📂︎ News | 🖳︎ Wayne Gorrett | 🖃︎ June 1, 2020 ____________________________________________________
➤ From £37,885 (X2 xDrive25e Sport PHEV). UK order books open July.
New plug-in hybrid model introduced refreshed X2 range, offers 35 miles of electric-only driving, a claimed 148.7mpg and is on UK sale next month.
BMW is to introduce a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of the popular X2 compact SUV called the X2 xDrive25e. It deploys the same oily bits as the BMW X1 xDrive25e and will compete against other premium hybrid SUVs such as the Lexus UX, the MINI Countryman Cooper SE ALL4 and Volvo’s XC40 T5 Recharge.
As with all facelifted X2 models, the PHEV gets a tweaked front end with new standard-fit LED headlights. These now incorporate the fog lights, giving the bumper a cleaner, less fussy look. It goes on UK sale next month with a starting price of £37,885 for the range-entry Sport trim.
As in the MINI, the BMW X2 xDrive25e uses the same 1.5-litre petrol engine paired with an electric motor and a 10kWh battery. Together, the system produces a healthy 217hp and allows a brisk 0-62mph time of 6.8 seconds. Four-wheel drive comes from the petrol engine powering the front wheels and the electric motor located on and driving the rear axle, hence BMW’s four-wheel drive ‘xDrive’ badge.
A claimed 148.7mpg is apparently possible, but this will entirely depend on how you use the car and each owner may see differing figures. Achieving that flighty fuel economy figure relies on the use of battery power for most journeys – which invariably requires the battery to be topped up to full for each journey.
A full charge will afford an electric driving range of up to 35 miles (the average commute for UK drivers is said to be 30 miles a day), while business users will appreciate the much lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax cost compared to a standard petrol- or diesel-powered X2.
Recharging the battery takes about five hours from a three-pin domestic socket (comfortably overnight at home or during the working day), while buying a BMW i-wallbox reduces the recharge time to just over three hours.
BMW also provides access to a charging card, which can be used with most public charging networks. As available on the hybrid BMW X1, the driver may choose from ‘Auto’, ‘Save Battery’ or ‘Max eDrive’ modes to either use the battery or bank it for later in your journey.
Practicality is slightly compromised in the plug-in hybrid X2 xDrive25e, which sees its boot space reduced to 410 litres, compared to 470 litres in the petrol and diesel variants. However, folding the 40:20:40 rear seat uprights increases the space to 1,290 litres.
BMW UK has yet to reveal full prices and specs for the X2 xDrive25e PHEV, but German-market cars get 17-inch alloy wheels, two-zone air conditioning and a companion smartphone app as standard. There’ll also be a noise emitted when you’re driving on electric power to warn pedestrians of the car’s presence. UK buyers will get the choice of Sport, M Sport and M Sport X trim levels.