New BMW 2 Series Active Tourer ‘Completely Reengineered’
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New BMW 2 Series Active Tourer ‘Completely Reengineered’

More power, better comfort and added safety - that’s what lease customers can expect with the brand new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which has been ‘completely reengineered’ according to the German manufacturer.

The 2 Series Active Tourer is a somewhat left-field car from BMW. There’s nothing really to compare it with in the Audi line-up, for example.

It was first unveiled back in 2014 as the manufacturer’s first MPV, sitting in the range alongside the traditional BMW SUVs, executive saloons and sophisticated estates.

But BMW sees the 2 Series Active Tourer of something of a gateway car, luring buyers to the brand for the first time, and it also fills a really important niche, being considered a cut above the likes of the VW Touran or the Ford S-Max.

And now a generous update makes the 2 Series Active Tourer an even more enticing package for busy families on a budget. 

Here’s some of the headline stats so you can get a feel for what has changed with this update. 

Firstly, there’s more power on offer, thanks to a rejuvenated version of BMW’s 48V mild hybrid technology. That hybrid wizardry is fitted to the two petrol engines available from launch - the 220i and the 223i.

A BMW spokesperson explains: “Mild hybrid technology has enabled the BMW 223i and 220i Active Tourer models to deliver improved driving dynamics and optimised efficiency. The 48V electric motor acts as a starter generator and power booster for the engine and is now integrated into the automatic transmission. It delivers an extra 19hp when pulling away from a standstill, or during mid-range acceleration. The starter generator enhances the smoothness of the Auto Start Stop function, with the energy required stored in a 48V battery located underneath the boot, charged by recuperation during overrun and braking.”

The 220i offers power of 170 hp while returning up to 48mpg, while the 223i gives you some decent grunt - 218 hp and a 0-62mph time of just 7.0 seconds flat.

There’s also a 150 hp ‘218d’ diesel mill that’s even more economical, giving you close to 60mpg. Meanwhile, a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission also comes as standard.

One of the other big selling points for the new 2 Series Active Tourer is the uprated interior. It now gets the BMW Operating System 8, as well as the next generation of the BMW iDrive control system with swanky 10.25 inch curved display, which has been pilfered from the fully-electric BMW iX and BMW i4.

There’s also a suite of driver assistance systems fitted as standard, including cruise control with brake function, a no-overtaking indicator, front-collision warning and lane departure warning.

There are nips and tucks to the exterior and styling in order to ‘increase road presence’ and to improve aerodynamics while reducing wind noise. It’s also larger than the old car - by 32mm in length, 24mm in width, and 21mm in height. Full LED headlights now come as standard

It can be had in Sport, Luxury and M Sport trims.

And in 2022, two plug-in hybrid models will also be added to the range, in the form of the 230e xDrive and 225e xDrive Active Tourer, with considerable power of up to 326 hp.

A BMW spokesperson adds: “In both models, the electric motor acts on the rear wheels while a three-cylinder petrol engine drives the front wheels. With the aid of an intelligent powertrain management system, this results in all-wheel drive that delivers exceptional sportiness, directional stability and traction in all driving situations.”

It’s available to order now and priced from £30,265.

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