BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe M Sport Auto [Cruise Control][Navigation] 1.5 Petrol/Electric Automatic 5 door Hatchback (2020) at Oldham Motors Citroen, Fiat and Jeep

Our model here is finished in the stunning Glacier Silver Metallic paint and features as standard 18-inch 'M Light Double Spoke' Alloy Wheels. Being the 'M Sport' model our 225xe looks fantastic and benefits from a sporty exterior design. As well as this, as standard our car features Front/Rear Parking Sensors with Audible and Visual Alerts, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter and Automatic LED Headlights with Rain Sensing Wipers. The boot is a good size with a capacity of 400 litres as standard. Being the 225xe, the 60:40 split folding seats are replaced with a 40:20:40 setup allowing you to increase the load area seating area evenly. Into the cabin and as standard this model benefits from 'Dakota Leather' upholstery in Black with a contrasting stitch. Front Sport Seats are provided as standard too with Isofix points in the rear. The 'BMW Navigation' infotainment system includes AM/FM and DAB radio bands with Bluetooth and USB media connections. Navigation is included too and benefits from Traffic Management Systems to avoid congestion.

31/12/2020

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Glacier Silver Metallic



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Jump into the electrification age with the BMW 225xe! Powered by a 1.5 Three Cylinder Engine and a Electric Motor, this car delivers excellent performance and low running costs.

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CO2:
44 g/km

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V5 Document

V5 Document

MOT Certificate

MOT Certificate

Keys

Keys

Manuals

Manuals

Service Log Book

Service Log Book

Body Glass

Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing, Green tinted heat protection glazing, Rain sensor including auto headlights activation, Rear window wiper integrated under roof spoiler

Brakes

Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, Brake drying, Brake energy regeneration, Braking lock, Braking readiness, Dynamic stability control + (DSC+), Dynamic Traction Control - DTC, Electrically operated hand brake, Front ventilated disc brakes, Hill start assist, Rear disc brakes

Chassis/Suspension

Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode, Intervention on the front axle when DSC deactivated

Communication

Apple car play

Driver Aids

Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention, Attentiveness assist, Front/rear park distance control (PDC), Park assist system with steering assist, Servotronic variable electric power steering (EPS), Speed limiter

Driver Convenience

Automatic tailgate operation

Driver Information

BMW Online services, BMW Teleservices, Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear, Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning, Connected eDrive Services, eDrive button activates auto eDrive, max eDrive and save battery modes, eDrive specific displays in instrument cluster and CID, Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge, Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off, On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning, Optimum shift indicator, Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable, Real time traffic information, Service interval indicator

Driving Mirrors

Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators

Embellishment Trims

Contrast stitching on instrument panel

Engine

2.4kW AC charging with 5m cable, Battery pre-conditioning, Lithium-ion high voltage battery (8.8 kWh) fitted under rear seats

Entertainment

2 USB sockets in rear, BMW professional radio/CD/MP3, DAB Digital radio

Exterior Body Features

Body colour - front and rear bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, roof mouldings, Chrome kidney grille with extra wide black, high gloss black vertical slats, eDrive designation on C Pillar, High gloss shadow line, Lightweight engineering, M aerodynamic body styling with dark shadow elements, M logo designation in side chrome, Rear window aerial, Shark fin antenna, Single chrome exhaust tailpipe, Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights

Clear lenses direction indicator lights, Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors, Dynamic brake lights, High level third brake light, Rear fog lights, Reversing light in rear light cluster, Welcome lighting

Heating/Cooling/Ventilation

Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning, Cabin pre-conditioning via iDrive or BMW i Remote App

Interior Features

Anthracite headlining, Central locking switches for door, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment, Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching, Four grab handles integrated in roof lining, Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim, Front armrest, Front door sill finishers with M designation, Illuminated charging socket with visual display of charge status, Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel, M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel, Multi-function controls for steering wheel, Rear centre armrest, Steering wheel column manual adjustment, Sunvisor with ticket holder, Three spoke sport leather steering wheel, Two cupholders

Interior Lights

Ambiance lighting - switchable, Glovebox with light, Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened, Luggage compartment lighting

Packs

Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, Non-smoker package

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners, stopper and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles, Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible, Battery safety cut-off, BMW emergency call, Child proof locking system in rear door, Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors, Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger, Seatbelt warning, Side impact protection, Twin horns, Tyre pressure monitoring system, Warning triangle and first aid kit

Seats

Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points, Front head restraints, Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment, Manual 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with removal of 60:40 sliding bench, Three rear headrests

Security

Locking wheel bolts, Remote control with integrated key with silver highlight and M designation, Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser

Transmission

Electronic differential lock

Vanity Mirrors

Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

Wheels

Reduced rolling resistance tyres, Run flat tyres

Wheels - Alloy

18" Burnished M double spoke alloy wheels finished in ferric grey - style 486

General

Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
Badge Engine CC: 1.5
Badge Power: 224
Based On ID: N
Coin Description: xe
Coin Series: M Sport
Generation Mark: 1
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 23E
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
NCAP Safety Assist %: N
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

Electric Vehicle Data

Battery Capacity in kWh: 10
Battery Charge Type 1 kW: 2.2
Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage: 0-100
Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes): 300
Battery Charge Type 2 kW: 2.2
Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage: 0-80
Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes): 228
Battery Charge Type 3 kW: 3.7
Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage: 0-100
Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes): 192
Battery Charge Type 4 kW: 3.7
Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage: 0-80
Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes): 144
Battery Type: Lithium-ion
Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 13.8
NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 35
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage: 60000
Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years: 5
WLTP - AER (km) - City: 58
WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 47
WLTP - AER (miles) - City: 36
WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 29.2
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 16.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 19.4
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High: 24.9
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High: 16.8
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low: 18.3
WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium: 16.4
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 3.7
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.2
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High: 2.5
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High: 3.7
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low: 3.4
WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium: 3.8
WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb: 19.4
WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.3
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 14.8
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 15
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 14.8
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4.2
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 4.1
WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 4.2
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City: 59
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 52
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 51
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 52
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High: 40
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High: 60
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low: 54
WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium: 61
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City: 36.7
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 32.3
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 31.7
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 32.3
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High: 24.9
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High: 37.3
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low: 33.6
WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium: 37.9

Emissions - ICE

CO: 0.228
CO2 (g/km): 44
HC: 0.011
HC+NOx: N
Noise Level dB(A): 68
NOx: 0.009
Particles: 0.0001
Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb: 167
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max: 169
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min: 167
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High: 184
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 186
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 184
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High: 144
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max: 146
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min: 144
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low: 206
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max: 209
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min: 206
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium: 145
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max: 148
WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min: 145
WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb: 16
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 40
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 41
WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 40

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft: DOHC
Catalytic Convertor: True
CC: 1499
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
Cylinders: 3
Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
Engine Code: XB2131M0
Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
Gears: 6 SPEED
Number of Valves: 12
Transmission: AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg): N
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb: 0.7
WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb: 403.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.2
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 6.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 9.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max: 9.2
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 6.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 38.2
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max: 37.7
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min: 38.2
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 34.9
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max: 34.4
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min: 34.9
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 44.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max: 43.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min: 44.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 31
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max: 30.7
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min: 31
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 44.1
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max: 43.5
WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min: 44.1
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.8
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.8
WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.8
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 156.9
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 156.9
WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 156.9

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.7
Engine Power - BHP: 224
Engine Power - KW: 165
Engine Power - PS: True
Engine Power - RPM: 4400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 284
Engine Torque - MKG: 39.3
Engine Torque - NM: 385
Engine Torque - RPM: 1300
Top Speed: 126

Test Cycles

Emissions Test Cycle: Second Act

Tyres

Alloys?: True
Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 486
Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height: 1556
Length: 4354
Wheelbase: 2670
Width: 1800
Width (including mirrors): 2038

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 36
Gross Vehicle Weight: 2180
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1350
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 400
Max. Loading Weight: 505
Max. Roof Load: 75
Minimum Kerbweight: 1675
No. of Seats: 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

AN ACTIVE APPROACH TO EFFICENCY (new2) 01/04/2016

BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer makes tempting technological sense in 225xe Plug-in hybrid guise. Jonathan Crouch reports on the improved version.

Ten Second Review

BMW's improved 2 Series Active Tourer five-seat compact MPV continues to feature the option of the Munich brand's latest Plug-in technology. It makes quite a difference too. The 225xe version of this car uses a BMW eDrive electric motor and a 1.5-litre three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engine to offer both an electric driving experience and unrestricted mobility. The resulting combined fuel consumption of up to 166mpg and CO2 emissions figure of 38g/km set a strong standard in the class.

Background

If you like the idea of plugging in your family-sized BMW but you don't want something as unusual-looking as the company's i3 model, then your dealer will point you towards this car, the 225xe version of the brand's 2 Series Active Tourer five-seat compact MPV. You might be tempted to see this as an i3 in a more conservative set of clothes, but in reality, this 225xe is a rather different product. Whereas the i3 is a full electric car that can be optional ordered with a tiny range-extender engine, the 225xe is a proper Plug-in hybrid. This means that instead of the i3 Range Extender model's noisy bike engine, you get a proper 1.5-litre three cylinder TwinPower Turbo unit borrowed from a MINI that'll cut in once your 32 mile all-electric driving range is used up.

Driving Experience

If you don't get around to telling your passengers that this 2 Series Active Tourer features cutting-edge Plug-in hybrid power, they probably won't guess. There's almost nothing about this car, either to look at or to drive, that proclaims eco-consciousness and green-friendly smugness - which is probably what potential buyers will like most about it. You might like to tell your business colleagues around the water cooler that the 1.5-litre TwinPower petrol turbo engine it uses is the same as that in BMW's i8 supercar: then again, you probably won't bother. That would draw attention - which is precisely what a typical 225xe owner wouldn't want. If you do put your foot down and use that MINI Cooper engine to its maximum, then things go pretty rapidly: 62mph is 6.7s away en route to 126mph. Better though to settle back and try and maximise the claimed 32 mile all-electric driving range. We say 'claimed' because it's unlikely you'll replicate that unless you drive like a nun. Around 15-20 miles is more achievable. Like all 2 Series Active Tourer models, this one drives through its front wheels in a very un-BMW-like fashion.

Design and Build

BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and twin tail pipes. Otherwise, things are much as before. Intentionally, the brand has kept the visual changes that differentiate this 225xe variant from its conventionally-engined range stablemates to an absolute minimum. Which will leave potential buyers needing to like the standard 2 Series Active Tourer model's quite conservative design. The short overhangs and long wheelbase, the wedgy profile, the L-shaped rear lights, the crisp contours and the smart swage lines all point to this Munich maker. It also seems sportier than you might expect a car of this kind to be, courtesy of things like the steeply raked windscreen and the way that the distinctive double kidney grille is positioned lower than the headlights. Inside, there are sliding and reclining rear seats that allow you to prioritise space for passengers or luggage. Maximum boot space is a respectable 400-litres. The rear bench is a versatile thing that can split 40:20:40 and when fully folded there's access to up to 1,350-litres. The front passenger seat also folds to accommodate items up to 2.4m long. Up-front, as usual in the brand's modern models, the iDrive infotainment set-up's freestanding multifunction colour screen takes pride of place in the middle of the fascia, though the display is not of the current trendy touchscreen variety, controlled instead by a circular rotary dial down by the gearstick.

Market and Model

Prices sit in the £36,000-£38,000 bracket (about the same as you'd pay for the 220d xDrive diesel variant) and there's a choice of three trim levels, 'Sport', 'Luxury' and 'M Sport'. It'll also help that this model, like all 2 Series Active Tourer variants, comes well equipped. You get smart alloy wheels, LED daytime driving lights, front foglights, an automatic tailgate, Park Distance Control rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors and heated washer jets, an alarm, a chrome-finished exhaust pipe, plus auto headlamps and wipers. Inside, the sliding rear bench and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest is standard-fit, plus there are niceties like two-zone automatic air conditioning, 'Comfort Go' keyless engine starting. Other standard items include a 'Sport' multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel with a speed limiter function to preserve your licence through roadworks or in urban areas. Plus there's Bluetooth with a USB interface and audio streaming functionality, a DAB digital radio and a decent quality 'BMW Professional' radio set-up with six speakers, a CD player and a 6.5-inch colour monitor.

Cost of Ownership

Like all Plug-in hybrid models, this 225xe quite legally distorts the official WLTP Driving Cycle tests that produce the fuel and CO2 figures the industry depends upon. This is managed through the simple expedient of beginning the test fully charged, which means that this car will go for up to 32 WLTP-rated miles before it uses any fuel at all. Hence the official figures it generates - up to 166.2mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and up to 38g/km of CO2 (WLTP). Will you as an owner get anywhere near this kind of return in real life? No. Will the car prove more affordable to run than the comparable 218d and 220d diesel versions? Quite possibly. It really all depends on the kind of driving you do. High mileage owners and those without access to a garage will dismiss the prospect of 225xe ownership out of hand but if you don't have these constraints and don't cover more than 20 miles a day as part of your commute, then this car could make a lot of sense. Buy the optional BMW I Wallbox - as all owners inevitably will - and the car can be recharged in 2hours 20 minutes. Plus it generates a BIK tax liability of just 7%. Makes a lot of sense.

Summary

Did you ever expect to see a BMW MPV built around front wheel drive, a three cylinder engine and electric power? I'm not sure I ever did. Still, in this 225xe, we've got exactly that and it's a package that actually makes a lot of sense for the right practicality-orientated family buyer - someone with a business-minded eye on their taxation status who still enjoys their driving. This probably isn't the BMW you dreamed of owning in your school or college days. But it could well be the one you actually need.

ACTIVE PRACTICALITY (family) 01/06/2018

You might find the idea of a front wheel drive BMW almost as odd as the idea of a BMW MPV. The Munich maker's improved 2 Series Active Tourer model combines both of these things. June Neary tries it..

Will It Suit Me?

BMW is reaching into the mainstream with this 2 Series Active Tourer, a reasonably spacious and quite affordable family five-seater. This was the brand's first front driven model and it's certainly a classier, more interesting alternative to a conventional Scenic-style compact MPV. I thought I'd try one.

Practicalities

The 2 Series Active Tourer sits on a lengthened version of the same platform used by the MINI Hatch 5-Door and as such, is significantly shorter than, say, BMW's own 3 Series Touring estate model, yet can swallow just as much luggage. It doesn't seek the kind of SUV-style buyer courted by a BMW X1 crossover, yet sits its driver 10mm higher off the ground. And there's room underneath for the kind of optional 4WD system that 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. As my family found, there's pretty much the same kind of luggage room too. Such are the benefits of BMW's decision with this model to switch to front wheel drive. Forget the comparisons though. What matters is that this luggage bay is big enough to be everyday-usable. So bulky items like baby buggies that you might struggle to get into some of BMW's other compact five-door family cars - say something like a 1 Series - will here fit in quite easily. There are lashing points and bag hooks on either side of the luggage bay, plus an optional 'extended storage' pack offers attachments like a load net to help keep things in place should you get a bit carried away on the journey back from the supermarket. Valuables are better housed in this concealed space below the floor, the folding top concealing a handy multi-function tray.

Behind the Wheel

The 2 Series Active Tourer sits on a lengthened version of the same platform used by the MINI Hatch 5-Door and as such, is significantly shorter than, say, BMW's own 3 Series Touring estate model, yet can swallow just as much luggage. It doesn't seek the kind of SUV-style buyer courted by a BMW X1 crossover, yet sits its driver 10mm higher off the ground. And there's room underneath for the kind of optional 4WD system that 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. As my family found, there's pretty much the same kind of luggage room too. Such are the benefits of BMW's decision with this model to switch to front wheel drive. Forget the comparisons though. What matters is that this luggage bay is big enough to be everyday-usable. So bulky items like baby buggies that you might struggle to get into some of BMW's other compact five-door family cars - say something like a 1 Series - will here fit in quite easily. There are lashing points and bag hooks on either side of the luggage bay, plus an optional 'extended storage' pack offers attachments like a load net to help keep things in place should you get a bit carried away on the journey back from the supermarket. Valuables are better housed in this concealed space below the floor, the folding top concealing a handy multi-function tray.

Value For Money

Expect to pay somewhere in the £26,000 to £35,000 bracket for your 2 Series Active Tourer, 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. If you need more space in this car, there's the option of finding an £1,800 model-for-model premium to get the seven-seat Gran Tourer version.

Could I Live With One?

I think 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.

LEADING FROM THE FRONT? (new2) 01/06/2018

The 2 Series Active Tourer will be remembered as the first front-wheel drive BMW. Here's the revised version. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

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, a five-seat people carrier that's here been usefully updated.

Background

In 2006, BMW ran an advertisement in many popular magazines. It featured a rabbit with puny back legs and outlandishly big front legs which looked plain wrong, underlined with the caption "That's why we don't have front wheel drives." The message was clear. Cars that sent their power to the front wheels were inherently second rate, an exercise in cost-cutting. Fast forward to today. One of BMW's best selling models is their 2 Series Active Tourer. And it's front-driven. Some may call that hypocrisy, while others recognise that BMW needs to adapt to a changing marketplace. It's also true that BMW has been building and selling front-wheel drive cars for years, albeit with MINI badges rather than BMW roundels on their noses. Almost 20,000 2 Series Active Tourer models have been sold in the UK since the original launch in 2014 and the UK is this model's third best selling market. So it's important for BMW to get this revised model right.

Driving Experience

Just because this vehicle drives the front wheels doesn't mean that BMW has decided to go on a manic cost-cutting frenzy. 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. It's almost as if the Bavarians are overcompensating for something. 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. As before, a broad selection of three and four cylinder engines are on offer, plus there's a petrol Plug-in hybrid variant if you want it. For petrol people, there's the three cylinder 218i with 140hp and the four cylinder 220i with 192hp. Beyond that's, there's the 225xe iPerformance Plug-in hybrid, which mates the 218i engine with an 88hp electric motor and puts out a combined 224hp. Diesel buyers are offered three options; the three cylinder 216d with 116hp, plus a couple of four cylinder options, the 150hp 218d and the top 190hp 220d (also available with xDrive 4WD). The mainstream powerplants team up with three transmission types, including a new seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic unit. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is also available. Turbocharging for all four-cylinder units is now a two-stage arrangement involving twin turbos. This enables even quicker engine response with increased efficiency.

Design and Build

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, though BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and twin tail pipes on all four cylinder variants. As before, this Active Tourer runs on a lengthened version of the MK3 generation MINI chassis, with the wheelbase extended to 2,670mm. Here, we're looking at the five-seat Active Tourer, but there's also a mechanically-identical 7-seat Gran Tourer body shape available. For a company with no real track record in MPVs, the Munich maker 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. Interior changes to this revised model include redesigned seats and a smarter auto gear lever.

Market and Model

Inevitably, this Active Tourer model sits at the premium end of the mid-sized five-seat MPV segment. Prices start at around £28,000 and rise to around £38,000. A 7-speed Steptronic auto 'box is optional with the three cylinder engines, while an 8-speed Steptronic auto is offered either as an option or as standard on the high-torque powerplants, depending on the variant you're looking at. If safety's a priority, you'll want to look at the optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' package. This includes 'Active Cruise Control' and a 'Traffic Jam Assistant' that, in heavy traffic, is able to control the car's speed, steer automatically and keep it in its lane. Also available is Lane Departure Warning and the City Braking function, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 37mph in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian, for instance. The Parking Assistant takes care of manoeuvring into parking spots that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, while its ultrasonic sensors also help to search for suitable spaces up to a speed of 22mph.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that many customers will inevitably gravitate to in the 218i variant makes some extremely good numbers, recording 48.7mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and 132g/km. Economy figures that good make you wonder why you'd pay extra for the diesel but the additional torque of the 216d will prove a draw for many and 65.7mpg combined cycle economy (113g/km of CO2) isn't going to put too huge a dent in the family budget. 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 that ECO PRO setting is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved. The ideal choice for eco-minded buyers will of course be the iPerformance 225xe Plug-in hybrid version. BMW claims this derivative when fully charged can offer you a 32 mile all-electric driving range. Combined fuel consumption is up to 166.2mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of up to 38g/km, both WLTP figures. Owners will need around two-and-a-half hours to fully recharge the lithium-ion cells from a standard domestic power socket using the standard charging cable. Faster charging is possible from a BMW I Wallbox, which can top up the battery in around one-and-a-half hours.

Summary

Did you ever expect to see a BMW model range built around front wheel drive with an MPV body shape and offering the option of a three cylinder engine? We're not sure we ever did. Of course the front-driven layout gives this 2 Series Active Tourer 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 continue to 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.

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