At BMW, the saying ‘better late than never’ is topical. The 2 Series Active Tourer is the best example. Recently released on the Belgian market, this compact Multi Purpose Vehicle is BMW’s response to the Mercedes-Benz B Class; a response that has more than one asset to make it stand out.
Of this BMW, we notice that it’s the manufacturer’s first front wheel drive car and that it’s inspired from the general feel of the B Class. If it more or less copies the template, the 2 Series is still a bit higher.
On board, the ‘MPV’ spirit is on the agenda. Concerning the versatility, we can count on rear seats which can slide around or be folded down along the 40/20/40 split. Playing around with the rear bench, the boot goes from having a useful volume of 468 to 1’510 litres. From a practical point of view, it is also possible to fold down the front passenger seat, so that you can take an object onboard that is 2,40 metres long. Lastly, as an option, the tailgate can open automatically by using the key or simulating movements.
To give life to this compact MPV, BMW is currently offering two fuel engines and one diesel engine. For the fuel type, the 218i has a 1,5 litre three-cylinder engine giving 136 hp, whereas the 224i has a 4 cylinder that delivers 231 hp. In diesel, the 218d runs thanks to a 150 hp 2 litre engine.
In your opinion, could the Active Tourer dethrone the B Class?