What is big, ugly, and unnecessary? The new BMW 2-Series Gran Tourer! This might be the first premium compact model to offer up to seven seats and answer the mobility requirements of young families but it is also a model which does not shine with sufficient originality. On top of this, the carmaker has obviously forgotten what attractiveness is when creating this model. Convenience might be important but it isn't everything when it comes to the pretentious automotive world! Let alone the automotive dreams of BMW fan-boys!
The new BMW Gran Tourer arrives with a choice of five turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, all part of the BMW's most-recently formed engine family. With either three or four-cylinders, these advanced power units are said to offer excellent efficiency. Thus, the 220i and 220d can cover the 0-62 mph run in 7.8 seconds. The most powerful among the powerplants is the diesel version which allows the BMW 220d to try to impress with 187 bhp and 295 lb-ft of maximum torque. The range-topping 220i petrol variant, on the other hand, can generate 189 bhp with a peak torque of 207 lb-ft. Prices start at £24,175.
2016 BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer's silhouette is outlined by twin kidney grille, twin round headlights and brand logo. The attempts of BMW to make it look sporty haven't been that successful really because what we see is nothing else but simplicity and hideousness. Inside, the only positive feel that one can get is that of too much space. Visually, the interior is just… demotivating. At least there is enough room to throw a party there and to invite pretty much the whole neighborhood!