BMW X1 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid priced from £38,200

Published 09 January 2020

A plug-in hybrid version of the BMW X1 crossover is now on sale with an electric range of up to 35 miles and a price tag of £38,200.

The BMW X1 xDrive25e combines a 1.5-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce 220PS and 385Nm of torque. Officially, it'll return between 134.5 and 148.7mpg and emit 43-38g/km CO2 - but, like all plug-in hybrids, real-world fuel economy figures will depend on how you use the car.

The petrol engine produces 125PS and drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the 95PS electric motor powers the rear wheels. This provides all-wheel drive, taking the X1 xDrive25e to 62mph in 6.9 seconds.

With a 10kWh lithium-ion battery, the plug-in hybrid X1 can be charged to 80 per cent in 3.8 hours using a conventional household socket. A BMW i Wallbox will take it to 100 per cent in less than 3.2 hours, or 80 per cent in 2.4 hours. Officially it'll cover 35 miles on a charge meaning many drivers will be able to cover day-to-day driving under electric power alone.

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With the eDrive button left in its automatic setting, the X1 will flick between the petrol engine and electric motor depending on the situation. The Max eDrive mode can be activated for maximum use of the electric motor while the Save Battery mode will mainly use the petrol engine.

With the battery located under the rear seats, BMW says the X1 xDrive25e has a very low centre of gravity. It has a boot capacity of 450 litres while the rear seats can be dropped to increase luggage space to 1470 litres. An optional tow hitch is available, with a maximum trailer load of 750kg.

The BMW X1 xDrive25e is available in Sport Line, xLine and M Sport trim with options mirroring the standard X1 line-up.

Prices for the BMW X1 xDrive25e start from £38,200 with orders now open and deliveries from March 2020. A BMW X2 xDrive25e will follow from summer 2020.


conman    on 16 January 2020

Yet again the public are being conned into thinking these hybrids are as economical as they are green. Most of the WLTP tests are carried out on a full charge so after the 35 mile electric charge has run out you will be driving on the 1.5 litre petrol engine ,so the mpg figures they quote will be way out. , very green.

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