BMW has expanded and refined its range of advanced plug-in hybrids – creating a line-up which now includes the 2 Series Active Tourer, the 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series saloons, and the X1, X3 and X5 SUVs.
Each of them offers more electric range, improved fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than their predecessors, while also giving you more choice to fit your needs. But which model is right for you?
We recently put Autocar and What Car? readers behind the wheel of the BMW 330e, and they were impressed by the blend of refined quiet all-electric drive and charged performance of the award-winning executive saloon. But, we also wanted to introduce you to the rest of BMW’s range with a full guide to each of the models – and why they could be your perfect plug-in hybrid.
To find out more about BMW’s extensive range of plug-in hybrids, head to BMW.co.uk
BMW 225xe Active Tourer
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is well-suited for urban drivers who want a car with compact city-friendly dimensions and a spacious family-friendly five-seat interior, without compromising the style, technology and driving joy you expect from a BMW.
Thanks to the addition of a larger 10kWh lithium-ion battery that offers up to 32 miles of all-electric range, the BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid is now even better for cost-efficient everyday urban commuting. Interestingly, the BMW 225xe Active Tourer’s potent electric motor powers the rear wheels, rather than the front wheels, making it perfect for fun nimble electric-only handing on tight city streets.
On open roads, the rear-wheel-drive electric motor blends with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine on the front wheels to offer a combined 224hp and 385Nm. And, when accommodating friends and family, the BMW 225xe has ample rear legroom, while the 400-litre capacity boot can be extended to 1,350 litres when you fold down the versatile 40:20:40 split-rear seats.
Electric range: 31-32 miles
Fuel economy: 156.9-166.2mpg (combined)
CO2 emissions: 42-44g/km
BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
Designed to deliver the engaging driving experience and style of a sports saloon with the efficiency of electric power, the BMW 330e takes the style, dynamic performance and premium high-tech interior of the acclaimed new seventh-generation 3 Series, and adds a plug-in hybrid engine that makes driving even more refined and efficient.
Blending a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with a powerful electric motor and an advanced 12kWh high-voltage lithium-ion battery, the BMW 330e delivers up to 37 miles of whisper-quiet all-electric range for low-cost, low-impact everyday driving.