BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014 – 2021) Review
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (2014 – 2021) At A Glance
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is, in many ways, the least BMW-like car in the firm’s recent history. Far from the driver-focused saloons, coupes and SUVs that are its usual fare, this is a front-drive MPV squarely aimed at family buyers. That’s no bad thing as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is pleasingly practical, while also being much better to drive than most rivals. And as our BMW 2 Series Active Tourer review will explain, efficient engines keep running costs reasonable, but some competitors are more versatile.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is another niche-filling model from the German manufacturer. Larger than a BMW 1 Series but not quite an estate car, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW’s rival for the Mercedes B-Class and also the Volkswagen Golf SV. It marked some firsts for the brand when launched in 2014, with three-cylinder engines and front-wheel drive.
It still feels every bit a BMW though. It’s impressively built, comfortable and good to drive. The interior is smartly designed and uses top-quality materials. There are some sumptuous upholstery choices on offer, including cream leather, plus various designs for dashboard inlays, with wood or metal finishes depending on the trim level.
There’s a lot of technology too, including a large infotainment screen with navigation linked to BMW’s intuitive iDrive system. There’s room for five in the cabin, plus there is a large boot with an electronically operated tailgate as standard. Space might not be as generous as a Mercedes B-Class, but it’s still ample for most families.
The chassis and certain engines in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer are shared with the MINI range of the same period, which is no bad thing. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer successfully blends ride comfort with a good level of grip through corners. There is very little in the way of body roll and the controls are perfectly weighted, making driving easy yet enjoyable.
There’s a broad range of engines on offer using typical BMW naming, which has little to do with the engine capacity and more to do with its ‘rank’ in a hierarchy. Entry-level petrol and diesel engines are 1.5-litre three cylinder units shared with the MINI and they are fine for most – but motorway or rural drivers will benefit from the extra power and torque offered by the more powerful 218d diesel or 220i petrol.
As an alternative to a Volkswagen Golf SV or Mercedes B-Class, or more mainstream offerings such as the Citroen C4 Picasso or once big-selling Ford C-MAX, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer holds a lot of appeal. A premium badge coupled to plenty of space and good drive makes it a prime choice among MPVs.