First report: December 2015
Second report: January 2016
After the all too short-lived pleasure of the Christmas break, it’s been back to earth with a bump in January – and that has meant lots of time spent behind the wheel of the 2 Series.
Some of that has been the regular drudge of commuting through South West London, of course, but I’ve also had a few longer and more interesting journeys – in particular, a schlep up to the Cotswolds to test drive the new hybrid Volvo XC90, which came just a few days after a round trip to Auto Trader’s head offices in Manchester for a vital conference.
These trips were the perfect chance to test the car’s abilities over a long distance, and assess its credentials as a motorway mile-muncher. And, what did I reckon? Well, as with so much about the car, it was a mixed report – some good, some bad.
On the plus side, the combination of the 2.0-litre diesel engine and the eight-speed automatic 'box works really well. There’s plenty of power and the car responds nice and keenly. So when you join the motorway, you can get up to speed quickly; and, once you’re cruising, progress is supremely relaxed, with only a gentle flex of your right foot needed to keep up with the ebb and flow of interweaving traffic.