It Was Grand

I miss it. Our BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. It was ours to use for only a weekend but I miss it. The only other car that had me feeling this blue when we parted was a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle that I used to have some 6 years ago now. She was the first car that I ever owned after moving back home and in the few years that I had her, became my one constant during a time filled with change and adjustment.

It wasn’t just about the convenience of getting around, or knowing that I could do more in a day because there was always a place to reset; put things down, pick things up, change – the car made life feel complete because I could be more of who I wanted to be and do more of what I wanted to do. I got to drive my late grandmother around to church on the weekends and to visit her friends for mahjong and bagar whenever she wanted. I got to pick my brother up from camp, make extra stops on the way home if a friend needed a ride, or pick up a loaf of bread for mom for the mornings if she forgot. My Beetle and I - we took every chance we got to make things easier, better, loads lighter.

In the weekend that we got to drive the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer around, I got to relive that sense of providence I felt with my old car. Life seemed to have a little more balance. 2016 had been dashing by and our schedules unforgiving but having the car suddenly slowed everything down. I wasn’t less busy, in fact I had more to do, but getting through daily activity became seamless and I saw so much more of my friends and family, together. 

Out of all the memories we made that weekend, the one I recall the most is looking over my shoulder to check on Ari and seeing his eyes get heavy watching the trees go by while Zola went on about the animal balloons we had packed into the boot of the car. “Can I keep them in my room, mom? The turtle is Ari’s right? But mine is the pig. Like in Charlotte’s web. I looooove piggies, mom! Can she sit next to me at the picnic? Ari can walk his turtle himself. It’s soooooo cute! He’s going to love it! I love you, Ari.” It was in that moment that I looked over at Kev driving and felt like, suddenly, life was just as it should be – complete. 

Here’re a few features about the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer that we loved.

1. Extremely Efficient Fuel Consumption - The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer runs on diesel and has extremely efficient fuel consumption. The full tank that we ran on for the weekend was only 1/3 used by the end of our weekend of driving around with the family. 

2. A Multi-Purpose Ride - The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is proof that compact dimensions, functionality and variability can be combined perfectly with a dynamic design. From sporting activities, driving holidays or for day-to-day use, the Gran Tourer offers all the dynamics you expect of a BMW while meeting needs.

3.  Comfort & Versatility - The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer offers outstanding flexibility right down the line. From the versatile cockpit to the adaptable rear seats and then on to the spacious luggage compartment, which can be fitted with an optional third row of seats for two extra passengers – there’s always enough room for everybody and everything.

From now until 11 Feb 2017, Parkway Parade is running a Lucky Draw to giveaway the all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. Visit the BMW roadshow this weekend to find out how you can stand a chance to win this ride and why we grew so fond of our 4-wheel drive. 

This post is in partnership with Parkway Parade. Photos by Cherlynn Lian.