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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

218i [136] M Sport 4dr

BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe - 218i [136] M Sport 4dr

Vehicle Information

List Price
£29,325.00
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
9.2 secs
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
4
CO2
133 g/km
By Line

The 2 Series Gran Coupe is a small four-door Coupe with one key rival very clearly in its sights. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

With this 2 Series Gran Coupe model, BMW belatedly joins the market for compact four-door coupes that previously Mercedes had almost to itself with their CLA. It shares nearly all its engineering with the 1 Series hatch, which means it's front-driven. But it's very much more aspirational.

Background

You might well be a little unfamiliar with BMW's 'Gran Coupe' formula, even though it's been around since 2012. That was when the Munich maker launched its 6 Series Gran Coupe, basically a four-door coupe based on a 3-box saloon shape for executives wanting something a little more fashionable. Since then, we've also had 4 Series and 8 Series Gran Coupe models. But strangely, never a smaller take on the four-door coupe concept that would take on the car that most tend to think of when it comes to a more compact interpretation of this kind of design, the very profitable Mercedes CLA. This 2 Series Gran Coupe model though, is that car.

Driving Experience

2 Series in BMW-speak can mean two very different things. Either something practical and resolutely unsporting in the form of the front-driven 2 Series Active Tourer compact MPV. Or rewarding and quite dynamic in the form of the rear wheel drive 2 Series Coupe or, to a lesser extent, the 2 Series Convertible. This 2 Series Gran Coupe is front-driven like the Active Tourer but uses the more advanced FAAR platform we've recently seen introduced with the third generation 1 Series hatch for at least some of the BMW 'Ultimate Driving Machine' vibe that you'd ideally want this car to be able to deliver. For our market, the entry-level version in the range is the 218i petrol variant, which uses a 1.5-litre three cylinder 140hp unit and can be had with the option of dual-clutch automatic transmission. There's also a 150hp 218d diesel model. The other two derivatives can be had only with the brand's 8-speed Sport auto transmission. If you've your sensible shoes on, you'll want the 220d, which is offered in front driven or xDrive forms and has a 2.0-litre 190hp four cylinder diesel. If you haven't, you'll be more drawn to the current range flagship, the M235i xDrive, which has a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol turbo developing 306hp and AWD to better transmit torque to the tarmac. It makes 62mph from rest in just 4.9s and has to be artificially restrained at 155mph.

Design and Build

You'll buy this car because of the way it looks - no question. Like most four-door coupes, this one is distinguished by frameless side windows and a swept-back silhouette which makes the car look a fraction more compact than it actually is. This 2 Series Gran Coupe is 4,526mm long and 1,800mm wide, but stands just 1,420mm tall. And it offers plenty of overtaking presence. The slightly angled full-LED headlights draw attention to the familiar BMW kidney grille, which features bars contoured with an eyecatching vertical indentation. Take a seat up-front and the dash layout is pretty much lifted straight from the 1 Series hatch, which means you get an 8.8-inch 'Live Cockpit Plus' infotainment screen with base 'Sport' trim or a larger 10.25-inch monitor with the 'Digital Cockpit Professional' package that comes with the 'M Sport' or 'M235i models. Where this car aims to steal a bit of ground over its Mercedes CLA rival is when it comes to back seat space. A 2,670mm wheelbase means that there's reasonable space of knees and legs in the rear. Passengers in this part of the car get 33mm more knee room than they would in a two-door 2 Series Coupe, while the seating position is 12mm higher with 14mm more headroom when the optional panoramic roof is specified. Out back, there's a decently sized 430-litre boot, which can be extended by folding down the 40:20:40-split backrest.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £26,000 for the base 218i petrol 'Sport' variant; you'll need £1,350 more to add dual-clutch automatic transmission to it. The 220d diesel costs from around £31,500 in 'Sport' form. In either case, you'll need £2,500 more to add ritzier 'M Sport' trim. You'll need a budget of well over £37,000 for the M235i xDrive variant. As you'd expect for that kind of cash, all variants get an extremely high standard of spec, including full-LED headlights, sports seats and BMW's 'Live Cockpit Plus' package, which gives you an 8-8-inch control display with touch function. 'Sport'-spec models get 17-inch wheels, LED front foglights, front and rear parking sensors, and auto-dipping rear view mirror and two-zone climate control, plus BMW's 'Drive Performance Control' driving modes system. 'M Sport' variants meanwhile, are upgraded to 18-inch M light alloy Double-spoke rims. 'M Sport' and M235i variants also get the upgraded 'Live Cockpit Professional' infotainment package with its larger centre-dash 10.25-inch touchscreen and its "Hey BMW' 'Intelligent Personal Assistant' which will allow you to operate many of the car's major functions by merely speaking a command. Plus with this top trim level there's M Sport-tuned steering and suspension. And an aerodynamic body styling kit that re-styles both the front and rear bumpers.

Cost of Ownership

As you'd expect, the engineering here is prioritised towards improving efficiency. As a result, the base three cylinder 218i manages up to 47.1mpg (WLTP) and up to 114g/km (NEDC) in manual form. And the 220d delivers up to 57.6mpg (WLTP) and 110g/km (NEDC). The top M235i xDrive variant returns up to 37.2mpg (WLTP) and up to 153g/km (NEDC). On models with auto transmission, this car can be particularly efficient thanks to intelligent connectivity that enables the two auto gearboxes to adapt their shift strategy according to the planned route and driving situation. If this model is equipped with Active Cruise Control, both transmissions will factor in the data from this system and the standard Navigation, to avoid unnecessary gear changes in a quick succession of bends. Across the range, efficiency is also aided by coasting and Auto Start Stop functions that take their cue from the data supplied by the navigation system, the front-mounted camera and the sensors for the optional driving assistance systems. The coasting function de-couples the powertrain from the transmission at cruising speeds when the car is running in either its 'Comfort' or 'ECO PRO' driving modes.

Summary

It's surprising that it took BMW so long to bring us this car. It's arch-rival, the Mercedes CLA, has after all been around since 2013 demonstrating the very real global demand for a compact saloon with a trendy coupe-like vibe. Whether you prefer BMW's take on this concept will be purely down to personal preference. It doesn't bring anything particularly new to this profitable sub-segment, but it has the required technology, style and sheer swagger to make the necessary impact. If you were already thinking of buying the 1 Series hatch, we'd encourage you to also consider this Gran Coupe because it's essentially the same car without much of a practicality downside and a considerably more stylish feel. That in a nutshell sums up what this kind of car is all about. Late to this party BMW may be, but the brand has come ready to make an impact.

Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
BODY GLASS
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control and trap release
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
BRAKES
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with cornering brake control
  • Brake drying
  • Braking readiness
  • City braking function
  • Dynamic stability control (DSC )
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Rear brake discs
  • Ventilated front disc brakes
CARPETS/RUGS
  • Anthracite finished floor mats with contrasting surround
CHASSIS/SUSPENSION
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort sport mode
  • M Sport suspension with stiffer spring/damper set-up and vehicle lowered by 10mm twin tube gasfilled shock absorbers and Anti roll bars
COMMUNICATION
  • 2x USB Type C ports (for charging and data transfer)
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface (Type A) WiFi interface for wireless connection of mobile terminal devices audio streaming
DRIVER AIDS
  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Cruise control with braking function
  • Front/rear Parking distance control
  • Lane departure warning system
  • M Sports steering
  • Speed limiting function
DRIVER CONVENIENCE
  • Auto start-stop
  • Pull away assistant
DRIVER INFORMATION
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 10.25" high resolution instrument and control display
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW operating system with 7.0 mid interface
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • iDrive controller with touch function and 7 short cut favourite buttons on centre console
  • Integrated navigation data with map data via USB features such as 3D landmarks and micro city models
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Intelligent voice assistant
  • On board computer - average speed fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile
DRIVING MIRRORS
  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour mirror caps
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Heated, electrically adjustable exterior mirror aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side
EMBELLISHMENT TRIMS
  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel
  • Illuminated Boston interior trim
ENGINE
  • 42 Litre fuel tank
  • Aluminium lightweight construction
  • Balancer shaft
  • Double VANOS
  • High precision injection
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • VALVETRONIC engine management
ENTERTAINMENT
  • 4G LTE Connectivity with hard wied 4G network sim card
  • DAB digital radio, MP3 players and RDS double tuner
  • Stereo 6 speaker system with 2 mid range speakers in the front and rear door trims 2 central bass speakers underneath the front seats
EXTERIOR BODY FEATURES
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome 'M' logo side designation
  • Chrome exhaust single tailpipe, round
  • Fading support
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front door sill finishers in black plastic with M designation in metallic look
  • High gloss black B pillar finish
  • High gloss shadow line exterior trim
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation on right side of tailgate
  • Solid paint
EXTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • High level third brake light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Rear fog lights
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
HEATING/COOLING/VENTILATION
  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning
INTERIOR FEATURES
  • 12V power socket in centre console
  • 2 cupholders in front centre console
  • 3 spoke M sports design leather steering wheel finished in nappa leather with specific M badge
  • Additional under floor storage in luggage compartment
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Conditioned based service
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Front and rear door pockets including bottle trays
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front Armrest foldable with integrated storage compartment
  • Gearshift lever with M designation
  • Glove compartment
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Through loading system with 40/20/40 split folding rear seat
  • Two lashing eyes
INTERIOR LIGHTS
  • Front centre interior light over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
  • Glovebox with light
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Welcome lighting
PACKS
  • Connected pack professional - 2 Series Gran Coupe
  • Extended lighting pack - 2 Series Gran Coupe
  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series Gran Coupe
  • M Sport aerodynamics pack - 2 Series Gran Coupe
SAFETY
  • 2 tone horn
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Rear child proof door locks
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Seatbelt warning
  • Side impact protection
  • Three point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
SEATS
  • 3 rear seat head restraints
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Driver and front passenger seat heating
  • Front head restraints
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
SECURITY
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Deadlocking function system to all doors
  • Drive away locking system on all doors and luggage compartment
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Start/Stop button (illuminated) in centre console with keyless engine start and Auto Start-Stop deactivation button
  • Thatcham Cat.1 alarm with remote control and immobiliser
  • Two remote control key with integrated key - open/close doors/fuel flap/tailgate 1 button for unlock compartment with M design high gloss black inlay
TOWING
  • Trailer stability control
TRANSMISSION
  • 6 speed manual transmission
  • Electronic differential lock
VANITY MIRRORS
  • Sun visors with vanity mirrors and insert tab
WHEELS
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
WHEELS - ALLOY
  • 18" Burnished M double spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey - style 819M
WHEELS - SPARE
  • BMW Mobility tyre sealing system with electrically powered 12V compressor
Displayed below is the vehicle and technical data which is provided by a third party. Please check manufacturer's website prior to any order you place. If any specific feature is required that isn't listed, please make this clear to your account manager at your earliest convenience.
  • CO2: 123
  • HC: 22E
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Bore: 82
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1499
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Engine Codes: B38A15M1
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Type: TWIN TURBO
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Stroke: 94.6
  • Valve gear: DOHC
  • EC: Data Not Available
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 7.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 8.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 5.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 5.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 6.3
  • Any aspect of the vehicles safety cause concern?: Data Not Available
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: i
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 136
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 1.5
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: M1
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Special Edition: Data Not Available
  • Special Order: Data Not Available
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage: N
  • 0 to 60: Data Not Available
  • 0 to 62: 9.2
  • BHP: 136
  • Engine Power KW: 100
  • Engine Power RPM: 4500
  • Engine Torque LBS.FT: 162
  • Engine Torque MKG: 22.4
  • Engine Torque NM: 220
  • Engine Torque RPM: 1500
  • PS: True
  • Top Speed: 134
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: Data Not Available
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 819M
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Height: 1420
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4526
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.4
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Width (excluding mirrors): 1800
  • Width (including mirrors): 2081
  • Boot Capacity Saloons: 430
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 42
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1885
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): N
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 710
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1350
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Payload: 535
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£237.32
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£2,135.92
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£197.77
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Your Deal Summary
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£237.32
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,135.92 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£197.77
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,779.93 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
List Price
29,325.00
Arrangements Fee
£199 +VAT
Road Tax
Included
Delivery
Free UK mainland
Excess Mileage
TBC
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Arrangement Fee will be applied and an excess mileage charge and/or damage charge may apply at end of contract.
Vehicle Contracts offers advice solely on Contract Hire and Personal Contract Hire from a panel of finance companies.
Vehicle Information
List Price
£29,325.00
Transmission
Manual
Fuel Type
Petrol
Fuel Consumption
0-62 mph
9.2 secs
Engine Size
1.5
No. of Doors
4
CO2
133 g/km
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Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£237.32
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,135.92 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£197.77
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,779.93 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
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BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe

218i [136] M Sport 4dr

BMW 2 SERIES GRAN COUPE *Model Shown is for illustration purposes only.
Personal Lease
Inc VAT
£237.32
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£2,135.92 inc VAT
Business Lease
Ex VAT
£197.77
Initial Rental (9 mths)
£1,779.93 Ex VAT
Contract Term
48 mths
Annual Mileage
5000 miles
Maintenance
Not Included
Excess Mileage
TBC