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
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|135-141mpg||44-49g/km||29-31 miles||3hrs (estimated for 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. SE and X-Line cars are marginally more efficient thanks to their smaller wheels: BMW quotes 134.5 to 148.7mpg for each, with CO2 emissions of 44 to 48g/km. Go for an M Sport and fuel economy drops to 128.4 to 141.2mpg, along with slightly higher CO2 emissions of 46 to 49g/km.
With a fully charged battery, the X3 xDrive30e will travel 29.8 to 31.7 miles, according to BMW – or 31.1 miles in slightly less efficient M Sport guise. Real-world distance will depend entirely on your driving style, but on paper the X3 matches all of its closest rivals, offering a useful fuel-free option for urban use.
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 (a BMW one will cost from £975); 3.7kW is the fastest the car can manage and there's no DC fast-charging on board. Charging from a three-pin domestic socket is an option, but will take much longer.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe BMW X3 xDrive30e continues BMW's trend of offering impressive plug-in hybrid versions of some of its most popular models
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & charging - currently readingDecent electric range, strong fuel economy and low CO2 make a compelling case for the X3 plug-in hybrid
- 3Running costsAs ever with plug-in hybrids, the BMW X3 makes the most sense for company-car owners, but runs its diesel counterpart close
- 4Engines, drive & performanceThe plug-in X3 is good to drive and has plenty of power, but the petrol engine can feel thrashy
- 5Interior & comfortThe plug-in hybrid BMW X3 is just as comfortable and sensibly laid-out inside as other versions
- 6Practicality & boot spaceYou lose some storage space to the X3 hybrid's batteries, but this is still a practical family SUV
- 7Reliability & safetySome patchy ownership survey results for BMW are countered by strong safety options for the X3 plug-in