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2019 (19) BMW 2 Series 218i Luxury 5dr Step Auto

Harry Fairbairn BMW (Glasgow)
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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake interventionAttentiveness assist
Automatic tailgate operationBMW emergency call
BMW Online servicesBMW remote services
BMW TeleservicesBrake pad wear indicator in front and rear
Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warningInstrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched offOn board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
Optimum shift indicatorPersonal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
Real time traffic informationService interval indicator
Speed limiter 

Entertainment

2 USB sockets in rearBMW professional radio/CD/MP3
DAB Digital radio 

Exterior Features

Body colour - front and rear bumpers, door handles, mirror caps, roof mouldingsClear lenses direction indicator lights
Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrorsDynamic brake lights
Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closingElectrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
Exclusive front door sill finishers with BMW designationFollow me home headlights
Front air inlet with chrome finishGreen tinted heat protection glazing
Halogen headlightsHeadlight beam throw control
Heated windscreen washer jetsHigh level third brake light
Kidney grille with 12 Chrome fronted vertical slatsLED daytime running lights
LED front fog lightsRain sensor including auto headlights activation
Rear bumper with chrome finisherRear fog lights
Rear window aerialRear window wiper integrated under roof spoiler
Reversing light in rear light clusterShark fin antenna
Single chrome exhaust tailpipeVisible VIN plate

Interior Features

12V power socket in centre console + front with blanking plugAutomatic two zone climate control air conditioning
Central locking switches for door, fuel filler cap and luggage compartmentChild seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitchingFour grab handles integrated in roof lining
Front and rear side armrest integrated into door trimFront armrest
Front head restraintsGlovebox with light
Interior lighting, front centre over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light activation when door is openedLED ambient lighting in door trim
Luggage compartment access via BMW roundelLuggage compartment lighting
Multi-function controls for steering wheelRear centre armrest
Sliding rear seat benchSteering wheel column manual adjustment
Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocketThree rear headrests
Three spoke sport leather steering wheelTwo cupholders
Velour floor matsWelcome lighting

Packs

Extended storage pack - 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer 

Safety

3 point seatbelts on all seats, front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters, rear coded belt bucklesAirbag - Front driver and passenger, front and rear head, front side, curtain head protection, manual deactivation of front passenger airbag possible
Anti lock braking system (ABS) with brake assistBattery safety cut-off
Brake dryingBrake energy regeneration
Braking lockBraking readiness
Child proof locking system in rear doorCrash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
Electrically operated hand brakeFront ventilated disc brakes
Hill start assistRear disc brakes
Seat belt security check for driver and front passengerSeatbelt warning
Side impact protectionTwin horns
Tyre pressure monitoring systemWarning triangle and first aid kit

Security

Locking wheel boltsRemote control with integrated key with silver highlight
Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser 

Technical

Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport modeDual clutch automatic transmission
Electronic differential lockIntervention on the front axle when DSC deactivated
Lightweight engineering 

Trim

Contrast stitching on instrument panel 

Wheels

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

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.361CO2 (g/km)132
HC0.02Noise Level dB(A)69
NOx0.025Particles0.0001
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max161
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min156WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max163
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min158WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max138
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min134WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max213
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min205WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max159
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min153 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC1499Compression Ratio11.0:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders3
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)94.6
Engine CodeB38A15M1Engine LayoutFRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel DeliveryTWIN TURBOGears7 SPEED
Number of Valves12TransmissionSEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)48.7EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)56.5EC Urban (mpg)39.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max7.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max7.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max6.1WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min5.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max9.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max7WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min6.7
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max39.8WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max39.8WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min40.4
WLTP - MPG - High - Max46.3WLTP - MPG - High - Min47.9
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max30.1WLTP - MPG - Low - Min31.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max40.4WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min42.2

General

Badge Engine CC1.5Badge Power140
Coin DescriptioniCoin SeriesLuxury
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0714EVehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)9.3Engine Power - BHP140
Engine Power - KW103Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4600Engine Torque - LBS.FT162
Engine Torque - MKG22.4Engine Torque - NM220
Engine Torque - RPM1480Top Speed127

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front205/55 R17
Tyre Size Rear205/55 R17Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleMULTI-SPOKE STYLE 547Wheel Type17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1555Length4354
Wheelbase2670Width1800
Width (including mirrors)2038 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)51Gross Vehicle Weight1945
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)1510Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)468
Max. Loading Weight560Max. Roof Load75
Max. Towing Weight - Braked1300Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked695
Minimum Kerbweight1385No. 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

BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer compact MPV arguably makes most sense in base 218i petrol form. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

From launch, BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer marked a radical departure for the Bavarians in its use of front wheel drive and its targeting of the compact MPV segment. But this model has brought a weight of talent to the compact MPV sector that has some other rivals very worried. Power in this base 218i petrol version comes courtesy of a 140hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine as seen in the MINI Cooper and all of BMW's chassis tuning experience is brought to bear. Plus the brand has recently lightly facelifted this car and improved its safety provision.

Background

Front wheel drive people movers aren't really BMW's forte. Well not until recently at least. BMW is a company that is all about rear wheel drive, with a very profitable sideline in four-wheel drive SUVs. It has let other companies develop MPVs while at the same time quietly selling front-wheel drive cars on the side, albeit wearing the MINI badge rather than a blue and white BMW roundel. At its launch in 2015, the 2 Series Active Tourer crashed straight through all that we thought we knew about BMW product planning. There will still be some BMW traditionalists vehemently opposed to this car, but they needn't worry. BMW will continue to sell them rear-wheel drive sports coupes and such like. If, as an MPV buyer in the compact segment, you thought that your options began and ended with an upscale Ford C-MAX, we think you're going to like the 2 Series Active tourer quite a lot. Here we have a look at the revised version of the entry-level 218i model.

Driving Experience

You're probably showing your age if you remember a BMW badge with '-18' on the back signifying a car with a 1.8-litre engine. These days it's safer to assume the 218i has anything but a 1.8-litre lump plumbed into its nose and such is the case. Pop the bonnet and you're greeted with a 140hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine. At least you can claim that your car has the same engine as the BMW i8 supercar. You're just done a few kW of electrical power on BMW's hybrid sports flagship. In this guise, it gets the car to 62mph in a not catastrophic 9.3 seconds before sending it on to a respectable 127mph top speed. With turbocharging, direct petrol injection, double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and the longer firing intervals of the three-cylinders, it generates a chunky 220Nm of torque at just 1,250rpm, which are figures you might more reasonably expect from a diesel. A combination of a balancer shaft, dual-mass flywheel and a centrifugal pendulum absorber help quell the off-beat vibes you often experience in a three-cylinder engine. 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. 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, with no automatic option available for this particular engine.

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, though BMW has tried to liven up the look of this revised version a little with a larger front kidney grille, redesigned front fog lamps, smarter wheel designs and twin tail pipes on all four cylinder variants. As before, this Active Tourer runs on a lengthened version of the MK3 generation MINI chassis, with the wheelbase extended to 2,670mm. Here, we're looking at the five-seat Active Tourer, but there's also a mechanically-identical 7-seat Gran Tourer body shape available. 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. Interior changes to this revised model include redesigned seats and a smarter auto gear lever.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £25,000 for this 218i and it comes well equipped. Even the SE gets an automatic tailgate, two-zone automatic air conditioning, rear Park Distance Control, BMW Emergency Call, a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with electronic folding functionality and 60:40 sliding rear bench. There's also Bluetooth with USB interface and audio streaming functionality, BMW Professional radio with single CD player and 6.5-inch monitor, DAB digital radio, Performance Control, Comfort Go keyless engine start and Drive Performance Control with ECO PRO, Comfort and Sport modes are also included. Rain sensors with automatic headlight activation, a multi-function leather steering wheel & additional 12V power socket complete tan impressive equipment list. If safety's a priority, you'll want to look at the optional 'Driving Assistant Plus' package. This includes 'Active Cruise Control' and a 'Traffic Jam Assistant' that, in heavy traffic, is able to control the car's speed, steer automatically and keep it in its lane. Also available is Lane Departure Warning and the City Braking function, which applies the brakes automatically at speeds up to 37mph in response to an imminent collision with a car, motorcycle or pedestrian, for instance. The Parking Assistant takes care of manoeuvring into parking spots that are either parallel or perpendicular to the road, while its ultrasonic sensors also help to search for suitable spaces up to a speed of 22mph.

Cost of Ownership

You can buy a 218d diesel model which retails for just over £2,000 more, model for model, but you'd have to be cranking out an unholy annual mileage to make it pay off in terms of fuel savings. That's because this 218i gets some absolutely stellar figures and, as we've seen in the MINI, it's one of those engines that actually can approach the published numbers in real world scenarios, as long as you're not too lead-footed. To whit, BMW quotes 48.7mpg on the combined cycle with emissions rated at 132g/km. 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 ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of miles achieved.

Summary

The only constant is change, and it's a truism that applies to automotive manufacturing as much as anything else. Stick to dogma and you end up a footnote in the history books. That's why BMW's decision to market a front-wheel drive MPV is both brave and sensible. Of course, there are going to be old schoolers having a fit of the conniptions about it, but where would Porsche be without the Cayenne and where would Bentley be if it hadn't developed the Continental? Both cars were sniffed at by marque purists and both went on to save their respective companies. The 2 Series Tourer isn't a lifeline model in that regard; BMW is too healthy for that, but it nevertheless accesses a huge market sector from which Munich has been traditionally denied. The 218i model would seem to make the most sense for British customers. It's well-equipped, it's keenly priced and it brings a welcome touch of dynamism to a sector where many car makers have done quite well offering substandard fare. It looks like a few of them will have to seriously up their games.

Performance
70%
Handling
70%
Comfort
70%
Space
70%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
90%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2017 road tax rules. Find out more

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

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Monthly payment£345.41
Deposit£2300
Term (months)48
Fixed interest rate4.6%
Cash price£22,998
Credit amount£20,698
Completion fee£1
Guaranteed future value£9772
Total amount payable£28,307.27
Annual mileage8000
Contract mileage32,000
Excess mileage charge6.5p per mile
Representative APR8.9%
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