BMW should have left the art of MPV building to those who master it. According to CarBuyer, what they’re offering in the form of the 2-Series Active Tourer is a sharp driving hatchback that is quick and economical, but could never really trouble actual MPVs for practicality and… being an MPV.
The fact that it doesn’t have individual rear seats, in this day and age, as well as the boot which is visibly smaller than anything else on offer in the class render it useless at people carrier duties.
Praiseworthy notes are the new 2.0-liter diesel which it shares with the new MINI, which is fast and refined, the interior quality and, well, the BMW badge up front.
The 2-Series Active Tourer is arguably the most confused and confusing model in the BMW lineup, but maybe some of that uncertainty will fade away once the three-row model reveals itself.