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xDrive 25e Sport 5dr Auto


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Main Features




Fuel Type

Fuel Type

Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid



Overall: 156.9mpg
EV range: 29.8 miles



43 g/km

0 - 62 MPH

0 - 62 MPH

6.9 secs




Plug-in Hybrid

Plug-in Hybrid

Parking Sensors

Parking Sensors



Body Glass:

  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing glass
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Rain sensor including auto headlights activation
  • Rear window wash/wipe


  • Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Brake drying
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking readiness
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Front ventilated disc brakes
  • Hill start assist
  • Rear disc brakes


  • Velour floor carpets


  • Anti-roll bars
  • Drive performance control with ECO PRO comfort + sport mode
  • Standard suspension
  • Twin tube gas filled shock absorbers with degressive characteristic curve


  • Apple CarPlay

Driver Aids:

  • Attentiveness assist
  • Electro hydraulically controlled multi plate clutch in rear axle
  • Energy efficient operating strategy
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Park assist system
  • Servotronic PAS
  • Variable and stepless distribution of drive torque between front and rear axle

Driver Convenience:

  • Automatic tailgate opening

Driver Information:

  • Ambient temperature display
  • Arrow pointers, north up, direction of travel and perspective map displays
  • BMW Online services
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Characteristic map controlled oil pump system
  • Connected eDrive Services
  • eDrive button activates auto eDrive, max eDrive and save battery modes
  • eDrive specific displays in instrument cluster and CID
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with miles per hour read out, tachometer and fuel gauge
  • Integrated hard drive with map data updates via USB interface
  • Lights on warning by audio warning signal when ignition is switched off
  • On board computer
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Real time traffic information
  • Rigidly mounted rear subframe - Multi link construction with separate spring / damper configuration and excellent driving characteristics
  • Service interval indicator
  • Tyre puncture warning system

Driving Mirrors:

  • Automatically dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Electrically adjustable door mirrors with aspheric on driver side, convex on passenger side with integrated indicators
  • Heated door mirrors

Embellishment Trims:

  • Contrast stitching on instrument panel


  • 12V compressor with integrated sealant injection bottle and hose
  • Aluminium lightweight construction including crankcase
  • Balancer shaft
  • Double VANOS
  • eDrive exterior sound
  • Electric engine installed under rear seats driving the rear wheels
  • High precision injection
  • Lithium-ion high voltage battery (10.0 kWh) fitted under rear seats
  • Performance Control
  • Stop/start function
  • Turbocharger with Valvetronic


  • BMW professional radio includes amplifier power 100w, Two mide range speakers in door trims and two woofers as central bass speaker under front seats
  • DAB Digital radio

Exterior Body Features:

  • Aero curtain
  • Blue ring around BMW roundel on wheel hub/tailgate/bonnet/steering wheel
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front bumper underbody protection
  • Exclusive front door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Front air guide finished in black silver
  • Front air inlets and centre air inlets with high gloss black finisher
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Kidney grille with 14 chrome high gloss black fronted with black matt sides vertical bars
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Model designation
  • Rear bumper underbody protection in body colour with high gloss black insert
  • Rear window aerial
  • Roof mouldings in matt black
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Side Panel Inscription
  • Sill cover finished in body colour and matt black
  • Single chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Visible VIN plate

Exterior Lights:

  • Adjustable headlights
  • BMW Icon design LED daytime driving lights
  • Direction indicator side lights integrated exterior mirrors
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Headlight beam throw control
  • High level third brake light
  • LED direction indicator lights in headlight eyebrow
  • LED front fog lights
  • Rear fog lights
  • Reversing light in rear light cluster
  • Two eye face design on light
  • Welcome lighting


  • Dual zone automatic air conditioning

Interior Features:

  • 12v power point in centre console
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • 3 spoke sport leather steering wheel
  • Black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
  • Conditioned based service
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • Illuminated charging socket with visual display of charge status
  • Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Pre-conditioning of battery for optimum operating temperature
  • Pre-conditioning of interior via BMW Remote app
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles

Interior Lights:

  • Boot light
  • Front centre interior light over interior mirror and rear centre automatic interior light when door is opened/ignition switched off or via remote key
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • LED ambient lighting in door trim
  • Luggage compartment lighting


  • Extended storage package - X1


  • Audio/visual collision warning system
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • BMW emergency call
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three point seat belts in all belts
  • Twin horns
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit


  • 3 rear headrests
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment for two outer rear seats and front passenger seat with anchorage points
  • Driver/front passenger seat backrest back with luggage net
  • Front sports seats
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Standing free front adjustable armrest and fixed in different positions


  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Remote control with integrated two key
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button


  • 6 speed automatic transmission
  • Transmission of power to rear axle via front axle differential and two-part cardan shaft
  • xDrive electric drive, after activation of the electric motor and common drive via all four wheels

Vehicle Charging:

  • 5 metre standard charge cable
  • AC Fast charge cable


  • Low rolling resistance tyres

Wheels - Spare:

  • Tyre mobility system

Electric Vehicle Data:

  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 10
  • Battery Charge Type 1 kW: 2.2
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes): 300
  • Battery Charge Type 2 kW: 2.2
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes): 228
  • Battery Charge Type 3 kW: 3.7
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes): 192
  • Battery Charge Type 4 kW: 3.7
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage: 0-80
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes): 144
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 15.1
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 32
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City: 57
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 48
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City: 35.4
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb: 29.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 17.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 20
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High: 25.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High: 17.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low: 19.4
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium: 16.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.1
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High: 2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High: 3.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low: 3.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium: 3.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb: 19.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH: 15.3
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL: 15.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH: 4.1
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL: 4.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City: 59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 51
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH: 50
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL: 52
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High: 39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High: 59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low: 53
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium: 63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City: 36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 31.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH: 31.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL: 32.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High: 24.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High: 36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low: 32.9
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium: 39.1

Emissions - ICE:

  • CO2 (g/km): 43
  • HC+NOx:
  • Particles:
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV:

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 170
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 167
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - TEH: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - TEL: 181
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - TEH: 145
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - TEL: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - TEH: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - TEL: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - TEH: 149
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - TEL: 147
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb: 17
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 41
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 43
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 40

Engine and Drive Train:

  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: Yes
  • CC: 1,499
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • Engine Code: B38A15M0
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE:

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV:

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb: 0.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb: 403.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 7.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL: 8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - TEH: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - TEL: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - TEH: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - TEL: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - TEH: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - TEL: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - TEH: 37.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - TEL: 38.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - TEH: 34.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - TEL: 35.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - TEH: 44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - TEL: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 29.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - TEH: 29.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - TEL: 29.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - TEH: 42.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - TEL: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 1.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 156.9
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEH: 148.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - TEL: 156.9


  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: Yes
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Badge Power: 220
  • Based On ID:
  • Coin Description: e xDrive
  • Coin Series: Sport
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 30E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %:
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %:
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09:
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %:
  • NCAP Safety Assist %:
  • Safety Concerns?: No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18,000
  • Special Edition: No
  • Special Order: No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999,999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1


  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): No
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.9
  • Engine Power - BHP: 220
  • Engine Power - KW: 162
  • Engine Power - PS: Yes
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5,000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 284
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 39.3
  • Engine Torque - NM: 385
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Top Speed: 120

Test Cycles:

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2


  • Alloys?: Yes
  • Space Saver?: No
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 578
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions:

  • Height: 1,582
  • Height (including roof rails):
  • Length: 4,447
  • Wheelbase: 2,670
  • Width: 1821
  • Width (including mirrors): 2,060

Weight and Capacities:

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 36
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2,330
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1470
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 450
  • Max. Loading Weight: 585
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1,745
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7
The X1 can be had with BMW's plug-in technology. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the xDrive25e variant.

Ten Second Review
For its more compact models, BMW has plug-in hybrid technology based around a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an all-wheel drive powertrain - which is what features here with this X1 xDrive25e variant. As usual with a PHEV, the stats are quite compelling: a BiK taxation rating of just 10%, around 32 miles of all-electric driving range, up to 40g/km of CO2 and up to 166.2mpg on the combined cycle. But there's a price to pay for this kind of technology - and a few practicality compromises to make.

BMW has had plug-in tech for a car of this size for some time, launching it back in 2016 with its small MPV, the 225xe Active Tourer. Strangely, it took the Munich maker until 2020 to install the same powertrain into its much stronger-selling X1 crossover, creating the car we're going to look at here, the X1 xDrive25e. Fortunately for BMW, rivals have been equally tardy with introducing PHEV technology into the premium part of the compact SUV segment, this X1 xDive25e hitting the market at about the same time as plug-in versions of direct rivals like the Mercedes GLA and the Volvo XC40. How competitive can it be? Let's find out.

Driving Experience
The X1 xDrive25e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid uses the same powertrain we've already seen not only in BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe but also in the MINI Countryman PHEV. It mates a 124hp version of the '18i' model's 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels with an 95hp electric motor, which powers those at the rear and draws its energy from a rechargeable 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. This set-up works via a 6-spped torque converter auto gearbox and makes possible front, rear or four-wheel drive capability, depending on the chosen driving mode. Ah yes, modes; let's get to them. Three extra settings feature in the xDrive25e's 'Driving Performance Control' system - 'MAX eDRIVE' (which keeps progress all-electric), the 'AUTO eDRIVE' setting (which switches between power sources as necessary) and 'SAVE BATTERY' (which reserves your all-electric battery range until you particularly need it - say in urban motoring at the end of a motorway trip). If you can ignore this focus on frugality and use all of this Plug-in hybrid model's performance, you'll find that there's plenty of it thanks to a combined system output of 217hp and 385Nm of torque. 62mph from rest takes just 6.9s and top speed is 119mph. Keep the PHEV battery topped up and a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 32.3 is possible - though not if you push the limits of the 84mph all-electric top speed.

Design and Build
There's no exterior embellishment to identify the X1 xDrive25e as a PHEV model, though the eagle-eyed might notice the bespoke badging and the addition of an extra charging flap. This updated version of the second generation X1 has a larger front grille, which sees the two kidney-shaped intakes now meeting in the middle. The lights flanking this aperture are piercing full-LED beams. And up-front in the cabin? Well this is the part of the X1 that we think will really sell this car to potential buyers. Look around and the high quality layered fascia curves around the interior in a symmetrical wave garnished with textured aluminium, satin chrome inlays and carefully-chosen splashes of bright work. As before, there's a slightly raised seating position that places you perfectly in front of a set of semi-digitalised dials. There are eDrive-specific displays in the instrument cluster and an eDrive button activates the PHEV 'AUTO eDrive', 'MAX eDrive' and 'SAVE BATTERY' modes. A couple of adults can sit comfortably on the back seat, but boot space has been compromised by the plug-in installation, falling by 55-litres over the standard car to 450-litres. Fold the 40:20:40-split rear bench and that capacity rises to 1,470-litres.

Market and Model
X1 xDrive25e pricing starts from around £38,000. That's about £1,200 more than you'd pay for an equivalently-specified X1 xDrive20d diesel. And, for reference, £1,500 more than you'd pay for the same plug-in powertrain in BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer MPV. This is reasonable value when you consider that a rival Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid costs from around £41,000. The X1 xDrive25e is offered with 'Sport', 'xLine' and 'M Sport' trim levels, the latter taking the asking price to around £40,000. If you want a sportier body style, the same powertrain is also offered with the brand's X2 crossover model. Even base 'Sport' trim gives you quite a lot, with 18-inch Double-spoke alloy wheels, 'High-Gloss Shadowline' exterior trim, front inlets with a High-gloss black finisher and front bumper under-body protection. Inside, 'Sport' trim gets you sports seats, contrast stitching on the dash, LED ambient lighting and upholstery that's a smart combination of 'Anthracite' cloth and 'Sensatec' man-made leather. Top 'M Sport' trim stands out from the others thanks to 18-inch 'M light alloy Double-spoke' wheels, a 'Dark Shadow' finish for the bumpers and 'High-Gloss Shadowline' exterior trim that extends to the roof rails. There's also a standard 'M aerodynamic bodystyle' kit which includes enlarged front air intakes and a body-coloured finish for things like the underbody protection plate and the wheel arch trims.

Cost of Ownership
To recap the info we gave you in our 'Driving Experience' section, this variant mates the sDrive18i model's 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels with a 95hp electric motor, which powers those at the rear and draws its energy from a rechargeable 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery placed beneath the rear seat. You'll need 2.4 hours to recharge the car from 16A power socket (or twice that from a conventional domestic plug) but ideally, you'd have a BMW i Wallbox installed in your garage, which can knock an hour off that figure and which can be programmed into off-peak electricity rates. When fully charged, the xDrive25xe has a WLTP-rated all-electric range of up to 32.3 miles before the little petrol engine cuts in, meaning that short urban trips can be completed with zero local emissions. That's if you select the 'MAX eDRIVE' option from this variant's bespoke 'Drive Performance Control' system that'll keep the car in milk float mode. More typically, you'll be using the set-up's 'AUTO eDRIVE' setting, which switches between power sources as necessary. And there's also a 'SAVE BATTERY' option, which reserves your all-electric battery range until you particularly need it - say in urban motoring at the end of a motorway trip. As for the xDrive25e variant's quoted efficiency figures, well as with any plug-in hybrid, you need to take these with something of a pinch of salt, but for the record, they're quoted at up to 166.2mpg for the WLTP-rated combined cycle and up to 40g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The BiK taxation rating is 10%: for comparison, an X1 xDrive20d diesel is rated at 33%. We'll finish with insurance. The xDrive25e is rated at group 30.

BMW missed a trick here: they could have been selling this plug-in X1 model years before they did. Now, it must takes it chances against key rivals from Mercedes and Volvo. Still, it remains a very competitive package in that company. As with any plug-in model, fuel savings alone won't justify the premium pricing; but adding in the BiK tax reductions might be enough to make you take a second look at an X1 xDrive25e, even with its £40,000 price tag. Did we ever think we'd be paying this much for a mainstream X1 model? Possibly not, but then did we ever think a decade ago that we'd have the chance to buy a petrol-powered one that could also offer an all-electric driving range of up to 32 miles? Right here, right now, plug-in tech makes more sense for more people, more of the time than full-EV ownership. In the future, that'll probably change. Just now though, cars like this are on-trend and increasingly, make more sense than a comparable diesel, provided they're used in the right way.


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