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BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe test drive

Not so long ago, many automakers came up with the idea of launching a four-door coupe, with German brands being the most successful in this area. Since then, we are increasingly seeing new models in the body of the Gran Coupe, and today we are going to talk about such a car BMW 2-Series. In addition to the main contender named Mercedes CLA, the Audi A3 sedan also competes for leadership in the class. As long as this German trio dominates the premium compact segment, so let's look at this confrontation in the benchmark.

The newcomer is based on the 1-Series hatchback platform, but the overall dimensions of the coupe are much larger. Due to the two-volume body in the Gran Coupe, there is enough space for four passengers and a spacious luggage compartment. A test version was available coupe with the index 220d, which means that under the hood of our car was a 2-liter diesel engine with a power of 190 hp. and 400 Nm of torque. Accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h, we got 7.5 seconds, which is a good indicator of a compact sedan and coupe. It is this modification in all respects as closely as possible with the main competitor Mercedes CLA 220d.

All Gran Coupe models come standard with the Sport package, but for an additional $ 3,000 you can order M Sport options that include 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10.25-inch BMW Cockpit Pro cockpit, Dakota leather upholstery , sports bumpers and accents with M Sport nameplates. In addition, the test car was sport steering and suspension BMW M Sport. Approximately the same packages and options are offered by the Mercedes CLA and Audi A3 sedan.

The interior of the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is almost the same as that of the 1-Series hatchback, and this is not critical, as the dashboard architecture and torpedo are succinctly decorated, with finely textured materials and well-matched materials. The cockpit is driver-oriented, giving the impression of a great and proven ergonomics.

Behind the second row of seats is a fairly capacious 430-liter luggage compartment. Detected luggage compartment capacity is only 50 liters smaller than the BMW 3-Series. It is at the expense of practicality that the 2-Series Gran Coupe has every chance of becoming the new compact standard in the European market for new cars, of course, which will happen if we win over fairly powerful competitors. Last but not least, the Bavarians rely on the sophisticated design of their novelty and its dynamic properties.

During the test runs on the BMW 220d Gran Coupe M Sport, we were able to fully enjoy the coupe's excellent driving behavior on different types of road. At some points, it was very difficult for us to guess that a front-wheel drive car had been tested. But according to many experts, the transition to a front-wheel drive can cost the Bavarians a reputation for the best chassis in its class. However, the good brakes and the automatic gearbox really take the beginner to a higher level. The turbo diesel 4-cylinder engine accelerates the Gran Coupe from 100 km / h very quickly and comfortably. It is this engine that is optimal in terms of dynamics and fuel consumption.

For connoisseurs of other types of power plants gasoline units of 2 and 1.5 liters are provided. The base motor develops 140 hp , which is enough for a quiet drive, but it has only 3 cylinders, so it is worth looking at a 4-cylinder engine of 2 liters. In top performance, its power is 300 hp and it can be aggregated with the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The Bavarians, as expected, left the choice of powertrains for buyers, but the line of motors has shrunk significantly.

Comparative test table (maximum score in the assessment - 10)

Parameters

Audi A3

Mercedes CLA

BMW 2-Series

Appearance

9

10

8

Basic equipment

7

7

7

Options (package)

7

7

7

Interior decoration quality

8

8

8

Passability

-

-

-

Noise isolation

9

9

9

Acceleration

9

8

10

Brake

10

10

10

The prestige of possession

9

10

9

Loss in price

5

6

5

Cost

6

6

7

Security

10

10

10

Fuel consumption

8

8

8

Maintenance costs

5

4

5

Guidance

9

8

9

Design

10

10

9

Individuality

7

7

7

Cost of additional equipment

6

5

6

Dealer network

4

4

4

Reliability

9

9

9

Total:

147

146

147

Place:

1

2

1

In today's test, we were faced with quite a variety of cars, but the M Sport nameplate was happy for the BMW Gran Coupe. The first place was shared between the test BMW 220d and the outdated Audi A3. Mercedes CLA is just one point behind the winners, but it remains the standard of design and style in this class…

27.02.2020
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