So a friend of mine text me one of these today "hey aya, let's go check the latest BMW 2-series!" I said yes. I mean, the Latest 2-series in my mind was the M235i, since that's the only BMW 2-Series we got in Indonesia. In fact, I couldn't be more wrong..
It was a BMW 218i Active Tourer! Nooooooooooooooooo!
I mean, if you're a BMW fan, looking at this very car, you would think "BMW has sold his soul to the devil". It has a 1.5l 3-cylinder 136hp petrol engine coupled with FWD. And it looks.... weird. It looks like a fat 1-series with some 2-series styling cue, despite it's only about the similar size of that Mini Countryman.
But what if if you look at this car as a normal person? Could it be the BMW Hatchback you're all always wanted?
For starters, the price. I know, there's lot of expensive import taxes in Indonesia, but the base model 218i carries a 47 grand price tag. Keep in mind that base model BMW X1 is just a grand more, and the venerable 320i is just 3 grand away. Would you have 3 grand on your pocket but ended up with this thing, or lose that money and get a BMW 320i? Exactly.
Plus, i can't think of any upside of owning 218i Active Tourer+3000 USD than owning a regular BMW 320i or BMW X1. Yes, it has a bigger cargo space than the 320i or BMW X1 when you fold the seats all the way down. But that's pretty much it. It's not that bigger than the 320i, it has similar high-quality interior finish like a 320i..
..and it has sport button despite it only has 136hp, 14hp less than the X1 and nearly 50hp less than the 320i. You know, maybe you want to take the 218i to a race track or something.
Normally i would write a thing of two about the car's interesting feature. It got one, engine. Apparently it's the same engine that you get on the BMW i8*, at least that's the salesperson says. But other than that, hasn't got any.
*Despite i know the i8 use the engine code B38K15T0, while the Active Tourer used the engine code B38A15M0, which also used in the base Mini Cooper.
I mean, you got all the toys that you get in the similarly optioned BMW 2-series. So there's satnav, some tablet stuck in the middle of the dashboard, electric boot release, power steering, AUX Jack, everything.
Seriously, i could get why people wants the i3. It does look cool in some kind of futuristic cool. But if you get the Active Tourer, you'll look like a man who only cares about the badge and nothing about the car. Now i only can hope that this car ended up being a massive failure and BMW will stop making weird abomination like this.
Or maybe i just being pedantic just because it's an FWD BMW. Anyone has an idea why BMW made this car other than for expanding to every niche imaginable?