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Car Review

BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer review

£27,205 - £37,165
Published: 08 Sep 2015
BMW brand diversification continues. A pricey people carrier, but a cut above

Good stuff

Badge cachet, fit and finish, sharpish to drive

Bad stuff

Rides firmly for a family car, expensive, a BMW people carrier?


What is it?

A potential controversy. BMW has built its reputation on rear-drive sports saloons that flatter and satisfy those who relish driving. This, though, is a people carrier with five or seven seats (called Active Tourer or Gran Tourer, respectively) that’s natively front- and optionally all-wheel drive. We doubt those spitting feathers would ever consider one, though, and those who couldn’t care less will be smitten by the badge and quality. Bingo, goes BMW: an entirely new sector of customers for us to tap into.

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Our choice from the range

What's the verdict?

Cosier and more expensive than rivals, but appealing badge and quality

The Rivals

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