Update: ‘Specifications,’ ‘Features,’ and ‘Prices’ sections updated.
The second-generation BMW 2 Series Active Tourer is now available in two plug-in hybrid drive variants in the EU markets and the UK. The new drive variants have impressive electric-only ranges and a plethora of equipment as standard.
2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV variants
The previous generation 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV was offered in one variant: 225xe. The 2022 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV comes in two variants – 225e xDrive and 230e xDrive. Thus, the all-new model should suit more customers.
The new plug-in hybrid MPV features the fifth-generation BMW eDrive technology which debuted in the BMW iX3 in 2020. The new-generation eDrive system includes a comprehensively upgraded electric motor, battery pack, and power electronics, and it brings a considerable improvement to the plug-in hybrid MPV’s pure electric range.
The BMW 225e xDrive Active Tourer and the BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer have a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine powering the front wheels and an electric motor powering the rear wheels. The base variant’s combined power is 241 bhp, while the top-end variant has a significantly higher combined power of 322 bhp.
The launch of the 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV marks a new era of PHEVs at BMW. This is the brand’s first fifth-generation plug-in hybrid car. The Gen5 technology brings significant improvements in efficiency and dynamics.
|Aspect/Specification||BMW 225e xDrive Active Tourer||BMW 230e xDrive Active Tourer|
|Engine||1.5L 3-cyl turbocharged petrol||1.5L 3-cyl turbocharged petrol|
|Engine Power||100 kW (136 PS/134 bhp)||110 kW (150 PS/147 bhp)|
|Engine Torque||230 Nm||230 Nm|
|Motor Power||80 kW (109 PS/107 bhp)||130 kW (177 PS/174 bhp)|
|Motor Torque||247 Nm||247 Nm|
|System Power||180 kW (245 PS/241 bhp)||240 kW (326 PS/322 bhp)|
|System Torque||477 Nm||477 Nm|
|0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) Acceleration Time||6.7 seconds||5.5 seconds|
|Top Speed||195 km/h||205 km/h|
|Battery size (net)||14.2 kWh||14.2 kWh|
|Charging Time (wallbox/public charger at 7.4 kW)||2.5 hours||2.5 hours|
|Charging Time (household socket 220-230 V / 10 A)||8 hours||8 hours|
|All-electric range||54.06-56.54 miles||54.06-57.17 miles|
|Combined Fuel Consumption (WLTP)||0.7-0.6 L/100 km (403.5-470.8 mpg imp)||0.7-0.6 L/100 km (403.5-470.8 mpg imp)|
|Combined Electric Power Consumption (WLTP)||14.9-14.3 kWh/100 km||15.2-14.4 kWh/100 km|
|Combined CO₂ emissions (WLTP)||17-15 g/km||16-14 g/km|
A 14.2 kWh (net)/16.3 kWh (gross) battery pack, located low down in the vehicle’s floor and featuring a particularly flat design, feeds the electric motor. It provides a zero-emissions driving range (WLTP) of up to 57.17 miles. A 7.4 kW onboard charger allows charging the battery pack from 0 to 100% SoC in 2.5 hours. Through a household socket, the charging process takes 8 hours.
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Lesser boot space & towing capacity
The 2022 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV lags behind the combustion variant on the load capacity because of the added aggregates of the electrical system. The regular and mild-hybrid variants provide up to 470 litres of load capacity that is expandable to up to 1,455 litres. The plug-in hybrid variants have 406 litres of cargo space behind the rear seats, and folding down the rear seats increases the cargo space to 1,370 litres. The unbraked towing capacity is the same – 750 kg, but the braked towing capacity is 100 kg lower – 1,400 kg.
Added comfort & convenience
The 2 Series Active Tourer plug-in hybrid offers the driver benefits that make up for the limitations. Operating in EV mode feels calmer and more comfortable, which is an asset in luxury cars. The traction battery pack uses the energy usually lost from the friction of braking to recharge itself. Plus, it’s cheaper to drive on electricity than petrol or diesel. There’s also the advantage of privileges at parking spots. Lastly, auxiliary heating and AC are standard features, so the occupants step into the car at the right temperature every time.
Equipment levels are impressive in the 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV. 225e xDrive customers can choose from Sport, Luxury, and M Sport grades, while 230e xDrive customers get a choice of the middle and top-end grades. LED headlights, LED rear lights, powered tailgate, BMW Live Cockpit Plus with BMW Curved Display, two-zone automatic climate control system, rear AC vent, Parking Assistant incl. Active Park Distance Control and Reversing Assist Camera, etc. are standard.
Prices of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV in the UK start at GBP 31,285.
|Configuration||BMW 2 Series Active Tourer PHEV Price|
|225e xDrive Sport||GBP 36,820|
|225e xDrive Luxury||GBP 38,640|
|225e xDrive M Sport||GBP 40,495|
|230e xDrive Luxury||GBP 41,350|
|230e xDrive M Sport||GBP 43,205|
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