BMW 225xe iPerformance 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 figures come out at 113mpg, while CO2 emissions of 57g/km will appeal to company-car drivers thanks to a low BiK liability.

Thanks to those low tailpipe emissions, you can also drive into the London Congestion Charge zone 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

You can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge, which will be enough for most people’s daily commute. 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. Plug-in versions of both the Mitsubishi Outlander and the Kia Niro can go longer on a single charge.

Charge time

The 225xe comes with a Type 2 charging cable that'll let you charge the car at home from a standard three-point socket. It’ll take about three hours to charge your car up in this way.  You can also charge the car using a fast charger; that cuts about an hour off the charge time. However, that’s as quick as it gets, because this car isn’t compatible with rapid chargers.

Battery warranty

On top of the three-year/unlimited-mileage vehicle warranty that comes with every new BMW, the 225xe has with an eight-year/100,000-mile high-voltage battery warranty. According to the terms of the cover, if the net capacity of the battery drops to less than 70% of its capacity when new, the battery will be repaired free of charge.