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BMW unveils 2 Series Active Tourer

Set to go on sale in the UK from September and priced from £23k, the five-seater MPV will offer practicality along with CO2 figures starting from a provisional 109g/km for the launch engines. Four-wheel drive and seven-seater versions will join later in the year.

The 2 Series Active Tourer offers compact dimensions of just 4,342mm long (only marginally longer than a BMW 1 Series), 1,800mm wide and 1,555mm in height, making it slightly shorter, wider and lower than the rivalling Mercedes B-Class.

Despite its compact exterior length, the new model is said to offer luxury-class legroom, particularly in the rear, and there’s also an optional panoramic roof and the A-pillar triangle window, both of which also improve all-round visibility.

Boot space is 468 litres rising to 1,510, with a flat loading floor and a 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest fitted as standard. To add to its MPV practicality, there’s also a sliding rear seat, allowing either knee room or luggage space to be increased as required, while the backrest can be adjusted to recline for the three rear seats or sit more upright for extra luggage space.

In line with the move to front-wheel drive, the 2 Series Active Tourer features a newly developed chassis. There’s also optional electronically controlled dampers, which offer a choice of two different chassis settings whilst optional Variable Sports Steering and M Sport models arrive later in 2014.

The model also features all-new transverse engines, including a brand-new 134bhp three-cylinder diesel engine seen in the MINI and which forms part of a newly developed modular family offering light weight, high-performance and fuel-efficiency, with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The result is CO2 emissions of 115g/km and a combined fuel figure of 57.6mpg for both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic.

The initial line-up will also offer a 148bhp four-cylinder diesel engine with 109g/km and 68.9mpg combined in six-speed manual and offering the same CO2 with the optional eight-speed auto.

Joining the line-up after launch will be the higher-power 225i with xDrive four-wheel-drive alongside 220i, 216d, 220d and 220d xDrive Active Tourer models.

All transmissions feature Auto Start-Stop, while the automatic versions further improve vehicle efficiency with a coasting function.

In addition to the entry-level SE version, Sport, Luxury and M Sport models will be offered in the UK. Standard and optional features include full colour Head-Up Display – marked out as first in the segment – as well as a new Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. There’s also a new Parking Assistant, which operates at speeds below 22mph.

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer arrives in UK dealers on 27 September and will start from less than £23,000 OTR.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.