We are testing the new BMW 218i Gran Coupe

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The new model is an attempt by the Bavarians to escape the presence of a sedan indifferent to the era in a category where the public is young or in a youthful mood. The new 2ara Gran Coupe at the front has all the impressive elements of the 1 series with the aggressive lights (full-LED standard), the large grille, the “inflated” bumpers, the lowered roof at the rear end that ends in a coupe shape.

The rear is just as impressive with the elongated luminaires and the double end of the exhaust, another element that gives it a sporty character. The length of 4, 52 meters made it difficult for designers who did not have the “space” to capture more strongly the coupe design as it is in its larger models. But the result is still provocative and refers back to the four-wheel-drive larger coupe model. The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe has a length of 4,526 mm, a width of 1,800 mm and a height of 1,420 mm, and a wheelbase of 2,670 mm. Its design elements also include the lack of window frames on the doors. 

We go inside and sit in the driver’s seat which “hugs” you and predisposes you to move at a fast pace. At first glance, you feel that you are in a familiar environment and in fact justifiably as you see the series 1. High-quality construction with foam plastic and fitting that has nothing to envy from any of the larger BMW models. This shows that the Bavarian car industry does not make discounts even on the first rows of models.

Leather upholstery on seats, special upholstery on the dashboard, and the panoramic roof complete the luxury package. The choice of front-wheel drive and the larger wheelbase give more points for the passengers. The Coupe design can remove a little … air in the rear but at the same time, the space for the knees is bigger. The luggage compartment is priced at 430 liters to meet the needs of the category.  

Hi-tech technology is most evident in our test model with the latest-generation iDrive system and Live Cockpit Professional Two large screens, one for the instrument panel and the second screen for the functions of the multimedia system containing its seventh version operating system. You have at your disposal the Connected Navigation services that integrate internal and external information for the planning of the route. In addition, the intelligent personal assistant is at your service.

The advanced reversing camera with assist functions facilitates parking. As for the engine, there is a selector switch for the Sport, Normal, and Eco Pro programs that put their … hand in the appropriate way on the engine, the throttle response, and the steering system.

We start with the well-known three-cylinder turbocharged engine of 1,499 cc. to unfold his virtues from the first steps. 140 hp at 4,600-6,500 rpm and the torque of 220Nm at 1480-4.200 rpm. in combination with the automatic seven-speed gearbox gives very satisfactory performance. The 0-100 km / h comes in 8.7 seconds with the speedometer needle reaching 215 km / h. to be made through the lever.

The average fuel consumption did not exceed 7 liters, which is also satisfactory if we consider that we did most of our testing with the sports option (average factory consumption 5.4 liters / 100 km. Emissions of 123 g / km. All these malts in a very civilized way and with the lack of the known rattle of the engine due to the three-cylinder arrangement. This is due to both its “weighing” and the excellent sound insulation of the car

The road virtues of the new BMW 218i Gran Coupe unfold both on straight and closed country roads where the ride quality is at a high level. The sound insulation as we mentioned offers the passengers a “manorial” environment of movement, leaving them relaxed for long distances. We also traveled on country roads where the “heavy” steering wheel felt provided excellent information.

The suspensions are oriented in relation to the “sister” series 1 more for the comfort of the passengers but without losing the possibilities of sporty driving. The rigid chassis and the rich electronic systems allow you to move safely in closed curves of the road with speed, controlling the body even when pressed more.

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