Common a few years ago, almost a rarity today: a new diesel-powered compact car. test
Before the 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW didn’t have a three-cylinder (except for motorcycles) or front-wheel drive, let alone a family car. However, this brand-atypical idea was so successful that BMW is releasing it again, although almost all other manufacturers are burying cars. Like diesel, it floats BMW 2 Series Active Tourer even twice against the current. After the first few meters with 150 hp 218d, the question almost arises if there is really a diesel engine behind the big kidney. Why? Because of two liters hardly penetrate any noise in the interior. Only at unusually high speeds does the four-cylinder powerhouse no longer go unnoticed by the ears.
But even then it doesn’t sound like a powerful diesel. As long as the driver does not intervene via the shift paddles, the mandatory dual-clutch transmission keeps the engine and seven gears between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm in the torque rock zone at 360 Nm. This means that the Active Tourer moves carefully, confidently and with great care. In the average test, it burns only 5.9 l/100 km. Four before the decimal point requires some restraint, eight requires a very heavy foot on the accelerator.
Not a small 48-volt hybrid
The 218d has to do without the help of a small 48-volt hybrid compared to more powerful petrol engines. He might need a belt starter mainly for comfort reasons, because the diesel engine sends a subtle rumble through the car when it starts and stops.
However, the 218d is a good addition to the new car, which also has a lot to offer in other respects. For example, a large amount of space and very flexible rear seats. Or practical storage compartments in the cockpit. Everything looks solid and high-quality, not least because of the curved display towards the driver. Buttons and controls are only found on the steering wheel spokes and on the front of the center console.
Not all is better than before
However, the clever iDrive rotary pusher is missing here, of all things. Now it’s time to be in Active Browser: tap the display surfaces with your finger or talk to the machine. Both usually work, but not always.
More of a question of taste: the M sports package with firmer seats, a sausage-shaped steering wheel and sharper tuning. The 218d bends hard around corners, but it flows powerfully and communicates with every joint on the highway. Our tip: If it’s normal, then fine – and with the M package, do without suspension of sports at no extra charge.
Strong acceleration, planted characteristics, low consumption – the 218d offers convincing performance in Tourer Active. It’s too bad that BMW has removed the iDrive function.
|BMW 218d Active Tourer M sports package|
|trunk volume||470 to 1455L|
|shift / engine||1995 cc / 4 cylinder|
|performance||110 kW / 150 hp at 3750 rpm|
|use of the test||5.9L/100km|