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BMW 225xe Review

The BMW 225xe PHEV is part of the German carmaker's 2 series Active Tourer range that includes a 1.5 litre and a 2 litre turbocharged petrol engine version and a pair of diesel variants. Since 2015, the 1.5 litre three cylinder version has been manufactured as a plug in hybrid, too. The BMW 225xe Active Tourer that was given the plug in hybrid treatment by BMW was the six-speed Aisin TF-60SN Steptronic version of the car. This means that if you want Grand Tourer (estate) version of the car rather than the 2 series Active Tourer, you won't currently be able to buy one with an electric motor. That said, the entire BMW 225xe Active Tourer range got a facelift in 2019, so the Active Tourer BMW has produced as a plug in hybrid looks good and has plenty of modern features. Read on with this Active Tourer review to get a better idea about the electric car and why it differs from the petrol and diesel variants.


VW ID.4 Review

The Volkswagen ID.4 is a crossover five-door electric SUV based on VW's MEB platform. The 1st edition of the electric car was unveiled in September 2020. However, the Volkswagen ID.4 2021 edition only began to be exported to the North American market some six months after its European launch. A Volkswagen ID.4 2021 edition has two body shapes. The coupe version of the car is being marketed by VW as the ID.5 in Europe but this version is confusingly still called the ID.4 in America. For clarity, this Volkswagen ID.4 review will solely focus on the five-door SUV version of the VW ID.4, the one that is expected to be Volkswagen's biggest all-electric seller in the UK.


Renault Arkana Review

The Renault Arkana 2021 model is a new hybrid in Renault's range. Officially known as the e-tech hybrid, this version of the Arkana is still based on the CMF-B platform that Renault uses for the Clio V and the Captur II. Two versions of the Renault Arkana are being made. The first is a turbocharged 1.3 litre petrol engine with a mild hybrid electric support that the petrol engine being turned off when the car is idle. The other is the e-tech hybrid which features a 1.6 litre petrol engine and full hybrid functionality. It is this version of the Arkana, available from Sep 2021, that is the subject of this review.