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...

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Darren Moss
15 Oct 2019 21:01

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.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe rear

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.

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe dashboard

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

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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.

Read our full BMW M2 review or see what discounts are available

9. Porsche 718 Cayman

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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.

Read our full Porsche 718 Cayman review or see what discounts are available

8. BMW 43oi Convertible

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True MPG 34.9mpg

Fractionally more efficient than the Cayman is the BMW 430i Convertible, despite it being a four-seater with a folding metal roof, so considerably heavier.

Read our full BMW 4 Series Convertible review or see what discounts are available

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