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2016 (16) BMW 2 SERIES218i Luxury 5dr [Nav]

Harry Fairbairn BMW (Glasgow)
Only £22,898
£2290 deposit
£384.60 per month

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Attentiveness assistAutomatic tailgate operation
BMW emergency callBMW Online services
BMW teleservicesCheck control system
Forward collision warningLights on warning
Oil temperature gaugeOn board computer
Outside temperature displayPersonal Profile
Service interval indicatorSpeed limiter
Stop/start button 


Auxiliary point for auxiliary devicesBluetooth audio streaming
BMW professional radio/CD/MP3DAB Digital radio

Exterior Features

Body colour bumpersBody colour door handles
Body colour door mirrorsBody colour roof mouldings
Chrome exhaust tailpipeChrome kidney grille with chrome vertical slats
Door mirror integrated indicatorsElectric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows with one touch/anti pinchExclusive door sill finishers
Follow me home headlightsFront fog lights
Heat insulating tinted glassHeated windscreen washer jets
High beam assistantLED daytime running lights
Rain sensor including auto headlights activationRear wiper

Interior Features

12V socket in rear centre console12V sockets in front centre console and passenger footwell
3 rear headrests3 spoke sports leather multi-function steering wheel
4 grab handles40/20/40 split folding rear seat
Advanced multicolour ambient light and LED interior lightAnthracite Velour floor mats
Dakota leather upholsteryDual zone automatic air conditioning
Front armrestFront cupholders x 2
Front head restraintsFront/rear armrests within door panels
Illuminated gloveboxIsofix front passenger and rear seat preparation
Luggage compartment lightingReach + rake adjustable steering column
Rear centre armrestSliding rear seats
Welcome lighting 


Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active Tourer 


'Childproof' rear door locks3 point seatbelts on all seats
ABSBrake assist
Collision mitigation braking systemCrash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Driver/Front Passenger airbagsDSC+
Dynamic Traction Control - DTCFront and rear curtain airbags
Front passenger airbag deactivationFront seatbelt force limiters
Front seatbelt pretensionerFront side airbags
Hill start assistSeatbelt warning
Side impact protectionTyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit 


Drive away door lockingElectronic immobiliser
Key integrated remote control central lockingLocking wheel bolts
Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm 


Drive Performance ControlElectronic differential lock


Low rolling resistance tyres
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification


CO0.329CO2 (g/km)119
HC0.055Noise Level dB(A)69
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine CodeB38A15M0Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBOGears6 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionMANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)55.4EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)62.8EC Urban (mpg)44.8


Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power136
Coin DescriptioniCoin SeriesLuxury Nav
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0714ENCAP Adult Occupant Protection %84
NCAP Child Occupant Protection %85NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 095
NCAP Pedestrian Protection %60NCAP Safety Assist %70
Vehicle Homologation ClassM1 


0 to 62 mph (secs)9.3Engine Power - BHP136
Engine Power - KW100Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4400Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
Engine Torque - MKG22.4Engine Torque - NM220
Engine Torque - RPM1250Top Speed127


Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/55 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleMULTI-SPOKE STYLE 481Wheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Width (including mirrors)2038 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)51Gross Vehicle Weight1890
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1510Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)468
Max. Loading Weight550Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked695
Minimum Kerbweight1340No. of Seats5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.3
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The 2 Series Active Tourer will be remembered as the first front-wheel drive BMW. Can it prove to be more than a historical footnote? Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

BMW always said it wouldn't go front-wheel drive but it's caved in with the 2 Series Active Tourer. It also marks a first foray into the compact MPV market and goes head to head with the Mercedes B-Class. Certain things are traditional BMW. A lot of money's been spent on engines and chassis development.


In 2006, BMW ran an advertisement in many popular magazines. It featured a rabbit with puny back legs and outlandishly big front legs which looked plain wrong, underlined with the caption "That's why we don't have front wheel drives." The message was clear. Cars that sent their power to the front wheels were inherently second rate, an exercise in cost-cutting. Fast forward eight years and BMW has revealed the 2 Series Active Tourer, its first front wheel drive car. Some may call that hypocrisy, while others recognise that BMW needs to adapt to a changing marketplace. It's also true that BMW has been building and selling front-wheel drive cars for years, albeit with MINI badges rather than BMW roundels on their noses. The other thing strange about the 2 Series Active Tourer is that BMW's product policy seemed to suggest that the odd-numbered model lines would be the more practical cars while the even-numbered vehicles would be the sleek coupes and convertibles. Yet here was a compact MPV, possibly the least racy looking car in the whole product portfolio, being badged a '2 Series'. Stranger things have happened. We just can't think of one right now.

Driving Experience

The 2 Series Active Tourer offers a choice of transversely-mounted engines developed from the same modular source. At entry level, there are 1.5-litre petrol and diesel powerplants, then there are a couple of 2.0-litre diesel units in the 218d and 220d or, if you prefer something pokier, a 2.0-litre petrol turbo in the 220i model. If you want to go hi-tech, there's also a plug-in hybrid variant that mates a 1.5-litre three cylinder MINI petrol engine with electric power. Just because all 2 Series Active Tourer models drive through their front wheels doesn't mean that BMW has decided to go on a manic cost-cutting frenzy. Where you might expect to find a compact torsion beam rear suspension, BMW has instead fitted a much more complex and expensive multi-link rear end. It's almost as if the Bavarians are overcompensating for something. The 2 Series Active Tourer also benefits from a chassis where weight has been taken out where possible with the use of ultra-high strength steels in key stress points. The result is that the kerb weight of the 218i is a mere 1,320kg. That's only two kilos more than a 1.4-litre Vauxhall Meriva. A six-speed manual comes as standard, but there are six-speed and eight-speed automatics on offer.

Design and Build

This is a compact MPV and as such, it's fairly inevitable that the basic shape is going to be somewhat generic. Cover the badges and grille and most would probably identify this as a Mercedes. The details are nicely executed, but this remains one of the more conservative designs. Compared to something like a Citroen C4 Picasso, this one's very toned down. Some of the most fascinating aspects of this car's execution aren't immediately obvious. The three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine also sees service in vehicles as diverse as the BMW i8 hybrid supercar and the MINI. Ignore the 2 Series name for a bit as this car doesn't share its underpinnings with the 2 Series Coupe. Instead, it runs on a lengthened version of the MINI chassis with the wheelbase extended to 2,670mm. This car was launched in five-seat form, but BMW has also developed a seven-seat Gran Tourer version. For a company with no real track record in MPVs, the Munich maker has clearly been studying what works in rival cars. There are sliding and reclining rear seats that allow you to prioritise space for passengers or luggage. Maximum boot space is a respectable 468-litres - which is 20-litres less than the Mercedes B-Class. The rear bench is a versatile thing that can split 40:20:40 and when fully folded there's access to up to 1,510-litres. The front passenger seat also folds to accommodate items up to 2.4m long.

Market and Model

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.

Cost of Ownership

The 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine that many customers will inevitably gravitate to makes some extremely good numbers, recording 57.6mpg on the combined NEDC fuel economy cycle. Economy figures that good make you wonder why you'd pay extra for the diesel but the additional torque of the 218d will prove a draw for many and 68.9mpg economy isn't going to put too huge a dent in the family budget. The usual suite of BMW EfficientDynamics energy-saving features is responsible for making those vaguely implausible looking figures, including Auto Start Stop and ECO PRO. When in ECO PRO mode, the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in that ECO PRO setting is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved. Top of the tree when it comes to economy is inevitably the 225xe Plug-in hybrid variant, which can be charged up in 2 hours 20 minutes from a BMW i Wallbox, will travel up to 25 miles on all-electric power, is supposed to record 141.2mpg on the combined cycle and emits just 46g/km of CO2.


If you're a rear-wheel drive BMW fundamentalist, the 2 Series Active Tourer will have you frothing at the mouth but then the X5 probably did the same when that was first launched and look how significantly that vehicle has contributed to the Munich maker's bottom line. In many regards, it was BMW themselves that were responsible for perpetuating a dogmatic engineering-led line and it's one they now have to chew through a lot of humble pie in order to move forward. The 2 Series Active Tourer is the kind of vehicle this brand needs to make. In recent years, it's a company that's often been blowing budget developing models that appeal to minuscule sub-niches without addressing a major market. That's largely due to the fact that in order to exploit the MPV sector, it needed a front-wheel drive car and it needed to overcome that awkward moment. That seems to have happened: the 2 Series Active Tourer looks good and we all need to move on. It's a new era for BMW and one that will only be good for UK customers.


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Personal contract purchase (PCP)

Representative finance example
Monthly payment£384.60
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.61%
Cash price£22,898
Credit amount£20,608
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£7449
Total amount payable£27,816.20
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32000
Excess mileage charge7.0p per mile
APR representativeFixed 8.91% APR representative

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  • Low monthly payments
  • A new car every three or four years
  • Flexible mileage options available
  • Pay the guaranteed future value at the end of your contract if you want to buy the car

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