BMW X1 xDrive 25e M Sport 5dr Auto

  • Automatic
  • Petrol/PlugIn Elec Hybrid
  • 5 door estate

Ten Second Review

For its more compact models, BMW has plug-in hybrid technology based around a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an all-wheel drive powertrain - which is what features here with this X1 xDrive25e variant. As usual with a PHEV, the stats are quite compelling: a BiK taxation rating of just 10%, around 32 miles of all-electric driving range, up to 40g/km of CO2 and up to 166.2mpg on the combined cycle. But there's a price to pay for this kind of technology - and a few practicality compromises to make.

Background

BMW has had plug-in tech for a car of this size for some time, launching it back in 2016 with its small MPV, the 225xe Active Tourer. Strangely, it took the Munich maker until 2020 to install the same powertrain into its much stronger-selling X1 crossover, creating the car we're going to look at here, the X1 xDrive25e. Fortunately for BMW, rivals have been equally tardy with introducing PHEV technology into the premium part of the compact SUV segment, this X1 xDive25e hitting the market at about the same time as plug-in versions of direct rivals like the Mercedes GLA and the Volvo XC40. How competitive can it be? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

The X1 xDrive25e petrol/electric Plug-in hybrid uses the same powertrain we've already seen not only in BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer 225xe but also in the MINI Countryman PHEV. It mates a 124hp version of the '18i' model's 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels with an 95hp electric motor, which powers those at the rear and draws its energy from a rechargeable 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery. This set-up works via a 6-spped torque converter auto gearbox and makes possible front, rear or four-wheel drive capability, depending on the chosen driving mode. Ah yes, modes; let's get to them. Three extra settings feature in the xDrive25e's 'Driving Performance Control' system - 'MAX eDRIVE' (which keeps progress all-electric), the 'AUTO eDRIVE' setting (which switches between power sources as necessary) and 'SAVE BATTERY' (which reserves your all-electric battery range until you particularly need it - say in urban motoring at the end of a motorway trip). If you can ignore this focus on frugality and use all of this Plug-in hybrid model's performance, you'll find that there's plenty of it thanks to a combined system output of 217hp and 385Nm of torque. 62mph from rest takes just 6.9s and top speed is 119mph. Keep the PHEV battery topped up and a WLTP-rated all-electric driving range of up to 32.3 is possible - though not if you push the limits of the 84mph all-electric top speed.

Design and Build

There's no exterior embellishment to identify the X1 xDrive25e as a PHEV model, though the eagle-eyed might notice the bespoke badging and the addition of an extra charging flap. This updated version of the second generation X1 has a larger front grille, which sees the two kidney-shaped intakes now meeting in the middle. The lights flanking this aperture are piercing full-LED beams. And up-front in the cabin? Well this is the part of the X1 that we think will really sell this car to potential buyers. Look around and the high quality layered fascia curves around the interior in a symmetrical wave garnished with textured aluminium, satin chrome inlays and carefully-chosen splashes of bright work. As before, there's a slightly raised seating position that places you perfectly in front of a set of semi-digitalised dials. There are eDrive-specific displays in the instrument cluster and an eDrive button activates the PHEV 'AUTO eDrive', 'MAX eDrive' and 'SAVE BATTERY' modes. A couple of adults can sit comfortably on the back seat, but boot space has been compromised by the plug-in installation, falling by 55-litres over the standard car to 450-litres. Fold the 40:20:40-split rear bench and that capacity rises to 1,470-litres.

Market and Model

X1 xDrive25e pricing starts from around £38,000. That's about £1,200 more than you'd pay for an equivalently-specified X1 xDrive20d diesel. And, for reference, £1,500 more than you'd pay for the same plug-in powertrain in BMW's 2 Series Active Tourer MPV. This is reasonable value when you consider that a rival Volvo XC40 Recharge T5 Plug-in hybrid costs from around £41,000. The X1 xDrive25e is offered with 'Sport', 'xLine' and 'M Sport' trim levels, the latter taking the asking price to around £40,000. If you want a sportier body style, the same powertrain is also offered with the brand's X2 crossover model. Even base 'Sport' trim gives you quite a lot, with 18-inch Double-spoke alloy wheels, 'High-Gloss Shadowline' exterior trim, front inlets with a High-gloss black finisher and front bumper under-body protection. Inside, 'Sport' trim gets you sports seats, contrast stitching on the dash, LED ambient lighting and upholstery that's a smart combination of 'Anthracite' cloth and 'Sensatec' man-made leather. Top 'M Sport' trim stands out from the others thanks to 18-inch 'M light alloy Double-spoke' wheels, a 'Dark Shadow' finish for the bumpers and 'High-Gloss Shadowline' exterior trim that extends to the roof rails. There's also a standard 'M aerodynamic bodystyle' kit which includes enlarged front air intakes and a body-coloured finish for things like the underbody protection plate and the wheel arch trims.

Cost of Ownership

To recap the info we gave you in our 'Driving Experience' section, this variant mates the sDrive18i model's 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol engine driving the front wheels with a 95hp electric motor, which powers those at the rear and draws its energy from a rechargeable 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery placed beneath the rear seat. You'll need 2.4 hours to recharge the car from 16A power socket (or twice that from a conventional domestic plug) but ideally, you'd have a BMW i Wallbox installed in your garage, which can knock an hour off that figure and which can be programmed into off-peak electricity rates. When fully charged, the xDrive25xe has a WLTP-rated all-electric range of up to 32.3 miles before the little petrol engine cuts in, meaning that short urban trips can be completed with zero local emissions. That's if you select the 'MAX eDRIVE' option from this variant's bespoke 'Drive Performance Control' system that'll keep the car in milk float mode. More typically, you'll be using the set-up's 'AUTO eDRIVE' setting, which switches between power sources as necessary. And there's also a 'SAVE BATTERY' option, which reserves your all-electric battery range until you particularly need it - say in urban motoring at the end of a motorway trip. As for the xDrive25e variant's quoted efficiency figures, well as with any plug-in hybrid, you need to take these with something of a pinch of salt, but for the record, they're quoted at up to 166.2mpg for the WLTP-rated combined cycle and up to 40g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. The BiK taxation rating is 10%: for comparison, an X1 xDrive20d diesel is rated at 33%. We'll finish with insurance. The xDrive25e is rated at group 30.

Summary

BMW missed a trick here: they could have been selling this plug-in X1 model years before they did. Now, it must takes it chances against key rivals from Mercedes and Volvo. Still, it remains a very competitive package in that company. As with any plug-in model, fuel savings alone won't justify the premium pricing; but adding in the BiK tax reductions might be enough to make you take a second look at an X1 xDrive25e, even with its £40,000 price tag. Did we ever think we'd be paying this much for a mainstream X1 model? Possibly not, but then did we ever think a decade ago that we'd have the chance to buy a petrol-powered one that could also offer an all-electric driving range of up to 32 miles? Right here, right now, plug-in tech makes more sense for more people, more of the time than full-EV ownership. In the future, that'll probably change. Just now though, cars like this are on-trend and increasingly, make more sense than a comparable diesel, provided they're used in the right way.

  • Rear window aerial
  • Aero curtain
  • Body colour door handles
  • Model designation
  • Body colour wheel arches and side sills
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Shark fin antenna
  • M aerodynamic body styling
  • M logo designation in side chrome
  • Kidney grille with 14 chrome high gloss black vertical bars
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Front and rear bumper system
  • Rear bumper with dark shadow and underbody protection in body colour
  • Front bumper air intakes with dark shadow finisher
  • Front air inlets in matt black with silver finisher matt
  • Front air guide finished in black silver
  • Roof mouldings in matt black
  • Sill cover matt black with matt silver insert
  • Single chrome exhaust tailpipe
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof linings
  • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
  • M Sport nappa leather 3-spoke steering wheel
  • Leather gearknob/gaiter/handbrake grip
  • Luggage compartment loading edge with stainless steel insert
  • Luggage area underfloor compartment
  • Front and rear side armrests integrated into door trim
  • Illuminated charging socket with visual display of charge status
  • Dakota leather upholstery with perforation and contrast stitching
  • Front door sill finishers with M designation
  • 12v power point in centre console
  • Manually adjustment steering wheel column
  • Front centre armrest/sliding cover
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Centre armrest in 20 degree part rear seat backrest
  • Rear coded belt buckles
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Pre-conditioning of interior via BMW Remote app
  • Illuminated glovebox
  • Conditioned based service
  • Pre-conditioning of battery for optimum operating temperature
  • Luggage compartment access via recessed handle below tailgate
  • Anthracite headlining
  • Audio/visual collision warning system
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Twin horns
  • Pyrotechnically pre-tensioned front seatbelts
  • Seatbelt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Front seatbelt force limiters
  • Side impact protection
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Crash Sensor - activates hazard/interior lighting + unlocks doors
  • Three point seat belts in all belts
  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation
  • Battery safety cut-off
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Start/stop button with comfort go keyless engine start and auto start stop deactivation button
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Check control system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Remote control with integrated key with M specific highlight
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Remote control Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Automatic tailgate opening
  • 5 metre standard charge cable
  • AC Fast charge cable
  • Extended storage package - X1
  • Extended lights pack - X1
  • DAB Digital radio
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 183
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High: 186
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb: 169
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb: 18
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min: 41
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max: 150
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max: 44
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min: 168
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High: 144
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min: 217
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb: 42
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 189
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium: 148
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max: 171
  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 10
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb: 4.1
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Time (Minutes): 228
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb: 20
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb: 51
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium: 3.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb: 19.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium: 39.1
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Percentage: 0-100
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High: 17.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High: 24.2
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low: 19.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low: 32.9
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min: 4.1
  • Battery Charge Type 2 Percentage: 0-80
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium: 63
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Time (Minutes): 192
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min: 15.2
  • Battery Charge Type 2 kW: 2.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High: 3.6
  • Coupler/Connector Type: Type 2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min: 51
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max: 4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max: 49
  • Battery Charge Type 4 kW: 3.7
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Percentage: 0-80
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City: 56
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High: 27
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High: 36
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb: 15.2
  • Battery Charge Type 3 Percentage: 0-100
  • Battery Charge Type 3 kW: 3.7
  • NEDC Maximum EV Range Miles: 35
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.1
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb: 47
  • Battery Charge Type 4 Time (Minutes): 144
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low: 53
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low: 3.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High: 39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max: 30.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max: 15.5
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City: 3.6
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb: 3.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min: 31.7
  • NEDC Electricity Consumption kWh/100 km: 15.1
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City: 59
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City : 34.8
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City: 17.3
  • Battery Charge Type 1 Time (Minutes): 300
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High: 58
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium: 16.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb: 31.7
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb : 29.2
  • Battery Charge Type 1 kW: 2.2
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High: 2.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City: 36.7
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Based On ID: N
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • Coin Series: M Sport
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 30E
  • Special Edition: False
  • Coin Description: e xDrive
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.5
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • Special Order: False
  • Badge Power: 220
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Service Interval Mileage: 18000
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 36
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1745
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1470
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 585
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2330
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.7
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 450
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Width (including mirrors): 2060
  • Height: 1582
  • Width: 1821
  • Wheelbase: 2670
  • Length: 4447
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max: 34
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb: 353.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max: 148.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 7.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max: 37.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max: 44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 8.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min: 44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High: 34.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max: 42.8
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb: 156.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min: N
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 1.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 7.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min: 156.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 1.9
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max: N
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low: 29.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb: 0.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb: 38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb: 7.4
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Engine Code: B38A15M0
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • CC: 1499
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Cylinders: 3
  • Top Speed: 120
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5000
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.9
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 220
  • Engine Power - KW: 162
  • Engine Torque - NM: 385
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 284
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 39.3
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: DOUBLE SPOKE STYLE 570
  • Alloys: True
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/50 R18
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/50 R18
  • CO2 (g/km): 43
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • Particles: N
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False