What is it?
BMW's new compact front-wheel-drive MPV in entry-level diesel form - the 216d Active Tourer.
It shares its 1.5-litre, 114bhp and 199 lb ft three-cylinder diesel engine with the Mini Cooper D, in this case mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. This is a downsized engine and an ample-feeling one when fitted to the 1130kg Mini, but here it's hauling 1440kg.
The Active Tourer looks compact on the outside but it's a roomy MPV with all the versatility features needed in this segment, even if some are available only as optional extras. Among the most relevant ones is the folding front passenger seatback, which allows 2.4m-long loads to be carried.
The rear seat can be folded 40/20/40 (with electric remote release catches as an option), while it can also slide forward 130mm and have its backrests adjustable for angle. All of this increases the luggage capacity from 420 litres, or alternatively makes for more kneeroom for those using the back seats. There are 70 litres of storage space under the boot floor, and some quite generous smaller storage cubbies around the cabin.