The 2 Series Gran Coupe feels like a real premium offering inside, with BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system controlled by a large rotary dial, or the touchscreen
. It’s exactly the same interior as in the 1 Series; on the base model you get analogue dials (unless you pay extra), which are digital on M Sport upwards. It’s surprising how we now expect digital instruments; analogue ones now feel strangely old-fashioned and cheap.
We don’t recommend voice control or gesture control, which are both options. While we’re sure both systems are the future of driving, right now they’re in their infancy and clunky - waving your hand around to demonstrate a point to your passenger can result in the radio volume going up or down, while trying to activate something with voice control just feels stupid, because you have to preface every command with “Hey BMW!”, and it often doesn’t work anyway.
As well as Apple CarPlay
, you can now connect your phone using Android Auto, which you can also connect to the optional head-up display so it shows, for example, Google Maps navigation on the windscreen.