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BMW 218i Gran Coupe, a 1-Series four-door

Mixer the codes of a sedan with those of a coupé: the formula is not new and it allows the past few years with manufacturers to restore a youthful look to a sedan out of breath, but also to seduce a new clientele. Follower of this mixture of genres in the premium segments (Series 4, 6 and 8) under the name marketing Gran Coupe, BMW is now focusing on the category of compact with a brand-new Series 2. Truth be told, it was an emergency for the bavarian brand to break the lines in this segment where Mercedes, and Audi occupy the whole space since 2013 with, respectively, the CLA and the A Class sedan.

The 2-Series Gran Coupe in finish M Sport with 19-inch wheels. Tom Kirkpatrick

Designed on the technical basis of the last 1-Series to front-wheel drive, the 2 Series Gran Coupe distinguishes itself by a silhouette falsely two volumes, a trunk topped by a spoiler, replacing the tailgate. 4.31 m on the version 5 doors, the length is extended to 210 mm, which is closer to the new model of the Series 3 (4.70 m). Other signs of distinction in relation to the Series 1, the roof is lowered of 14 mm, the windows are frameless and the rear lights reminiscent of those of the i8 are outside on the wings. The unusual result at the BMW and reflecting the evolution of the formal language within the office of German-style will be able to divert more than one motorist. The silhouette of the last CLA appears much more fluid.

high waistline, trunk topped by a spoiler, fires bursting on the wings, the 2-Series Gran Coupe stands out in the family of the compact BMW. Tom Kirkpatrick

In a logic of economy of scale, presentation and the interior atmosphere are based on the 1 Series. We, therefore, find the manufacturing quality of BMW as well as the remarkable user-friendliness based on a central console and a tablet infotainment oriented towards the driver. Of series, the instrumentation is still analog and it is necessary to pass to the next level (finish M Sport or Luxury) to access the digital instrumentation similar to that of the higher ranges and the touch screen of 10.25 inches. Navigating through the menus or by scanning the screen with a finger, that is, since the rotary knob positioned next to the gear lever, or by using the voice assistant Google Home. Shortcut keys around the jog wheel, it is still possible to directly access the desired menu. The equipment is substantially the same as that of the 1-Series but the Gran Coupe gets all the same series the pack Assist. This is not a luxury, given the low visibility to the rear, facilitates parking manoeuvres thanks to its radar and its back-up camera. Not content to detect a free space and to take charge of the manoeuvres, this system is able, thanks to auto-reverse, saving the final 50 metres travelled, up to 36 km/h in and out of a place in reverse as the vehicle is entered. Without the driver's intervention. Drawing from the list of options and packages, it will be possible to get the best of the brand. Our vehicle suréquipé was 20 000 euros of options. If the rear seat really intended for two, and the length of the legs are similar to a Series 1, the pavilion, a low-profile reduced the guard to the roof. Failing to be very friendly to larger riders (over 1.70 m), the Gran Coupe offers 50 litres of extra loading (430 l) compared to the 1 Series. If the depth of the space may interfere, the threshold at very low loading makes it easier to access.

The BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe shares its dashboard with the 1 Series. Tom Kirkpatrick

Compared to the 1 Series, the range is simplified, keeping only two models in petrol (218i and M235i) and as diesels (216d and 220d). A result of the use of the platform front-wheel drive, the Gran Coupe is also deprived of the six-cylinder in-line and the M235i, the more powerful version (57 250 €) associated office automatic transmission 8-speed and four-wheel drive uses a 4-cylinder 2-liter turbo for 306 and 450 Nm. Our taken in hand is held to the steering wheel of the 218i powered by the 3-cylinder turbo 1.5 l with 140 hp, associated with the dual-clutch transmission 7-speed (+ 2 200 €). This engine is sparkling and the sound rousing performance of good level but the times in the medium regime deserve more punch and sound system off at the stop more smoothly. Adapted from the Series 1, trains passing through an axle multi-link axle at the rear, participate in the approval but the finish M Sport that was our vehicle does not plead for comfort, especially with the Sport mode, which leads to fluttering. Unless you prefer the sporty look of this version, we recommend finishing Luxury offered at the same price.

Tom Kirkpatrick

Our opinion

it is True that the line of this Series 2 is more akin to a 1-Series four-door that the formula Gran Coupe deployed on the premium segments, but it allows BMW to be present on a segment popular with motorists for a surcharge of 2 600€. Ransom is a silhouette that breaks up the lines, this new Gran Coupe loses, however, habitability back what he earns in boot volume.

technical Sheet

cylinder Capacity: 1 499 cm3

Motor Type: 3-cyl. turbo gasoline

Power: 140 ch de 4 600 to 6 500 tr/min

Torque: 220 Nm 1 480 4 200 tr/min

Transmission: front wheel drive, Manual transmission 6-speed

Dimensions (L/w/h): 4 526 x 1 800 x 1 420 mm

Safety deposit box: 430 litres

Weight: 1 425 kg

Performance (0-100 km/h): 8.7 seconds

Speed: 215 km/h

Consumption (Mixed EU): 6.5 l/100 km

CO2 Emissions: 147 g/km

Price: from 31-150 €

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