2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer revealed: price, specs and release date

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer features new engine options, more space for passengers and an interior change which may be a backward step...

On sale: March 2022 | Price from: £30,265

It used to be the case that if you wanted to go against the grain with your family car, you bought an SUV. Now, however, most streets in Britain are teeming with them, so where’s the fashion-conscious family to turn? Well, perhaps the answer might be the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

Its looks will certainly get you noticed, with its prominent front grille, standard LED headlights and swept-back people-carrier styling. This 2 Series Active Tourer is both longer and wider than the car it replaces, as well as taller, so it should have even more space inside for your family.

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer rear

The numbers back that theory up. There’s more head, shoulder and knee room for both front and rear occupants than before, and while the boot has only grown slightly – to 470 litres – that should still be more than enough for most families, and is more than you get in the rival Mercedes B-Class.

The Active Tourer offers seating for five, and comes with two Isofix mounting points for child car seats.

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer front

Just like today’s car, the new 2 Series Active Tourer will be available with conventional petrol and diesel engines and as a plug-in hybrid. In fact, there will be two plug-in models to choose from: the 225e and 230e. The former mates a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor for a combined 242bhp, while the latter offers 322bhp. Each can drive for up to 50 miles without using a drop of petrol, and can be recharged in 2.5 hours using a 7.4kW charger. Boot space on these versions dips to 415 litres, because of the need to accommodate their battery packs.

Those plug-in hybrid options join a 168bhp 1.5-litre petrol mild hybrid, badged 220i, which features small amounts of electric assistance to help lower your fuel bills. A second petrol mild hybrid option, the 223i, has 215bhp and can pull the Active Tourer to 62mph in 7.0sec. A single 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine is available for high-mileage drivers. 

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer side

No matter which engine you go for, a seven-speed automatic gearbox is standard.

Inside you’ll find the same design as on BMW’s upcoming iX and i4 electric models, which features a 10.25in instrument screen and a 10.7in infotainment screen, both angled towards the driver. The centre console houses a redesigned gear selector, but you’ll quickly notice there’s no rotary controller for the infotainment system any more. We think this is a step backwards, because BMW’s iDrive system has, until now, been our favourite for usability, because using its controller was easier to do on the move than prodding a touchscreen.

The new system can be controlled using touch and natural speech, or by using buttons on the steering wheel, and offers wireless connections for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

An optional head-up display can put the most relevant information right in front of you, while an optional upgrade for the sat-nav uses augmented reality to precisely show directions. 

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer centre console

Upgrades and updates can be added to the iDrive system wirelessly over time, without the need to visit a dealer.

Cruise control, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning and a speed limiter come as standard, but the 2 Series Active Tourer’s full suite of driver assistance and safety kit includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance and cross-traffic alerts.

UK buyers can choose from Sport, Luxury and M Sport trims, with standard kit on Sport models including 17in alloy wheels, a reversing camera and parking sensors. Luxury cars add leather upholstery and heated front seats, while range-topping M Sport brings 18in alloys, adaptive suspension and sports seats.

Prices start from £30,265, which is a slight increase on today’s car, and makes the 2 Series Active Tourer more expensive than the rival B-Class. If you are shopping around for a people carrier, then it’s also worth bearing in mind that some of the staples of this class, including the Volkswagen Touran and Ford Galaxy, offer seating for up to seven people.

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