The electrification of the BMW fleet continues in Frankfurt with the unveil of two new hybrids: The 330e based on the facelifted 3 Series and the 225xe Active Tourer, the premium minivan unveiled last year.

The interaction between BMW eDrive technology and a 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology makes it possible to enjoy both all-electric driving and unrestricted motoring mobility in the BMW 225xe. With a maximum electric range of 41 kilometers (25 miles), zero-local-emission driving can be experienced not just in the city, but beyond it too.


Driving the rear wheels with the electric motor and the front wheels with the combustion engine’s power furthermore produces an electrified all-wheel-drive system that is quite unique in the BMW 225xe’s segment. The plug-in hybrid drive has an overall system output of 165 kW/224 hp.

Average fuel consumption (combined) in the BMW 225xe is a frugal 2.1–2.0 liters/100 km (134.5–141.2 mpg imp), which equates to CO2 emissions (combined) of 49–46 g/km (in the EU test cycle).

Like the BMW i8, the BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 330e and BMW 740e can all – at the touch of a button in MAX eDRIVE mode – run on purely electric power up to 120 km/h (75 mph), the BMW 225xe goes up to 125 km/h (78 mph).

For our test drive review of the 225xe Active Tourer, click here.