BMW X3 hybrid running costs, insurance, warranty & tax
As ever with plug-in hybrids, the BMW X3 makes the most sense for company-car owners, but runs its diesel counterpart close
|Annual company-car tax cost (20%/40%)
|From £1,355 / £2,669
Unlike rivals such as the Audi Q5, the X3 xDrive30e doesn't command a hefty premium over its purely fossil-fuelled relatives. But that's only half the story – the hybrid is the clear winner for company-car drivers.
The Benefit-in-Kind tax of 12% (at least until 2025), compared to the high-30s for either the 20d and 30d diesel engines, translates into significant savings for a 40% taxpayer. Both company and private buyers should enjoy reduced fuel bills if they mainly complete short journeys under electric power. Charging its 11.2kWh useable battery should cost around £3.30 at home on the standard 30p per kilowatt hour rate.
BMW X3 hybrid insurance group
BMW offers a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty on all its cars, so that applies here. However, as is often the case, there's a separate arrangement for the electrical element. The car's battery has a six-year/60,000-mile warranty as standard; provided you've kept up with recommended servicing, you can pay to extend the warranty afterwards.
Service intervals vary with use, but BMW offers an easy-to-understand payment plan to spread the cost. A BMW service plan includes two services, fluid top-ups and complimentary car cleaning, and can be transferred to another BMW model if required.
First-year road tax (VED) on alternative-fuel vehicles such as plug-in hybrids such as the X3 is free because of its low CO2 emissions. You pay a flat rate of £170 a year after that, plus a surcharge of £390 between years two to six of ownership because every plug-in hybrid X3 costs more than £40,000. Annual payments will be £560 during this period before dropping back to the flat rate fee thereafter.
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 & chargingDecent electric range, strong fuel economy and low CO2 make a compelling case for the X3 plug-in hybrid
- 3Running costs & insurance - currently readingAs ever with plug-in hybrids, the BMW X3 makes the most sense for company-car owners, but runs its diesel counterpart close
- 4Performance, engine & driveThe plug-in X3 is good to drive and has plenty of power, but the petrol engine can feel thrashy
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfortThe plug-in hybrid BMW X3 is just as comfortable and sensibly laid-out inside as other versions
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityYou lose some storage space to the X3 hybrid's batteries, but this is still a practical family SUV
- 7Reliability & safety ratingSome patchy ownership survey results for BMW are countered by strong safety options for the X3 plug-in