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BMW X1 hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The BMW X1 plug-in hybrid is a match for its closest rivals when it comes to emissions, economy and electric range

Rating
Range, MPG, CO2 & charging Rating
Fuel economy (combined)CO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
149-166mpg40-43g/km31-32 miles3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)

All X1 plug-in hybrid models come as standard with a five-metre Type 2 cable for use with public chargers (an option on the Volvo XC40 Recharge T5) and you can get an eight-metre cable at extra cost. You can also add a ChargeNow pay-as-you-go charging subscription for £7.85 per month, or have a BMW i wallbox installed at your home from £975.

BMW X1 range, MPG & CO2 emissions

With official fuel-economy figures following the usual trend for plug-in hybrids, the claimed average of around 149-166mpg is only likely to be attainable with a relaxed attitude to acceleration and a fully charged battery, plus plenty of pure-electric running.

Similarly, despite a claimed electric range of over 30 miles, it's safe to expect a real-life figure in the high twenties: during our short test we managed to eke out around 25 miles, which is still more than useful enough for the majority of shorter journeys in and around town. In contrast, we managed around 20 miles from the BMW's Volvo XC40 rival, which has an official range of 28 miles.

Claimed CO2 emissions of up to 43g/km are strong for an SUV of this type, but again will depend on your use in real life – not that it matters in the eyes of the taxman, of course. The xDrive25e will be London Congestion Charge exempt until tighter regulations come into force in October 2021.

Charge time

A full charge should take around five hours from a standard domestic supply, or around three and a half hours using the optional BMW i home wallbox (or any home wallbox). Charging to 80% only requires around two and a half hours. The charging port is located on the passenger side and there's no rapid-charging capability.

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