Fleetdrive Electric are pleased to announce the arrival of the new BMW 225xe PHEV Active Tourer.
This exciting new model provides reliable four-wheel drive handling and driving control with the added benefits of a Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), such as a low CO2 figure of 46g/km and a combined fuel consumption of up to 141.2mpg. It manages that thanks to an electric motor powering the rear wheels, in addition to the petrol-powered 1.5-litre 3-cylinder engine, offering a pure-electric driving range of up to 25 miles. That means the PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) version ought to go nearly twice as far per gallon of petrol as the most frugal diesel powered alternative, the 216d Active Tourer, which returns a claimed 74.3mpg.
Of course, direct comparisons between diesel and plug-in hybrid cars are not entirely helpful as economy of the latter can vary wildly depending on how it’s driven. BMW has done the maths, though, and reckons you’ll get between 40.4mpg on long-distance runs, where the little petrol engine will be doing all the work, and 201.8mpg in the city, where electric power will be used mostly, with a fairly realistic 62.8mpg on a mixed journey of 30 to 37 miles.
As long as you’re not regularly driving long distances, then, the 225xe makes sense on paper. As does the official CO2 figure of 46g/km, which means zero VED (road tax) and exemption from the London congestion charge.
Since its launch in 2014, the 2 Series Active Tourer has become the third best selling model in the BMW Range. Building on the impressive levels of equipment all 2 Series Active Tourer models have as standard, the 225xe PHEV is offered in Sport and Luxury trim levels that both achieve the 46g/km CO2 figure. They also feature unique BMW eDrive equipment.
In eDrive mode the 225xe PHEV can travel up to 25 miles/41 kilometres on electric power alone. This great new model starts at £30,150 for the 225xe PHEV Sport Active Tourer and is eligible for the £5000 Government Plug-in Car Grant.