The first-generation 2 Series Active Tourer never sat well with BMW traditionalists, but it sold some 430,000 units worldwide over the past eight years, so a second- generation model was inevitable.
It is no surprise, then, to find the second-generation model follows its predecessor closely. New detailing and tauter surfacing gives a much sharper appearance, and it is more aerodynamically efficient.
At 4386mm long, 1824mm wide and 1576mm high, the new Active Tourer is just 67mm longer and 25mm wider but a good 142mm higher than the latest BMW 1 Series hatchback. The generous height and wide-opening doors make for easy entry to both the front and the rear seats.
Inside, the new BMW is modelled closely on the new iX. The interior has a more premium feel, with a curved screen housing both 10.3in instrument and 10.7in infotainment displays. Notably, there’s no iDrive controller; instead, most functions are controlled via the touchscreen.
A pod between the front seats houses a gearbox controller and an electric handbrake. Ahead of it is a large stowage bin, and there are largish bins in each door. You sit a good 120mm higher than in the 1 Series hatch, with a commanding view ahead and excellent all-round vision, making the Active Tourer well conceived for city driving.
A further draw is the clever use of space by combustion engine car standards. As well as offering greater head, elbow and shoulder room than before, there are up to 470 litres of boot space, or some 90 litres more than the 1 Series hatch, when the rear seat is pushed all the way forward.