BMW 225xe Active Tourer treated to 25% more electric range
BMW has launched the new and improved BMW 225xe Active Tourer plug-in hybrid (PHEV), featuring 25% more electric range and 15% lower CO2 emissions, taking it under 50g/km.
BMW said the advances are thanks to the latest battery developments, which also saw the BMW 330e and 530e PHEVs updated to reflect the same advancements.
Electric range in the new 225xe Active Tourer is now up to between 34-35 miles, while fuel consumption is also consequently reduced to an average 148.7-134.5mpg (WLTP) with CO2 now 42-47g/km (NEDC Correlated). Critically, come time of the adoption of WLTP CO2 emissions figures in April 2020, the new 225xe Active Tourer offers 38-42g/km CO2 (WLTP).
As with the other recent BMW plug-in hybrid updates, the 225xe’s new-found efficiency does not encroach into the cabin any more than previously, with the battery taking up the same physical space as before, despite having grown in capacity from 7.7kWh to 10kWh.
The powertrain remains unchanged, with both 1.5-litre petrol engine (a de-tuned version of the same unit used in the BMW i8) matched with a pair of electric motors (one helping drive the front and the other the rear wheels). Total output is now a combined 224hp and 385Nm torque, with acceleration from 0-62mph taking 6.7 seconds.
The rest of the specification largely remains unchanged, with the car featuring all the standard eDrive modes as before to control hybrid and electric modes. In addition, standard spec includes 17-inch alloy wheels, sat nav, 2-zone automatic air conditioning and auxiliary air conditioning, which can be controlled via a smartphone app to, for example, preheat the interior remotely.
A new addition is an audible external sound in accordance with recent EU law, which is emitted at speeds up to 18.5mph.
Reiterating the message of sustainability that BMW had already made with the recent launch of the 530e plug-in hybrid, the 225xe Active Tourer has a 33% smaller CO2 footprint than a 225xi Active Tourer, and 24% better than a 220xd Active Tourer, when running on electricity from average European power. If charged using renewable energy, however, the benefit increases to 56% and 50% better than the above models respectively.
The new specification makes the BMW 225xe Active Tourer fall into the 12% BiK tax rate in the 2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23 tax years if registered before 6 April 2020, while if registered after 6 April 2020 it will qualify for 10%, 11% and 12% BiK for the same tax years respectively.