> All-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer revealed
> Gets BMW’s large kidney grille treatment
> No 7-seater Gran Tourer
> Wide range of engines
> Priced from £30,265
The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer sticks with its MPV format, now making it an interesting alternative in today’s world of SUVs. It adopts BMW’s current trend of enlarged kidney grilles and takes some styling tips from the recently launched BMW iX EV SUV.
Trim levels such as M Sport enhance the Active Tourer’s design with snazzier alloy wheels, a lower ride height, and sportier bodywork. However, all cars get recessed door handles for improved aerodynamics.
Substantial changes have gone on inside this BMW with a more minimalist approach taken to the cabin. While BMW’s premium materials elevate perceived quality, the simplistic design serves to amplify a sense of space. The dashboard is cleaner and even features a cradle for a smartphone with a wireless charger.
Much of this car’s switchgear has been absorbed by the latest version of BMW’s excellent iDrive infotainment system. The 10.7-inch touchscreen – featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – is paired with a 10.25-inch digital instrument screen akin to the BMW iX. A fancy new feature is the option of an augmented reality navigation system.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has always been a reasonably practical family car, but even more so now with its slightly larger dimensions and new rear suspension that frees some additional space. This car seats five in comfort, but the larger seven-seat Gran Tourer will not return for this generation.
Its rear bench folds 40:20:40 for plenty of flexibility, expanding the 406-litre boot to 1,455-litres when folded flat. The boot aperture is wide and the floor flat for ease of loading cumbersome items, although there is a small load lip to overcome.
A trio of engines will be available from launch, two 48V mild-hybrid petrols and a diesel. The petrol offering consists of a 1.5-litre three-cylinder with 168bhp, or a larger 2.0-litre motor featuring 215bhp. A 2.0-litre diesel in the form of the 218d is also on the menu.
In 2022 BMW will add a pair of plug-in hybrid models to the Active Tourer range, with outputs of 242bhp and 322bhp. Both cars will be capable of driving on electric power for up to 50 miles.
The all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is available to order right now with customer cars expected to arrive in March 2022. As mentioned, a pair of plug-in hybrid models will become arable later in the summer.
Prices for the Active Tourer start at £30,265.