BMW 225xe hybrid (2015-2021) reliability & safety rating
The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer's hybrid technology has been tried and tested in the MINI range
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2014 – rating expired)||84%||85%||70%|
The 2 Series Active Tourer was BMW's first-ever front-wheel-drive car, making it quite different to everything that went 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 filled in the most recent 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 a poor 27th place overall out of 30 rated in 2020. Owners tell us that infotainment and economy are among the company’s strongest suits, but say their cars can be both unreliable and expensive to maintain.
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 – or at least it was until the safety body declared it 'expired' in January 2021. 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 adds adaptive cruise control with traffic-jam assistance, which allows the car to stop and start itself automatically to keep up in sluggish traffic.
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 & comfortThe 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 rating - currently readingThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer's hybrid technology has been tried and tested in the MINI range