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NICK TAN Â Hi Torque mag­a­zine. I read Edric’s ar­ti­cle on fam­ily fun with MPVs [2018 Au­gust is­sue’s col­umn Ed Lib] and share the same sen­ti­ments with him – that there are no sporty MPVs avail­able. The only choice is to go for an SUV, but most SUVs have a high sus­pen­sion setup for off-road­ing. The only sporty MPV in the past was the Subaru Ex­iga, which has a turbo 2-litre en­gine and can seat seven peo­ple. Due to fam­ily com­mit­ments, I had to trade my Honda Ac­cord Euro R for an MPV. I tried and tested many cars over a pe­riod of six months, and finally bought a seven-seater BMW 2 Se­ries Gran Tourer with M Sport pack­age. It has 10mm-lower M sus­pen­sion along with a thick M steer­ing wheel. I or­dered my 216d Gran Tourer with the M colour of Es­to­ril Blue, com­plete with an M bodykit.

This is the best-han­dling MPV I can find with enough torque, thanks to the 1.5-litre turbo-diesel mo­tor. My only wish is for BMW to bring in the 2-litre 220d model, which has 400Nm of torque. Wouldn’t it great if there was a VW GTI MPV or a BMW M Per­for­mance Gran Tourer?

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