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MPV or people carrier? Minivan or people mover? Whatever the term, these roomy vehicles excel in transporting people, their luggage, and with the seats folded down, almost anything that will fit.

Meet the MPV.

The MPV is traditionally a large one-box vehicle (so called because there’s no distinctively separate bonnet, cabin and boot) with front-wheel drive to ensure plenty of cabin space. Early versions quickly gained the name ‘Multi-purpose Vehicle’ – MPV for short or ‘mini-van’ in the US, because of their flexible seating options.
Although they’re both ‘people carriers’ and ‘people movers’ these are now generally used to refer to van-based vehicles with extra seats, considerably larger than an MPV.


Many types of vehicle are capable of moving up to seven people, with SUVs (sports utility vehicles), cross-overs (capacity of an MPV, but not quite the full off-road look) and MPVs all able to fulfil this remit. But not until the release of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in the autumn of 2014, and the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer in the following spring, have there been premium MPVs that are as rewarding to drive as they are good at moving the family.
Designed around transverse (sideways) mounted three and four-cylinder engines driving the front wheels, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer bring BMW’s trademark style, elegance and, above all, driving dynamics to the small MPV sector. The BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer has a third row of seats enabling it to seat seven, and both models have an all-wheel drive option. For those who want reduced emissions and lower running costs, the BMW 2 Series iPerformance Active Tourer features plug-in hybrid efficiencies.
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