BMW X1 Plug-In Hybrid: The Complete Guide For The UK

BMW X1 xDrive25e Plug-In Hybrid
Price: £41,660
Type of electric vehicle: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body type: SUV
Battery size: 8.82 kWh
Electric range (WLTP): 30 - 31 miles
Tailpipe emissions: 43 - 41g (CO2/km)


BMW (Bayerische Motoren Werke AG), is a leading global automotive manufacturer headquartered in Munich, Germany. BMW is well known for its portfolio of luxury vehicles, to include the famed Rolls-Royce luxury cars. The group manufacturers a number of cars under its BMW brand, to include battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The company currently has the following portfolio of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs):

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The BMW X1 compact luxury SUV has been on sale since 2009. The SUV is currently on its second generation. The BMW X1 plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is available as an all-wheel drive (AWD) as standard.

SUVs continue to remain the rage in the UK, and the BMW X1 PHEV is a good entry-level option for consumers seeking a premium-badge, financial savings and lower tailpipe emissions from a compact SUV.

The BMW plug-in hybrid electric vehicle has a 8.82 kWh onboard EV battery, with a quoted WLTP electric range up to 31 miles. Most of the recent PHEVs incorporate a larger EV battery and deliver a higher zero-emission EV range. Having said that, for shorter distances, in particular, in towns and cities, an electric range over 25 miles is more than sufficient.

In fact, more than 2/3rds of motorist drive at an average 30 miles per day. Despite the quoted manufacturers electric range, expect the real-world range to be lower, impacted by a number of factors, to include: the way the electric vehicle (EV) is driven, the conditions of the road, speed, weather, passenger load, regenerative braking profile and more. A real-world pure electric range will be closer to 26 miles.

We at e-zoomed recommend (when appropriate), to always choose the maximum available regen braking profile in the EV. This will help recuperate more energy and increase the overall fuel-economy of the electric car. Moreover, we also suggest to keep the EV battery ‘topped up’, as the more the EV can be driven on electric mode, the higher the financial savings. Keep in mind that driving an EV per mile is usually between 5 pence and 10 pence i.e. much cheaper than driving using petrol or diesel.

The X1 EV has a 3.6 kW onboard charger, sufficient for charging a small 8.82 kWh EV battery. Though an EV can be charged using a 3-PIN domestic socket, we would encourage EV drivers to charge using a dedicated residential EV charger like Easee: faster and safer in charging operation, compared to a domestic 3-PIN plug! The EV can be fully charged in 3 hours. The electric car does not offer DC charging. BMW offers a 8 years or 100,000 miles warranty for the EV battery.

The all-wheel drive BMW X1 xDrive25e PHEV pairs a 1.5-litre (3-cylinder) petrol combustion engine, with an electric motor (70 kW). The EV achieves 0-62 mph in 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 119 mph (electric mode: 83 mph). Of course, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle will be a little heavier than the internal combustion engine variant, given the additional weight of the onboard EV battery. However, a PHEV does gain from the availability of instant torque.

The plug-in SUV has a claimed fuel economy up to 156.9 mpg, but this will vary, given the amount the EV is driven on electric mode. To achieve a better fuel economy and financial savings, using the EV range on a regular basis will be imperative.

Given the lower tailpipe emissions (43g CO2/km) for the PHEV, company-car drivers can save further, due to the lower Benefit-in-Kind (BiK-12%) tax rate, compared to the conventional ICE variant.

In terms of practicality and quality, the X1 plug-in hybrid does not disappoint. There is ample legroom and headroom for front and rear passengers. Despite the boot size reduced in size due to the placement of the EV battery, it still offers 450 L. The interior is completed to a high quality and is technology-filled, to include: driving assistant plus, BMW Head-Up Display, parking assistant, wireless charging, Apple Car Play and a lot more.

The EV does not qualify for the UK government plug-in car grant (PiCG).

Versatile and a practical family SUV without compromising on quality and comfort Small EV battery and limited electric range
Compact SUV for city use More affordable than other BMW PHEVs
Cheap to run on electric mode On-board charger limited to 3.7 kW


The BMW X1 Plug-In Hybrid (credit: BMW)

At A Glance
EV Type:Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)
Body Type:SUV
Plug-In Car Grant (PiCG):Not Available
Available In UK:Yes

Variants (1 Option)
BMW X1 M Sport (from £41,660)

EV Battery & Emissions
EV Battery Type:Lithium-ion
EV Battery Capacity:Available in one battery size: 8.82 kWh
Charging:DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3 hrs)
Charge Port:Type 2
EV Cable Type: Type 2
Tailpipe Emissions:43 – 41g (CO2/km)
Warranty:8 years or 100,000 miles

Average Cost Of Residential Charging
Battery net capacity : 8.8 kWh £1.27
Battery net capacity : 11.6 kWh£1.67
Battery net capacity : 12.0 kWh£1.73
Battery net capacity : 13.10 kWh£1.89
Battery net capacity : 14.10 kWh£2.03
  • Note 1: The average cost of residential electricity in the UK varies depending on the region, supplier and type of energy used. An average for the UK is 14.40 p/kWh.
  • Note 2: Not all EV manufactures make available the data on net EV battery capacity, and in a number of instances the EV battery capacity advertised, does not state if it is gross or net capacity. In general, usable EV battery capacity is between 85% to 95% of the gross available capacity.

Charging Times (Overview)
Slow charging AC (3 kW – 3.6 kW):6 – 12 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SOC)
Fast charging AC (7 kW – 22 kW):3 – 8 hours (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)
Rapid charging AC (43 kW):0-80%: 20 mins to 60 mins (dependent on size of EV battery & SoC)

Height (mm):1582
Width (mm):1821
Length (mm):4447
Wheelbase (mm):2670
Turning Circle (m):N/A
Boot capacity (L):450

BMW X1 xDrive25e M Sport
EV Battery Capacity:8.82 kWh
Pure Electric Range (WLTP):30 – 31 miles
Electric Energy Consumption (miles/kWh):4.0 – 4.1
Fuel Consumption (MPG):148.7 – 156.9
Charging: DC charging not available. On-board charger 3.7 kW AC (0% – 100%: 3 hrs)
Top Speed:119 mph (electric: 83 mph)
0-62 mph:6.9 seconds
Drive: All-wheel drive (AWD)
Electric Motor (kW):70
Max Power (hp):220
Torque (Nm): 220
Unladen Weight-EU (kg):1,820
NCAP Safety Rating:Five-Star

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include, the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising large-scale industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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