For The 2 Series Active Tourer is refined, good to drive, has a high-quality cabin and offers decent space for two adults or three children in the back. It’s cheap to run, too.
Against It’s not as spacious or practical as many other five-seat MPVs. The 218d’s engine feels flat at low revs.
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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is definitely worth considering if you need more space than a family hatchback and want an MPV that is good to drive, refined and cheap to run.
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There are 22 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer versions available
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The 2 Series Active Tourer is a departure for BMW. It’s designed to be a larger, more practical version of the 1 Series hatchback, and rivals five-seat MPVs such as the Citroen C4 Picasso and Volkswagen Golf SV. The big news, though, is that it is front-wheel drive, whereas most BMWs are rear-wheel drive. Four-wheel-drive models are also available, if you regularly drive on slippery surfaces.
Our favourite engine is the 2.0-litre diesel in the 218d. It’s economical, more refined than the four-cylinder diesels in many other BMWs, and decently powerful.
We’d go for entry-level SE trim. It is generously equipped, coming with dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers.
Sport models add sports seats and larger wheels, while Luxury trim features leather upholstery. Range-topping M Sport versions get 18-inch wheels, stiffer suspension and even more figure-hugging sports seats – if such things really matter on an MPV.