BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV - MPG, running costs & CO2

Mild-hybrid petrol engines improve the economy of the 2 Series Active Tourer

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While the latest BMW 1 Series has grown compared to its predecessor, it’s still a little cramped for many families. The 2 Series Active Tourer is usefully more practical, but the Sport trim with a diesel engine is barely any more expensive than an equivalent 1 Series. The 1 Series has additional entry-level versions to bring the price down, which is why the 2 Series initially looks costly in comparison.

At launch, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer comes with a selection of conventional petrol and diesel engines, although a pair of plug-in hybrid versions will complete the line-up. These are likely to be more expensive to buy, but are expected to offer an impressive electric range and will almost certainly offer the lowest company-car tax rates in the line-up.

But we’d expect most private buyers will pick the petrol engines, which now feature mild-hybrid technology to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. High-milers may still favour the diesel, even though diesel engines are becoming less popular.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPG & CO2

BMW’s mild-hybrid assistance has been added to the 220i and 223i petrol engines. The system allows you to coast with the engine off for brief periods, and can predict when to scoop up energy to replenish the small battery. With this electrical help, the 220i can manage up to 47.9mpg, which should perfectly suit drivers with a low or medium annual mileage.

The 223i offers more power from the same engine, and is around £2,500 more to buy, but it doesn’t really compromise on fuel efficiency. Its 46.3mpg official figure is still reasonable, and we doubt you’d notice the difference at the pumps. That initial extra payment is more of a stumbling block; we’d stick with the 220i.

Unless you’re planning to rack up lots of motorway miles, the diesel won’t make financial sense. Its impressive 57.6mpg figure will largely be cancelled out by the more expensive list price for many buyers. However, the diesel has the lowest Benefit-in-Kind tax rates until the plug-in hybrids arrive, so may appeal to business users.

Final figures are unconfirmed, but the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 225e and 230e plug-in hybrids are set to manage nearly 50 miles on a full charge. That should give them impressive MPG and CO2 figures, and regular recharging will enable very low running costs. Install a 7.4kW home wallbox and the battery will be topped up in 2.5 hours; a domestic socket will take eight hours.

The petrol and plug-in hybrid versions are subject to a slightly discounted VED (road tax) rate compared to the diesels. Cars costing over £40,000 are subject to a surcharge, bringing your annual tax bill to nearly £500 until the sixth year.

Insurance groups

The 220i occupies groups 24-25 (out of 50), depending on the trim level you choose. The 223i sits in group 29, and the diesel sits in groups 22-23; ratings for the hybrids aren’t available yet. That’s broadly similar to the BMW 1 Series and the Mercedes B-Class.

Warranty

A three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty (with roadside assistance) is included with every new BMW. It’s the same length of deal you get with a Mercedes B-Class. Expect the plug-in hybrids to feature a specific battery warranty that covers it dropping below a certain percentage of its original capacity.

Servicing

BMW service intervals are defined by the type of driving you do, and the car will let you know when it’s time for a visit to the garage. You can go up to two years between services, although lots of stop-start driving will shorten that. A service plan is available for £20 per month, and includes one MOT, free fluid top-ups and sat nav map updates. If you sell your car, the plan is transferable to another new BMW.

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