Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will be quite tempting as a cash buy because it matches the price of an equivalent Mercedes B-Class and is cheaper than the Ford S-Max. It is, however, more expensive than small SUVs including the Mini Countryman and Volkswagen Taigo, and costs a lot more than the Dacia Jogger.
The plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variants are the obvious choice for company car drivers that want to keep their benefit-in-kind tax payments low, so it’s worth waiting for those to arrive before taking the plunge. If you keep their batteries charged, the official electric-only range of over 50 miles will keep running costs incredibly low.
Interestingly, the 2 Series Active Tourer comes with the added ability of letting you buy upgrades directly through the infotainment system, without heading back to a dealership. That means you could go for the entry-level Sport version and add a heated steering wheel or heated seats at a later date while sitting in the driver’s seat on your driveway.
When it comes to reliability, BMW finished 13th out of the 30 manufacturers included in the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey – above Volkswagen, Mercedes and Ford, in 20th, joint 22nd and joint 27th place respectively.