Video: The new F44 BMW 218i Gran Coupe tested in Portugal

Throughout the entire four day trip, among all the statements made by BMW, one really stuck with me and if I’m honest, it didn’t sit well.

According to survey, it’s said that most of BMW’s new customers do not care if their cars are front or rear wheel drive. It wasn’t just disappointing but also highly distressing but that’s mainly the reason why the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe is offered in front-wheel drive. The higher models like the M235i get all-wheel drive.

Positioned as the new entry level four-door BMW in hopes of making the brand more accessible to a wider and more importantly younger audience, the 2 Series Gran Coupe can count the Mercedes-Benz CLA as its main rival.

Most of you would then ask, “What’s a BMW if it wasn’t rear-wheel drive?”.

I asked the same question too, but you know what, it doesn’t matter for two reasons. There’s still the 3 Series and if you can take my word for it, this one’s actually real fun to drive – like a well-rounded front-wheel drive machine with a large boot.

While it may take a while to stomach and digest its unconventional design, the drive is still very much BMW – just with the wrong pair of wheels.


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