BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer MPV - Interior & comfort
A long list of standard equipment and a well-built, stylish dashboard are enough to justify the high price of the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer
Just like all other BMW models, the 2 Series Gran Tourer features a well-appointed interior. The usual mix of style and durability is on show and this should be enough for many buyers to justify the extra expense over more mainstream competitors like the Nissan Qashqai or Ford C-MAX.
BMW’s iDrive system deals with a lot of the infotainment and sat-nav functions (if the latter is specified) and all of the buttons and switches are intuitive to use.
BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer dashboard
The cabin is classic BMW: tough, attractive and well finished. The switchgear and buttons are all high-quality and the buttons for most major functions are easy to find and have a solid feel. High-gloss inserts and brushed metals enhance the luxurious feel and the infotainment screen is large and easy to read.
All models are equipped with BMW’s iDrive system, which controls the majority of the infotainment and satellite navigation functions. We think iDrive is one of the best systems on the market thanks to its easy operation and slick interface on the high-mounted 6.5-inch touchscreen, which is backed up by a rotary controller near the gear selector.
Every 2 Series Gran Tourer model also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, automatic two-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, DAB radio and BMW's Emergency Call system. Using BMW's 'remote services' you can use a smartphone app to check where your car is located, flash its headlights, set its ventilation and even lock and unlock its doors. A power-operated tailgate is standard across the range too.
If you choose the Luxury model, you get a wood finish on the dashboard, 'exclusive' leather upholstery and a unique 17-inch alloy wheel design. Alternatively, the M Sport trim boasts a sports bodykit and suspension upgrades, an “M leather” multi-function steering wheel and larger 18-inch alloy wheels. However, we reckon the well equipped SE or Sport models offer all most people will really need.
The list of optional extras is intimidatingly long. You can spec a panoramic roof, extra safety kit and BMW’s Concierge service, which can even help you find and book a table at a restaurant if you fancy a meal out with your family. A reversing camera, parking assist, Active Cruise Control and electrically adjustable front seats with memory function can be equipped too.
We’d advise going for the larger 17-inch wheels if they aren’t already standard on the model you choose. Although the 17s could compromise ride quality, the smallest 16-inch ones look rather lost in the Gran Tourer's big wheelarches.