BMW X1 xDrive 25e

New plug-in hybrid version of BMW’s compact SUV



Hot on the heels of the X1 2019 range update comes this latest addition to the stable – a hybrid version that delivers impressive mpg, all-wheel drive and up to 35 miles on electric power alone.

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BMW X1 Hybrid

Design

From the outside there’s very little to tell onlookers that this particular X1 is partly electric-powered. The xDrive 25e badge and the extra charging port on the front are the only visible differences. Recently updated design features across the range include a larger one-piece kidney grille and LED headlights as well as a redesigned front bumper incorporating large air intakes and horizontal LED fog lights.At the rear are new enlarged 90mm tailpipes and new LED lights. Luggage capacity is 450 with the rear seats up, with the 40:20:40 split folding backrests giving a total load capacity of 1,470 litres. 

BMW X1 Hybrid

Performance

The hybrid version of the X1 offers front drive, rear drive and even all-wheel drive, depending on whether you’re being pulled along by the front-drive 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, driven via the rear wheels via electric power alone, or combine the two to power all four wheels. Power output of the 1.5-litre petrol engine is 125hp with 220Nm of torque, while the rear-mounted electric motor can produce 95hp and 165Nm. When combined, the BMW X1 xDrive25e accelerates from 0 to 63mph in a brisk 6.9 seconds, yet it also delivers an electric-only range of up to 35 miles. Using a BMW iWallbox, charging the battery from 0 to 100 percent takes less than 3.2 hours, with 80 percent achieved in just 2.4 hours. The official fuel consumption figure is between 134.5-148.7mpg, though this is clearly dependent on the kind of driving you do.

BMW X1 Hybrid
BMW X1 Hybrid
BMW X1 Hybrid
BMW X1 Hybrid

Technology

Like its conventionally powered petrol and diesel stablemates, the X1 xDrive 25e comes with a choice of Sport Line, xLine and M Sport trim levels. Standard equipment includes 17-inch light alloy wheels, 2-zone automatic air conditioning, sports seats and LED headlights. The 8.8-inch Control Display features BMW Navigation with Real Time Traffic Information, while further options include a 10.25-inch upgrade and a 5.7-inch Black Panel instrument cluster. Unique to the hybrid model is the ability to condition your X1 whilst it’s plugged in, either to heat or cool the cabin ahead of your journey. Other hybrid-related technology includes the eDrive controller, which offers Auto eDrive, MAX eDrive for full EV mode and Save Battery mode for when you want to retain full charge for later in the journey, for instance when entering a Congestion Zone after a motorway journey. Programme the sat nav and the anticipatory energy management system will consider the route profile and juggle battery and petrol power for optimum efficiency.

BMW X1 Hybrid

Safety

No compromise on safety for the hybrid; just like the other X1 models it features the Active Guard safety system. This includes forward vehicle collision warning, city collision mitigation, brake preconditioning and speed limit information as standard. The optional Driving Assistant Plus includes lane departure warning, front collision warning with brake intervention, high-beam assistant, speed limit info, active cruise control with Stop&Go function and traffic jam assist.

BMW X1 Hybrid

Verdict

Whether the X1 xDRive 25e makes sense for you depends on your typical week’s driving. If there are many journeys of 30 miles or less, or journeys within an urban area, the plug-in hybrid electric motor and battery will save both fuel and emissions. Yet when you do need more performance or range for longer trips, the petrol engine part of the equation will ensure you never need to worry about finding a charger en route. In every other respect it's simply another BMW X1 – and that means it’s a class-leading compact SUV.

BMW X1 Hybrid
BMW X1 Hybrid
BMW X1 Hybrid

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