Costs & verdict
Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is
Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer seems 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 more efficient than those in many other MPVs. The 225xe is the obvious company car choice, and could feasibly be run very cheaply if you keep it in electric mode – something you’ll only manage on short journeys.
The main addition to Luxury models is the leather seats, so unless you must have hide, we’d avoid this trim. At the top of the range is M Sport, but you’re mainly paying for sporty styling and leather seats. Realistically, it’s too pricey to recommend.
BMW finished ninth out of 31 manufacturers in the 2020 What Car? Reliability Survey, and the 2 Series Active Tourer (along with the 2 Series Gran Tourer) was the most reliable car in the MPV category. It comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty for added peace of mind.