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BMW X3 hybrid range, MPG, CO2 & charging

Decent electric range, strong fuel economy and low CO2 make a compelling case for the X3 plug-in hybrid

Overall rating

4.0 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.0 out of 5

£51,230 - £56,280
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
134-141mpg45-54g/km29-30 miles3hrs 45mins (0-100% @ 3.7kW)

As with every plug-in hybrid, getting the most out of the X3 xDrive30e from an efficiency point of view depends on keeping the battery topped up. Not only does this let you travel as far as possible on electric power alone, it also means the car's hybrid system is best equipped to assist the petrol engine and maximise fuel economy. If you generally do shorter trips – a brief commute or school run, perhaps – you'll be able to use electric power exclusively and not use a drop of fuel in routine daily motoring.

BMW X3 hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions

Emissions and fuel economy vary slightly depending on which trim level and wheel size you choose for your X3 xDrive30e. The X-Line model is marginally more efficient thanks to its smaller wheels, but if you go for an M Sport, fuel economy drops slightly and CO2 emissions increase. With a fully charged battery, the X3 xDrive30e will travel up to 30 miles, according to BMW. Real-world distance will depend on your driving style, but on paper the X3 matches its closest rivals, offering a useful fuel-free option for urban use.

Charge time

There are no official charging-speed figures, but the X3 xDrive30e should charge in around two-and-a-half to three hours using a home wallbox; 3.7kW is the fastest the car can manage and there's no rapid-charging capability. Charging from a three-pin domestic socket is an option, but will take a bit longer. BMW also supplies a cable for public charging with the X3, along with a charging card. The latter allows access to public networks partnered with the brand, reducing the necessity for multiple subscriptions.

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