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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

3.0 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

3.0 out of 5

Price
£46,940 - £54,360
Fuel Type:
Hybrid Petrol
Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
134-141mpg45-54g/km30 miles3hrs 45mins (0-100% @ 3.7kW)

As with every plug-in hybrid, getting the most out of the X3 xDrive30e depends on keeping the battery charged. It also means the car's hybrid system can assist the petrol engine and maximise fuel economy. If you generally make short trips – a brief commute or school run – you can use electric power exclusively and avoid burning fuel in your daily motoring.

BMW X3 hybrid range, MPG & CO2 emissions

All versions of plug-in X3 have a claimed electric range of 30 miles from a fully charged battery; real-world distance will depend on your driving style. However, the smaller battery pack in the X3 means it trails the near-50 miles range of the Lexus NX 450h+ and Volvo XC60 Recharge. However, none in this class can get close to the 80 miles of the revised Mercedes GLC 300 e.

Charge time

There are no official charging time 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 charging speed for the X3, and it doesn’t have the rapid-charging capability of a Land Rover Discovery Sport. Charging from a three-pin domestic socket is an option, but it will take longer. BMW also supplies a cable for public charging with the X3 and a charging card. The latter allows access to public networks partnered with the brand, reducing the necessity for multiple subscriptions.

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Richard is editor of DrivingElectric, as well as sister site Carbuyer.co.uk, and a regular contributor to Auto Express. An electric and hybrid car advocate, he spent more than five years working on the news and reviews desk at Auto Express and has driven almost every new car currently on sale.

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