BMW

BMW 2 SERIES DIESEL ACTIVE TOURER 216d M Sport 5dr

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2126 g/km

Front wheel drive and BMW. It's not often you see those words in the same sentence. Equally unusual is the idea of any kind of BMW MPV. We're here though, to look at a car that brings all of these things together, the Munich maker's 2 Series Active Tourer, a five-seat people carrier that's here been usefully updated.

LEADING FROM THE FRONT?

The 2 Series Active Tourer will be remembered as the first front-wheel drive BMW. Here's the revised version. Jonathan Crouch looks at what's on offer.

Ten Second Review

Front wheel drive and BMW. It's not often you see those words in the same sentence. Equally unusual is the idea of any kind of BMW MPV. We're here though, to look at a car that brings all of these things together, the Munich maker's 2 Series Active Tourer, a five-seat people carrier that's here been usefully updated.

Background

In 2006, BMW ran an advertisement in many popular magazines. It featured a rabbit with puny back legs and outlandishly big front legs which looked plain wrong, underlined with the caption "That's why we don't have front wheel drives." The message was clear. Cars that sent their power to the front wheels were inherently second rate, an exercise in cost-cutting. Fast forward to today. One of BMW's best selling models is their 2 Series Active Tourer. And it's front-driven. Some may call that hypocrisy, while others recognise that BMW needs to adapt to a changing marketplace. It's also true that BMW has been building and selling front-wheel drive cars for years, albeit with MINI badges rather than BMW roundels on their noses. Almost 20,000 2 Series Active Tourer models have been sold in the UK since the original launch in 2014 and the UK is this model's third best selling market. So it's important for BMW to get this revised model right.

Driving Experience

Just because this vehicle drives the front wheels doesn't mean that BMW has decided to go on a manic cost-cutting frenzy. Where you might expect to find a compact torsion beam rear suspension, BMW has instead fitted a much more complex and expensive multi-link rear end. It's almost as if the Bavarians are overcompensating for something. The 2 Series Active Tourer also benefits from a chassis where weight has been taken out where possible with the use of ultra-high strength steels in key stress points. As before, a broad selection of three and four cylinder engines are on offer, plus there's a petrol Plug-in hybrid variant if you want it. For petrol people, there's the three cylinder 218i with 140hp and the four cylinder 220i with 192hp. Beyond that's, there's the 225xe iPerformance Plug-in hybrid, which mates the 218i engine with an 88hp electric motor and puts out a combined 224hp. Diesel buyers are offered three options; the three cylinder 216d with 116hp, plus a couple of four cylinder options, the 150hp 218d and the top 190hp 220d (also available with xDrive 4WD). The mainstream powerplants team up with three transmission types, including a new seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic unit. BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive is also available. Turbocharging for all four-cylinder units is now a two-stage arrangement involving twin turbos. This enables even quicker engine response with increased efficiency.

Design and Build

This is a compact MPV and as such, it's fairly inevitable that the basic shape is going to be somewhat generic. Cover the badges and grille and most would probably identify this as a Mercedes. The details are nicely executed, but this remains one of the more conservative designs, though BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and twin tail pipes on all four cylinder variants. As before, this Active Tourer runs on a lengthened version of the MK3 generation MINI chassis, with the wheelbase extended to 2,670mm. Here, we're looking at the five-seat Active Tourer, but there's also a mechanically-identical 7-seat Gran Tourer body shape available. For a company with no real track record in MPVs, the Munich maker has clearly been studying what works in rival cars. There are sliding and reclining rear seats that allow you to prioritise space for passengers or luggage. Maximum boot space is a respectable 468-litres - which is 20-litres less than the Mercedes B-Class. The rear bench is a versatile thing that can split 40:20:40 and when fully folded there's access to up to 1,510-litres. The front passenger seat also folds to accommodate items up to 2.4m long. Interior changes to this revised model include redesigned seats and a smarter auto gear lever.

Market and Model

Inevitably, this Active Tourer model sits at the premium end of the mid-sized five-seat MPV segment. Prices start at around £28,000 and rise to around £38,000. A 7-speed Steptronic auto 'box is optional with the three cylinder engines, while an 8-speed Steptronic auto is offered either as an option or as standard on the high-torque powerplants, depending on the variant you're looking at. If safety's a priority, you'll want to look at the optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' package. This includes 'Active Cruise Control' and a 'Traffic Jam Assistant' that, in heavy traffic, is able to control the car's speed, steer automatically and keep it in its lane. Also available is Lane Departure Warning and the City Braking function, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 37mph in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian, for instance. The Parking Assistant takes care of manoeuvring into parking spots that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, while its ultrasonic sensors also help to search for suitable spaces up to a speed of 22mph.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that many customers will inevitably gravitate to in the 218i variant makes some extremely good numbers, recording 48.7mpg on the combined fuel economy cycle and 132g/km. Economy figures that good make you wonder why you'd pay extra for the diesel but the additional torque of the 216d will prove a draw for many and 65.7mpg combined cycle economy (113g/km of CO2) isn't going to put too huge a dent in the family budget. The usual suite of BMW EfficientDynamics energy-saving features is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures, including Auto Start Stop and ECO PRO. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in that ECO PRO setting is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved. The ideal choice for eco-minded buyers will of course be the iPerformance 225xe Plug-in hybrid version. BMW claims this derivative when fully charged can offer you a 32 mile all-electric driving range. Combined fuel consumption is up to 166.2mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of up to 38g/km, both WLTP figures. Owners will need around two-and-a-half hours to fully recharge the lithium-ion cells from a standard domestic power socket using the standard charging cable. Faster charging is possible from a BMW I Wallbox, which can top up the battery in around one-and-a-half hours.

Summary

Did you ever expect to see a BMW model range built around front wheel drive with an MPV body shape and offering the option of a three cylinder engine? We're not sure we ever did. Of course the front-driven layout gives this 2 Series Active Tourer a less driver-orientated feel than you'd find in other BMW models. The brand's traditional buyers may not like that, so it's just as well that this car isn't aimed at them. No, you'll be interested in a 2 Series Active Tourer if your need for practicality is greater than your need for a BMW. But you'd still rather like one. If that makes sense to you, then this car will too. Its closest rival, the Mercedes B-Class, doesn't have the same kind of spark and the only other alternative is a much frumpier more conventional mainstream brand MPV. All of which means that BMW's appealing spin on ordinary family motoring will probably continue to attract a ready audience. People who probably never thought they'd be buying from this Munich maker. They won't be getting 'the ultimate driving machine' because that's not what they need. Getting instead what may very well be 'the ultimate small people carrier' will suit them very well indeed.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Rear window wiper integrated under roof spoiler
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing

  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Electrically operated hand brake
  • Braking lock
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Brake drying
  • Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Braking readiness

  • Velour floor mats

  • Intervention on the front axle when DSC deactivated
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode

  • Apple car play

  • Park assist system with steering assist
  • Attentiveness assist
  • BMW remote services
  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Speed limiter
  • Servotronic variable electric power steering (EPS)
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)

  • Automatic tailgate operation

  • Service interval indicator
  • BMW Online services
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption,service interval, clock date,odometer,trip meter,outside temperature display with acoustic ice warn
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Real time traffic information
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge

  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel

  • Incorrect fuelling protection
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2 USB sockets in rear

  • Body colour - front and rear bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, roof mouldings
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • Single chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • M aerodynamic body styling with dark shadow elements
  • Kidney grille with extra wide high gloss black vertical slats
  • High gloss shadow line
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation
  • Rear window aerial

  • Clear lenses direction indicator lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • High level third brake light
  • High beam assistant
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors

  • Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning

  • 12V power socket in centre console + front with blanking plug
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
  • Central locking switches for door, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Gearshift lever with M designation
  • Two cupholders
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Steering wheel column manual adjustment
  • Front armrest
  • Multi-function controls for steering wheel
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Rear centre armrest
  • M Sport multifunction leather steering wheel
  • Conditioned based service
  • Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel

  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Glovebox with light
  • Welcome lighting
  • Ambiance lighting - switchable
  • Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened

  • No smoker package
  • Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer

  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • 3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible

  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front head restraints
  • Three rear headrests

  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Remote control with integrated key with silver highlight and M designation

  • Electronic differential lock

  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket

  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres
  • Run flat tyres

  • 18" Burnished M double spoke alloy wheels finished in ferric grey - style 486

  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • CO: 0.12
  • HC: N
  • NOx: 0.028
  • HC+NOx: 0.055
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • CO2 (g/km): 106
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 126
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 155
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 127
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 113
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 115
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 129
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 132
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 130
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 126

  • Engine Code: B37C15U1
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 1496

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 76.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 68.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 47.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 64.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 57.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 58.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 56.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 5.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 4.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 4.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 4.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 5

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Coin Description: d
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 116
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 12E

  • Engine Power - BHP: 116
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.1
  • Top Speed: 121
  • Engine Power - KW: 85
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Wheel Style: M DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 486
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2038
  • Height: 1555
  • Length: 4354
  • Width: 1800
  • Wheelbase: 2670

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1420
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1970
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 468
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1300
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 745
  • Max. Loading Weight: 550
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1510
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.3

  • Sun protection glass: £300

  • M sport suspension: Included
  • Adaptive suspension: £150

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging: £0
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming: Included

  • Reversing assist camera: £0

  • Head up Display: £0
  • BMW Navigation plus system: £0

  • Heated door mirrors: Included
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror: Included
  • Electrically heated folding and driver auto dimming exterior door mirrors with memory and anti-dazzle: £0

  • Aluminium hexagon interior trim with pearl chrome finish: Included
  • High gloss black interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £0
  • Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish: £0

  • 61 Litre fuel tank: £50
  • 51 Litre fuel tank: Included

  • Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system: £600
  • 6 speakers: Included

  • Metallic paint: £560
  • Black roof rails: £170
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Panoramic opening glass sunroof: £945
  • Bike rack preparation: £160
  • Matt aluminium roof rails: £245
  • Car jack: £0

  • LED Headlights: Included
  • Icon Adaptive LED headlights: £0

  • Luggage compartment separating net: £105
  • Heated steering wheel: £160

  • BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series: Included
  • Extended lights package - 2 Series Active Tourer: £0
  • Comfort pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,000
  • Comfort pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer Sport/Luxury/M Sport: £850
  • Technology pack I - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £900
  • Technology pack II - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer: £1,250

  • Metallic - Mineral white: £560
  • Metallic - Glacier Silver: £560
  • Metallic - Mineral grey: £560
  • Metallic - Estoril Blue: £560
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £560

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • Electric front seat adjustment - drivers with memory: £0
  • Electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger: £195
  • Sliding rear seat bench: £260
  • Driver and front passenger heated seats: £0

  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button: Included
  • Comfort access system with smart opener: £0

  • Detachable towbar: £600

  • Dakota leather - Black with blue stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Oyster with grey stitching: £0
  • Dakota leather - Mocha Brown with chestnut stitching: £0

  • Driver + passenger vanity mirrors: Included

  • Space saver spare wheel: £75

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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