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Price £32,430 On sale Now What’s new? Fresh engines, gear­boxes and looks spruce up the 2 Se­ries Ac­tive Tourer for 2018

IN CASE YOU’D for­got­ten all about it amid the cur­rent haze of SUVS, the BMW 2 Se­ries Ac­tive Tourer is the Ger­man firm’s take on the MPV, and for this year it’s the re­cip­i­ent of a num­ber of re­vi­sions in or­der to keep it look­ing and feel­ing fresh. There’s a more ag­gres­sive look, new au­to­matic gear­boxes and more ef­fi­cient engines op­ti­mised for WLTP test­ing.

In the 220d, driven here in Lux­ury spec­i­fi­ca­tion, you now get BMW’S ex­cel­lent eight-speed torque con­verter trans­mis­sion, which proves to be smooth in nor­mal use and punchy in its Sport mode. The op­tional four-wheel drive gives tonnes of trac­tion, while the han­dling is good for a boxy(ish) MPV. In this guise, it is a pricey buy, though.

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