When BMW introduced the 2 Series Active Tourer to the world, it marked two major firsts for the brand. Not only is it the first multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) the firm has ever produced, but it’s also its first front-wheel-drive model.
While BMW fans will argue that a front-wheel-drive car will never handle like a true BMW, the extra cabin space it allows for makes it the only sensible option for an MPV. So is the 2 Series Active Tourer the best choice for a practical mode of transport with a premium badge?
2 Series Active tourer external dimensions
On the road, the Active Tourer never feels intimidating to drive, thanks to its fairly modest footprint. In terms of overall length, it measures 16mm shorter and 23mm narrower than a Ford Focus. As is the case for any MPV, it is significantly taller though, which boosts both cabin space and the driver’s view of the road.
Testers have commented that leg and headroom are as generous as most mini MPV rivals, though the Citroen C4 Picasso is wider, allowing more space should you wish to seat three passengers in the rear. The rear seat can slide 130mm fore or aft, to the benefit of either rear legroom or boot space.
|Shoulder room (front/rear)||1,440mm/1,450mm|
A 468 litre load bay isn’t close to the 590 litres offered up by a Volkswagen Golf SV, but it is still larger than the average family hatchback. If you’re happy to use a puncture repair kit instead of a spare wheel, there’s an additional 70 litres of storage space under the boot floor. A low, wide opening makes loading and unloading heavy items easy too.
The rear bench splits 40:20:40, and all that’s required for them to fold flat into the floor is a simple touch of a button in the boot. Should you need to transport long items, the seat back of the front passenger seat also folds flat, enabling objects up to 2.4 metres in length to fit in the cabin.
|Seats up||468 litres|
|Seats down||1,510 litres|
Turning circle and fuel tank capacity
The 11.3m turning circle is a match for the average family hatchback, so parking up should rarely be an issue.
|Turning circle||11.3 metres|
|Fuel tank||51 litres|
The Active Tourer bears quite a large difference between the lightest and heaviest models, due in part to the fact that some models are available with a four-wheel-drive system. Still, it’s by no means a heavy car, with testers using words like “nimble” and “sharp” to describe the way it tackles a twisty road.
|1,395kg (218i)||1,585kg (220d xDrive M Sport)|
Find out more
For further details, read our 2 Series Active Tourer review or, to see how much you could save on this roomy BMW, check out our BMW 2-Series Active Tourer deals page to see what the UK’s best BMW dealers are offering.