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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 DCT
7.8s 129g/km 49.6 192 £32,680
The cheapest
218i SE 5dr
9.8s 131g/km 49.6 140 £27,205
The greenest
216d Luxury 5dr Step Auto
11.8s 107g/km 68.9 116 £31,500