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BMW 225xe Review

Written by Allan Noble · 22/10/21

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.


The plug in hybrid version of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer is a people carrier. Not everyone who wants to move over to electric driving will want an MPV as their choice of car but if they do, the 2 series Active Tourer would make a good choice. The Active Tourer BMW has produced is fast, handles reasonably well and offers strong fuel economy even when you are not in electric mode, certainly compared to other models that are sold as MPVs. The electric motor is good enough for most journeys. However, there is no seven seat version, a big setback for larger families which want to get around town on electric power without producing CO2 emissions. As many car reviews of the BMW 2 series Active Tourer have pointed out, the 225XE was one of the first people carriers that came onto the market that could drive on electric power alone. That might not make it practical as a company car in many motorists' eyes but the BMW 225xe Active Tourer is really aimed at the family market. As such, this review of the BMW 225xe will focus on it as an MPV primarily and as a company vehicle second.

Range, Charging, & Emissions

To begin with, BMW's claim of a 34 mile pure electric range should be understood in the context of favourable test conditions. In the real world, you can expect 25 miles of electric driving without using the petrol engine. In certain road conditions and when carrying lots of passengers, this would drop to as little as 20 miles even when the car is fully charged. That is still enough for most family journeys in the MPV, however. The plug in hybrid versions of the BMW 2 series Active Tourer comes with a 7.6 kWh battery. That is enough for most short trips but the 225xe also uses its battery to help the petrol engine run more efficiently, thereby lowering CO2 emissions whether you are on petrol or electric power. As such, the number of miles on electric power you can drive isn't really the point of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer. The MPV is more about providing owners with a practical car that combines its electric motor with a petrol engine for better fuel economy and greener day-to-day driving. A battery charge would take four hours from a three pin plug socket at the office. If you install a 7kW outlet at home, then the time taken to recharge the battery pack would be halved. Unlike some other so-called hybrid family cars, this makes owning one extremely practical. Even better, BMW has recently announced a new version of the car that will feature a larger, 10 kWh battery that will be available in the near future.

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