The minivan is not dead

The minivan is not dead


Although Renault is suspending the production of its Scénic, claiming that customers are leaving the small car, the propeller brand continues to sign with the launch of its new Series 2 Active Tourer. And to drive the point home, BMW continues to offer a powerful version of the 150 horsepower, a model we were able to try on Brittany roads. Je! Will this little German car ever be able to emerge from the famous SUVs? Is it still appropriate to keep this type of vehicle in your range?, moreover with a diesel engine? The questions we wanted to answer in this essay.

BMW 2 Active Tourer test: good face lift

Arrived eight years ago, when the small car market was ready to decline, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer had to be updated in 2022 to protect its customers. Because yes, it must be said that, since the appearance of SUVs, the minivan market has declined significantly. Surprisingly, moreover, today, almost all BMW and Mercedes keep similar models in their ranks, even though they were slow to deliver the minivan.

But why do you want to continue when so many are leaving the scene? Quite easily because your customers (still) exist! Indeed, with a market share of around 10% in its range, BMW legitimately wanted to update its 2 Series Active Tourer. However, due to a lack of real customers, the Gran Tourer version of 7 seats disappeared from the list.

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Now let’s talk about the beauty of this new Tourer BMW 2 Series Active, which undoubtedly preserves its monovolume form. Like the new designs presented, the German MPV is taking on a large bean, made with closed headlights that give this new Tourer a 2 Series Active kachet. In addition, the cutting edge at the junction of the bonnet / windshield is better controlled than the previous generation.

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In the background, the lights set more and overflow (as in the previous generation) on the wings. In general, this provides a certain balance in general, and yet more visible than its predecessor. Note that we get a height of 3 cm and about 2 cm in width and height compared to the previous generation.

BMW 2 Active Tourer test: switch inside

If the exterior style retains the main lines of the previous generation, the interior changes more. Indeed, the passenger compartment picks up a two-digit panel, slightly curved and turned toward the driver.

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The first column is dedicated to the cockpit vessel. It can be fully configured and offers 10.25 inches, while the second, touch screen, 10.7 inches, includes all infotainment (GPS system, car information, etc.). This allows the disappearance of the iDrive system wheel (first!) And clearing the central console. As an option, it is possible to select a title display.

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In addition to the modernity of this interior compared to the original opus, the quality of the materials and modifications are impressive. There is plenty of storage, as well as a float station cone. It is also independent of modularity and comfortable seating. The back seat of the bench, which can be split 40/20/40 and can be lifted, slides about 14 cm. Legroom is good, as is headroom. Three adults can significantly enjoy the ride without being constrained.

However, stem volume remains moderate as it rotates between 470 and 1,455 liters depending on the configuration. That is the same amount of cargo as its predecessor. But this new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer benefits from the automatic rear gate that makes it easier to unlock your hands when loaded.

BMW 2 Active Tourer test: full of technology

Although many manufacturers offer many fines, this BMW 2 Series Active Tourer has a unique limit. 3 levels of finishes. But do not worry, like any good charge, they can be integrated with hardware packages that expand the list of options and possible options.

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The so-called entry level is decorated with LED lights, navigation and integrated services, front and rear parking support and rear camera, cruise / limiter control, dual climate and direct tailgate.

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Two files follow. The first, called Luxury (it was our test model), is more bourgeois. So it includes 17-inch rims, leather upholstery or even wooden inserts inside.

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The second is more “sport”, and is simply called Sport. It takes Alcantara upholstery, SelectDrive controlled suspension, M aerodynamic pack and Top seats.

BMW 2 Active Tourer test: well-known and moderate mechanics

Using this new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Munich brand continues to believe in diesel since our experimental design was adorned with the only 4-cylinder diesel version of 150 horsepower, much less. During our nearly 900-mile journey, our consumption was limited to 4.8 liters per 100 kilometers and nearly 600 kilometers of highway.

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And this without a small 48 V hybrid! However, consumption can be played up to 7 liters per 100 km while the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is used in the city.

And in terms of infection? With this new generation of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the Munich brand has opted not to release the automatic gearbox. The only gearbox offered is the dual-clutch version, which is as comfortable as ever. Only minor interruptions can occur during startup, especially when the engine is cold. But there is nothing to worry about.

BMW 2 Active Tourer test: onion chassis

In terms of road maintenance, this BMW 2 Series Active Tourer accelerates with the right front axle. We are really happy to connect the turns of the winding road. Even if the suspension turns out to be a bit rigid, holes or any speed bumps have good humidity.

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In addition, the operation is pleasant in all conditions. Whether in the city or on the highway, it is best to be smooth in the city and to be comfortable on the highway or highway. And that is without relying on its very short turning radius, which simplifies the maneuver in the city.

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And in terms of acoustic, what does it offer? Indeed, considering that our test model had a unique version of diesel, we would expect parasitic noise / some vibrations. No. The brand with the propeller has worked hard at this point (which was slightly criticized for the previous generation).

BMW 2 Active Tourer Series Test: just one rival

The new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is like the last of the Mohicans in the minivan world. Indeed, on the generalist side, not many people left with buyers of this type of car will have to be satisfied with Volkswagen Touran and Ford Galaxy and S-Max. The Citroen C4 SpaceTourer has just released a towel and the Renault Scénic has recently been discontinued.

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But there is still one that can undermine the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, it is its direct competitor, namely the Mercedes B-Class. This was a very modern day in 2019. Overall, the two are exactly the same, the introduction of a rechargeable hybrid. versions that Mercedes is already adopting and that will soon arrive on BMW.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer test: resistance is good

Although many customers are just interested in SUVs transporting their families, they often forget that a small car remains a very good alternative. With its redesigned design, its high fuel consumption and its deep craftsmanship, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer remains an effective choice for any family looking for comfort.

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Moreover, with its modern interior and its yet high-end equipment, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, is quite reliable compared to most compact SUVs available on the market. However, and as is often the case in BMW, prices may rise rapidly. Our experimental style with its Luxury, Creative and Comfort packages, this will go up to 49,670 euros.

Photographic offerings: Christian Condé