• The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Looks Like the Bastard Child of a 7 Series and a Ford Escape

I wouldn’t say the 2 Series Active Tourer is ugly as sin, but it’s not exactly pretty, either.

BMW is no stranger to controversy these days. It all started with the massive kidney grilles on the BMW 7 Series and 8 Series, but then the brand doubled down with the buckteeth on the new BMW 4 Series. It seems as if BMW might like all the controversy, and the evidence lies in the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Now, before I go too deep, I should point out that the 2 Series AT is no stranger to controversy, either, as it was widely criticized as being the first BMW to feature FWD. It performed well enough that it warranted a second generation, so what did BMW do? It decided to go all-in but pairing a mildly updated silhouette with the front end of a BMW 7 Series. The end result is a car that’s not exactly hideous, but it’s not exactly pretty either.

The Bastard Child

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Looks Like the Bastard Child of a 7 Series and a Ford Escape Exterior
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It took me a couple of minutes to figure out where I had seen a similar look, outside of the 7 Series, of course, but then it hit me. Behind the front clip and outside of a couple of different body lines, the 2 Series AT looks like the bastard child of a love affair between the Ford Escape and the 7 Series. Even from the rear view, the 2 Series AT has sleeker taillights and a more aggressive rear fascia, but it’s still pretty damn similar. That aside, I still can’t get past the cut-and-paste job that is the 7 Series front end on the front of a compact hatch….uhem… minivan….uh…crossover. What the hell is the 2 Series AT anyway?

The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Looks Like the Bastard Child of a 7 Series and a Ford Escape Exterior
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For the record, it’s officially classified as a “subcompact executive MPV” but to me, it looks more like a slightly taller hatchback that wants to be a crossover.

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The 2020 Ford Escape Is Smarter But it Looks Like a Focus or Fiesta With an Upside-Down Grille
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But I digress, and my rant is over. I suppose you want to know a little something more about the new 2 Series AT, right? Well, here it goes.

The 2 Series Active Tourer in Brief

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The second-gen 2 Series AT, much like the model it replaces, won’t land in the United States, but it will compete with the Mercedes B-Class over in Europe. The main highlights of the exterior include that 7 Series front end, sleeker Led headlights, and flush door handles. The headlights, I should note, can be upgraded to adaptive LED if you’re willing to pony up a little extra cash. In the rear end, the exhaust outlets have been integrated into the rear fascia, and there’s a choice of 16- or 17-inch wheels as standard or a few optional 19-inch wheel designs. Overall, the exterior is a lot cleaner and sportier than that of the first-gen model.

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The interior design draws inspiration from the BMW ix electric SUV, with a curved display layout that features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment display. That system operates with the latest iDrive 8 software. There’s a new floating center console integrated with the control panels and the rear seats can slide forward by more than 5 inches or be folded flat with a 40-20-40 split. Finally, cargo capacity comes in at 470-1,455 liters if you buy the 218i or 218d, while the 220i and 223i come with 415-1,405 liters. You can access the cargo area via an automatic tailgate and there’s an optional electrically operated trailer hitch.

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Under the hood, there’s a range of 1.5-liter gasoline engines and a 2.0-liter diesel engine. The 218i delivers 136 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque while the 220i will net you 170 horsepower and 206 pound-feet of torque. If you go with the most powerful 223i, you’ll have 218 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque at your disposal. If, for some reason, you still want a diesel engine, the 218d with the 2.0-liter engine will get you a total of 150 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. As you’d expect, the 2 Series AT is FWD only, and power is sent to the wheels through a seven-speed DCT with no option for a manual transmission. By the summer of 2022, BMW plans to have two plug-in hybrid powertrains available as well, but details about them are still a complete mystery.

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The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will go on sale in February 2022. In the U.K., the 220i will start out at £30,265, while the 223i will command £32,715 and the 218d will set you back £31,820. BMW has yet to reveal U.K. pricing for the 218i, but expect it to start around the same price range as the 218d.

2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Specifications
Model Power (hp) Torque (Nm) 0-62mph (s) Top speed (mph) Fuel economy (mpg) CO2 emissions (g/km) OTR Starting Price
220i 170 280 8.1 137 43.5–47.9 148–133 £30,265
223i 218 360 7.0 150 42.8-47.1 137-149 £32,715
218d 150 360 8.8 137 53.3-58.9 125-138 £31,820
Robert Moore
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