BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe 220i: It is a good idea to ask yourself why you would want it.
* A refined petrol engine with engaging driving dynamics
* The most affordable BMW GC cues are the most expensive
* It looks stunning, especially in black
* It is so easy to avoid.
* It is expensive for the value it offers
* It lacks the grunt and power of its diesel counterpart
* The second row is not spacious enough
When I showed my nephew the photo of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, he asked “Is that the Night Fury?” “No, that’d probably be the Black Shadow version of it,” I responded. It is strikingly similar to Toothless. The 2 Series Gran Coupe is a tiny Bimmer but it turns heads like Berk’s alpha Dragon.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, while not a coupe, is based on front-wheel-drive architecture. It’s a young alternative for anyone looking to get into the big league. The 220i’s diesel-powered version is more appealing to young drivers than the 220d.
They will enjoy the refined motor and BMW’s legendary driving dynamics, as well as the sporty cabin and a little practicality. In this SUV-dominated world, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is a refreshing changeover.
Engine and Performance
The refined 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine, which is also used in the Mini Cooper or X1, powers the petrol-powered 2 Series. It can be found on the boot lid at 20i. The engine produces almost the same power at 5,000 rpm as the 220d Diesel, while the torque output of the only 280Nm is available between 1,350-4 600 rpm.
This is in comparison to the 400Nm available from the oil burner. The engine settles to a smooth idle when you turn it over. However, if you are standing near the dual exhaust tip, it might make a loud thump.
A seven-speed dual-clutch auto sends power to the front wheels. The motor is able to shift quickly and maintain a speed of under 2,000 rpm, making it ideal for city driving. You’ll need to wait for a few ticks before revs rise to 4000rpm for a quick boost of power. This is where the motor feels alive.
It won’t jerk your neck if you push the throttle to the floor. Even though the dual-clutch gearbox can take some time to choose which cog to slide, the shifts are smooth and free from any jolt.
The progressive nature of this engine will be familiar to those who are familiar with BMW’s four-banger. Although there is plenty of grunt at slower speeds, it is not as strong as the 220d’s powerful pull. You can run the motor at 1,700rpm for triple-digit cruising. However, it must be awakened from sleep if you need to overtake quickly. There’s also the manual mode, which uses paddle shifters behind your wheel to control the car.
It does a good job. There are also the three standard driving modes. Eco Pro’s subdued throttle response allows you to get the most out of each drop. It works well for daily commutes. Sport mode is for those who want a faster throttle response, quicker steering, and more tire-squealing.
Our VBox test results showed that the 0-100kmph speed in the 220i took 7.68 seconds. This was in monsoon-soaked conditions. We could have a 0.75second, if not a full second reduction on a sunny day.
The acceleration run was very fast, with 20-80kmph coming up in 4.22 seconds. 40-100kmph took 5.40 seconds. It does manage an overall fuel economy rate of 8.36kmpl (city 7.62kmpl, highway 9.75kmpl); it is not a cheap engine.
Handling and riding
The UKL underpinnings have made the 2 Series more comfortable. The 2 GC was comfortable at slow speeds and could absorb everything that we threw at it on monsoon-ravaged roads. The cabin is surrounded by a lot of suspension noise, but it’s not as loud as you might think.
As the cabin speeds increase, it becomes louder – the noise is not wind noise that disturbs the ambience but infuriation tyre sound. Some buyers might not like this. We believe that a change in rubber could reduce cabin noise if you ride on 225/45 R17 section tires. It seems to follow the undulations, rather than swaying over them.
The 2 GC’s well-weighted steering is another plus. It is lighter in Eco Pro mode but can be easily adjusted to Sport/Comfort settings. The steering responds quickly and is completely off-center. It can make less than two-and-half turns lock-tolock and it is progressive.
This is helpful for navigating through traffic. It doesn’t have the advanced adaptive steering that expensive BMWs have. The steering must be maintained at three-digit speeds and worked continuously, especially when the road surface is slippery. The upside is that the FWD setup allows you to turn the 2 in tight corners with confidence.
Quality of Interior, Space, and Comfort
It is difficult to get inside the 2 Series Gran Coupe. It is difficult to get in the 2 Series Gran Coupe due to its low seat and roof height, large bolsters and limited leg space. Once inside, however, everything fits like a glove, especially the snug seats that provide ample support and extendable under-thigh support.
Memory function for the driver’s seat is a bonus. It is easy to fault the 2 Series ergonomically. The controls are easily accessible, with clear visibility and ample storage space. BMW’s latest offerings include the large, all-digital driver’s screen and the slightly inclined touchscreen instrument cluster.
It can be difficult to get in the front seat. However, it is not as difficult as getting in the second row. The narrower doors won’t help as the roofline drops sharply to the rear. Moreover, even though it appears large from the outside the 2 GC can be used as a four-seater.
The rear bench is just big enough for me (I’m 5.5′ tall) and the roof is too high. This makes it uncomfortable for taller passengers who travel long distances.
The middle seat is only suitable for children due to its smaller seat squab height and raised center floor. However, all three seats have a 3-point seatbelt. The cabin feels larger and airier thanks to the large panoramic sunroof. However, the small glass area at the back may feel too restrictive for some.
The car’s boot space of 430 liters, which is acceptable for this car’s size, is adequate. Additionally, the cargo area is quite square and usable. You can pull the 40-20-40 split backrest in the second row flat with the provided levers.
Safety Equipment and Features
The 2 Series BMW is an entry-level BMW but its equipment list is not. The M Sport guise is available, but standard features include two-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers, BMW’s LED headlamp design and tail lamp design as well as a panoramic sunroof and UV-protected glasses, ambient lighting, and cruise control. Customers have two options for leather upholstery.
The M Sport trim also includes a wireless charger and 10.25-inch all-digital instrument cluster, 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen units, and the exclusive-to-BMW gesture control.
The 2 GC has six airbags, ABS, brake assist, brake assist, cornering brake controller, brake assist, brake assist, brake assistance, brake pedal control, DSC, electronic differential lock, DSC, pedestrian protection, active bonnet, reverse camera, ORVM (auto-lowering passenger-side ORVM), and ISOFIX child seat mounts.
The BMW 2 Series is not the last in its class, unlike the Night Fury. BMW is well-known for creating niche body styles and establishing new segments out of them. Take the X6 and its coupe-SUV cult. The 2 Series Gran Coupe is similar to the 8 Series Gran Coupe but has four doors. It has a sloping roofline and frameless doors, just like coupes.
Secondly, the 2 GC looks great and is very unique. Some buyers may prefer a more traditional vehicle like an A-Class Limousine. Importantly, the 2 Gran Coupe is not a practical sedan, even though it’s a complete package.
The pricing is the biggest problem with the 2 Series Gran Coupe India. The 220i M Sport has priced at Rs 50.07 lakh in Mumbai. The pricing was expected to be more aggressive when it launched.
The standard 3 Series, which is larger and more luxurious than the X1, can be purchased for Rs 52.35 lakh (OTR). The X1 is a good option if you want a BMW at a lower price. It’s based on the same FWD platform and has a similar powertrain selection, but also offers a higher ground clearance.
The BMW 220i is not for those looking for a luxury runabout. This car is for people who want their cars stand out, to look modern, and to feel young. It’s safe, comfortable, and fun to drive. You will still have a lot of fun with it and be able to smile every time you take it for a spin.
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