The BMW Series 2 Active Tourer is the first minivan BMW a new market segment that until now had not been occupied by the German mark and the first model BMW offered with front-wheel drive instead of rear although throughout the year will reach more mechanical versions and xDrive intelligent AWD readapted and modified specifically for this model. Built on the same platform released by the new MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S features new turbocharged three four-cylinder and the ends of the BMW EfficientDynamics technology and the wide range of connectivity through BMW ConnectedDrive.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has a wheelbase of 2670 mm a length of just 4342 mm a width of 1800 mm and a height of 1555 mm conforming dimensions of compact MPV and a roofline somewhat higher which creates a greater sense of relief the cabin especially in the rear. The driver and front passenger seats have higher than normal in a BMW but are well placed to improve visibility and access. These sports seats Sport trim hold very well and have lateral projections for better grip and multiple settings for all kinds of drivers.
Inside the quality is noticeable at first glance with elements and assembly quality reminiscent of the rest of the BMW range. Stresses the console design that is oriented towards the driver. Whether it is a car designed for families is reflected in the numerous holes and slide scattered around the interior and optional folding passenger seat or the big hole underneath the armrest. Below the floor is a vain practical that can be exploited in several ways.
On the back have very comfortable seats with a backrest adjustable tilt of the three rear seats that can increase the comfort level or more space available in the trunk according to create appropriate. The tailgate is very wide and has a large opening angle for convenient access to the load compartment. The gate is opened or closed automatically by pressing a button. In option we have the possibility of making a move open with his foot under the rear bumper.
The trunk has a variable volume between 468 and 1510 liters with the back of the rear seats folded as it does in proportions 40:20:40. In addition the trunk can be exploited in various ways as the rear seat bench can scroll horizontally up to 150 mm. Therefore it is possible to enlarge the luggage compartment or increase the space available to the knees as needed.
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is the first segment model can be equipped with a standard Head-Up Display option. This system projects a full color image right in the view of the driver providing relevant information for driving. The projection is not performed on the windshield but on a transparent plate which is retractable between the steering wheel and windshield. Thus the driver receives all important information without having to look away from the traffic. We really like this solution but the reality is that few times you look at this system because we used to looking indicators dashboard.
Assistance systems offered by BMW ConnectedDrive and in addition infotainment solutions manage to increase safety and comfort level of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Our unit no rider but we can equip our Active Tourer with such novel elements as the assistant driving traffic delays (Traffic Jam assist) and cruise control with "Stop and Go" function that use a camera that offers the 2D images necessary to provide a system that seems to us essential jams. Both audio equipment high quality as the browser has malfunctioned.
The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer was a challenge for the Bavarian brand because it is the first front-wheel drive range. But they have done well showing that they are able to make a front-wheel drive minivan that dynamically competent. It counts with a new chassis with front axle Single-joint spring strut and multi-link rear axle. The address is electromagnetic and we think it is more supported than in Series 2 Coupe (see test). The information gives the driver the address is correct but we wish it were less power at least in the dynamic program "Sport".
Dynamically it is a noble car and BMW touch which gives it a firmer note behavior. It will tell you exactly where to go but it's not a sports car at least not with the standard suspension although in this version "Sport" is harder than most minivans on the market. Without being very tough well filtered uneven terrain and fairly limited body movements. With engines that power the car is good but with more powerful engines need tougher suspensions and tires appropriate to the performance of Active Tourer.
The Bridgestone Turanza riding unit tests measure 205 / 55R16 penalized him too much as you demanded a "FLAP INFLATABLE" very charged a little extra grip. Best of dynamic section brakes are powerful and well metered even though the brake pedal had too much travel.
The engine of BMW 218i Active Tourer is a new three-cylinder high performance. It is a 1500 cc turbo engine with 136 hp maximum power. The average consumption is 4.9 l / 100 km and CO2 emissions are 115 g / km with manual six-speed gearbox. It has a top speed of 205 km / h. This block petrol 1.5 liter three-cylinder that yields 136 hp is the same engine that equips the new MINI from the new i8 hybrid sports with logical modifications to suit the Active Tourer. Associate in this case to a 6-speed automatic seems a very interesting engine.
It's powerful smooth power delivery very linear and a total absence of vibrations and noises. It seemed to us a truly delicious motor. The Active Tourer has three driving program "Eco Pro" "Comfort" and "Sport". In the latter mode is where most noticeable difference being faster to throttle requests; in fact changes to the engine sound becoming bronco. The 218i has shown great promise in the consumptions made during the test. In our test we have achieved an average consumption of 6.1 liters per 100 kilometers making normal driving but economic leadership we are confident of reaching be around 5 liters smoothly in the case of a petrol car are very significant figures.
We believe that BMW's strategy of expanding its range by an expanding segment where premium offer was focused on a single manufacturer also German is very successful. It is certainly a very competitive segment with general models that offer good performance sufficient quality and versatility but BMW has decided to play the card of technology offering a car to last in terms of assistance systems and motors driving modern and very efficient.
Valid for family enjoyment and for those looking for a versatile vehicle in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer find the perfect vehicle for your needs. The BMW Series 2 Active Tourer 218i is available from 28500 euros and the range starts from 27900 up to 40200 euros.
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