BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe review, test drive

What is it?

The 2 Sequence Gran Coupe is BMW’s most cost-effective ‘sedan’. A 4-door, pillar-considerably less coupé measuring 4,526mm very long and with a Rs 32 lakh estimated starting up price tag, the 2 Sequence will sit comfortably underneath the three Sequence. It’s not just BMW’s most cost-effective sedan, it is also one particular that is essentially distinctive. Exactly where all BMW sedans use a longitudinally mounted engine and rear-wheel generate (or 4-wheel generate), this one particular takes advantage of a transversely mounted engine and entrance-wheel generate. This architecture is more cost-effective, space successful and realistic, but isn’t as essentially wonderful when it will come to driving dynamics.

What is it look like?

The 2 Sequence Gran Coupe appears to be like like a ‘pukka’ BMW on the exterior. No outsized grille at the entrance this time all-around (this auto isn’t bought in China), but you do get BMWs newest interpretation of the kidney grille. It’s a bit more ‘stand-up’, appears to be like a bit more aggressive, and what you also get are raked-again headlight models with neat double-barrel LED detailing. Lessen down is an aggressive multi-layered chin very similar to that observed on other current BMWs like the eight Sequence. Wander all-around to the aspect and you are greeted by an attention-grabbing and flowing roofline that ends in a fastback-like rear. Equivalent in profile to some of BMW’s GT vehicles – like the 5 Sequence GT and the discontinued three Sequence GT – but not as proportionate or clear-looking, the 2 Sequence also gets a potent shoulder line, a chunky rear, and a variation of the carmaker’s ‘L’-formed LED tail-lights. Must say I like the way the BMW symbol is put on the boot. There is no real Hofmeister kink at the foundation of the C-pillar, but then this isn’t a rear-wheel-generate BMW, and that could make clear its absence. Though some of the vehicles experience on big 19-inch wheels, in India, the 2 Sequence is probably to get lesser (and more realistic) seventeen-inch wheels.

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BMW stand-up grille in chrome appears to be like beautiful.

But just how major is it? Measuring 4,526mm in length, it is 23mm (2.3cm) shorter than the impending Mercedes A-class Limousine. The Merc is also constructed on a a little lengthier wheelbase (2,729mm versus the BMW’s 2,670mm). It’s the BMW, nonetheless, that is broader at one,800mm, with a rear inside width of 143cm, and a bigger 430-litre boot.

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Pillar-considerably less doors incorporate a sporty look to the auto.

What is it like inside of?

Get into the cabin and you before long realise, this is no base feeder – it feels just as properly place alongside one another as a full raft of BMWs. The cabin is a little narrower and a bit tighter than the three, but the driving placement is spot on and seat ease and comfort is excellent. The largish entrance seats supply generous aspect support, the cushioning on the thick seats is just suitable, and the very best bit is that as soon as you are nestled in the seat, it just retains you in location.

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What betters the experience is that every thing you contact is of quite significant excellent. The leading grain leather-based-wrapped steering with its aluminium body and thick rim feels delectable to maintain, and the sintered aluminium paddles powering the wheel feel stunning to use. BMW’s digital instrument panel at the entrance is also tack-sharp, the iDrive touchscreen is brilliant and slick to use, and considering that the air-con vents and buttons that encompass it are shared with the new three Sequence, excellent degrees are quite very good. So it appears to be like like a BMW on the exterior and on the inside of, and even feels and functions like one particular, but the concern is, does it generate like one particular?

Which engines are on supply?

The 190hp diesel engine, the identical device less than the bonnet of the 320d, has a honest amount of grunt and try to remember, this auto is lighter. The engine is more refined at lower and medium speeds to commence with, lower-speed grumble is a large amount more subdued, and what is wonderful is that the midrange feels muscular when you flex your suitable foot it has a potent 400NM of torque following all. There is considerably less of a spike in the energy shipping because of to the Euro 6 tuning, and combustion is smoother, but considering that this diesel is even now satisfied to rev, pulling it earlier 4,500rpm is quite effective. It’s quick much too – -one hundred will come up in a claimed seven.5sec, and go earlier that determine and there’s no permit-up in general performance either. So there’s a lot of general performance on tap. BMW has even specified it with an enhanced model of its eight-speed gearbox that is easy and quick. So yes, if it is a diesel you want, this engine is not likely to disappoint.

What is it like to generate?

Even the experience is outstanding. Now you’d think that because this auto is compact and BMW wishes to make it pleasurable to generate, the suspension will be stiff and the experience really hard. This, nonetheless, isn’t the situation. The experience excellent is essentially quite pliant. The suspension is really silent (even in excess of poorly paved roadways), the springs take up highway shocks without tossing you all-around, and then the damping is outstanding there’s no real discernible secondary movement as the suspension settles quite swiftly following each individual hit.

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It’s nowhere as wonderful as a three Sequence to generate, but is rather very good in isolation.

It’s no three Sequence when you get to corners although. But then how can it be? No entrance-wheel-generate auto can ultimately generate like a rear-wheel generate, and, in that way, the 2 Sequence Gran Coupe is essentially distinctive. Continue to, as very long as you really do not generate it like you are on a rally phase, the 2 Sequence manages a honest imitation. There is a very good amount of heft and feel at lower and medium speeds from the steering without it experience large, the 2 Sequence feels wonderful and secure, and then when the roadways open up out and hug the craggy coast on the outskirts of Lisbon, it feels wonderful and linked. There is no early onset of understeer – a restricting aspect on all entrance-wheel-generate vehicles – and BMW must be counseled for that. So this may ultimately turn out to be the very best driving auto in its class.

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Generate more durable, nonetheless, and you before long overlook that rear-wheel-generate fluidity and harmony. Go really hard on the brakes right before a corner and it appears to have an impact on turn-in, the 2 Sequence using its have sweet time to do your bidding you need to have to wait a bit and that numbs the experience. And then as you commence to incorporate energy on the way out of the corner, there’s a bit of a shuffle much too, as the torque from the diesel overwhelms the entrance wheels. So if it is not the final driving experience you are following, the 2 Sequence Gran Coupe will work very well.

What is it like to be driven in?

It even will work very well if you are sat in the rear, especially thinking of the vehicles it is up versus. The rear doors are little, and you surely simply cannot just ‘walk’ suitable in, but as soon as you settle down, space and ease and comfort are rather first rate. It isn’t as large as a three Sequence, but rear legroom is enough, and headroom is very good adequate for even for six-footers. You will make speak to with the roof if you are any taller, but what wonderful is that the backrest recline is comfy, and the rear seat is put a little higher than the entrance seats, so visibility out is very good. Thigh support isn’t fantastic, nonetheless, and regardless of the auto remaining broader than the A-class limo on the inside of, you simply cannot sit three abreast in ease and comfort.

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A bit tight on space but seat ease and comfort is very good.

BMW has even provided a lot of kit. There is wi-fi charging on the centre console, with a intelligent ledge to maintain your cell phone in location. There are strips of funky trim that gentle up in brilliant colors, and the 2 Sequence Gran Coupe will come with a raft of security equipment very similar to that on a three Sequence. It even gets gesture management with some new gestures that perform properly as soon as you get used to them.

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‘Pocket’ retains cell phone, costs wirelessly much too.

Need to I acquire one particular?

The 2 Sequence Gran Coupe is envisioned to arrive to India with two engine selections. The 220d driven listed here will be one particular of them, but then we’ll also get the 220i with a 192hp, 2.-litre petrol engine. Apparently, BMW feels its three-cylinder 218i with 140hp isn’t ideal for India. The BMW 2 Sequence Gran Coupe’s charges in India are probably to start off all-around Rs 32 lakh, heading up to Rs 38 lakh for the leading-of-the-line variants.

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Vents, quick charging details for rear passengers.

BMW’s 2 Sequence Gran Coupe will work very well on a lot of degrees. If you’ve generally preferred a BMW sedan but could not stretch your budget as significantly up as the three Sequence, the 2 Sequence is positive to have incredible attractiveness. The significant-excellent cabin provides a genuine BMW experience, the general performance of the diesel engine is potent, the experience is really at ease and it is pleasant to generate much too. Even the zingy petrol with 192hp need to be baggage of pleasurable. Yes, the cabin is a bit cramped like the rest of the vehicles in this class and not everybody will drop for its appears to be like, but if you are looking for a more accessible and cost-effective BMW sedan that does most points suitable, the 2 Sequence Gran Coupe could just be it. Just really do not assume it to generate like a three Sequence. 

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