New BMW 2 Series Active Tourer revealed

Similar looks hide all-new underpinnings and technology for BMW 2 Series MPV

  • Features BMW’s oversized kidney grilles
  • Plug-in hybrid model due
  • Starting price of £30,265

A new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has been unveiled. BMW is sticking with the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV despite the waning popularity of people carriers, with the model set to continue its rivalry with the Mercedes B-Class. The car will go on sale in March 2022.

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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has undergone more change than its familiar styling suggests, with most of its improvements coming under the skin. Overall, the surfaces of the new car look a little smoother than those of its predecessor but BMW’s latest oversized ‘kidney’ grilles feature too.

New 2021 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer prices and specifications 

Prices start at £30,265 for the 220i petrol engine in Sport trim. Choosing the more powerful 223i petrol engine means you’ll need to pay at least £32,715 and the 218d diesel splits the two with a £31,820 starting price. Besides the entry-level Sport specification, there are also Luxury and M Sport versions available.

Standard features across the range include LED headlights and a reversing camera. Luxury adds ‘Vernasca’ leather-upholstered seats (which are heated in the front), plus a different wheel design and aluminium trim. Racy-looking M Sport models have bigger alloy wheels, upgraded headlights, adaptive suspension and wireless phone charging.

Engines, performance and running costs

From launch, three engines are offered. The 220i kicks the range off and has a turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol engine. This version produces 168bhp and enables a 0-62mph time of just over eight seconds, although this isn’t a metric that will be particularly important to many buyers. A new 223i engine sits above it with 215bhp and quicker acceleration. Both include 48-volt mild-hybrid technology that improves fuel consumption and provides a small power boost when accelerating.

While both the petrol models are slated to return 47mpg, the most efficient is the 218d diesel, with 58.9mpg possible and the lowest CO2 emissions in the range, until the plug-in hybrid models arrive, at 125g/km. No manual gearboxes are offered.

This time around, two plug-in hybrid 2 Series Active Tourer models will be available, although not from launch. Both 225e and 230e models will have four-wheel drive, and both will charge at a maximum rate of 7.4kW. Charging from a home wallbox will take 2.5 hours, or under eight hours from a normal household plug socket. The 225e and 230e models have 242bhp and 322bhp respectively, so both should be surprisingly quick off the line.

Interior

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has grown in every direction, so shoulder room, legroom and headroom are all more generous than before. There are new seats designed to be more comfortable on long journeys and a new dashboard design that ushers in a slicker look by removing most buttons. The 2 Series MPV is the first BMW with an engine to get the brand’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment system, fitted in a 10.7-inch touchscreen that’s mounted next to a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster.

Boot size stands at 415 litres and 470 litres for petrol and diesel cars respectively, while the plug-in hybrids will offer a little less due to where the battery’s placed. The rear seats can slide forwards and backwards and you can adjust their angle to free up a bit more space in the boot. A powered tailgate comes as standard.

It’s not known whether the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer seven-seater will be renewed, as most customers are turning away from MPVs in favour of SUVs. However, BMW doesn’t have a similarly priced seven-seat SUV - only the expensive BMW X5 and BMW X7 offer a third row of seats.

If you need more than five seats, read our guide to the best seven-seater cars.

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