MPV of the Year
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
The original 2 Series Active Tourer was a runaway success for BMW, so the brand made the new model even better. It has greater road presence thanks to its more dynamic design, and its cockpit has grown more advanced, featuring BMW's latest Curved Display and Operating System 8. Motivating the Active Tourer is a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder, which sends 134bhp and 230Nm to the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
Special Features
MPVs may seem like boring cars to committed enthusiasts, but they cater to a segment of buyers in need of quality family transport. That's one of the main reasons for the success of the 2 Series Active Tourer. With around 430,000 units sold, BMW definitely had to follow it up with a new model.

The German carmaker's effort here is on display the moment you set eyes on the car. It looks sharper than before, with a lower ride height giving it a more dynamic character. There's nothing about its design that screams 'family taxi'.

Climb aboard and you'll discover a high-tech cabin with the brand's Curved Display, which neatly houses the 10.25-inch customisable instrument cluster, and 10.7-inch infotainment display. BMW's latest Operating System 8 is standard.

Goodies include a native navigation system with augmented reality, which projects virtual arrows on the live camera footage to tell you where to turn. It's even more useful than following a 2D map.

Other nifty cockpit elements include a gearshift tab, along with a what resembles a giant clip to keep your smartphone in place. It's a thoughtful touch since everyone today uses such devices.

The 2 Series Active Tourer may only be a five-seater, but it's practical nonetheless. Boot capacity is 470 litres with the rear bench in place, and 1,455 litres when it's folded. Speaking of folding, the 40:20:40 split-folding backrests add to the MPV's versatility.

Given the car's relatively compact size, the turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder powering it is just nice. Capable of 134bhp and 230Nm, it propels the 2 Series Active Tourer from zero to 100km/h in just nine seconds. That makes it nippy family transport, too.