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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 216i M Sport (A) Review
16 May 2023  |  BMW Reviews
Down on power by a razor-thin margin, BMW's 216i Active Tourer meticulously delivers the same, sumptuous creature comforts without notable compromises in performance.
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What We Dislike
Currently only offered in M Sport trim, meaning you cannot 'opt out' of the stiffer Adaptive M suspension
Effectively still as expensive as 218i variant (when it was launched), given today's price climate
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   Consumer Reviews of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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3.5
 
6 Consumer Reviews
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Comfort
4.0 Reliability
4.0
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Handling
4.0 Features
4.0
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Exterior Styling
3.0 Interior Design
4.0
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Value for money
3.0 Engine Performance
4.0

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Swiftgolfer
2nd Gear
9 reviews
191 points
141 forum posts Joined on 23-Jul-2015
Good enough for 5 people  Posted on 10 Jul 2023
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Comfort 4.0 Reliability 4.0
Handling 3.0 Features 4.0
Exterior Styling 3.0 Interior Design 5.0
Value for money 2.0 Engine Performance 3.0
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Drove this for about a week so far,
Comfort - better than a Kia Niro, my old mazda 3, old VW jetta and honda civic.
Reliability - cant comment yet
Handling - if you drive it for the purpose it is meant for : family.. Then no issues. Despite what BMW calls its, its not Msport in any way.
Exterior styling - ok looks depends on individual but it looks nicer than their 4 series.
Interior design - NICE! If they have the rotary knob, even better. But if you know how to us a smart phone, you know how to use this. For those that complain about no physical buttons for aircon, honestly how often do you adjust the temp while driving???
Features - cool, safety features are all there.
Value for $ - well COE is sheettt now so what can i say?
Engine performance - again like handling, if you drive the car for what it is, no complaints. If you expect 'M" Performance, look elsewhere, you are driving a small MPV, not a low-slung sports car

What I like
NICE interior..

What I do not like
price... but thats a very SG issue....


chaihot
1st Gear
2 reviews
20 points
5 forum posts Joined on 19-Sep-2016
Impressed with the BMW 216 Active Tourer  Posted on 05 Mar 2024
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Comfort 5.0 Reliability 5.0
Handling 5.0 Features 5.0
Exterior Styling 4.0 Interior Design 5.0
Value for money 4.0 Engine Performance 5.0
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Review
I recently got the BMW 216 Active Tourer, and I must say it left a lasting impression. Here's my review:

Performance: The driving experience was exceptional. The 216 Active Tourer effortlessly combines power and efficiency, providing a smooth ride with responsive handling. Whether navigating city streets or cruising on the expressway, the performance was consistently impressive.

Design and Style: BMW's commitment to sleek and modern design is evident in the 216 Active Tourer. The exterior is both stylish and dynamic, while the interior boasts a perfect blend of luxury and functionality. The spacious cabin and high-quality materials contribute to an overall sophisticated feel.

Versatility: One of the standout features for me was the versatility of the interior. The adjustable rear seats and ample cargo space make it a practical choice for families or those with an active lifestyle. The flexibility of the space truly adds to the vehicle's appeal.

Technology and Connectivity: BMW has equipped the 216 Active Tourer with cutting-edge technology. The idrive 9 infotainment system is user-friendly, and the connectivity options provide a seamless integration of Apple carplay. The advanced safety features like lane warning, blind spot and adaptive cruise control further enhance the overall driving experience. With the BMW app, I don't even have to bring my key along.

Fuel Efficiency: I was pleasantly surprised by the fuel efficiency of the 216 Active Tourer. I can get close to 8L/100km with my drive style

In conclusion, the BMW 216 Active Tourer exceeded my expectations in terms of performance, design, versatility, technology, and fuel efficiency. It's a well-rounded vehicle that caters to various needs, making it a standout choice in its category.

What I like
Idrive 9 infotaiment.

Body hugging seats

Driving select to suit your needs

Literally Keyless driving by using only my mobile phone.

What I do not like
Sound system abit lacking. Better if can opt for premium sound system.

Nothing else.


aerolith
Neutral Newbie
64 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
Fun as an MPV, hatch-like to drive on the road  Posted on 13 Aug 2023
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Comfort 3.0 Reliability 4.0
Handling 4.0 Features 3.0
Exterior Styling 3.0 Interior Design 4.0
Value for money 3.0 Engine Performance 4.0
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Review
A touch of sportiness in the ride, a good smattering of premium touches in the cabin, and alright hatch-like looks make the 2 Series Active Tourer the perfect introduction to the BMW brand.

What I like
Cabin feels well built enough, every panel feels tight, and the material use feels decent enough - remember, this in a junior premium model.

It's spacious both at the front, and at the rear, with head room especially so, although this is let down a bit by the dark surfaces used everywhere.

Actually feels fairly nimble and light on the road, even if you opt for the Cat A model - the engine comes with plenty of torque, the steering is fast enough, and gearshifts are smooth and delivered just when you'd expect them to

What I do not like
Ride really needs a bit of ironing out. It's busy even when the road isn't pockmarked, which is acceptable in a sportier vehicle, but really is a touch too much for something like this.


kingtiger
Neutral Newbie
1 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 04-Nov-2021
U can't get the best out of it in Singapore  Posted on 17 Jun 2023
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I drove it as a tourist mainly in Germany and I enjoyed it. In city context, it is a bit under powered as acceleration is just sluggish, i dont understand why not 2T, 1.5T is just neither here nor there, but suspension is good enough for me. On autobahn it allows full cruise control at 180km/h without me controling the steering and I can really rest my foot. However, due to nature of car, u can't fly it beyond 190, because the shape of car and suspension simply cannot sustain the high speed turning. Cruise speed can be adjusted by every 10km/h by a deeper flip, hence safe. Auto drive is important for traveling as u can enjoy the view (hands still on steering wheel) , it alerts u when u needs to retake control. Within one day I could trust the auto drive to quite an extent. Especially in Switzerland, where speed lowers to 130km/h at max. Its build-in GPS recognise most of the roads for auto drive in Germany, Austria and Switzerland even including the small country side roads.
It's parking assist (full surrounding in plan view and side scrap warning with visual indication) also makes it easy in European context where parking lots are really small.
But then in Singapore, if u pay so much for a car. This car is then not up to expectation, as a MPV, it sacrifised driving dynamics but boot space is not big enough. As a bmw, it is just not powerful enough. Its steering is very mediocre, can't feel the bmw caliber at all.


quippery
Neutral Newbie
78 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
BMW 2 Series Active Tourer: Small MPV; Big on ability  Posted on 18 Nov 2022
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Comfort 4.0 Reliability 4.0
Handling 4.0 Features 4.0
Exterior Styling 3.0 Interior Design 4.0
Value for money 4.0 Engine Performance 4.0
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Forget the grille, this 2 Series Active Tourer is quite the engaging thing to steer, and I suspect, own and live with as well.

What I like
Once you get past the grill, the rest of the car is actually quite the sleek looking thing. The head lights are now thinner, the body is less bulky or minibus-like in shape, and the lights at the rear are interesting to look at. The hidden tailpipes also round off the overall clean design.

Then there's the cabin, which has been tidied up by placing everything within the central curved screen. So you now get a simple little centre console where you can access everything that you cannot via the steering wheel.

134hp output also means that its mighty peppy on the go, even when loaded with three in the back. The seats here are also ok, a little firm by the standards of other MPVs but still nice to sit on if you're not too tall. If you are, there's not too much support for the thighs as the seats are not placed that tall off the floor.

Handling here is ok. The car drives simply more like a laden hatch than an MPV, so its actually rather interesting to throw about a few corners. But don't expect too much feedback from the steering wheel, and when you're driving along you'll find the start/stop system is not the best either. It stirs the cabin, and can take a bit to kick the engine back to life.

What I do not like
Yeah but that grille. Opt for a fitting colour and you'll get used to it after a while.


supresass
Neutral Newbie
56 reviews
0 points
0 forum posts Joined on 07-Apr-2021
Luxury motoring for the family  Posted on 06 Nov 2022
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Comfort 4.0 Reliability 4.0
Handling 4.0 Features 4.0
Exterior Styling 3.0 Interior Design 4.0
Value for money 4.0 Engine Performance 4.0
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Review
Let's get real. You're comparing this against the Mercedes B-Class, so why get the BMW instead? It's more engaging to drive, and the cabin just feels like it will better withstand the abuse of a few school children.

What I like
Simple. From a practical standpoint, the build quality here just feels better. It's not as flash as the Mercedes, but it all feels solidly put together.

And its a nice drive as well. Sporty enough to thrill and yet still spacious for a car of its footprint at the rear. Engine has a torquey output, and never feels sluggish until you test the very end of the rev range. Sounds decent as well.

What I do not like
BMW Curved display here is actually smaller when it comes to total display size next to the more expensive BMWs. It's clear and easy enough to figure but the black sections look a bit off.

Be careful to to accidentally flick the gear selector forwards/backwards when you're looking for the volume control on the centre console.

Seats at the rear feel a little short, so you sit with only a little support for your thighs.

Start/stop system could be a bit faster and cabin could be more isolated from its operation.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
3.5 stars - based on 6 reviews