There are plenty of good, hard-working family MPVs out there, but they tend to lack a bit of pizzazz. That’s the niche the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer fills, offering family sized practicality together with BMW’s acclaimed handling and performance traits. Together with its 7-seat sibling Gran Tourer (which is some 202mm longer) the 2 Series Active Tourer keeps its occupants safe and comfortable while giving the driver a welcome taste of BMW dynamics.
A dynamic silhouette with horizontal crease and contoured side skirts gives the Active Tourer an extra touch of sportiness, though it’s still a practical, spacious people carrier. A recent styling refresh has given the Active Tourer new front and rear bumpers, a larger grille, new air intakes and new LED fog lights. BMW also offers a wider range of exterior finishes, with a choice of 13 colours, plus some new alloy wheel designs and new ways to personalise your car. With up to 1,510 litres of variable luggage space, the Active Tourer is perfect for family life and an active lifestyle.
There are two petrol engines to choose from, the three-cylinder 218i with 140hp and the four-cylinder 190hp 220i, while the diesel options include the three-cylinder 116hp 216d, and the four-cylinder 150hp 218d and 190hp 220d. There’s also a 225xe which is a Plug-In Hybrid, offering speeds of up to 78mph and distances of up to 25 miles on electric power alone. This model is also the fastest in the range to 62mph, with a time of 6.7 seconds. The official combined fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures for the 225xe are an impressive 113mpg and 67g/km, though whether you’ll achieve these figures depends on how much of your journey is EV powered.
Of the conventional powertrains, the 216d diesel achieves 65.7mpg while the 220i is the most economical of the petrol engines with 50.4mpg as well as being the fastest with a 0-62mph time of just 7.4 seconds. All engines benefit from a friction-reducing machining technique, and diesel models get a selective catalytic reduction system that uses AdBlue to reduce NOx emissions.
Depending on the trim level chosen, you can enjoy a tech-fest of driver aids and infotainment. model comes with a 6.5in screen running the latest version of BMW's iDrive infotainment system. This is considered one of the best sat-nav set-ups around, and it's both clear and easy to use. The screen can also be upgraded in size to 8.8in, and can incorporate connected services including real-time traffic information, wireless charging for your mobile phone and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. Several of the more popular options are available bundled together as Packs, including the Comfort Pack, Tech Pack, Vision Pack and Driver Pack.
Standard safety equipment includes Cruise Control with braking function, which can be upgraded to Active Cruise Control with Stop and Go. A rain sensor with automatic headlamp activation ensures you’re seen in poor weather conditions, LED fog lights come as standard and the optional Driving Assistant includes City Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning and Preventive Pedestrian Protection.
Like its larger cousin the Gran Tourer, the 2 Series Active Tourer is designed for a busy life, whether it’s on the school run, the commute to work or ferrying the kids to weekend sports. Its agile handling and relatively compact dimensions will prove a boon in urban environments, but when it’s time for the holidays and the open road you’ll be pleased you chose a BMW.
|Vehicle length||4342 mm / 170.9 in|
|Vehicle Width||2038 mm / 80.2 in|
|Vehicle Height||(unladen) 1586 mm / 62.4 in|
|Wheelbase||2670 mm / 105.1 in|
|Unladen weight (DIN)||1395 kg / 3075 lb|
|Engine Capacity||1499 cc|
|Max Torque||220 nm @ 1250 rpm|
|Max Power||100 kW @ 4400 rpm|
|Top Speed||127 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph / 9.2 sec|
|Combined cycle||53.3 - 57.6 mpg|
|Urban cycle||43.5 - 46.3 mpg|