BMW 225xe hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

According to official figures, the BMW 225xe is the most economical MPV

If you have a fairly short commute, the 225xe’s 25-mile range on electric power should be enough to ensure that your daily journeys are zero-emission. Official fuel economy is 88-101mpg, while CO2 emissions of 42-44g/km will appeal to company-car drivers thanks to a low BiK liability, although the reality is that you'll get more like 20 miles of range and then around 40mpg from the petrol engine when it's in action.

Thanks to those low tailpipe emissions, you can also drive into the London Congestion Charge and ULEZ zones for free. However, these figures are no longer exceptional, with cars like the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and Kia Niro having better economy and lower emissions.

To help manage how your battery uses its power, there are several driving modes to choose from. Max eDrive concentrates on all-electric driving, while Auto eDrive allows the car to switch between its power sources automatically. Finally, the Save Battery mode will keep the battery charge until you want to use it.

BMW 225xe range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The official pure electric driving range of the 225xe is 25 miles, but the reality is that you'll see more like 20 miles or even a little less in bad weather or if you use the electric running on the motorway. That sort of range is pretty much par for the course for a plug-in hybrid, although it’s by no means the furthest you can go in a PHEV. 

The 225xe comes with a Type 2 charging cable that'll let you charge the car at home from a standard three-point socket, which'll take about three hours to charge your car. You can also charge the car using a home wallbox, although that will only cut half an hour off the time, so it's debatable whether it's worth having a dedicated car charger installed if you're considering the 225xe.