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Four-door coupe version of the 1 Series, available with front- or all-wheel drive

BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe (20 on) - rated 4 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £25,770 - £39,925
Lease from new From £231 p/m View lease deals
Fuel Economy 36.2 - 57.6 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 22 - 34 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Feels more special than a 1 Series
  • Excellent handling
  • Top M235i version is a rocketship
  • Decent boot and legroom

CONS

  • Polarising looks
  • Rear headroom tight for tall passengers
  • Firm ride on M Sport versions
  • Not cheap

BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe rivals

Written by James Taylor on

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is a three-box saloon version of the 1 Series hatchback, which BMW is calling a four-door coupe. Apart from the slinkier bodywork and conventional boot in place of a tailgate, it’s the same car underneath.

Confused? Well BMW has been making ‘Gran Coupe’ models since the introduction of the 6 Series Gran Coupe in 2012, the formula being much of the slinky style of a two-door coupe but with the added practicality of four doors.

Over the years there have also been 4- and 8 Series Gran Coupe models, and now the same approach is being applied to the 2 Series for the first time, making it the smallest BMW Gran Coupe model yet (although still with a sizeable grille).

Natural rivals include the Mercedes CLA and A-Class Saloon, and the Audi A3 Saloon.

Three versions available

From launch you have a choice of the following models:

  • The 218i, with a 1.5-litre, 140hp petrol engine (by far the cheapest way into 2 Series Gran Coupe ownership)
  • The 220d, with a 2.0-litre, 190hp diesel engine (considerably more expensive than the 218i but also faster)
  • The M235i xDrive, with a potent 2.0-litre, 306hp petrol engine (an ‘M Performance’ model rather than a full M2 model – but still a very fast, capable car indeed)

Since it’s built on the same underpinnings as the latest 1 Series, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is front-wheel drive rather than rear-wheel drive like 2 Series of old.

BMW M235i Gran Coupe rear badge 2020

However, the top M235i is equipped with all-wheel drive to best deploy its considerable power and torque – hence its xDrive suffix.

Less practical than hatchback

Compared with the 1 Series, the interior is all but identical for front occupants. Those in the rear seats find plenty of kneeroom, although the sloping, coupe-style roof means headroom is a little tight for passengers approaching six feet or taller. They may find they need to angle their head forward a little to avoid the top and back of their hair skimming the roofline.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe interior 2020

There are two trim levels in the UK: Sport and M Sport. The latter are pricier but include heated leather seats, a sportier steering wheel and a larger multimedia display screen. M Sport also includes larger 18-inch wheels (Sport models come with 17s) and slightly lower, firmer suspension. A test drive is recommended – some buyers may find the M Sport suspension a little too firm for their tastes.

BMW expects 218i M Sport versions to be the biggest sellers - but is it worth a look? Read on to find out more.

BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe rivals

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