The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a spacious five-seat MPV that is a rival for cars like the Citroen C4 Picasso and Volkswagen Golf SV.
It’s front-wheel drive and is available with a broad range of diesel and petrol engines along with a plug-in hybrid variant. The 216d, which uses a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder diesel, is the most efficient version, but the 2.0-litre diesel will be the bigger seller and is available in two power outputs, badged 218d and 220d. Petrol options are all turbocharged, and also include a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre in two power outputs, badged 218i, 220i and 225i. The range-topping petrol and diesel models are available with four-wheel drive, although they’re too expensive – you could get a bigger, more versatile SUV for the price.
It’s a similar story with the 225xe plug-in hybrid. While you get brisk acceleration, sub-50g/km emissions and four-wheel drive, it’s a lot of money given the size of the car.
However, the lower-end models are a good balance of upmarket finish, usefully spacious interior, enjoyable driving dynamics and reasonable running costs, particularly if you go for the 218d SE that we favour for its balance of costs and performance. So, if you’re after a family hatch with added space and practicality over a standard Audi A3 or BMW 1 Series, but still want a premium badge, the 2 Series Active Tourer is well worth considering.