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Car Review - BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 218i Luxury (A)
16 Jan 2015  |  BMW Reviews
BMW charts new territory with the 2 Series Active Tourer, a front-wheel drive people mover that's actually fun to drive.
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   Consumer Reviews of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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OVERALL RATING
 
4 Reviewers
4 out of 5
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Comfort
4/5 Reliability
3.5/5
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Handling
3.5/5 Features
4/5
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Exterior Styling
3.5/5 Interior Design
4/5
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Value for money
4/5 Engine Performance
3.5/5
4 out of 4 (100%) reviewers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
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CarbonFalcon
Premium User CarbonFalcon
1st Gear
33 reviews
80 points
0 forum posts Joined on 22-Nov-2012
BMW MPV - Now I've seen it all  Posted on 15 Nov 2016
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I will recommend this vehicle to a friend
Overall Rating
 
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 3/5 Features 5/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 4/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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For years I've had nothing but MPVs. They serve the family really well despite the last row not being used 80% Of the time. Of course back in the office amidst minted successful bachelors, I stood out as a sore thumb with such MPV heritage. Certainly even a cheap MX-5 was more useful in scoring a hot date than a 7 seater. And having "Plenty of space backseat" Was never a good pickup line.

After buying the 2 series, I bust into office proclaiming “I’Ve just bought a BMW!” – And imagined myself with Deal-with-it shades smoking a joint. Colleagues gawked wondering “How could a die-hard practical MPV fanatic succumb to an expensive brand that doesn't just bomb the bank, but has a dreadful maintenance fallout.”

When you look at the Active Tourer sideways, it was part hideous, part Touran-wannabe and resembled the new Kia Carens. Although an oddball and easily called ugly, the BMW logo turns it into Ron Jeremy rather than a typical fat guy that nobody wanted. Owning this felt like I had suddenly become Dwayne Johnson and could get away with sporting a fanny pack. Even my old MPV pickup line was no longer creepy. Those (hot dates) who were not really into cars didn’T really care. It was still a BMW and I'd score.

Jealous co-workers swag posing by the coffee machine and the heartbroken MX-5 guy whose hot date dumped him for a handsome half-Thai with an old BMW Z4 start to voice out - “Ah here comes the guy with the fake BMW”. True enough – This was a FWD BMW in Singapore and it feels nothing like the other BMWs in terms of driving dynamics. Nevertheless, the generous space from thin ergonomic seats, rear air-con, loads of features like the hands-free tailgate opening and BMW connected drive meant I lose none of the MPV practicality I enjoy which they don’T.

Overall, I could comfortably skip the “Rich boy” Bird of paradise show and still fit amidst the glimmering bachelors in the company. Light on the wallet, big on practicality and perhaps comparable to a car with a “Dad bod”, this BMW is a beautifully honest machine. Despite all my focus on securing hot dates, if this odd MPV were to be my date, this would be the one I’D propose to.

What I like
The 1.5 diesel engine is awesome.

Sport mode made the MPV extremely twitchy and joyful to ride – although the FWD aspect was obvious at this point.

1000km on a full tank (which cost $70) – retardedly awesome.

Servicing is cheap since it is front wheel drive - lot less components, complexity.

What I do not like
I didn’t get the Grand Tourer which had 7 seats as it costs way more. 20% 3rd row seat utilization for 25k wasn’t worth it.

Some Active Tourers seem larger than mine. Not sure why the difference. PM can't explain.

Road Tax is higher for diesel cars

Can't pump in Malaysia since their Diesel is Euro 3/4. Have to pump in Singapore before going up North.

No more rear seat trays as they were cited to be safety issues.

Not sure what to use the speed limiter for. Would have preferred cruise control

Jjchsg
Premium User Jjchsg
3rd Gear
1 reviews
310 points
112 forum posts Joined on 26-Nov-2005
Good balance on Space, Handling and Fuel Consumption  Posted on 09 Dec 2015
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 5/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 5/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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I had my 218i Active Tourer for about 6 weeks. The car is a good balance on space, power, handling and fuel consumption.
Space - good headroom and knee room. Good space in the trunk. There is a hidden compartment under the trunk floor that you can store misc items. Many small pocket of storage space around the car such as door bin, arm rest, under the front seat chair
Power & Handling - I drive mostly in Eco Pro mode. Even in Eco Pro mode, you can get good acceleration if you press hard on the throttle. The low end torque of the car is good and accelerate from start is quick. I haven't really use the sport mode yet as my car is still in run-in period. Handling is sharp and stable. Steering is a bit heavy but suits me well. Brake has good response and stop the car quickly.
Fuel Consumption - in my normal route back & forth to office, I can get about 13-14 km/l. The car has start/stop and in Eco Pro mode, coast when you lift the throttle. It is amazing how far it can coast.

What I like
1. Good power & handling while keeping fuel consumption low. I like the weighting of the steering and the firm suspension.
2. Spacious interior. Many storage pockets
3. Nice balance of feature and value for money
4. Eco Pro mode is designed with enthusiastic drive in mind. It is not overly lean toward Eco and allow occasional burst of fun
5. Speed limit function is good, more useful than cruise control, especially when you are passing known speed camera zone.
6. Gear box has great response and quietly doing all the job.

What I do not like
1. The vibration during start/stop
2. The hard Run Flat Tyre. It is hard and noisy. I would prefer normal tyre with a spare. When the set of Run Flat tyre worn out, I will switch back to normal tyre.
3. The 3 point seatbelt for the rear middle passenger is odd
4. brake dust. Lots of it covering the rim.
5. Instrument cluster does not light up during day time. It only light up in orange during the night
6. only allow 1 USB port for music. Even I use a usb hub, it still only recognize one device only.
7. the leather steering wheel is a bit "hard" on the touch.

dtkw
Premium User dtkw
Clutched
5 reviews
33 points
0 forum posts Joined on 26-Jul-2014
Same old BMW performance BUT on the front wheels  Posted on 15 Jun 2015
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 4/5
Handling 4/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 4/5 Interior Design 3/5
Value for money 4/5 Engine Performance 3/5
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Owned it for coming to 6 months now. The badge itself speaks. Though it's the first front wheels driven by BMW, frankly, it does not feel like it at all. Good control overall! Keep up the good work!

What I like
1) Sheer Driving Pleasure! Good pick up from stand till.
2) Nicely fits 4 adult with a little tiny tight for 5 grown up though :)
3) Good boot space
4) Lots of safety feature that came with the car (i.e. Lane Tracking, AUTO parallel parking, collusion warning, speed checking and many more!!!)
5) Good mileage - Manage to get 700KM on a full tank - NICE!

What I do not like
1) Noisy engine (blame it on the 3 cylinder)
2) Sounds like diesel engine
3) Takes a while to move from stand still (on auto start stop mode)
4) Tiny rims

Tay86
Clutched
14 reviews
46 points
2 forum posts Joined on 25-May-2015
Nice fit for a family of 4  Posted on 29 May 2015
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Comfort 4/5 Reliability 3/5
Handling 3/5 Features 4/5
Exterior Styling 3/5 Interior Design 5/5
Value for money 3/5 Engine Performance 4/5
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Tested this car, interior is a lot bigger than 1 series, fits 4 adults perfectly with extra space at the back for maybe 1 kid. Boot space is relatively huge. Drive is very comfy and handling is very easy to get used to.

What I like
Spacious interior
Interior design
drive comfort

What I do not like
Tall seating position
Could have been CatA COE, but is CatB because of power

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