The 2 Series Active Tourer looks expensive compared with its closest rivals, although in most cases it comes with more standard equipment, so it’s actually not bad value.
Its engines are also more efficient than those in most other MPVs. Good emissions means that company car tax will be very reasonable (if not cheapest, since its high list price pushes up tax payments), and we returned between 52-55mpg in the both the 216d and 220d models. The 225xe could feasibly be run very cheaply if you keep it in electric mode, something you’ll only manage on short journeys.
The premium badge will ensure resale values are among the best in the class, too, so if you’re planning to sell on then this will likely be one of the cheapest cars in the class with all ownership costs factored in, despite its higher initial purchase cost. There’s a reasonable, fixed-price servicing plan that covers the Active Tourer for five years or 50,000 miles. We’d avoid the more expensive Service Inclusive Plus package; while it covers wear and tear on clutch, brake disc and brake pad replacement on top of the standard service pack, the extra purchase cost seems high even taking this into account.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer equipment
Entry-level SE trim is the best value, so it’s what we’d go for. It comes with dual-zone climate control, multifunction steering wheel, 16in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers as standard. We’d add the electrically adjustable front sports seats and cruise control, and that should do.
Sport models add 17in wheels, sports seats and sportier exterior looks, while Luxury trim features leather upholstery. Range-topping M Sport trim gets 18in alloys, a sporty bodykit and stiffer M Sport suspension.
It’s a shame that cruise control isn’t included on any trim, since most rivals have it as standard. It is, at least, a reasonable extra cost, and the only glaringly obvious necessary item that’s missing from the standard kit on our favoured SE trim.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer reliability
The 2 Series Active Tourer is too new to have been included in the latest reliability surveys, but BMW as a whole came a disappointing 28th out of 37 manufacturers surveyed in What Car’s 2015 used car reliability survey. A three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is standard, and includes European roadside assistance, you can extend both at extra cost.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer safety & security
There’s no shortage of standard safety kit. Every model comes with stability control, a tyre pressure-monitoring system and six airbags, and a system that warns when there’s a potential collision imminent. It was awarded a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP.
Options worth considering include a spacesaver spare tyre, in place of the standard inflation kit. There’s also a pack of safety equipment, including lane-assist, emergency city braking that automatically brakes the car if it senses a collision with another car or pedestrian, cruise control that keeps the car’s distance from traffic ahead, lane assist and automatic high beam assist. It’s a reasonable price given how much extra equipment it includes, although it’s worth pointing out that a VW Golf SV has city emergency braking as standard. There’s also no blind-spot warning system available, which most rivals have as an option.
Security equipment includes an alarm and an engine immobiliser, and it was rated highly by Thatcham for resistance to theft of and from.
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The best-value trim in the range. It’s very well equipped, including sat-nav, digital radio, CD player, USB-input, Bluetooth audio streaming and handsfree, multifunction steering wheel, climate control, alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, and automatic lights and wipers. The only things you’re likely to want to add are cruise control, sports seats (which include electric adjustment and are a reasonably priced extra), and a spacesaver spare wheel.
This includes mostly styling additions on top of SE spec, including 17in alloys, chrome external highlights, upgraded cloth upholstery, and ambient LED lighting inside. Electrically adjustable sports seats are included, too. SE is better value because it has much the same core equipment.
This is mostly style upgrades over SE, with leather upholstery the main selling point. Other features include chrome exterior highlights and ambient interior lighting, but it’s not worth the hefty price premium it commands over SE.
Includes firmer suspension set-up, which can be deselected in favour of the softer suspension – which we’d recommend. Other features include 18in alloys, M Sport-specific steering wheel and bodykit, leather upholstery, upgraded interior trim and sports seats.