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New BMW Streets Ahead Of Rivals

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THIS is BMW’s version of the Mercedes-Benz B-class, with a big dollop of brilliance.

In terms of shape and size, it is similar to its arch-rival’s tall hatch. But that is as far as the similarity goes.

Inside and out, the BMW 218i Active Tourer comes across as better designed, better built and much better equipped.

Oh, and it is also a lot more entertaining at the wheel. Which is a pleasant surprise, really, because the Active Tourer is BMW’s first front-wheel-driven car, a radical move that critics say will dilute the brand’s core values.

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Specs

BMW 218i ACTIVE TOURER (LUXURY)

Engine: 1,499cc 12-valve inline-3 turbocharged

Transmission: Six-speed Steptronic with manual override

Power: 136bhp at 4,400rpm

Torque: 220Nm at 1,250-4,300rpm

0-100kmh: 9.2 seconds

Top speed: 205kmh

Fuel consumption: 5.3 litres/100km

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