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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer review

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
15 Dec 2015 15:5 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 16:19

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It’s fair to say that the MPV has suffered somewhat at the hands of the SUV. While the people-carrier was once the high-rise family wagon of choice, it seems these days most folk would rather go for something altogether tougher-looking.

So how do you make the MPV more appealing? If your answer is to make it sporty and plonk a premium badge on its conk, then the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer might very well tempt you out of your ‘faux by four’.

Unlike the larger 2 Series Gran Tourer, the Active Tourer variant is strictly a five-seater. A range of three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines are available, including a plug-in hybrid model. There’s even the option of four-wheel drive if things regularly get slippery in your neck of the woods.

As for rivals, cheaper models go toe to toe with the likes of the Citroën C4 Spacetourer and Ford C-Max, while pricier variants lock horns with the Volkswagen Golf SV and Mercedes-Benz B-Class.

Over the next few pages, we’ll investigate what the 2 Series Active Tourer is like inside and on the road, plus which variants are best. Should you decide it’s the one for you, have a nose at our New Car Buying section for big savings on this car and hundreds of others.

 

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There are 6 trims available for the 2 Series Hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
M Sport Premium
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Fuel Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid
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Sport Premium
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Sport
Sport models aren’t massively more expensive and do add useful features such as a sliding rear bench, electric folding rear seats and sports front seats. Factor in 17in wheels and it could be worth...View trim
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Luxury
Luxury cars add plusher trim pieces, 17in wheels, a sliding rear bench and electric folding rear seats over SE. You also get leather seats, which are nice but do push the price up over similarly sp...View trim
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M Sport
The main reason for selecting M Sport is that you get a sporty bodykit, big wheels and some sporty touches inside. Expensive for not a lot of useful equipment over SE...View trim
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SE
The entry point to the range gets plenty of kit, including sat-nav, dual-zone climate control, a multi-function steering wheel, 16in alloy wheels, rear parking sensors and automatic lights and wipe...View trim
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