The 2 Series Gran Coupé seems like a pucca BMW on the surface, replete with the most recent interpretation of the kidney grille (not outsized as on the 7 and X7), flanked by raked-back headlight models with neat double-barrel LED detailing. Lower down is an aggressive multi-layered chin, just like that on different current BMWs just like the 8 Series. The flowing roofline and fastback-like rear give the Gran Coupé a related profile to a few of BMW’s GT vehicles, however not as proportionate or clean-looking. The 2 Series additionally will get a sturdy shoulder line, a chunky rear, and a variation of the carmaker’s L-shaped LED tail-lights. There is not any actual Hofmeister kink on the base of the C-pillar, however then this isn’t a rear-wheel-drive BMW, and that might clarify its absence. While a few of the vehicles trip on giant 19-inch wheels, in India, the two Series is prone to get smaller (and extra sensible) 17-inch wheels.
Get into the cabin and also you quickly realise that that is no backside feeder — it feels simply as properly put collectively as different BMWs. The cabin is barely narrower and a bit tighter than the three’s, however the driving place is spot on and seat consolation is outstanding. The largish entrance seats provide beneficiant facet help, the cushioning is good, and the most effective bit is that after you’re nestled in, it simply holds you in place.
What betters the expertise is that all the pieces is of very top quality. The prime grain leather-wrapped steering, with its aluminium body and thick rim feels nice to carry, and the sintered aluminium paddles behind the wheel really feel good to make use of. BMW’s digital instrument panel can be tack-sharp, the iDrive touchscreen is vibrant and slick to make use of, and because the air-con vents and buttons that encompass it are shared with the brand new 3 Series, high quality ranges are excellent.
Moving to the rear seats, house and luxury are fairly respectable. The seat’s backrest angle is comfortable and there’s adequate head- and legroom even for six-footers — you’ll make contact with the roof if you’re any taller. Visibility out is sweet too with the rear bench positioned barely larger than the entrance seats. Thigh help isn’t nice, nevertheless, and you can’t sit three abreast in consolation.
The 190hp diesel engine, the identical unit underneath the bonnet of the 320d, has a truthful quantity of grunt. It is refined at low and medium speeds and what’s good is that the midrange feels muscular whenever you flex your proper foot; it has a sturdy 400Nm of torque, in any case. There is much less of a spike in the ability supply because of the Euro 6 tuning, and combustion is smoother, however since this diesel remains to be glad to rev, pulling it previous 4,500rpm could be very productive. It is fast too — 0-100kph comes up in a claimed 7.5sec, and there’s no let-up in efficiency subsequently both. So, there’s loads of efficiency on faucet. BMW has even specified it with an improved model of its 8-speed gearbox that’s clean and fast. So sure, whether it is a diesel you need, this engine is unlikely to disappoint.
Even the trip is spectacular. Now you’d assume that as a result of this automotive is compact and BMW needs to make it enjoyable to drive, the suspension shall be stiff and the trip arduous. This, nevertheless, will not be the case. The trip high quality is definitely very pliant. The suspension is extraordinarily silent (even over poorly paved roads), the springs take in highway shocks with out tossing you round, after which the damping is great; there isn’t a actual discernible secondary motion because the suspension settles in a short time after each hit.
It is not any 3 Series whenever you get to corners, although. But then, how can or not it’s? No front-wheel-drive automotive can finally drive like a rear-wheel drive. Still, so long as you don’t drive it like you’re on a rally stage, the two Series manages a truthful imitation. The steering provides a good quantity of heft and really feel at low and medium speeds with out it feeling heavy after which when the roads open out, it feels good and related. There is not any early onset of understeer — a limiting issue on all front-wheel-drive vehicles — and BMW have to be counseled for that.
Drive more durable, nevertheless, and also you quickly miss that rear-wheel-drive fluidity and steadiness. Go arduous on the brakes earlier than a nook and it appears to have an effect on turn-in, with the two Series taking its personal candy time to do your bidding; and that numbs the expertise. And then as you start so as to add energy on the best way out of the nook, there’s a little bit of a shuffle too, because the torque overwhelms the entrance wheels. So, if it isn’t the last word driving expertise you’re after, the two Series Gran Coupé works nicely.
The 2 Series Gran Coupé is predicted to return to India with two engine choices. The 220d pushed right here shall be one in every of them, however then we will even get the 220i with a 192hp, 2.0-litre petrol engine. Prices in India are prone to begin round ₹32 lakh, going as much as ₹38 lakh for the top-of-the-line variants.
The 2 Series Gran Coupé works nicely on many ranges. If you’ve got all the time wished a BMW sedan however couldn’t stretch your funds as far up as the three Series, the two Series is bound to have super attraction. The high-quality cabin delivers a real BMW expertise, the efficiency of the diesel engine is powerful, the trip is extraordinarily comfy, and it’s nice to drive too. Even the zingy petrol with 192hp must be luggage of enjoyable. Yes, the cabin is a bit cramped, like it’s in the remainder of the vehicles in this class, and never all people will fall for its seems, however if you’re on the lookout for a extra accessible and reasonably priced BMW sedan that does most things proper, the two Series Gran Coupé may simply be it. Just don’t anticipate it to drive like a 3 Series.