This is the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, a family-sized version of their smallest coupe – but more importantly the first front-wheel-drive car the German marque have produced.
The Active Tourer is far more likely to be seen carting families than getting particularly ‘active’ but represents BMW’s first venture into the world of mini-MPVs, with a seven-seat version expected to follow.
Arriving in dealerships on September 27th the Active Tourer will be available from £23,000 for the entry level Sport and an M-sport model will follow in November.
Despite bulking up the Active Tourer is only just longer than the 1-series (two centimeters to be precise) but BMW claim they have created a “spacious” interior.
At launch the single 218 option comes with a choice between a petrol or diesel engine.
The all-new, twin-turbo, petrol motor will produce 136 bhp and 162 lb ft of torque. This propels the 2 to 62 mph in 9.8 seconds and on to 124 mph while pumping out 115g/km of CO2, putting it into vehicle tax band C.
Alongside it is a four-cylinder diesel, again brand-new. The oil-burner manages 150 bhp and an impressive 243 lb ft of torque, meaning 62 is reached in 8.9 seconds and a top-speed of 127 mph. The diesel produces 109g/km of CO2 pushes the 218d into tax group B.
A top-of-the-range four-wheel-drive 225i model will go on sale in November as well as 220i, 216d, 220d and 220d xDrive Active Tourer models and the M-Sport trim level.
The 2 comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, the petrol can be mated with a six-speed auto while the diesel can have a new eight-speed auto ‘box, specially adapted for the front-wheel-drive layout.
With the new FWD system BMW say a new, longer, wider wheelbase will help with handling along with multi-link rear axle.
BMW claim the Active Tourer “combines dynamism, style, elegance and practicality” but buyers will be more interested in the huge, 468 litre boot, which can be increased to a whopping 1,510litres via split 40:20:40 rear seats and comes with automatic opening and closing.
Outside the Active Tourer’s styling bears little relation to the coupe version but does maintain the 2’s sharp shoulder and door lines.
At the back L-shaped running lights sit above a muscular bumper, and a single exhaust pipe. Above the rear window a small spoiler has been added to help reduce drag.
Despite the increased roof-height the Active Tourer has been sculpted into a teardrop shape to give it a low (for it’s class) drag coefficient and help with efficiency.
Inside much is retained from it’s 1-series sibling, as with the coupe, but the Active Tourer becomes the first mini-MPV to offer a Heads-Up-Display above the three-pronged steering wheel.
No details of standard kit have been released but the Active Tourer will come in a choice of three trim levels Sport, Luxury and M Sport (from November).
|Model||Power (hp)||Torque (Nm)||0 – 62mph (seconds)||Top speed (mph)||Combined (mpg)||CO2 emissions (g/km)|
|BMW 218i SE||136||220||9.3||124||57.6||115|
|BMW 218d SE||150||330||8.9||127||68.9||109|