Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
There’s masses of room up front, so even very tall drivers will be well accommodated in the wide, high-roofed interior.
You can fit an ice scraper and the car handbook in the glovebox 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 storage area beneath the central armrest big enough to accommodate a 500ml bottle. The door pockets are a fair size but too narrow for a litre bottle.
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.
Two six-footers, or three children, will be fine in the back of the 2 Series Active Tourer. With the sliding seats fully back, there’s generous leg room and loads of head and shoulder room. The central tunnel in the floor and the firm, raised central cushion will make a middle passenger feel uncomfortable on longer trips, though. There's a touch more leg and head room in the VW Touran.
A standard centre rear armrest contains a couple of cupholders and a shallow, lidded storage area. The door pockets are moulded to offer 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. But bear in mind that the 225xe’s battery pack raises the height of the rear bench slightly, reducing head room.
Seat folding and flexibility
The 2 Series Active Tourer may be a little behind the VW Touran on outright passenger space, but it’s better for flexibility. In all variants except the 225xe (where they’re not available at all), the rear seats slide easily in a 60/40 split if you pay a reasonable amount extra on the options list. That allows you to increase luggage space or rear leg room depending on your needs. The seatback is split 40/20/40 and the sections fold down to leave a smooth, virtually flat load bay.
As with the driver’s seat, the front passenger seat has a 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.
The 2 Series Active Tourer’s boot is one of the best in the MPV class. It’s only a fraction off being the biggest and has a low load lip, a broad aperture and a powered tailgate as standard on Sport trim and above. All that makes it better than most for fitting in pushchairs and other bulky items. Its convenience is further enhanced with a couple of sectioned-off cubbies behind the wheel arches, a 12V charger and two bag hooks.
Those 40/20/40-split rear seatbacks fold virtually flat, leaving a smooth, lengthy load bay for when you need maximum carrying capacity.
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