Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
There’s a diverse and impressive choice of engines in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, and the quality of options is right up there with the very best of the MPV class. The 218i is the pick of the petrols, offering punchy performance from its three-cylinder engine and a 0-62mph time of 9.3sec. If you want even more pace, the 220i will do the same sprint two seconds quicker and offer more flexible performance if you’re carrying passengers and luggage.
If you are regularly carrying lots of stuff over lots of miles, though, you’ll want to look at the diesels. The entry-level 216d is pretty sluggish, but the 220d is nippy by MPV standards – it’s almost as quick as the 220i petrol – and strong from low revs. But the best value diesel is the one in the middle, the 218d.
We’d avoid M Sport suspension, which is a cost option on lower trims or standard on M Sport models (funnily enough). You can also add adaptive dampers, which are a cheap extra cost, but they’re not necessary to improve the ride. Comfort mode is relatively firm for a family MPV, and its particularly firm in the 225xe, in part due to the extra weight the battery adds.