2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé: price, specs and release date
Everything you need to know about the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé – a sleek, four-door coupé with up to 302bhp...
On sale: Early 2020 | Price from: £28,000 (est)
Anyone who argues that modern cars are getting bigger all the time can take the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé as a case in point. This four-door coupé fits into the company's range below the 3 Series saloon. Yet it’s not only substantially longer and wider than the two-door 2 Series models, but also larger than the E90-generation 3 Series that was still on sale as recently as 2013.
It’s perhaps all the more surprising, then, to find that the 2 Series Gran Coupé is actually most closely related to BMW’s entry-level model, the 1 Series hatchback, just as its main rival, the Mercedes CLA, is based on the A-Class.
BMW fits LED headlights and 16in alloy wheels to the 2 Series Gran Coupé as standard, with 19in rims an option. And buyers can customise the look of their cars further with Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport design packages.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé engines
At launch, the engine range will consist of two petrol units and one diesel, with the petrol contingent lead by a 1.5-litre (badged 218i) producing 138bhp. This is the engine we recommend in other versions of the 2 Series, and its willingness to rev and excellent fuel economy are likely to make it a top choice here, too.
For those seeking more power, though, there’s 302bhp on offer in the 2.0-litre turbo M235i, which also gets four-wheel drive. As with the 1 Series, other versions are front-wheel drive, whereas the two-door 2 Series Coupé and Convertible are rear-wheel drive.
If you want a diesel-powered 2 Series Gran Coupé, the 2.0-litre 220d offers 188bhp. All models come with an automatic gearbox, apart from the 218i, in which a six-speed manual is standard. However, those hoping for a fully fledged M2 Gran Coupé will be disappointed, because there’s not one planned.
BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé interior
The switch from rear to front-wheel drive was important in liberating an extra 33mm of knee room for rear passengers compared with the 2 Series Coupé. And a couple of holiday suitcases should pose no difficulties for the 430-litre boot.
As standard, you get analogue dials, but digital instruments can be added by opting for the Live Cockpit Professional upgrade.
The new 2 Series Gran Coupé is expected to cost from £28,000, making it cheaper than the rival CLA. And discounts could lower that price significantly: our New Car Buying service can currently save you up to £3241 on the regular 2 Series Coupé.
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The most fuel-efficient coupés, convertibles and sports cars
If reading about the 2 Series Gran Coupé has got you thinking about buying an eye-catching new car, then you'll probably want to know which are the most fuel-efficient in real-world conditions. Fortunately, we conduct our own True MPG tests, and these are the top 10 performers we've tested. Some may come as a surprise.
10. BMW M2
True MPG 31.4mpg
The M2 is effectively a steroid-enhanced version of the BMW 2 Series. Under its bonnet lies a turbocharged 3.0-litre engine that pumps out 365bhp – enough for a 0-62mph time of 4.4sec with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. Yet you can still get 31.4mpg out of the car when you drive it more gently.
9. Porsche 718 Cayman
True MPG 34.4mpg
Both this entry-level version of the Cayman and the more powerful Cayman S swapped their flat six engines for turbocharged four-cylinder units back in 2016 in order to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. The downside is that they no longer sound as special as they did.