To compete against Mercedes A class limousine sedan and Audi A3, BMW launched the 4 door Gran Coupe version of its 2 series sedan. Being the cheapest 4 door sedan in the line-up, its size is between 1 series coupe and 3 series sedan. Previously available only in Diesel, BMW introduced a Petrol version as well. Available in 5 variants – 220i Sport (Base variant) ₹37.90lakhs, 220i M sport ₹40.90lakhs, 220d Sportline ₹40.40lakhs, 220d M sport ₹42.30lakhs and Black Shadow edition ₹42.30lakhs, all prices ex-showroom Delhi. How does the new BMW perform? Let us find out.
The 2 series Gran Coupe is based on the FAAR platform and shares the same engine with the 3 series. The Diesel fueled engine is a 2L Twin Turbocharged unit which produces 187bhp of power and 400nm torque combined with 8-speed automatic transmission. The Petrol fueled engine is a 2L Twin Turbocharged unit which produces 189bhp of power and 280nm of torque combined with 7-speed automatic transmission, this results in 0-100kmph in 7.5secs. As far as mileage is concerned, the Diesel fueled engine produces 18.64km/l and Petrol fueled engine produces 14.82km/l. The FWD mechanics also include an Adaptive M-specific and Single-joint spring strut axle for rear and front suspensions respectively.
As per the exterior, the 2 Series Gran Coupe has elements shared from 4 series and 8 series coupe. 4.53m long, 1.8m wide, 1.42m high and a wheelbase of 2.67m which gives just enough leg space but the sloping roofline leaves no headroom for the rear passengers. Total of 6 color options including 1 non-metallic and 5 metallic colors, Alpine White is the non-metallic color and the metallic colors include Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Misano Blue, Snapper Rocks Blue and Storm Bay. The M sport variants offers have a special body kit which includes a better sculpted bumpers and side aprons, M badges on front fenders, a shiny chrome grille, glossy black trim around the windows, aluminium pedals and M sport steering wheel. The sloping roofline ends up in a well-sculpted boot lid over a 430L boot. Adding to the stylish looks are chiseled headlamps, dual exhaust pipes, dual tone 18-inch alloy wheels and tail lights which are similar to 8 series with less space between them.
Along with sloping roof creating problems for tall passengers, there is lower overall height making ingress difficult. For practicality there is good storage pockets in center console and doors. The interior does not feel like an entry level BMW, frameless doors, ambient lighting with texture form, panoramic sunroof and an option of both all black and a dual tone black and beige look enhances the level of ambience.
Like all BMW’s today, the 2 series Gran Coupe too gets gesture control to change volume and songs from 10.25-inch infotainment screen and a virtual assistant system which gets activated by the voice command “Hey BMW”. Fully digital instrument cluster which changes the design in sports mode from dials to tiny bars which are hard to see. With all these high tech gadgets all BMWs have one sure misses head-up display, front seats are powered adjusted but are not ventilated and can be a point of concern for buyers making their decision.
For the safety parameters the 2 series Gran Coupe has 6 airbags, Reverse and park assist, cornering brake control and Attentiveness Assistance which is a new addition. Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) which are added for better handling and control. Safety from the outer world comes from Cross-traffic warning, Rear Collision warning and Lane change warning.
Overall the BMW 2 series Gran Coupe is a 4 door sedan with stunning looks and features, it sure lacks in interior space especially in the rear seat, but it is the front seat where one needs to be. Cheapest car in the BMW line-up but it does not disappoint in terms of performance and pleasure especially the M sport trim and that is what we suggest to go for.