There’s masses of room up front, so even very tall drivers will be well accommodated in the wide, high-roofed cabin, although a VW Golf SV will still offer a fraction more head- and leg room.
You’d get an ice scraper and the handbook in the glovebox no problem, and there’s a hidden cubby that’s good for keeping car park change next to the driver’s right knee. Your phone sits neatly in a recessed area in the upright dash, and there’s a big storage area beneath the central armrest, which can accommodate a 500ml bottle. The door pockets are a fair size, but are a bit narrow, so a 1.0-litre bottle won’t fit.
Thanks to broad door apertures, a high roof, and slightly higher-set seats than in a conventional hatchback, access to the 2 Series Active Tourer is excellent.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer rear space
Two six-footers, or three children, will be fine in the rear seats of the Active Tourer. With the sliding seats – split 60/40 – slid back, it’s got generous legroom and loads of head- and shoulder-room. However, there’s central tunnel in the floor, plus firm, raised central cushion that will make a middle passenger feel uncomfortable over longer trips. There is a touch more leg- and headroom in the VW Golf SV.
A standard centre rear armrest contains a couple of cupholders and a shallow, lidded storage area. The door pockets are moulded to offer further convenient bottle storage, and you get map pockets on the back of the front seats as standard across the range.
Access is very good, with the high roofline making it easy to duck in for access to child seats.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer seating flexibility
The BMW might be a little behind the Golf SV on outright passenger space, but it’s better for flexibility. In all variants except the 225xe, the rear seats slide easily in a 60/40 split, allowing you to increase luggage space or rear legroom depending on which suits your needs at that moment. Not only that, but the seat back is also split 40/20/40 and can be folded remotely from the boot to leave a smooth, virtually flat load bay.
As long as you haven’t specified electric seat adjustment, you have the option to fold the front passenger flat, so you can carry near-3.0m long items. This is available on SE or Luxury trims only.
As with the driver’s seat, the front passenger seat has broad range of movement as standard, albeit with an awkward height adjustment. Adding sports seats brings electric adjustment, more side support, and extendable thigh support, but adjustable lumbar is an additional extra.
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer boot space
The Active Tourer’s boot is one of the best in this class. It’s only a fraction off being the biggest in the class, and it has a powered tailgate as standard, a low load lip and broad aperture. All of this makes it better than most for lugging pushchairs and other bulky items in. It’s convenience is further enhanced with a couple of sectioned off cubbies behind the wheelarches, a 12v charger and two bag hooks.
Those electrically folding 40/20/40 split rear seat backs fold virtually flat, leaving a smooth, lengthy load bay for when you need maximum carrying capacity.