Never lose your way again with the inbuilt Sat Nav, plus our 2 series Active Tourer comes with Cruise Control, Automatic Headlights, Rain Sensing Wipers, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, One-Touch Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, Steering Wheel Mounted Audio Controls, and a CD / DAB Radio with AUX in. Qualifies for Warranty4Life*
Petrol 57.6 combined MPG
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Our 2-series Active Tourer is a great choice if you're looking for a spacious family mpv!
CO2: 115 g/km
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Electric front windows/one touch facility, Heat insulating tinted glass, Heated windscreen washer jets, Rain sensor including auto headlights activation, Rear wiper
ABS, Brake assist, Collision mitigation braking system, DSC+, Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Hill start assist
Anthracite Velour floor mats
Drive Performance Control
Forward collision warning, Speed limiter
Automatic tailgate operation, Stop/start button
BMW emergency call, BMW teleservices, Check control system, Lights on warning, Oil temperature gauge, On board computer, Outside temperature display, Personal Profile, Service interval indicator
Body colour door mirrors, Door mirror integrated indicators, Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Auxiliary point for auxiliary devices, Bluetooth audio streaming, BMW professional radio/CD/MP3, DAB Digital radio
Exterior Body Features
Body colour bumpers, Body colour door handles, Body colour roof mouldings, Chrome exhaust tailpipe, Chrome kidney grille with black vertical slats, Door sill finishers
Follow me home headlights, Front fog lights, High beam assistant, LED daytime running lights
Dual zone automatic air conditioning
12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell, 3 spoke sports leather multi-function steering wheel, 4 grab handles, Front armrest, Front cupholders x 2, Front/rear armrests within door panels, Glovebox with lid, Reach + rake adjustable steering column, Rear centre armrest, Sunvisors
Luggage compartment lighting, Welcome lighting
Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active Tourer
'Childproof' rear door locks, 3 point seatbelts on all seats, Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors, Driver/Front Passenger airbags, Front and rear curtain airbags, Front passenger airbag deactivation, Front seatbelt force limiters, Front seatbelt pretensioner, Front side airbags, Seatbelt warning, Side impact protection, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit
3 rear headrests, 40/20/40 split folding rear seat, Front head restraints, Isofix front passenger and rear seat preparation, Sliding rear seats
Electronic immobiliser, Key integrated remote control central locking, Locking wheel bolts, Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
Electronic differential lock
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
Low rolling resistance tyres
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The 218i Active Tourer isn't what you'd normally expect from BMW. Can its innate talent overcome this shock of the new? Jonathan Crouch reports
BMW's 218i Active Tourer marks a radical departure for the Bavarians but bringing this weight of talent to the compact MPV sector will have some other rivals very worried. Power comes courtesy of a 136PS 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as seen in the MINI Cooper and all of BMW's chassis tuning experience is brought to bear. The game just moved on. Were you still too preoccupied arguing about front-wheel drive BMWs to notice?
Front wheel drive people movers aren't really BMW's forte. Well not until now at least. BMW is a company that is all about rear wheel drive, with a very profitable sideline in four-wheel drive SUVs. It has let other companies develop MPVs while at the same time quietly selling front-wheel drive cars on the side, albeit wearing the MINI badge rather than a blue and white BMW roundel. The 2 Series Active Tourer crashes straight through all that we thought we knew about BMW product planning. There will be some BMW traditionalists vehemently opposed to this car, but they needn't worry. BMW will continue to sell them rear-wheel drive sports coupes and such like. If you thought that your car buying options began and ended with an upscale Ford C-MAX, we think you're going to like the 2 Series Active tourer quite a lot. Here we have a look at the entry-level 218i model.
You're probably showing your age if you remember a BMW badge with -18 on the back signifying a car with a 1.8-litre engine. These days it's safer to assume the 218i has anything but a 1.8-litre lump plumbed into its nose and such is the case. Pop the bonnet and you're greeted with a 136PS 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. At least you can claim that your car has the same engine as the BMW i8 supercar. You're just done a few kW of electrical power on BMW's hybrid sports flagship. In this guise, it gets the car to 62mph in a not catastrophic 9.2 seconds before sending it on to a respectable 127mph top speed. With turbocharging, direct petrol injection, double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and the longer firing intervals of the three-cylinders, it generates a chunky 220Nm of torque at just 1,250rpm, which are figures you might more reasonably expect from a diesel. A combination of a balancer shaft, dual-mass flywheel and a centrifugal pendulum absorber help quell the off-beat vibes you often experience in a three-cylinder engine. Where you might expect to find a compact torsion beam rear suspension, BMW has instead fitted a much more complex and expensive multi-link rear end. The 2 Series Active Tourer also benefits from a chassis where weight has been taken out where possible with the use of ultra-high strength steels in key stress points. The result is that the kerb weight of the 218i is a mere 1,320kg. That's only two kilos more than a 1.4-litre Vauxhall Meriva. A six-speed manual comes as standard, with no automatic option available for this particular engine.
This is a compact MPV and as such, it's fairly inevitable that the basic shape is going to be somewhat generic. Cover the badges and grille and most would probably identify this as a Mercedes. The details are nicely executed but this remains one of the more conservative designs. Compared to something like a Citroen C4 Picasso, this one's very toned down. Ignore the 2 Series name for a bit as this car doesn't share its underpinnings with the 2 Series Coupe. Instead it runs on a lengthened version of the MINI chassis with the wheelbase extended to 2,670mm. Only five-seat models are available to begin with, BMW holding back the seven-seaters until later this year. For a company with no real track record in MPVs, BMW has clearly been studying what works in rival cars. There are sliding and reclining rear seats that allow you to prioritise space for passengers or luggage. Maximum boot space is a respectable 468-litres - which is 20-litres less than the Mercedes B-Class. The rear bench is a versatile thing that can split 40:20:40 and when fully folded there's access to up to 1,510-litres. The front passenger seat also folds to accommodate items up to 2.4m long.
Prices start at just over £22,000 for the SE trim, from where you add £1,250 to land the Sport version, another £750 for Luxury and then yet another £1,000 for the M Sport range-topper. All are mechanically identical in the bits that really matter. Even the SE gets an automatic tailgate, two-zone automatic air conditioning, rear Park Distance Control, BMW Emergency Call, a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with electronic folding functionality and 60:40 sliding rear bench. There's also Bluetooth with USB interface and audio streaming functionality, BMW Professional radio with single CD player and 6.5-inch monitor, DAB digital radio, Performance Control, Comfort Go keyless engine start and Drive Performance Control with ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport modes are also included. Rain sensors with automatic headlight activation, a multi-function leather steering wheel & additional 12V power socket complete tan impressive equipment list. Upgrade to the Sport and you'll see gear like 17-inch alloy wheels, Sport front seats, LED ambient lighting, Black High-gloss trim and a few enhancements to the exterior styling. Luxury models deliver a different design of 17-inch alloys, Dakota leather upholstery, LED ambient lighting, chrome exterior highlights and wood trim. The M Sport models get an M Aerodynamics package, M Sport suspension and 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, complemented by an M leather steering wheel and specially upholstered sports seats.
You can buy a 218d diesel model which retails for just over £2,000 more, model for model, but you'd have to be cranking out an unholy annual mileage to make it pay off in terms of fuel savings. That's because this 218i gets some absolutely stellar figures and, as we've seen in the MINI, it's one of those engines that actually can approach the published numbers in real world scenarios, as long as you're not too lead-footed. To whit, BMW quotes 57.6mpg on the combined cycle with emissions rated at just 115g/km. The usual suite of BMW EfficientDynamics energy-saving features is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures including Auto Start Stop and ECO PRO. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.
The only constant is change, and it's a truism that applies to automotive manufacturing as much as anything else. Stick to dogma and you end up a footnote in the history books. That's why BMW's decision to market a front-wheel drive MPV is both brave and sensible. Of course, there are going to be old schoolers having a fit of the conniptions about it, but where would Porsche be without the Cayenne and where would Bentley be if it hadn't developed the Continental? Both cars were sniffed at by marque purists and both went on to save their respective companies. The 2 Series Tourer isn't a lifeline model in that regard; BMW is too healthy for that, but it nevertheless accesses a huge market sector from which Munich has been traditionally denied. The 218i model would seem to make the most sense for British customers. It's well-equipped, it's keenly priced and it brings a welcome touch of dynamism to a sector where many car makers have done quite well offering substandard fare. It looks like a few of them will have to seriously up their games from this point on.
BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer is a front-wheel drive BMW that takes the brand into new MPV territory. Jonathan Crouch drives the popular 218d diesel version.
BMW is reaching into the mainstream with this 2 Series Active Tourer, a reasonably spacious and quite affordable family five-seater. MINI underpinnings see this as the brand's first front driven model and it's certainly a classier, more interesting alternative to a conventional Scenic-style compact MPV. Most will want the volume 218d diesel version. That's what's on test here.
Front wheel drive and BMW. It's not often you see those words in the same sentence. Equally unusual is the idea of any kind of BMW MPV. We're here though, to look at a car that brings all of these things together, the Munich maker's 2 Series Active Tourer. This model's closest market rival, the Mercedes B-Class, is the nearest thing we've had to something of that kind in this segment, but that car isn't especially dynamic, either in the way it looks or the way it drives. To be frank, it's aimed at a more mature audience. What the market needed was the same sort of thing but with sharper looks and handling. Maybe even a bit of cleverer packaging too. That's what BMW has tried to deliver here. And tried to achieve for the first time without its traditional unique selling point when it comes to driving dynamics: rear wheel drive. The Bavarians once said they'd never abandon that, but the space-efficient front-driven platform and engine package developed for the third generation new MINI proved too tempting a package not to install in something bearing the BMW badge. So, does it work in this smartly-styled Active Tourer model? Does it feel like a real BMW? And would you want one if it did? That's what we're here to find out.
The variant we tried, the 218d diesel, will probably account for the majority of sales of this car. Under the bonnet here, there's a conventional four cylinder powerplant offering 150bhp and pokey performance, with 62mph just 8.9s away en route to 129mph. This isn't the most refined small diesel I've ever driven either at lower speeds or at tickover, but at a cruise it settles down into a very acceptable cruising thrum. To be honest, I can't really see why you might want to go much faster in this car, but should that be your desire, then BMW will wheel out a 190bhp 220d variant. Here, there's the option of BMW's xDrive 4WD system, a set-up that really comes into its own in the winter months, distributing as it can almost 100 per cent of power to either axle - or a mix between both front and rear. Either way, the car will be kept firmly planted through the tightest bends in the foulest weather. The extra xDrive traction aids performance too, the 0-62mph sprint time improving from the 7.6s showing you get in the 2WD 220d model to just 6.8s. An 8-speed automatic gearbox is optional.
This car sits on a lengthened version of the same platform used by the MINI Hatch 5-Door and as such, is significantly shorter than a BMW 3 Series Touring, yet can swallow just as much luggage. It doesn't seek the kind of SUV-style buyer courted by a BMW X1, yet sits its driver 10mm higher off the ground. And there's room underneath for the kind of optional 4WD system that BMW 1 Series buyers aren't allowed to have. My favourite stat though, relates to rear seat space. You get more with this car than you would in a huge Executive -class BMW 5 Series Touring estate. Pretty much the same kind of luggage room too, if you were to opt for the seven-seat 'Grand Tourer' model you can also ask your dealer about. Such are the benefits of switching to front wheel drive. Arguably though, I've left the best bit until last. I'm guessing that it's the upfront experience that'll really sell people this car. Light, spacious and beautifully appointed, it's a level of quality removed from any other compact MPV I've ever sat in. In fact, to be honest, it's a level of quality removed from most of the other models BMW sells, even some other quite expensive ones. It's based around this imposing layered dashboard that on plusher models, curves into the cabin in a symmetrical wave garnished with leather, wood and brightwork.
Expect to pay somewhere in the £24,000 to £27,000 bracket for your 2 Series Active Tourer in 218d guise, depending on the spec and model you choose. To put those figures into perspective within the BMW line-up, they see this car pitched at a premium of around £1,800 over the company's five-door 1 Series model - which seems fair enough given that this Active Tourer is better equipped and about 30% larger inside. Big enough in fact to offer almost exactly the same levels of cabin cargo space you'd get from the kind of BMW 3 Series Touring model that could easily cost you £4,000 to £5,000 more. Time then, to get specific with this car. Standard is 'SE' trim and from there, core variants like the 218d diesel version offer plusher 'Sport', 'Luxury' and 'M Sport' trim levels. There's also the chance of specifying automatic transmission, which will be an 8-speed unit on the four cylinder engines that make up most of the range.
Where this 2 Series Active Tourer model's MINI roots really ought to pay off is when it comes to the issue of efficient running costs. Slippery aerodynamics help here - the sleek 0.26Cd drag factor is best-in-class. So does lightweight design: the bonnet, for example, is made of aluminium and weighs just 8kgs, about 50% less than a conventionally produced component. As usual with BMW though, most of the efficiency gains are down to the brand's clever Efficient Dynamics technology. The elements of this are copied by just about every other manufacturer in this segment but the way the Munich maker has put them all together really seems to have hit the efficiency sweet spot. And the results of all this effort? Well they're not quite enough to enable mainstream 2 Series Active Tourer models to out-shine the running cost returns of potentially comparable models like Audi's A3 Sportback and Volkswagen's Golf SV - but this BMW is able to get very close. The manual gearbox 150bhp 218d variant I'm driving here will return 68.9mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 109g/km of CO2. Nor is there too much of a penalty for choosing an automatic version, thanks to a 'coasting' function that disconnects the engine at a cruise. The other mainstream diesel option is the 116bhp 216d variant, which manages 74.3mpg and 99g/km.
Did you ever expect to see a BMW model range built around front wheel drive with an MPV bodyshape offering the option of a three cylinder engine? I'm not sure I ever did. But then I wasn't really ready for an all-electric BMW supercar either and we've got one of those. So this Bavarian brand is evolving - and so must the Scenic and C-MAX-style five-seat compact MPV segment in which this 2 Series Active Tourer competes. After all, even MPV buyers now realise that style and driving dynamics aren't incompatible with family versatility. Cars like this one are driving that change. Of course the rear-driven layout gives it a less driver-orientated feel than you'd find in other BMW models. The brand's traditional buyers may not like that, so it's just as well that this car isn't aimed at them. No, you'll be interested in a 2 Series Active Tourer if your need for practicality is greater than your need for a BMW. But you'd still rather like one. If that makes sense to you, then this car will too. Its closest rival, the Mercedes B-Class, doesn't have the same kind of spark and the only other alternative is a much frumpier more conventional mainstream brand MPV. All of which means that BMW's appealing spin on ordinary family motoring will probably attract a ready audience. People who probably never thought they'd be buying from this Munich maker. They won't be getting 'the ultimate driving machine' because that's not what they need. Getting instead what may very well be 'the ultimate small people carrier' will suit them very well indeed.