June 4, 2015

BMW 2-series Active Tourer review

If you want a high quality, five-seater family car, the BMW 2-series Active Tourer should be on your shortlist

BMW prides itself on building the ultimate driving machines, which in the past meant they had to be rear-wheel drive. In recent years it has also introduced the option of four-wheel drive across many of its models, but still steered clear of building front-wheel-drive cars – until now.

The 2-series Active Tourer is a five-seater people carrier that flies in the face of BMW tradition, placing a priority on interior space over ultimate driving dynamics. Question is, has BMW cracked this competitive sector of the market at its first attempt?

Space 7/10
Some clever touches, but a couple of oversights too

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The rear seats provide room for two adults or three children, and slide forwards or backwards in two pieces (divided 60/40), allowing you to trade some legroom for extra space in the boot.

An electrically opening and closing tailgate is a luxury that comes as standard, and there’s no lip to heave your shopping over.

Less thoughtful is that while there’s additional storage under the boot floor, you can’t remove that floor or even fix it in an upright position, meaning the load space is always divided. As it is, the boot will fit a baby buggy with ease, but is still on the small side by the standards of the class.

For larger items, all three rear backrests can be dropped down separately at the press of a button, resulting in a completely flat loading bay.

Meanwhile, in the front of the car you’ll find a pair of not overly-generous door pockets, a couple of cupholders plus more storage in the centre armrest.

Comfort 7/10
Some clever touches, but a couple of oversights too

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The rear seats provide room for two adults or three children, and slide forwards or backwards in two pieces (divided 60/40), allowing you to trade some legroom for extra space in the boot.

An electrically opening and closing tailgate is a luxury that comes as standard, and there’s no lip to heave your shopping over.

Less thoughtful is that while there’s additional storage under the boot floor, you can’t remove that floor or even fix it in an upright position, meaning the load space is always divided. As it is, the boot will fit a baby buggy with ease, but is still on the small side by the standards of the class.

For larger items, all three rear backrests can be dropped down separately at the press of a button, resulting in a completely flat loading bay.

Meanwhile, in the front of the car you’ll find a pair of not overly-generous door pockets, a couple of cupholders plus more storage in the centre armrest.