BMW 225xe hybrid (2015-2021) interior, dashboard & comfort
The BMW 225xe is as spacious as any 2 Series Active Tourer, and as upmarket as you’d expect of a BMW
As far as passengers are concerned, there’s no real difference between the hybrid 2 Series Active Tourer and the rest of the range. It’s every bit as spacious in the front and although the rear seats are set slightly higher to make room for the battery, they don’t eat up too much space.
In fact, your rear-seat passengers are more likely to be grateful for the excellent view out than to moan about any lack of space. They also shouldn’t worry about loss of comfort, either. Although this hybrid model is heavier than the other models in the range, the ride quality hasn’t suffered; the suspension manages to iron out most lumps and bumps very well.
BMW 225xe hybrid dashboard
The dashboard in the 2 Series Active Tourer is classic BMW. That means it’s well built from high-quality materials, but it looks a little dated and rather conservative next to the kind of thing that BMW’s big rivals, Audi and Mercedes, are introducing these days.
On the other hand, those rivals could still learn a thing or two from BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. It’s one of the best in the business and you soon learn how to work it, clicking and twirling your way through the menus. There’s also no faulting the layout of the dashboard; the controls are logically laid-out and easy to use. The only difference between the 225xe and the rest of the range in an extra button for the hybrid drive modes.
Equipment, options and accessories
Whereas some hybrid models are available in just one trim level, buyers can choose their 225xe in three different specs. Sport is the cheapest and comes with 17-inch alloys, cloth upholstery, dual-zone climate control and DAB radio. On top of that, Luxury adds extra chrome detailing on the outside, as well as leather upholstery and wood trim on the inside, while M Sport models have a sportier bodykit, larger alloys wheels and sports suspension.
If that isn’t enough, there’s no shortage of options to add, some of which are grouped into desirable packs. For example, the Comfort Pack gives you electric front-seat adjustment, as well as heating for the front seats and steering wheel. The Tech Pack includes uprated sat nav, improved Bluetooth connectivity and a head-up display, while the Vision Pack adds a reversing camera, power-folding mirrors and LED headlights.
Beyond that, there are also several ways to improve the practicality of your 2 Series Active Tourer. You could add tables on the backs of the front seats, a dividing net for the boot or a ski bag. And, if you’re a music lover, you can choose from a couple of ways to upgrade the basic loudspeakers.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
One of the beauties of the infotainment is that it’s controlled by BMW’s iDrive system, which is one of the best in the business. You soon learn how to click and flick your way through the various menus. If you’d rather access music and navigation from your smartphone, that’s fine.
Well, it’s fine if you have an Apple iPhone and don’t mind paying just under £250 extra for the optional preparation. Android Auto isn’t supported on the 2 Series Active Tourer. However, there are plenty of online services that you do have access to through the BMW Connected app. This includes 'remote services', which allow you to check on your car, set the ventilation, flash the headlights and lock or unlock the doors.
In This Review
- 1VerdictOne of the very few hybrid MPVs, the first-generation 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in is worth a look for economy-minded secondhand family-car buyers
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingAccording to official figures, the BMW 225xe is one of the most economical MPVs you can buy
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BMW 225xe will be one of the cheapest MPVs to run – as long as you can use electric power frequently
- 4Engines, drive & performanceIf you think hybrids are slow, the BMW 225xe will make you think again
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe BMW 225xe is as spacious as any 2 Series Active Tourer, and as upmarket as you’d expect of a BMW
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThis BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is pretty big, but it sacrifices some passenger and boot space to the hybrid system
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer's hybrid technology has been tried and tested in the MINI range