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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:BMW 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer

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


Badge cachet, fit and finish, sharpish to drive


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.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
220i Luxury 5dr [Nav] Step Auto
7.4s 130g/km 50.4 192 £29,640
The cheapest
218i SE 5dr [Nav]
9.3s 119g/km 55.4 136 £24,055
The greenest
225xe Luxury 5dr [Nav] Auto
6.7s 46g/km 141.2 224 £34,410
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