Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
  • Lots of kneeroom in the back
  • Not so much headroom if you’re tall
  • Shallow but long boot

With that plunging roofline at the back, the Gran Coupe loses out on headroom compared with the 1 Series hatchback it’s based on. Passengers of 5ft 10in or taller will need to duck to get under the roofline while climbing into the rear doors, but once inside, will find enough kneeroom.

However, they may will find the back of their head brushes the ceiling if they try to lean back against the headrest, which may become annoying on a long journey, but it’s comfortable enough for a short-haul trip.

There is more than enough space for children, however, and regardless of height, there is a surprisingly large amount of knee room for rear passengers. There’s not much space for feet beneath the front seats but, unlike the coupe or previous 1 Series, at least the centre transmission tunnel isn’t too obtrusive for the middle passenger.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe back seats

Storage-wise you get map pockets on the back of the front seats and some pretty long door bins. Up front, you get large door bins, a cubby box underneath the centre armrest,  a glovebox, two front cupholders ahead of the gearlever and a tray that allows your smart phone to sit at an angle.

The boot is usefully deep for storing long items, and has generous further storage below its floor. However, with that low bootlid, carrying taller items may be trickier, and naturally it’s less convenient than the tailgate-equipped 1 Series. With 430 litres of space available with the rear seats up, that’s 50-litres more than the 1 Series hatch and they can still be folded down in a three-way 40:20:40, which is helpfully versatile.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe boot

The added bodywork of the 2 Series Gran Coupe over the 1 Series hatch obviously means this will be harder to park – especially when the saloon shape means there is no rear windscreen wiper – but you do get front and rear parking sensors as standard to help out. There’s also an optional Park Assist pack which comes with a rear-view camera, automatic parking and reverse assistant.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe safety

  • Variety of active safety systems
  • Includes city braking function
  • Rear collision, cross traffic warnings

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, but as it’s based on the same platform as the 1 Series hatch, we wouldn’t be surprised to see similar results in a frontal impact.

>> You can see how the 1 Series hatch fared in the Safety section of the review here

You still get a collision and pedestrian warning system with autonomous emergency braking, a set-up which alerts a warning if the camera beneath the rear-view mirror detects a potential imminent collision. It can detect and identify the shape of pedestrians as well as other vehicles and objects. The system can work from very low speeds in town, equivalent to jogging pace, up to around 37mph.

The pressure in the brake circuit is also prepped if the detection system is activated, ready for faster braking response if needed. If you don’t go for the brakes at all and the car is convinced a collision will occur, it can autonomously apply the brakes at the last minute – though this may not guarantee that the car will come to a stop in time.

Lane departure warning with active lane return also features. This prompts a warning if you stray from your lane without indicating from speeds potentially as low as 12mph, all the way up to 155mph (assuming you’re on holiday in Germany.) A visual warning is issued first, and torque is applied to the steering autonomously should the driver not respond.

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe LED headlight 2020

All models come with automatic windscreen wipers and LED headlights as standard. Adaptive LED headlights are available as an option, as well as automatic high-beam assist.

You can also upgrade the cruise control system to be adaptive and it’s very good at responding to vehicles ahead, with a smooth application of the brakes. Other systems from certain rival manufacturers are too abrupt when it comes to this, taking away how relaxed a journey can be when this is in use.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • Air conditioning
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Central locking
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • ABS
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
  • Partial leather seat trim

M Sport equipment

M Sport standard equipment
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Heated seats
  • Leather seat trim
M Sport optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Partial leather seat trim

M235i equipment

M235i standard equipment
  • Cloth seat trim
  • Heated seats
M235i optional equipment
  • ABS

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • Partial leather seat trim
Sport optional equipment
  • ABS
  • Heated seats