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Review: The BMW 218d M Sport Active Tourer five-seater combines practicality with premium appeal for families

Smart and spacious, the BMW Active Tourer proves there is still a place for the humble MPV, but will the car be enough to excite SUV buyers

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The Active Tourer is designed to appeal to young families who want a little more space. Picture by Fabian Kirchbauer

The Active Tourer is designed to appeal to young families who want a little more space. Picture by Fabian Kirchbauer

An automatic tailgate operation as standard. Picture by Fabian Kirchbauer

An automatic tailgate operation as standard. Picture by Fabian Kirchbauer

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The Active Tourer is designed to appeal to young families who want a little more space. Picture by Fabian Kirchbauer

After nine years, for me, at the primary school gates, my last child has left and now he is just a month away from “big school” where he joins his older brother in September. I will miss the hugs at the gate and the friendships formed but not so much the last-minute text requests to send my child dressed in something yellow and the endless projects that seemed to be given only to parents.

Nearly a decade on, so much has changed, including the cars that gather outside the school. In 2013, diesel powered almost three-quarters of the new cars we bought, with saloons and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) the family cars of choice. But over time families stopped buying MPVs and makers stopped selling them. To be fair, with a few notable exceptions, these were generally dull vehicles that favoured more space for people and luggage over performance and power.


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