The 2 Series tourer is a good option for families

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BMW has entered new territory with its first mini-MPV

Posted: 17 February 2014 Time: 09:41

BMW’s new 2 Series Active Tourer sees the manufacturer expand into yet another niche – crucially, this one is the company’s first mini-MPV and its first front-wheel drive model.

The second member of the new 2 Series range, the newcomer is 4342mm long, 1800mm wide and 1555mm tall and its compact dimensions should make it worthy of a glance from young families.

To maximise the use of space inside the cabin, BMW engineers are said to have opted for a front-wheel drive configuration. The front occupants also sit higher than they would in a conventional sedan, aiding all-round visibility.

The luggage space can be expanded from 468 to 1510 litres, while the 40/20/40 split rear seat back will also be useful when carrying larger items. The foldable boot floor also conceals a handy storage tray.

Despite its radical new (for BMW) body shape, the 2 Series Active Tourer can still be distinguished as a BMW by its kidney grille, twin circular headlights, Hofmeister kink and its L-shaped tail lights.

The new model will be powered by a range of new turbocharged three and four cylinders, while a comprehensive suite of EfficientDynamics items will further reduce the car’s impact on the environment.

Models such as the three-cylinder 1.5-litre 218i Active Tourer (4.9 litres/100km; 115g/km) and the 225i Active Tourer (6 litres/100km; 139g/km) are destined for South Africa. The 218d Active Tourer will not be sold in SA.

Two trim levels – Sport Line and Luxury Line – will be available when the 2 Series Active Tourer goes on sale here in October 2014. The M Sport package will be available from November.

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