265
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1905
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 645
Max. Loading Weight 690
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1575
No. of Seats 7
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.7

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 5,000 miles p/a £431.71 p/m £11.35 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £444.14 p/m £12.43 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £452.43 p/m £13.14 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £471.77 p/m £32.83 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £491.11 p/m £34.49 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £507.00 p/m £37.97 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £522.89 p/m £56.59 p/m
36 months 5,000 miles p/a £309.01 p/m £7.46 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £322.55 p/m £16.71 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £331.57 p/m £22.87 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £353.17 p/m £23.95 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £372.84 p/m £39.78 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £388.68 p/m £57.46 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £404.52 p/m £79.87 p/m
48 months 5,000 miles p/a £283.47 p/m £7.51 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £295.49 p/m £14.75 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £303.50 p/m £19.58 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £320.62 p/m £32.13 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £336.65 p/m £51.87 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £349.41 p/m £69.92 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £364.34 p/m £89.60 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Automatic tailgate operation £150.00
BMW Navigation plus system FOC
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging FOC
Head up Display FOC
Reversing assist camera FOC
Entertainment
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system £600.00
Exterior Features
Bike rack preparation £160.00
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights FOC
Detachable towbar £600.00
Electrically heated folding and driver auto dimming exterior door mirrors with memory and anti-dazzle FOC
Matt aluminium roof rails £245.00
Metallic paint £560.00
Panoramic opening glass sunroof £945.00
Sun protection glass £300.00
Interior Features
Dakota leather upholstery £1,150.00
Driver + front passenger electric lumbar support £195.00
Electric front seat adjust - drivers with memory FOC
Heated driver and front passenger seats FOC
Heated steering wheel £160.00
Luggage compartment separating net £105.00
Sensatec upholstery £300.00
Packs
Comfort pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer SE £950.00
Comfort pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £1,000.00
Extended lights package - 2 Series Gran Tourer FOC
Technology pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £900.00
Technology pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £1,250.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Black sapphire £560.00
Metallic - Cashmere silver £560.00
Metallic - Glacier Silver £560.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £560.00
Metallic - Mineral white £560.00
Metallic - Phytonic blue £560.00
Metallic - Sparkling Brown £560.00
Metallic - Sunset orange £560.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Solid - Jet black FOC
Security
Comfort access system with smart opener FOC
Technical
Larger fuel tank capacity (61 litres) £50.00
Trim
Dakota leather - Black £1,150.00
Grid cloth - Anthracite FOC
High gloss black interior with pearl chrome finish £110.00
Sensatec cloth - Black £300.00
* option prices shown are estimated