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BMW 2 SERIES ACTIVE TOURER 220i Luxury 5dr DCT

BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
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BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT
BMW 2 SERIES 220i Luxury 5dr DCT

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG50.40
  • 0-62mph7.4 secs
  • Top Speed142 mph
  • C02127 g/km
  • BHP192
  • Torque207 lbs/f
  • P11D26%

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.

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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.

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 £26,000 and rise to around £35,000. 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 28 mile all-electric driving range. Combined fuel consumption is 122.8mpg, which equates to CO2 emissions of 52g/km. 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.

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Driver Convenience
Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface with bluetooth audio streaming
Forward collision warning
Rear parking distance control
Servotronic variable electric power steering (EPS)
Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button
Active Guard
Attentiveness assist
Automatic tailgate operation
BMW emergency call
BMW Online services
BMW remote services
BMW Teleservices
Brake pad wear indicator, front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
Cruise control with brake function
Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
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 and ice warning
Optimum shift indicator
Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Real time traffic information
Service interval indicator
Speed limiter
Entertainment
6 speakers
2 USB sockets in rear
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3
DAB Digital radio
Exterior Features
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Chrome line exterior trim
Heated door mirrors
High beam assistant
Model designation
Solid paint
Body colour - front and rear bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, roof mouldings
Clear lenses direction indicator lights
Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
Dynamic brake lights
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
Exclusive front door sill finishers with BMW designation
Follow me home headlights
Front air inlet with chrome finish
Green tinted heat protection glazing
Halogen headlights
Headlight beam throw control
Heated windscreen washer jets
High level third brake light
Kidney grille with 12 Chrome fronted vertical slats
LED daytime running lights
LED front fog lights
Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear bumper with chrome finisher
Rear fog lights
Rear window aerial
Rear window wiper integrated under roof spoiler
Reversing light in rear light cluster
Shark fin antenna
Twin chrome exhaust tailpipes
Visible VIN plate
Interior Features
Standard seat for driver and passenger with manual adjustment
12V power socket in centre console + front with blanking plug
Automatic two zone climate control air conditioning
Central locking switches for door, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trim
Front armrest
Front head restraints
Glovebox with light
Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is opened
LED ambient lighting in door trim
Luggage compartment access via BMW roundel
Luggage compartment lighting
Multi-function controls for steering wheel
Rear centre armrest
Sliding rear seat bench
Steering wheel column manual adjustment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
Three rear headrests
Three spoke sport leather steering wheel
Two cupholders
Velour floor mats
Welcome lighting
Packs
BMW Navigation pack - 2 Series
No smoker package
Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer
Safety
Collision mitigation braking system
3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt buckles
Airbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
Battery safety cut-off
Brake drying
Brake energy regeneration
Braking lock
Braking readiness
Child proof locking system in rear door
Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated hand brake
Front ventilated disc brakes
Hill start assist
Rear disc brakes
Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
Seatbelt warning
Side impact protection
Twin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Trim
Fineline stream wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish
Contrast stitching on instrument panel
Wheels
17" Burnished multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in ferric grey - style 547
BMW mobility tyre sealing system
Reduced rolling resistance tyres
Security
Locking wheel bolts
Remote control with integrated key with silver highlight
Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
Technical
Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
Dual clutch sport automatic transmission
Electronic differential lock
Intervention on the front axle when DSC deactivated
Lightweight engineering
Emissions - ICE
CO 0.462
CO2 (g/km) 133
HC 0.019
Noise Level dB(A) 70
NOx 0.033
Particles 0.0005
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 174
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 168
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 175
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 170
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 148
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 143
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 231
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 226
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 172
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 165
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B48A20M1
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TWIN TURBO
Gears 7 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 48.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 53.3
EC Urban (mpg) 40.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 7.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 10.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 10
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 7.3
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 38.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 36.7
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 37.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 43.5
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 27.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 28.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 37.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 38.7
General
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 192
Coin Description i
Coin Series Luxury
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 21E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 7.4
Engine Power - BHP 192
Engine Power - KW 141
Engine Power - RPM 5000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 207
Engine Torque - MKG 28.6
Engine Torque - NM 280
Engine Torque - RPM 1350
Top Speed 142
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle NEDC Correlated
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 205/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear 205/55 R17
Tyre Size Spare TYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel Style MULTI-SPOKE STYLE 547
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1555
Length 4354
Wheelbase 2670
Width 1800
Width (including mirrors) 2038
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 51
Gross Vehicle Weight 1970
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1510
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 468
Max. Loading Weight 565
Max. Roof Load 75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1500
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 730
Minimum Kerbweight 1405
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.3

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £363.99 p/m £31.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £416.99 p/m £43.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £461.99 p/m £52.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £331.99 p/m £30.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £377.99 p/m £34.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £406.99 p/m £64.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £306.99 p/m £23.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £336.99 p/m £52.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £356.99 p/m £76.99 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £436.99 p/m £38.99 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £500.99 p/m £51.99 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £553.99 p/m £63.99 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £398.99 p/m £37.99 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £453.99 p/m £40.99 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £487.99 p/m £77.99 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £367.99 p/m £27.99 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £403.99 p/m £62.99 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £427.99 p/m £91.99 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
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Include Maintenance

* This deal is subject to a £100+vat document fee.

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
Apple car play £235.00
BMW Navigation plus system FOC
Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging £395.00
Front/rear Parking distance control £295.00
Head up Display FOC
Park assist system with steering assist FOC
Reversing assist camera £290.00
Variable sport steering £220.00
Wifi hotspot preparation FOC
Entertainment
BMW advanced loudspeaker system £295.00
Harman/Kardon loudspeaker system £600.00
Exterior Features
Bike rack preparation £160.00
Black roof rails £170.00
Car jack FOC
Detachable towbar £600.00
Electric folding exterior door mirrors £190.00
Electrically heated folding and driver auto dimming exterior door mirrors with memory and anti-dazzle £420.00
High gloss shadow line £180.00
Icon Adaptive LED headlights £1,070.00
LED Headlights £680.00
Matt aluminium roof rails £245.00
Metallic paint £560.00
Model designation deletion FOC
Panoramic opening glass sunroof £945.00
Sun protection glass £300.00
Xirallic paint £560.00
Interior Features
Anthracite headlining £150.00
Driver and front passenger heated seats £315.00
Electric front seat adjust - drivers with memory £650.00
Electrically adjustable lumbar support for driver and front passenger £195.00
Folding rear tray tables £145.00
Front sports seats with electric side bolster adjustment £395.00
Heated steering wheel £160.00
Luggage compartment separating net £105.00
Passenger seat foldable backrest £145.00
Ski bag £90.00
Packs
Comfort pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £1,040.00
Driver pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £630.00
Driving assistant pack - 2 Series Active Tourer £495.00
Extended lights package - 2 Series Active Tourer £220.00
Smokers pack - 2 Series £25.00
Tech pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £1,260.00
Vision pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer £1,175.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Black sapphire £560.00
Metallic - Glacier Silver £560.00
Metallic - Jucaro Beige £560.00
Metallic - Mediterranean blue £560.00
Metallic - Mineral grey £560.00
Metallic - Mineral white £560.00
Metallic - Sparkling Brown £560.00
Metallic - Sunset orange £560.00
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Solid - Jet black FOC
Xirallic - Flamenco red £560.00
Xirallic - Imperial blue £560.00
Security
Comfort access system with smart opener £350.00
Technical
Adaptive suspension £390.00
Larger capacity fuel tank £40.00
M sports suspension £240.00
Trim
Brushed aluminium interior trim with pearl chrome finish FOC
Dakota leather - Black with grey stitching FOC
Dakota leather - Mocha Brown with chestnut stitching FOC
Dakota leather - Oyster with grey stitching FOC
Fineline tide wood interior trim with pearl chrome finish FOC
High gloss black interior trim with pearl chrome finish FOC
Wheels
17" Burnished multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in ferric grey - style 547 with run flat tyres £180.00
17" Double spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 385 with run flat tyres £180.00
17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 546 FOC
17" Multi-spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 546 with run flat tyres £180.00
17" V spoke alloy wheels finished in reflex silver - style 479 with run flat tyres £180.00
18" Burnished star spoke alloy wheels finished in orbit grey- style 512 with run flat tyres £545.00
18" Burnished Y spoke alloy wheels finished in ferric grey - style 484 with run flat tyres £545.00
Run flat tyres FOC
Space saver spare wheel £75.00
* option prices shown are estimated