BMW 225xe hybrid reliability & safety

The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer's hybrid tech has been tried and tested in the MINI range

The 2 Series Active Tourer is BMW's first-ever front-wheel-drive car, making this model quite different to everything that's gone before it. That means instead of sharing parts with the rest of the BMW range, the 2 Series Active Tourer actually has more in common with the MINI Countryman.

BMW 225xe hybrid reliability & problems

Too few BMW 2 Series Active Tourer owners answered our sister title Auto Express' annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey for it to be included. However, since it shares so much with other BMW products like the MINI hatchback and BMW X1 SUV, there are comparisons we can make.

BMW as a brand came in 25th place overall in 2019 – only five finished lower. Owners tell us that infotainment and economy are among the company’s strongest suits, but opinions of BMW dealerships are pretty lacklustre.

Safety

While the plug-in hybrid 2 Series hasn’t been crash-tested separately by Euro NCAP, the five-star result for the standard car from 2014 is valid, even if these older crash tests were less stringent than recently updated Euro NCAP tests.

Among the standard equipment is a pedestrian warning and a city-braking function. This automatically stops the car if you fail to respond to an obstacle ahead. Also included is Multi Collision Braking, where the car continues to apply the brakes in an accident until it comes to a complete stop. BMW's 'Alertness Assistant' monitors your driving style and notifies you if it thinks you should take a break.

Finally, as you might only expect, there are many options to tempt you, but some of the most attractive options are included in packs. The Driving Assistant Pack (available across the range) includes active city braking, forward collision warning, automatic high beams, lane-departure warning, pedestrian protection and speed-limit alerts.

Meanwhile, the Driving Assistant Plus pack costs either £885 or £1,150, depending on which trim you add it to, and adds adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assistance, which allows the car to stop and start itself automatically to keep up in sluggish traffic.