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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.

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