Geneva 2014: BMW 2-Series Active Tourer

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
geneva 2014 bmw 2 series active tourer

Geneva marks the first in-the-flesh appearance for the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer, the brand’s first front-drive car that doesn’t wear a MINI badge. It’s honestly not a bad idea.

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  • Smartascii Smartascii on Mar 05, 2014

    I'm pretty sure the answer to this question is "B-Class," but welcome to the party, BMW. Is this going to be sold in the US? "What I really want is a small, front-drive BMW that looks kind of like a minivan," said no American, ever. But who knows? I would never have expected the Buick Encore to sell well, and it does, although it has a touch more CUV in the styling and is available in AWD.

    • Bryanska Bryanska on Mar 06, 2014

      I like the little BMW a lot. There are SO few truly premium hatchbacks that urban families would enjoy. I don't mean to sound snobby, but if you have real money the Encore and C-Max aren't enough to really satisfy. You might think the 5-series wagon is the answer but this car has real packaging advantages.

  • Autobahner44 Autobahner44 on Mar 06, 2014

    Active Tourer? Active Turd is more like it!

  • Art Vandelay Interesting, the Polestar 2 I had as a rental utilized Android Automotive which is what GM said it is going to exclusively, yet it still offers Apple CarPlay according to this. Wonder if GM will do the same.
  • Stuart de Baker EVs just aren't ready for prime time for those with a single car and who take road trips. Being able to charge as soon as you arrive at a charging station, and even the chargers working on your car is a crapshoot. In the former case, you could have to wait for nearly an hour while someone else is charging.I also don't find EVs particularly fun to drive (I've driven a Tesla Model S and an Ionic 5.) I LOVE driving my '08 Civic (stick). I love the handling, the feel and responsiveness of the engine, the precise steering (the Michelin Pilot Ultra Sport tires help, but even with the snows on, the car is a joy). I have 152k on the clock, and hopefully another 25 years or so of driving (I was born early in the Eisenhower Administration and I have exceptionally healthy habits), and I'm going to try to keep the Civic for the duration.My Civic causes a less global warming emissions than some of these humongous battery operated trucks.
  • FreedMike They should throw in a Lordstown pickup with every purchase. Make it the “vapor twofer.”
  • Random1 Pretty excited about this update, I didn't see it available in mine this morning, but any day now... I think only Apple maps will be on the center display, and not Waze yet, but I assume that'll come soon enough. As to the unnecessary Tesla comment above : I'll take the build quality, the looks, and generally normal items that all cars should have over the M3 any day of the week.
  • Jonathan H. The ES production is going back to Japan so it's safe to assume its assembly building will be utilized for the new EV. Seems like a good fit for what will probably be fairly low volume compared to the Camry/Rav4 assembly lines.