First Drive: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer eDrive PHEV

AUG 24 2015 BY MARK KANE 24

BMW 2 Series 225e Active Tourer PHEV

BMW 2 Series 225e Active Tourer PHEV

The BMW 2 Series 225e Active Tourer PHEV (described earlier here) was recently tested by Autocar.

For now, this is still a pre-production prototype, but is close to the final version that’s expected to launch in spring 2016.

With AWD (petrol engine for the front wheels and electric motor for the rear wheels) 221bhp of total system power and 23 miles of all-electric range (on a tiny 7.7 kWh battery) Active Tourer PHEV will be another non-i plug-in from the German manufacturer.

Autocar seems to be positive and curious about the car.

“BMW says the price of the 2 Series eDrive will be similar to a mainstream Active Tourer model with similar performance – probably the 225i xDrive. And it’s a car with an extraordinary range of abilities. It can run on pure EV power in city centres, offers an impressive all-wheel drive system, delivers poke and stability in Max eDrive mode and runs as a fuel-sipping hybrid in normal conditions.

All that and the fact that the car doesn’t feel anything less than conventional to drive – unlike, say, the Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt – makes it a very intriguing proposition.

With the 2 Series eDrive, BMW has managed to introduce hybrid power and exploit the benefits of electric traction for more than just pure economy. It’s a clever and compelling car.”

Source: Autocar

Categories: BMW, Test Drives


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A battery pack of only 7.7 kWh. When, oh when, will we start seeing PHEVs to rival or better the Volt’s all-electric range?

They thought they had that covered with the i3 REX:) Expect BMW to put a plug in most of their models and try to price close to the previous diesel offerings. They will meet Europe’s emission regulations and have cars that won’t have excess congestion charges in places like London. Traditional diesels and non plug-in hybrids won’t quite cut it. Get ready for more of these.

I think there is a place for these, along with better longer range PHEV and BEV options. In a 2 car household if one driver has a shorter commute, or if one driver is a stay at home parent with lots of short trips with charging in between, a PHEV like this could compliment a BEV nicely. But yeah, I’d like to see PHEV’s with the Volt drivetrain (or similar/better) in more models too.

When you purists start buying them. “price… similar to a mainstream Active Tourer” Of course none of you cares about that do you? Sure, Tesla is such a sales wonder these days. Last I heard, they had sold 54000000 cars in one weekend.

+1 Pushmi-Pullyu

When, oh when, will GM put the Voltec drivetrain in a form factor like this?

Does anybody understand what they mean by “… the fact that the car doesn’t feel anything less than conventional to drive – unlike, say, the Toyota Prius or Chevrolet Volt”

It feels good, you save fuel without the eco feeling aka conservative drive.

Yes, that even 6 years after the Volt was offered for sale, their plug in BMW feels so conventional with only 23 electric miles that they shouldn’t even bother.

I would assume this is a jab at the horrible regen brake pedal BS in the Prius. But maybe it’s about the way one “feels” driving the car. BMWs feel different than the penalty box Prius.

It doesn’t beep at you inside of the car when backing up (Prius) or have lame acceleration at highway speeds and lack seats (volt) but feels like a real BMW is what they probably mean. But in my book it’s an improved gas car and not that exciting…

Michael … thanks for trying to translate into English what these folks are saying. I do not know whether the writers from Autocar are clueless or biased, but I do know they are wrong.

The expression “conventional driving” does not apply to a BMW. Let’s be honest, BMW’s is a small volume manufacturer of expensive vehicles that handle way above average.

The majority of vehicles have vanilla/conventional/standard handling such as a Prius or Civic or …

And in my opinion, the Volt is somewhere in between.

And having 4 seats is no crime, even BMW makes i3/Mini with only 4 seats.

I think they means conventiinal BMW driving or even conventional European driving which is more rough/sporty than US settings if cars.

I agree, the Volt is better than the prius in responsiveness! And i don’t think they complain about the seating.

From what I’ve heard the transverse mounted fwd based drivetrain means the 2 series (with or without a plug) does not drive like a BMW is supposed to. Adding power to the rear doesn’t solve the weight in front of the wheels or the under steer.

There is differences for better and for worse between how the 2 series drives vs. many other BMW’s, and there is a difference between how the Volt and the Prius drives. The writer’s opinions were at best vague.

Why does this story say it’s still a pre-production prototype when the earlier story on German Plug-In sales here at InsideEVs shows 39 sales YTD 2015???

Depending on the country some require that road going vehicles still be registered whether they are public sales or kept as internal testers that will not be sold

did mercedes lend them their b-class ugly styling?

I was wondering if they’d offer it I full cammo?

Meant “….in full cammo….”

This is not a bad looking car at all in its class. Looks practical yet destinctive. Better than most of the other EV offerings out there for sure.

While the huge amount of new plug-ins offered by BMW is a good thing – no – a great thing, I do find it sad that after the i3 there hasn’t been a single all electric car announced that will be available in the sort term.

About 50% of worldwide i3 sales are pure BEVs, so there clearly is a market for them.

So why does autocar get to drive this pre-production prototype.. and yet the Volt is already being produced and no professional reviewers have gotten a hold of one yet?

PHEVs will enable BMW to radically increase fleet fuel economy to meet the forthcoming standards (MPG and emissions). Pure BEV is not ideal for adoption fleet-wide (large portion of customers dont want it) at this juncture.

Divide by 2 if you want to get real MPG. 100 MPGe is <50 MPG when you take energy to make electricity into account.

100MPGe = went 100 miles on 33.7kwh of energy during the test (or would have if the car carried that amount). Already a pretty meaningless number, and I’m not sure that dividing by 2 makes it any more meaningful.