BMW 2 Series Active

Tourer

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, 2022, side
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, 2022, front
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, 2022, rear
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, 2022, interior
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, 2022, rear seats
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, boot

THERE are two models in the BMW 2 Series line-up and they could not be more different.

A two-door sports coupe is probably the most attractive but the Active Tourer - a compact family MPV - is also very popular and has its own loyal audience.

Both models were recently given a fresh new look, upgraded powertrains and the latest on-board technology and I recently sampled the Active Tourer.

The 2 Series Active Tourer ranges in price from £30,265 to £32,715 before options and customers have a choice of three trim levels called Sport, Luxury and M Sport. The car I had cost £38,370 by the time options were fitted.

The Active Tourer has reached 430,000 global sales since its launch in 2014 and is now powered by a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel with the second-generation of 48V mild hybrid technology .Plug-in hybrid models are also available.

The car featured the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, mild-hybrid, petrol engine developing 218hp. It can tackle the sprint to 62mph in just 7.0 seconds and is good for 150mph.It is fairly economical delivering a combined 47.1mpg and more on longer runs with emissions of 143g/km.

The Active Tourer features BMW's large trademark kidney grille, full LED headlights as standard (with adaptive LED headlights on the M Sport version), tinted windows and a number of M Sport design elements. There are 19-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels, folding exterior mirrors, along with a panoramic sunroof that costs an extra £1,000.

The spacious interior features good quality materials and BMW's very latest infotainment system. There is a control display measuring 10.7 inches along with a 10.25-inch information display. BMW has positioned together behind a glass surface that curves towards the driver and the result is very attractive and modern.

The traditional iDrive rotary controller has been dumped and the driver now uses the steering wheel buttons or the clever personal assistant to access the on-board tech. Voice the magic "Hey BMW" password and the personal assistant system is activated and helps with functions like navigation, finding radio stations, accessing phone contacts and lots more if you have time to work it all out.

Longer, wider and taller than its predecessor, it is also better looking and there is more room inside.

There is enough space for five to travel in comfort and the boot can handle 415 litres of luggage, increasing to 1,405 litres with the 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats folded.

The 2 Series Active Tourer in M Sport form provides a really nice drive and thanks to its slightly elevated seating position, there is excellent all-round visibility, while all the controls, dials and readouts are easy to operate and read.

The seven-speed Steptronic dual clutch transmission delivers smooth and responsive gear changes and if you want more fun you can opt to use the steering wheel paddles.

Happy on twisting country roads, cruising on the motorway or bustling about town, the tourer offers loads of grip and a fine suspension to keep you comfortable. The driver can also select from Personal, Sport and Effiicient drive modes.

It offers impressive grip through twisting country lanes, cruises at 70mph on motorways and is deceptively agile in busier city centre settings. The driver can select from Personal, Sport and Efficient drive modes that alter the mannerisms of the vehicle and Adaptive M suspension with mechanically controlled adjustable dampers is standard on the M Sport car that we tried.

This set-up sees a 15mm reduction in the car's ride height and, along with M Sport steering, means the vehicle is well controlled in and out of bends with most road surface bumps and dips smoothed out along the way too.

FAST FACTS

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

Price:£32,315

Mechanical:2.0-litre, 218 bhp, four cylinder mild-hybrid petrol engine driving front wheels viaautomatic gearbox

Max Speed:150mph

0-62mph:7.0 seconds

Combined MPG:47.1

Insurance Group:29

C02 emissions:143g/km

Bik rating:33%

Warranty:3yrs/unlimited miles

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