It took a while but BMW has finally entered the lucrative entry-level luxury sedan space with the 2 Series Gran Coupe. It represents the entry point to BMW ownership but it still claims to deliver the traditional brand values of driving pleasure and luxury just like any other BMW. So, is it a proper BMW or stretching the brand too far? Here is our review.
Firstly, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is indeed an attractive design from any angle and comes across as more stylish than even bigger brother, 3 Series. It is fairly compact though with a length of 4526mm but is filled with many gorgeous design details like the frame-less doors, angled headlamps, a wider kidney grille and a sloping roofline. The MSport trim also add in delicious 18-inch alloy wheels and other sporty addenda like the side skirts and the lower chin. Of course, in this colour, it has the ability to get craned necks and dropped jaws like some exotic super car.
Inside, the design is a bit more somber when compared to the flamboyant exterior but it still reeks of quality- as one would expect from a BMW. The interior is dominated by two screens including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch central touch screen infotainment console. Other than that the equipment list is quite generous including features like a sunroof, gesture-control, wireless charging, hands-free parking and six airbags. There is enough space in the boot for the designer handbags but the rear seat is a bit short on headroom but it is forgivable since this BMW is more form than function.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe comes with either a 2.0-liter turbo-diesel or a 2.0-liter turbo-petrol. We drove the diesel version and with that you get 190hp of power and 400Nm of peak torque. The motor comes mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox along with a front wheel drive system. And therein lies the difference as most BMW sedans are real wheel drive (like the 3 Series) and there is more connection with the driver when the power is sent to the rear wheels plus you can fool around more with the rear wheels giving away grip while you indulge in power slides (we do not recommend driving like this on a public road though). However the diva that the 2 Series Gran Coupe is, it does not care about all this and neither we suspect, will its owners. That said there is no denying that its performance is brisk and lag-free while the car also handles very well with terrific high-speed stability.
The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is priced between Rs. 39.30 lakh to Rs. 41.40 lakh (ex-showroom). Hence while its pricing might be close to the larger and more practical 3 Series sedan, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is aimed as a more lifestyle oriented choice with its distinct styling and sportier demeanor. It is certainly the most desirable entry-level luxury sedan right now.