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 latest MINI.

BMW 225xe hybrid reliability & problems

Too few BMW 2 Series Active Tourer owners answered our annual Driver Power owner satisfaction survey for it to be included this year; as a result, it has never appeared in our results. 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 21st place overall in 2018 – 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. Perhaps of most concern is that 28.2% of owners reported at least one fault during the first year of BMW ownership.

While the BMW 225xe Active Tourer hasn’t been out for long enough to come to a full conclusion on its reliability, the fact that a similar setup provides much more power in the BMW i8 leads us to believe it should prove robust here. BMW is spending huge sums engineering plug-in hybrid technology, so it won’t want to get it wrong.

The BMW brand ranked ninth out of 27 manufacturers in our 2017 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, with 12.4% of owners reporting a fault within the first 12 months. Owners were particularly keen on BMW’s engines, voting them into third place.

Safety

While the plug-in hybrid model hasn’t been crash-tested separately by Euro NCAP, the five-star result for the standard car from 2014 also covers the 2 Series Active Tourer iPerformance. It’s a reassuring result for families – particularly its impressive 85% score in the child occupant safety category – as they’re the people we expect will make up most of the buyers.

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, all for £495. 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.