There are three suspension specifications offered on the car (normal, M Sport and adaptively damped) and three power steering configurations (normal, Servotronic variable assistance and a quicker variable-ratio system).
On standard springs, adaptive dampers, Servotronic steering and sensible 17-inch wheels, the 2 Series has the breadth of dynamic ability that cars like this need to cope with day-to-day family life – and to do it with aplomb.
There may be a smidgen too much steering weight for the stereotypical MPV driver at times, but there’s certainly fine response and precision that more than make up for it.
Grip is as tenacious as it needs to be – high enough that you can drive the 2 Series as hard as you would any five-door diesel hatchback on the road without ever really being made aware that you’re in an MPV.
Body control is unusually stout for something so upright. If it weren’t a BMW, you’d argue that the car could afford to roll a little more in corners and be a bit less fussy for head toss and other high-frequency body disturbances over a patchy surface. Still, the ride is quiet and fairly supple in town and deals with potholes well.
Only experience will tell if the same is true of the car in other states of tune, but the 2 Series as tested does a better job of mixing compliance with dynamism than most compact MPVs. It’s a vastly more rounded drive than the stiff-legged Mercedes-Benz B-Class, but whether it beats a Ford C-Max or Golf SV is less clear cut.