First report: December 2015
I always knew Christmas would be the biggest test for the 2 Series Gran Tourer, and so it proved. In the car’s first month with us, it had done plenty of miles, but most of those were done on lonesome one-up journeys, be they schleps along the motorway or just enduring the drudgery of my regular South West London commute.
However, once all of the windows on the Pringle advent calendar had been ripped open, the day arrived when the 2 Series would have to prove itself in its sternest test yet: a return trip to the south coast on Boxing Day to visit my family, with my wife, two-year-old daughter and umpteen presents in tow.
In the end, the car acquitted itself very well – but not perfectly…
For me, the most impressive thing was just how easily the car swallowed everything we threw at it. Admittedly, the three of us never taxed its seven-seat capability; but, with the third row of seats folded away under the floor, it left a huge boot for us to exploit – and we gladly did so.
The main section took our daughter’s pram and high chair, along with all the presents, while the various cubbies dotted around the interior were soon filled with smaller items. It meant that things we knew we could well need during the drive – books, cuddly toys, wipes and so on – were all within easy reach.