BMW 225xe hybrid (2015-2021) running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
The BMW 225xe will be one of the cheapest MPVs to run – as long as you can use electric power frequently
|Insurance group||Warranty||Service interval||2021/22 company-car tax cost (20%/40%)|
|22-23||3yrs / unlimited miles||TBC||From £813 / £1,627|
If you’re looking through the 2 Series Active Tourer range, you can’t fail to notice that the 225xe is one of the most expensive versions of the car. However, it also promises to hold its value well and to cost very little in tax.
BMW 225xe hybrid insurance group
The 2 Series range is ranked in insurance groups 11 to 23. However, this hybrid sits at the very top of that range in groups 22-23. That puts it three higher than the petrol 220i and two above the top 220d diesel, as well as in a much higher group than the Toyota Prius+.
BMW provides a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty on all its cars. That’s almost exactly the same as you’ll get on a Mercedes or Audi, but lags behind some rivals. Rather less expensive Kia and Hyundai equivalents, for example, come with longer warranties.
Compared to other BMWs, the 2 Series looks quite cheap to service – particularly if you take out the BMW i Service Inclusive package, which costs just under £300. For that one-off fee, this covers you for three years and 36,000 miles. Otherwise, as with all BMWs, the 2 Series has condition-based servicing. In other words, how often it needs servicing depends on how it’s driven.
After the first year's CO2-based road tax (VED), which is generally included in the on-the-road price, the 2 Series Active Tourer hybrid costs £145 a year to tax. However, if you buy one, you should be careful that you don’t pile on enough options to push the list price beyond £40,000, as that'll bump up your annual bill by £335 the first five times you tax it, to £480 a year.
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 & insurance - currently readingThe 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 ratingThe BMW 2 Series Active Tourer's hybrid technology has been tried and tested in the MINI range