BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218d Luxury 5dr [Nav]

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  • 6 speed Manual
  • Diesel
  • 62.8 MPG (combined)
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  • 0 - 62 MPH 8.9 secs
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Top speed 129 mph
Power 150 bhp
0 - 62 mph 8.9 seconds
Torque 330 Nm
Gears 6 speeds
MPG 62.8 mpg
CO2 119 g/km
Boot space 468 litres
Seats 5
Fuel type Diesel
Length 4342 mm
Height 1800 mm
Width 1555 mm
Weight 1375 kgs

Whatcar? Review

For

The 2 Series Active Tourer is refined, good to drive, has a high-quality cabin and offers decent space for two adults or three children in the back. It’s cheap to run, too.

Against

It’s not as spacious or practical as many other five-seat MPVs. The 218d’s engine feels flat at low revs.

Summary

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is definitely worth considering if you need more space than a family hatchback and want an MPV that is good to drive, refined and cheap to run.

Performance

The 2.0-litre diesel engine in the 218d is punchy enough once it gets going at around 1800rpm, but if you let the revs drop too low or hit a steep hill, you’ll have to change down a gear to maintain your speed. The engine needs to be pushed relatively hard to make decent progress as well. There’s also a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol, badged 218i, but we’re yet to try it.

Ride & Handling

For a tall MPV, the 2 Series Active Tourer changes direction nimbly and its steering inspires plenty of confidence. There’s a bit of body roll when cornering, but nothing bad by the standard of the class. The ride is a little unsettled at low speeds and over rough surfaces, but it’s a lot better on fast country roads and motorways, and deals with large imperfections such as speed bumps very well.

Refinement

The 218d’s diesel engine never sounds or feels particularly strained, and you feel only a slight vibration through the controls. It’s just a shame that the manual gearbox is so notchy. The Active Tourer is a hushed high-speed cruiser, though; it does a great job at shutting out wind and engine noise on the motorway, and road noise is an issue only on really coarse surfaces.

Buying & Owning

The 2 Series Active Tourer looks expensive compared with its closest rivals, although in most cases it comes with more standard equipment, so it’s actually not bad value. Its engines are also more efficient than those in most other MPVs, which help keep running costs down and make it a more attractive prospect to company car buyers. Its premium badge will ensure resale values are among the best in the class, too.

Quality & Reliability

Interior quality is impressive; there are plenty of dense, soft-touch plastics in all the right places, the switchgear feels substantial and everything is solidly built. The 2 Series Active Tourer was too new to be included in the latest JD Power customer satisfaction survey, but BMW’s performance as a whole was poor – it finished close to the bottom of the manufacturer reliability table.

Safety & Security

There’s no shortage of standard safety kit. Every model comes with stability control, a tyre pressure-monitoring system and six airbags, as well as a system that will prevent collisions at low speeds by automatically applying the brakes. This all helped the car get a maximum five-star crash test rating from Euro NCAP. Security equipment includes an alarm and an engine immobiliser.

Behind The Wheel

There’s plenty of adjustment to the driving position, so it’s easy to get comfortable behind the wheel. BMW has kept the dashboard layout simple, with the easy-to-use rotary dials and buttons for the climate control kept separate from the equally clear audio switches, while BMW’s excellent iDrive system is on hand to control the infotainment system. All-round visibility is good, thanks to the Active Tourer’s thin pillars and relatively low windowline.

Space & Practicality

Those up front have a huge amount of space to stretch out in, and it’s the same story in the rear of the cabin. The rear seatbacks can also be tilted, and they slide forward and back in a 60/40 configuration, so you can trade rear legroom for boot space. It’s disappointing that there aren’t three individual rear seats, though. The boot is smaller than those of most rivals, but it’s a practical square shape, and has a low, wide opening for easy access.

Equipment

Entry-level SE trim is the best value, so it’s what we’d go for. It comes with dual-zone climate control, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, a USB connection, Bluetooth, DAB radio and automatic lights and wipers as standard. Sport models add 17-inch wheels, sports seats and sportier exterior looks, while Luxury trim features leather upholstery. Range-topping M Sport trim gets 18-inch alloys, a sporty bodykit and stiffer M Sport suspension.

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