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TOTD: Should BMW Build a 2 Series Active Tourer Hot Hatch?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/21/2014 Karla Sanchez

Lately it seems like there's a BMW for just about everyone, and that's because there is with new offerings such as the i3, i8, X4, and let's not forget, the 2 Series Active Tourer, which we recently got behind the wheel of during a test drive in the Austrian mountains.

The Active Tourer is a product of the new UKL architecture, which also underpins the new 2015 Mini Hardtop. With that said, the 225i Active Tourer also has the all-new 2.0-liter direct-injection turbo engine used in the 2014 Mini Hardtop Cooper S, but boosted to 228 hp and mated to an eight-speed automatic. Although the Active Tourer strays from the rear-drive, longitudinal Bimmer formula with its transverse engine and front-drive setup, BMW insists it remains true to the Bavarian brand’s sporty heritage. In fact, the German automaker boasted that the hatchback could lap the Nüburgring in under 9 minutes, and that with the DSC in dynamic mode, it can be oversteered. 2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Rear Side Studio View© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Rear Side Studio View

After putting it to the test, we reported it was a hoot to drive on winding mountain roads. And there's amazingly little roll or understeer. "And yes, if you lift the throttle in a max-effort bend, the tail swings out, catchably but definitely," we said in the First Drive. Although we had fun, our drive got us thinking as to whether BMW should build a hot hatch variant based off the 2 Series Active Tourer. An all-wheel-drive model arrives next year, but hasn’t been confirmed yet for the U.S. market. That could possibly get rid of some of the torque steer we experienced, and if the boost is cranked up, BMW could have a Mercedes A45 AMG competitor on its hands.

The front-drive 2 Series Active Tourer is confirmed for the U.S., so with that said, do you think BMW should build a 2 Series Active Tourer hot hatch variant? Let us know in the comments below for today's TOTD.

2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer© Provided by MotorTrend 2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
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