While not in my top 10, the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer holds a very special place in my heart, as does Brendan O’Carroll’s Mrs Brown’s Boys.
it was that performance that my beloved wife, son, two sisters and mother crammed into the seven-seat version for a trip to the SSE Arena in Belfast for one great night.
Although the front-wheel drive setup (first German-built) powered by a horizontal three-cylinder gasoline engine, we were pleasantly surprised.
Nearly half a million customers have purchased one – of which, more than 80 are new to the brand.
Fast forward 7 years and we have the second generation that was launched in Birmingham last week.
To celebrate, we were invited to tour BMW’s state-of-the-art factory in Hams Hall outside the city, which produces 10 engines per hour from scratch and ships to Germany, China and the US.
Not wanting to modify the design too much, the Blue Prop caskets opted for a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach by keeping the MPV’s appearance intact.
It has a sharper, more chiseled look with a larger, more aggressive kidney grille, slimmer LED headlights and large air vents in the lower apron, finished in a honeycomb finish. and piano black.
Biggest changes on the inside, with a cabin that won’t look out of place in their flagship 7-Series limo.
Taking cues from the BMW iX, curved screen – with frameless glass
The surface is tilted towards the driver – giving it a sense of old space and the high resolution display is simply breathtaking.
And if the 10.25-inch instrument cluster combined with the 10.7-inch infotainment system isn’t enough, you can opt for a head-up display that projects onto the windshield.
The new model is larger than its predecessor at 32mm in length, 24mm in width and 21mm in height. While the wheelbase is unchanged at 2,670mm, BMW has removed the seven-seat option, which some existing customers may find disappointing.
The boot space is one of the largest in the MPV . class at 470 liters, expands to 1,455 liters when the seats are folded flat.
Automatic rear doors are standard, while Comfort Access is optional Add hands-free opening and closing.
Irish racers can choose between two petrol and one diesel in the guise of the 218d or 220i and 223i.
The lineup is set to expand from the summer with the addition of two plug-in hybrid models equipped with fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology with an all-electric driving range of over 90 km.
We had the pleasure of driving to the Cotswolds in the excellent 2.0-liter diesel paired with the all-new seven-speed automatic transmission.
There’s too much growl in the 150bhp unit to hit 100kph in 8.8 seconds and it flies effortlessly on the motorway.
Handling-wise, it’s what you’d expect from a lofty passenger car that weaves into tight corners and lacks the powertrain of its rear-wheel drive brethren.
The same cannot be said for the 2-Series coupe, which is so epic. The top-of-the-line M240i is packing a 3.0-litre straight-six, making 370bhp and 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds.
Permanent four-wheel drive gives this small pocket rocket extraordinary grip and agility, even on huge 20-inch rims, and with the sturdy M Sport suspension, the ride is comfortable..
Just like the bubbly Mrs. Brown, it never fails to put a very big smile on my face.
Prices for the new 2 Series Active Tourer start at €41,225.
https://www.independent.ie/life/motoring/car-reviews/bmws-new-2-series-active-tourer-loses-two-seats-but-gains-a-super-luxurious-cabin-41425304.html BMW’s new 2-Series Active Tourer takes two seats but has a super luxurious cabin