BMW's first family five-seater will have to work hard to convince our tester.
Mathis Kurrat, Car tester
Mathis says one rule has been in place for generations: BMW has rear-wheel drive. The 2 Series Active Tourer is the first BMW to break with that tradition; it usually comes with front-wheel drive. If desired, you can get it with the all-wheel xDrive. And that not only soothes your conscience and your pride -- because who wants a front-wheel-drive BMW -- the car also handles better.
The 2 Series Active Tourer handles with typical BMW excellence. The gasoline-powered engine we're testing is the most powerful of the series: four cylinders give 170 kilowatts of power to the all-wheel xDrive. The 8-speed Steptronic transmission lets you sprint from zero to 100 in 6-point-3 seconds. And fuel consumption is only 6-point-5 liters per 100 kilometers.
Mathis is pleased at the range of materials used in the 2-Series Active Tourer. Foamed plastic over the instrument panel, leather on the dashboard, hardwood trim on the door... He says it looks very stylish.
The best thing about the Active Tourer is the space it offers. The trunk holds 468 liters and can be expanded to 1510 liters -- more than enough for the kids' toys. The exterior is convincing too, with its compact dimensions and dynamic design. The car's message is clear: this vehicle is designed to accompany active people.
The version of the 2-Series Active Tourer that we tested costs 40,000 euros in Germany. A stiff price for an atypical BMW.