The BMW MPV Wasn’t a Stupid Idea After All, Sales Show

The 2 Series Active Tourer / Grand Tourer is ranked high among this segment’s bestsellers

BMW purists around the world showed no mercy in criticizing the highly-uncommon (for the brand) 2 Series Active Tourer. And things didn’t get any warmer after the seven-seater 2 Series Grand Tourer.

Who would find the “joy of driving” behind the wheel of a front-wheel-drive MPV, after all? As the recent sales figures show, quite a few: with 77,644 units sold, the 2 Series AT/GT was the third best-selling compact minivan in Europe through September, outselling the likes of Ford C-Max, Mercedes B-Class, and Renault Scenic.   

The class leaders are Volkswagen Touran, and Citroen C4 Picasso/Grand Picasso, with 88,169, respectively 85,390 copies sold in this year’s first three-quarters.

It’s worth mentioning some of the 2 Series Active Tourer’s rivals are old aged and preparing for new generations (see: Renault Scenic), so it is likely for the 2 AT to be pushed down in the rankings.

But, for a newcomer in a segment, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer did impressively well, proving there’s need for a family-dedicated, non-RWD BMW. 

via Automotive News Europe, JATO Dynamics