BMW X1 xDrive25e review (2020)

12 Aug 2021, 9:28  •  Review  •  Door koen

BMW is introducing more and more plug-in hybrids. This BMW X1 xDrive25e is one of them. How do you like such a plug-in X1 in practice?

BMW X1 powertrain

The powertrain of the X1 xDrive25e is well known, because BMW also uses it in the plug-in hybrid MINI Countryman and BMW X2 xDrive25e. What are we dealing with then?

In the front, BMW spoons a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbo petrol engine with 125 hp and 220 Nm. This three-cylinder is linked to a comfortable six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. BMW places a 95 hp and 165 Nm strong electric motor on the rear axle that drives the wheels via a single-speed automatic transmission. Thanks to this design, four-wheel drive is created, hence the xDrive designation on the tailgate.

BMW X1 power

The petrol engine and electric motor together generate a system power of 220 hp and a solid 385 Nm. Thanks to this generous torque, you can sprint to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. The top speed is 193 km/h. It is especially impressive how the petrol and electric motors work together. That goes very smoothly.

Smart packaging BMW X1

The packaging of the X1 xDrive25e is clever from BMW. Compared to another xDrive model, no valuable interior space is lost, even though this X1 has a battery pack and an electric motor. The luggage space is 450 liters to a maximum of 1,470 liters if you fold down the backrest of the rear seat. This is possible in a ratio of 40/20/40.

BMW X1 xDrive25e electric

The 10 kWh battery pack is neatly located under the rear seat and part of the luggage compartment. On paper you should be able to drive approximately 54 to 57 kilometers electrically, but in practice that is approximately 40 to 45 kilometers. You should mainly drive this X1 in the city, because then you gain energy back by rolling out the car and during braking, which is neatly stored in the battery pack.

X1 without EV power

When the battery is almost charged, you will notice that in the performance. If the 125 hp three-cylinder has to do all the work, you can feel it immediately. That is why it is wise to be smart with the battery pack. For example, charge it neatly and choose your driving mode carefully. Only then will you take full advantage of the benefits of a plug-in hybrid powertrain.

BMW X1 price

A plug-in X1 is also interesting for a private individual, because the pricing is very favorable due to the Dutch tax climate – where a low CO2 emission yields a very low BPM.

A BMW X1 sDrive18i with 140 hp starts at 44,697 euros, an xDrive20i with 192 hp is available from 53,585 euros and for the xDrive25i with 231 hp you even have to pay 61,989 euros. What should such an X1 xDrive25e cost? 55 grand? 60 grand? Nope, it costs 50,027 euros. Then you immediately get 220 hp. And that’s neat!

BMW X1 xDrive25e price

Quite interesting, both in use and in purchase, although 50 grand is of course a lot of money. You buy such an X1 PHEV mainly for the longer term, because you can save a lot on petrol costs through good use. That is of course the revenue model behind a car with a plug. Those who almost always drive electrically will be rewarded in the wallet.

BMW X1 petrol cost

Quite interesting, both in use and in purchase, although 50 grand is of course a lot of money. You buy such an X1 PHEV mainly for the longer term, because you can save a lot on petrol costs through good use. That is of course the revenue model behind a car with a plug. Those who almost always drive electrically will be rewarded in the wallet.

X1 xDrive25e

Take a good look at your travel pattern, because those who have to cover considerable distances every day may be better off with a diesel or petrol engine. Such an X1 xDrive25e is therefore not interesting for everyone. Heavy caravans are also not done. The X1 xDrive25e can tow a maximum of 750 kilograms. You do have to order the optional towbar.

BMW Power of choice

Why an X1 PHEV? BMW believes in a Power-of-Choice approach, where the brand gives the customer the choice to choose a powertrain that suits him or her best. This can be a diesel or petrol, a plug-in hybrid or a battery-electric powertrain.

Not a hybrid, because BMW finds that technology no longer relevant to release. PHEVs are much more interesting, according to BMW. Will there also be a BEV version of the X1? Secure! BMW has confirmed that. That will take a few more years. Until then, this semi-electric BMW X1 is a good and above all comfortable offer with sufficient space for luggage and passengers.

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