2017 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Review

The 2017 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a spacious five-seat luxury compact MPV and a great illustration of how to make as much as possible out of one particular model. Before now, you could have been forgiven for thinking it was unimaginable to have coupe, convertible and MPV versions of what's essentially the same car, but that's what BMW has essentially done with the 2 Series. So, let's take a look at what the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is like.

Styling

It used to be the way of things that relatively little effort was put into how MPVs looked, but in today's increasingly competitive motor industry, how an MPV looks is almost as important as it is with any vehicle you care to mention. The inherent spaciousness and practicality demanded of any MPV mean there's only so much a designer can do with the overall shape, but BMW has done as much as possible to make the Active Tourer as attractive as possible. From the front, it looks like any number of today's BMW models, and there's a premium air about it most rivals in this segment struggle to match.

The range

If making an MPV attractive and desirable seems radical, how about throwing in a great amount of choice when it comes to different variants? There are effectively nine different trim levels of 2 Series Active Tourer, although they are based on three different models of 218i, 220i and 225i. The entry model is the 2018i SE, and from there the range progresses to 218i Sport, 218i Luxury, 220i Sport, 220i Luxury, 220i M Sport, 225i xDrive Luxury and 225i xDrive M Sport.

Engines

The 218i models feature a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine that develops 100 kW (136 horsepower) and 220 Nm of torque. The middle of the trio in 220i models is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, which this time produces 141 kW (192 horsepower) and 280 Nm of torque. The engine in 225i xDrive models is another version of the 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but this time there's 170 kW (231 horsepower) and 350 Nm of torque on offer. These latest BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engines have extremely agile power delivery and incredible responsiveness, even when being used at lower speeds. Despite the outstanding performance of these units, they're also more efficient, with fewer emissions and better performance than the previous generation.

Driving

Keen-eyed observers may have noticed the engine in 218i models is also found in the Mini, so you could assume it might struggle a little in a car like the 2 Series Active Tourer that's quite obviously bigger and heavier. That's not the case though. For the majority of buyers, this engine will be more than adequate, even for those who spend a lot of time on motorways. The Active Tourer changes direction nimbly as its steering comes standard with three different changeable weight options, which definitely inspires plenty of confidence. The optional Variable Sports Steering does deliver even more acute steering response at higher speeds, but you'd have to be a pretty serious and high-level driver to want or need to go to those lengths in a car of this type.

Verdict

Forget what you think you know about MPVs if you’re thinking of trying out the Active Tourer. Instead of being an MPV that's just there to do a job hauling the family around, this is a model that really should be seen as an excellent car in its own right that just happens also to be an MPV.

For more information about the 2017 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and to arrange a test drive in this sensational luxury compact MPV, get in touch with us here at Kearys BMW today.