Moving on to a Family Car
BMW 220d XDrive MSport Gran Tourer
For a while we’d been talking about getting a more family friendly car. Our previous car was a great car but lacked in one essential area – boot space.
Trips so far have seen us cramming belongings in footwells and in between the two car seats. Yes we could have simply got a roof box but we wanted the flexibility of having the boot space and being able to add a roof box.
As the kids are getting bigger, so is their luggage. With a 1 year old who needs a pushchair or back pack carrier and a 5 year old who wants her bike or scooter for every trip out our old boot just didn’t give us what we needed. Not to mention that we like going camping and anyone who has been camping knows the equipment this requires!
So a few weeks ago we switched from a BMW 3 Series to a BMW 220d XDrive M Sport. My OH is a car fanatic and loves performance cars. I’m a bit more practical and just want it to cater for our needs, be comfortable and reliable.
Now the BMW 220d Gran Tourer delivers and that’s why I wanted to share this review with you. Of course I would love to say we were gifted an actual car to review but that would be dreaming! So here goes, the reasons why I love it…
Seats: 5 main seats but can be 7 seater. 2 seats in the boot, really easy to flip up and back down. Best of all I can just about still fit the pushchair in the boot with the rear two seats up. The second row of seats is approved for carrying three child seats, positioned directly next to each other. The two outer seats also feature ISOFIX child safety seat fasteners, which are concealed under flaps. The two rear seats don’t give a lot of leg room so are more suited for children / child seats than adults. The middle row can however move forward by a few centimetres to give a little extra leg room to the two rear seats.
Boot Space: 560-litre massive boot. Great height for using as a space for nappy changing and sitting to change walking boots/wellies. Perfect height for loading and unloading. Ample room for the mass of equipment needed for a camping trip or self catering trip.
Park assist / sensors: yep, front and rear with visual rear view screen. Also has parallel parking assist too.
Sat Nav: of course.
Driving experience: I love driving this car and even my car mad OH loves driving it. Yes it’s an elevated driving position (love it or loathe it) but it still feels like you get a good driving experience. It handles brilliantly around corners. You still get the BMW driving experience and high quality interiors that you would expect with the other series but in a more family friendly model. The X Drives means the car is a 4 x 4. Without the XDrive, the 2 series models are BMW’s only front wheel drive. On this model the transmission is automatic with manual mode, 8 speed.
Power: 187bhp at 4000rpm, Torque 295lb ft at 1750 rpm, 0-62mph 7.8sec.
Fuel Economy: 55-62 mpg
Length: 4.556 metres
Height: 1.647 m
Width: 1.8 m
All in all I highly recommend this car for any family. Comfortable, spacious and doesn’t let you down on the driving experience. Of course if you are used to driving a sporty Z4 or the superb M3 then this will not match up, but it is designed with family in mind. If you don’t need the extra 2 seats then an X3 may be a good alternative with 550 litre capacity boot and a slightly higher price tag. Start looking at the X5 and the price tag jumps up considerably. Which brings me back to the value of the 220d.
18″ light alloy M Double-spoke style 486 M wheels
Ambient lighting – switchable
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
Exterior trim, High-gloss Shadowline
Gearshift lever with M designation, short-shift (Manual transmission only)
M aerodynamic bodystyling
M Sport multi-function leather steering wheel with Speed limiting function
M Sport suspension
Remote control with integrated key, with Silver highlight
Sport automatic transmission, eight-speed (220i / 225i xDrive / 220d xDrive)
Sport seats, driver and front passenger
Roof rails, Black (Gran Tourer models only)
Third row seating (Gran Tourer models only)
Active Guard, featuring Forward Collision Warning
Cruise control with braking function
Comparative cars: Ford’s seven-seat Grand C-Max and Renault’s Grand Scenic, VW Sheran
What do BMW say… “BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol and diesel engines, sophisticated chassis system and a crisp Steptronic transmission: The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer offers an astounding sporty driving experience on long straights and tight bends alike. And it’s efficient, too: Thank to its intelligent energy management with BMW EfficientDynamics technology, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is easy on fuel consumption, on the environment – and on your wallet, too.”