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.