BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer Review – Video

SEP 5 2016 BY MARK KANE 15

Truly, the BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer has one of the longest name in the industry…although not the most annoying, that is reserved for its sister-car, the BMW X5 xDrive40e.

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer

BMW 225xe iPerformance Active Tourer

Name withstanding, it’s for sure one of the best looking plug-in hybrid models around, and its a plug-in which can handle both refined city driving, as well as the more rugged weekend trips on more unfriendly terrain (using AWD).

The review finds the interior to be a premium setup, and goes along nicely with the quiet, relaxing driving experience that one expects in a modern electrified car; and of course the BMW has the improved fuel economy one also anticipates from a plug-in hybrid…a package that attracts many BMW 225 Active Tourer consumers to the plug.

Quick specs:

  • 100 kW/136 hp, 220 Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and six-speed Steptronic transmission plus high-voltage starter-generator in the front (power boost when accelerating from a standstill)
  • 65 kW electric motor for the rear wheels
  • AWD (front wheels  – engine, rear wheels – electric motor)
  • overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp and 385 Nm
  • all-electric range of up to 41 km (25 miles), probably NEDC up to 80 km/h (50 mph)
  • 7.6 kWh lithium-ion (usable 5.8 kWh)
  • Average fuel consumption (combined) at 2.1–2.0 litres/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp)
  • 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.7 s

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It’s a less frumpier looking version of a Mercedes B-Class. It’s a shame it doesn’t have a 16kWh or higher battery.

It actually reminds me of a BOLT size vehicle in size, but much nicer looking on the inside and outside. Pretty quick too in sport mode. If it had i8 power out of basically that same 3 cyl engine with 100 hp more, this thing would be even faster. But yes, too bad the battery wasn’t bigger. On the other hand it would make a 350+ mile trip with ease, the Bolt, or any other pure BEV could not match it on range without relying on possibly non existant chargers on your route.

Seems more similar to a C-Max/B-Class than the Bolt.

171″L x 71″W x 63″H 225xe
174″L x 72″W x 64″H C-Max
172″L x 70″W x 61″H B-Class
164″L x 70″W x 63″H Bolt
158″L x 70″W x 62″H i3

Interesting that the i3 seems so narrow and tall, yet the Bolt is just as narrow, and actually a little taller than the i3. And yes this active tourer seems like its good size without looking bloated.

Actually it is almost unbelievable an i3 is as wide as a B class. Either a misprint or an optical illusion.

Similare is horrible battery range too.
There should be a FEDERAL MINIMUM of 30 miles of range.

There’s a lot of talk for reviving 48V hybrids, it can move in the wrong direction you know 😉

Seems like a decent vehicle. Sold in the USA?

I was hoping for a little better review.
What’s the cargo capacity with 2nd row seats up and with 2nd row seats down?
What’s the straight MPG? Don’t state the “combined” as this is a BS number.
What’s the EPA rated All Electric Range?

According to this
http://www.whatcar.com/news/2016-bmw-2-series-active-tourer-225xe-review/
Cargo capacity (2nd row up) is 400 litres, i.e., 14.1 cu.ft — 70 litres less than the ICE version. 1350 litres (47.7 cu. ft.) with 2nd row folded. That’s OK but not great compared to same-class ICE cars.

Also, fuel tank is much smaller, just 36 litres, which means the range once the small battery runs down is a bit limited.

See also
http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/2-series/94217/bmw-2-series-active-tourer-plug-in-hybrid-review

Thanks for the info. It’s a shame the cargo space is on the small end for this segment.
If the MPG (not “combined mpg”) is above 55, I imagine people would be willing to trade some cargo space for best in class MPG. The All Electric Range needs to triple in subsequent model years.

They are not sold in the US yet but when they do make it here they will probably be in short supply because BMWs plugins are selling way better in Europe than they orginally expected…

Seems funny that they need 3-phase, 400 volts to charge a dinky 6 kwh battery.. This car couldn’t possibly violate any single-phase limitations (basically the same principle as charging a laptop).

I was under the impression the the J1772 SAE connector was also used in Europe for small charging rates – as for instance the Vauxhill Ampera.

It seems many on both sides of the pond, are hooked on anything BMW deems to offer for sale. How else could they sell a 6 kwh battery vehicle for around $70,000?

These things make the new Plug-in-prius look huge.

The Volt/Ampera, the Leaf and the iMiev got the Type 1 plug before the Type 2 Mennekes was codified. Today it has to be a Type 2 even if the car uses a single phase onboard charger.

Wish we had 3-phase charging in North America…

Phase Converters are cheap. Be the first on your block to drive home a BMW from Europe.