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In order to create more space, the BMW engineers have lengthened the well-known 2 Series Active Tourer by 21.4 centimeters and raised the roof line by 5.3 centimeters. The front section is like the nose in a shark’s face, say BMW designers.

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The result is the 4.57 meter long 2-seater Gran Tourer, which can be equipped with up to seven seats.

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In no BMW you have such a lush feeling of space as in the five-door with the straight station wagon rear.

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Universal child seats can be mounted on all five rear seats, monitors can be ordered for the rear seats in row 2.

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Incidentally, the third, foldable row of seats costs a surcharge of 790 euros.

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The designers have come up with a lot of useful details that can be ordered. For example, the height-adjustable folding tables on the backrests.

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The cockpit is almost identical to the 2 Active Tourer. A head-up display shows information about speed and navigation instructions on a small retractable pane between Steering wheel and windscreen.

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If you fold down the rear seats, the Gran Tourer becomes a space miracle. The luggage volume then grows to 1905 liters. The starting price is 26,950 euros, but it can easily go up Getting corrected.

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With the 2 Series Gran Tourer, BMW discovered the extended family. It has up to seven seats. After front-wheel drive and three-cylinder, there is now a large sedan for PS purists.

Zu seven in the BMW. This is neither a record attempt for the "Guinness Book of Records" nor an exercise in the anti-claustrophobia seminar. Soon it will really exist, the BMW with three rows of seats. Apart from the seven seats, the 2 Series Gran Tourer offers a capacity of 645 to 1905 liters, variable seats with almost 20 configurations and an elastic band for small parts at every free corner in the interior.

While project managers at BMW usually like to talk about torque curves and grip limits depending on curve radii, Peter Krist talks about everyday life. After all, he is responsible for a car that is very common. At least for other manufacturers. Because regardless of whether Renault, Opel, VW or Mercedes – an MPV with up to seven seats is part of the repertoire everywhere.

Inspired by the 33,000 2-series Active Tourers that have been ordered so far, the Bavarians are now following suit and are building their first large family sedan: from June there will also be a Gran Tourer for the 2-series after the Active Tourer at prices from 28,650 euros.

BMW tries on a van

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With the 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW is breaking a taboo in several ways. With it, BMW is offering a van for the first time.

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It is also the first BMW car with front-wheel drive. Until recently, both would have been unthinkable.

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However, the question arises as to whether the Active Tourer is a real van. The standard storage space holds 468 liters, which wouldn’t be a bad value for a compact car, isn’t itt but for a van.

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The steering wheel sits comparatively low in your lap. "The hip point is at 603 millimeters, which is a firmly defined point at which the seat height is measured," is the explanationng of the manufacturer. This means that the driver has a higher seat than in all other BMW models with the exception of the SUV.

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The rear seat can be moved lengthways for an additional charge of 300 euros. A practical detail.

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The first van from BMW competes against the Mercedes B-Class and the Golf Sportsvan.

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There is a choice of three petrol engines (136, 192 and 231 PS), four diesels (95, 116, 150 and 190 PS) and three all-wheel drive versions (one petrol engine with 231 PS and one diesel with 190 PS).

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The starting price is 27,400 euros.

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It’s a tough test for die-hard BMW fans. You are already struggling with the technical innovations such as three-cylinder and front-wheel drive, now the sporty design is also being changed. Exterior boss Damagoj Dukec can go on talking about the “shark nose” on the Gran Tourer’s face, fantasizing about a sporty swing of the hips and emphasizing the attention to detail, which is just as great with such a spatial concept as with an M4.

But with its 22 centimeters stretched, almost vertical rear, the more upright side walls and the five centimeters higher roof, there is simply not much left of the usual BMW dynamics. A box remains a box, and even a kidney cannot change that.

For this, BMW lures with other arguments: Because for a surcharge of 1250 euros compared to the Active Tourer, the Touran opponent offers more space than any other BMW model. After all, with the wheelbase (plus eleven centimeters) and length (4.56 meters), not only does the load space grow, which can be expanded in stages from 645 to 1905 liters thanks to the bench in the second row that can be slid by 13 centimeters as standard.

Only the 220d can be had with all-wheel drive

For the first and only time, the manufacturer from Munich is now also offering a fully-fledged third bench on request, which can be folded out of the trunk floor in a few simple steps. Although project manager Krist was very concerned with the practicality of the car when developing the Gran Tourer, the driving behavior was not completely forgotten.

The engineers are aware that the Gran Tourer cannot be compared with a 2 Series Coupe. And that’s not just due to the higher seating position. Nevertheless, BMW claims to offer the greatest driving pleasure, at least among MPVs – even if you still don’t really want to get used to front-wheel drive and three-cylinder at BMW.

It starts with the 218i with 136 hp and later even with a 100 hp 216i. And if you really want to save, you can order the 216d with 116 HP and a consumption of 3.9 liters, or the 214d with 95 HP, which also consumes 3.9 liters. So that fun doesn’t fall by the wayside, BMW also has a 220i with 192 hp in its range of petrol engines; it creates a top speed of 223 km / h.

The new VW Passat wants to be a premium station wagon

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A lot has changed with the new VW Passat Variant, for example it has 79 millimeters more wheelbase …

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… and 50 liters more load volume. The trunk of the station wagon now fits 650 liters. If you fold the rear track down, the load volume even increases to 1780 liters.

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This means that the Passat remains an ideal car for families.

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Families who like to travel a little faster can choose the Passat with the most powerful engine, a 2.0 TDI 4Motion with 240 PS. The base price for this car is at 44,975 euros.

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The Passat’s cockpit is still quite sober, but also very clear.

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In the Trendline equipment line, you have to pay a surcharge of at least 1070 euros for LED headlights. With the most expensive equipment line Trendline, however, they are in Price included.

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For the diesel engines, you can also opt for a 150 hp 218d or the 220d with 190 hp and elegantly bypass the front-wheel drive. Because at least at the start, this engine is the only one that is offered with all-wheel drive.

Although they lack a little practice and experience with Vans, BMW has done this MPV quite well. However, there are vans in which the seats can be folded down and, above all, opened again more easily. If you built in a three-part backrest, you could have divided the seat cushions into three for maximum variability. As big as the rear flap doors are, sliding doors might have been even more practical. And of course you have to be pretty flexible if you actually want to climb into the third row.

The starting price is 26,950 euros

But the number of shelves and brackets is impressive, the choice of materials up to the third row is extremely elegant, and wherever you look you discover a few useful details – from the storage compartment for the luggage compartment cover to the height-adjustable folding tables on the backrests to the rubber holder for magazines under the seat cushion.

Because BMW customers are not exactly known for being economical, they can have pretty much everything on the market in the Gran Tourer: From the "old world" of the chief dynamics there are leather upholstery and sport seats or an adaptive chassis for safety head-up display, distance cruise control or the traffic jam pilot with strongly supported longitudinal and lateral guidance up to 60 km / h, LED headlights or the parking robot.

VW pulls the Touran out

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More pithy face, bent side panel: VW has made the Touran fit for the next generation. Germany’s best-selling family van has to survive against competitors such as den new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer or the B-Class from Mercedes. Its lower entry price could be an advantage.

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Overall, the Touran has grown by 13 centimeters to 4.53 meters. This creates more space in the interior. The seats can now also be folded up to save space. The display common smartphones can be mirrored on the touchscreen.

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Three petrol and three diesel engines get the Touran going. It starts with a 1.2 liter TSI with 110 hp and a 1.6 liter TDI with the same output. At the top steht a 1.8-liter with 180 hp for the petrol engines and a 2.0-liter with 190 hp for the diesels.

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Market launch of the family car in the second generation is planned for September. The prices …

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… should start at around 24,000 euros.

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Comparatively new extras are the electric tailgate with gesture control, the folding tables on the backrest and the “MyKideo” app, with which BMW brings more than 1000 children’s films, TV series and radio plays into the car.

The Gran Tourer not only wants to be the most elegant of all MPVs, it should also be the most family-friendly car in the BMW range. But the joy of family could be over very quickly if you take a look at the price list. Because the 26,950 euros for the entry-level model seem like a dubious lure offer.

There are almost no upper price limits. If you decide, for example, for a more powerful engine and perhaps for all-wheel drive, the children’s infotainment and the practical folding tables, the third row of seats and the electric tailgate – you are at 50,000 euros without any major difficulties. It’s not exactly family-friendly.

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