If we hadn't had cars like 3 and 5 Series Gran Turismo models adjusting us to an alternate BMW universe, the 2 Series Active Tourer would have come as an even greater shock. Commercial realities have also conditioned us into seeing cars like this as an inevitability. After all, Mercedes does good business with its B-Class range. Was BMW really expected to sit idly by while its chief rival cleaned up? Clearly not and although the 2 Series Active Tourer is unusual by BMW's standards, it's right on point.
Prices start at around £23,000 and BMW is going large on product plans for this model, with a flagship 225i xDrive all-wheel drive model powered by a 168bhp 2.0-litre turbo. That's joined by 220i, 220d and 216d models, plus the 225xe Plug-in hybrid. To improve the handling, BMW is offering M Sport suspension, which is 10mm lower than the standard set-up, plus you can spec adaptive dampers. There's gear like a head-up display and a Traffic Jam Assistant, which can steer, accelerate and brake for you in traffic up to 40mph. The range runs from entry level through Luxury and Sport models, with M Sport variants also available to order.