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BMW 2-Series Active Tourer is Either Love or a Kia

The front-wheel-drive BMW era has officially begun.

BMW’s aggressive move towards front-wheel-drive vehicles is a fact- whether you like it or not. While popular models such as the 3, 5 and 7 Series will always remain standard rear-wheel-drive, a new generation of BMWs will have standard FWD, the first of which is the new 2015 2-Series Active Tourer. Its main competition will be the likes of the Mercedes B-Class, but this raised five-door hatchback reminds us more of something else: the Kia Carens.

In person, however, the 2-Series AT is truly an attractive package, featuring that familiar and crisp styling of current BMWs. Built on the same platform as the new third-gen Mini, the two also share the same engine choices: a 1.5-liter three, a 2.0-liter diesel, and a 2.0-liter gasoline engine. All engines are paired to a standard six-speed manual, while six- and eight-speed autos are optional. No word yet as to whether this Bimmer family-mover is US-bound, but it’ll very likely sell like hot cakes in Europe.

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