2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe First Drive Review: Too Niche?

Awkwardly filling the gap between the 2 Series coupe and 3 Series sedan.

BMW could teach a master class in segment building. The X6 is a prime example; a misshapen X5 conceived an entire class that now moves tens upon thousands of units per year. You can say the same of the X4 that came later, too. Given the raging success of those vehicles, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe – much like Thanos – was inevitable.

Rather than simply rejiggering the 2 Series coupe and tacking on two extra doors, though, the Gran Coupe (or, GC for short) gets a new front-wheel-drive modular platform based on the European 1 Series and Mini Clubman. From a cost standpoint, that makes the car both more economical and easier to engineer. But in order to see how that platform switch affects the 2 Series dynamically, we hit the stunning coastal roads of Portugal in a production-ready BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, a follow-up on our prototype drive in Germany last year.

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