BMW 225i ACTIVE TOURER
The Active Tourer is pretty expensive when you consider it is a tall hatchback. As with the Mercedes, options can blow the price out. Standard gear includes 18-inch alloy, front and rear parking sensors, LED headlights, Dakota leather, automatic tailgate, satnav, adaptive suspension control and reversing camera. Warranty is three-years/unlimited km and servicing is condition-based.
When it comes to design, it won’t set hearts racing. The exterior styling might be a little awkward, but the interior is certainly smart and classy with high quality trim and surfaces. There is abundant cabin space and the rear seats are very comfortable, with a good view. The boot is quite deep, has a second floor for handy storage and even a charge point. The auto open/close function is great.
Our 225i, with 2.0-litre turbo (170kW /350Nm) and eight-speed automatic, uses 6.1L/100km and does the 0-100km/h dash in 6.6 secs. All 2 Series Active Tourer models are front-drive — there is no AWD option.
Yet to be tested locally but gets five stars from Euro NCAP. All models get six airbags, reversing camera, parking sensors, adaptive cruise control (with brake function), automatic emergency brake and lane departure warning. Excellent vision helps drivers keep out of trouble.
It’s a BMW but not a great handling machine, unlike the sedans and coupes. As BMW’s first front-drive model, it is more focused on practicality and comfort. It is a good city car, gets along very well in traffic and fits easily in tight spaces. The acceleration is good in the 225i, although it can chirp its tyres, and the eight-speed auto is faultless. The power seems wasted because it isn’t an exciting car to drive. Check out the cheaper base model.