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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

(2022 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

71
%
B

Safety Rating:

90
%
A

Eco Rating:

76
%
A

Reliability Rating:

82
%
B

Running Costs:

61
%
B

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

76
%
A

Used car score:

76
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

71
%
B

Safety Rating:

90
%
A

Eco Rating:

76
%
A

Reliability Rating:

82
%
B

Running Costs:

61
%
B

Summary


Now in its second generation, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is a mid-sized people carrier built on the same platform as the BMW 1 Series hatchback and BMW X1 SUV.

Arriving on UK roads in Spring 2022, the 2 Series Active Tourer is available with a range of petrol and diesel engine options as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain. All models are fitted with an automatic gearbox.

Reviewer reaction to the latest iteration of the Active Tourer has been mixed – with review scores ranging from average to exceptional. The majority of the criticism it has received to date is in relation to its exterior styling, which Car calls “very bulbous and round”.

Despite its “chunky disposition”, Honest John comments that the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer drives well, with surprisingly agile handling, although What Car? is not impressed with the “firm” ride comfort. The Active Tourer has received plenty of praise for its interior trim, which Top Gear describes as “roomy and well-appointed”, and its infotainment, which What Car? says is the best in its class.

Many journalists have found the pricing questionable, as there are more spacious people carriers available for far less. Auto Express questions the Active Tourer’s existence entirely, its reviewer puzzled by BMW’s commitment to an people carrier class that is “dwindling in importance”, when the brand already has a wide range of capable SUVs.

Conversely, the Sunday Times asserts that the Active Tourer does appeal to an audience – those who need the practicality of a people carrier without wanting to compromise on cabin quality and performance. “If you prefer to enjoy the finer things in life, including a car that drives with genuine quality, then this BMW is unlikely to disappoint.”

As of January 2024, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer holds a New Car Expert Rating of A, with a score of 76%. based on 15 different UK reviews.

2 Series Active Tourer highlights

  • Plenty of legroom and headroom
  • High quality interior trim
  • Responsive handling by MPV standards
  • Class-leading infotainment

2 Series Active Tourer lowlights

  • Polarising looks
  • Noisy at motorway speeds
  • Other MPVs offer more value-for-money
  • Rather rigid ride comfort

Key specifications


Body style: Compact MPV
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £34,040 on-road

Launched: Spring 2022
Last updated: N/A
Replacement due: TBA


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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: October 2022
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 88%
Child protection: 81%
Vulnerable road users: 79%
Safety assist: 92%

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

Model tested: 220i Petrol FWD Automatic

Overall score: 3 stars
Date tested: February 2024
Read the full Green NCAP review

Clean Air Index: 7.5 / 10
Energy Efficiency Index: 4.7 / 10
Greenhouse Gas Index: 3.1 / 10

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The BMW 2 Series has a very good reliability rating of 74%, according to workshop data provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our partner, MotorEasy. This score covers all versions of the 2 Series (Coupé, Convertible, Gran Coupé, Active Tourer and Grand Tourer) for both the current generation and previous models.

The most expensive repair bills tend to be gearbox-related, and those are expensive with an average bill of more than £2,300. Fortunately, they’re not too common. Fuel system faults have an average repair cost of about £1,300, so look out for those as well. The most frequently-seen issues to date relate to the electrical system, with an average repair bill of about £600.

If you own a BMW 2 Series, or are interested in buying a used 2 Series model of any sort, make sure that any used car warranty you buy covers these problem areas.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models47 mpgC46 – 48 mpgC – C
Diesel models58 mpgB57 – 59 mpgA – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models136 g/kmB132 – 148 g/kmA – B
Diesel models128 g/kmA126 – 130 g/kmA – A
Plug-in hybrid models15 g/kmA14 – 15 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models27B22 – 29A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£216B
Year 2£498A
Year 3£847B
Year 4£1,096B
Year 5£1,451B
Overall£4,108B

The running costs for a BMW 2 Series Active Tourer should be pretty affordable, according to data exclusively provided by our partner Clear Vehicle Data.

The fuel efficiency of of petrol models is average when compared to the market as a whole, but is higher than average when compared to other people carriers of its size. The diesel variant is one of the most economical ICE-powered people carriers on the market, offering 58 mpg.

Insurance premiums are cheaper than average, and service and maintenance costs should be quite affordable over the course of five years of ownership.

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