BMW 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid: the ultimate minivan

BMW 230e Active Tourer

BMW is expanding the range of its compact MPV, the 2 Series Active Tourer with plug-in hybrid and diesel. This sees the arrival of two new plug-in hybrid engines, as well as a diesel engine that benefits from 48V light hybridization.

Let’s start with this diesel variant, the most powerful in the range: the BMW 223d xDrive Active Tourer. The 4-cylinder 2.0 delivers up to 197 hp, but total power climbs to 211 hp thanks to the additional 19 hp of the hybrid system. A small electric motor is located directly in the 7-speed Steptronic gearbox. This gives us a good performance/consumption ratio, with a 0 to 100 km/h achieved in 7.3 s, and around 5 L in combined consumption. Diesel can still have interesting advantages!

Those hesitant to buy a new diesel car because of the ZFEs can opt for one of the two new electrified versions. These are the 225th and 230th xDrive Active Tourer.

The two new plug-in hybrid engines of the Series 2 Active Tourer

In the case of the 225e version, the hybrid system uses the 136 hp petrol engine from the 218i and a 109 hp electric motor. If the performances are high with only 6.7 s for the 0 to 100 km/h, the CO2 emissions are very low: only 14 to 18 g depending on the version (and tires fitted). Reducing the power of the petrol engine to favor that of the electric motor should be a trend in new plug-in hybrid engines, and in particular to cope with changes in anti-pollution standards.

Even more powerful, the The BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer is announced with a combined output of 326 hp ! This will make it the most powerful BMW MPV ever produced…

Its 3-cylinder petrol engine develops 150 hp, barely more than the 225e version. On the other hand, the electric motor is much more powerful, with no less than 177 hp (130 kW). This version can thus go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.5 s, a time worthy of a real sports car.

In both cases, the gasoline engine sends its power to the front wheels while the electric motor is placed on the rear axle, which drives the wheels. This explains why these two models are actually badged xDrive, with all-wheel drive.

The electric autonomy is interesting, with an announced level of between 82 and 93 km in the WLTP cycle.

If the prices of the 218i Active Tourer start at 34,650 euros, the entry ticket increases to 45,300 euros for the 225th version, and to 48,300 euros for the 230th version. A supplement of 140 euros allows you to benefit from steering wheel paddles. Without the options, the most beautiful configuration, a 230th M Sport, is therefore billed at 52,450 euros.

These two engines are also found on the new BMW X1, technically very close to the Series 2 Active Tourer with which it shares its underbody.

BMW 230e Active Tourer
BMW 230e Active Tourer
Charging the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
Charging the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
BMW 230e Active Tourer
BMW 230e Active Tourer
BMW 230e Active Tourer
BMW 230e Active Tourer

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