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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|149-157mpg||40-44g/km||30-32 miles||3hrs 30mins (0-100%, 7.4kW)|
All X1 plug-in hybrids come as standard with a five-metre Type 2 cable for use with public chargers (an option on the Volvo XC40 Recharge) 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.
BMW X1 range, MPG & CO2 emissions
With official fuel-economy figures following the usual trend for plug-in hybrids, the claimed average of around 150mpg 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 44g/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 is also London Congestion Charge exempt until October 2021.
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.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW X1 xDrive25e is a plug-in hybrid SUV that's faster and more refined than its non-electrified siblings
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingThe BMW X1 plug-in hybrid is a match for its closest rivals when it comes to emissions, economy and electric range
- 3Running costs & insuranceCompany-car users and urban-based private buyers will make the most of the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid
- 4Performance, engine & driveGood to drive despite its extra weight, the X1 xDrive25e is the pick of the range for refinement and driver enjoyment
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortYou may have to pick a few option packs to get the kit you want, but the BMW X1 plug-in has a comfortable cabin and great infotainment
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityThe BMW X1 hybrid's good packaging and passenger space hasn't suffered too much from the addition of batteries
- 7Reliability & safety ratingThe plug-in BMW X1 is safe and should be reliable, but you'll have to pay extra to get all the active safety equipment you'd like