Updated at the end of 2022, the BMW X1 distinguishes itself among its siblings with its exceptional features. With increased size, power, and technological advancements, the new X1 introduces two new hybrid engines with large batteries. These innovations enable the vehicle to achieve an impressive electric range for a PHEV, accompanied by remarkable fuel efficiency. But how does it fare in real-world tests?
The BMW X1 caters to diverse preferences and purposes. However, not all studies may be accurate. Nevertheless, the X1 remains an elegant and affordable compact SUV, even in its entry-level 18i variant (equipped with a 3-cylinder 136 hp engine, priced at €41,900).
No surprises there! What’s truly exciting is the range of engines available from the outset, including petrol, diesel, and the all-new electric iX1 and PHEV hybrid options. Such a comprehensive selection allows customers to choose their preferred powertrain to suit their needs.
More versatile and budget-friendly than the iX1, the X1 PHEV (rechargeable hybrid) showcases the most captivating technological innovation in this third generation: its energy efficiency, made possible by a larger 14.2 kWh (net) battery, compared to its predecessor’s 8.8 kWh (net).
In fact, the battery’s size is comparable to that of a small electric car! The BMW X1 offers two plug-in hybrid versions: the xDrive 25e (245 hp) and xDrive 30e (326 hp), both equipped with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine.
These models provide robust performance with their traction capabilities (136 and 150 hp, respectively, depending on the version) and are further supported by an electric motor integrated into the rear axle. As a result, the xDrive badge is fitting for the X1, as it boasts four-wheel drive when driven in this configuration.
As expected, the X1 hybrid comes at a higher price point compared to other models in the lineup. The most common variant, the 25e, starts at €53,550 for the 25e, while the more powerful 30e demands a minimum of €56,550.
It’s important to be cautious regarding the prices of the BMW X1 hybrid, as they can remain reasonable depending on usage. However, the 25e starts at a minimum of €53,550, with an additional €3,000 for the more powerful 30e – a price tag that may not be suitable for everyone.
Keep in mind that resale or trade-in value can be assessed using the Turbo car rating for your BMW X1, offering an alternative to the Argus rating.
Now let’s explore what’s new for the X1 hybrid in terms of its interior.
The X1 PHEV is easily distinguished by its charging port located on the front left side and the blue logos, specific to electric BMWs. There are no additional distinguishing features on the dashboard: apart from the shortcut keys for driving modes, placed next to the gearbox controls, the interior is similar to any X1 model (which closely resembles the Series 2 Active Tourer minivan).
Thus, you’ll find a widescreen, slightly curved towards the driver, and the same ergonomics. However, operating the hybrid system can be more complex and task-specific, with menus and program icons that might lead to confusion at times.
Thankfully, there are no complaints about the quality of materials and the overall presentation, which remains top-notch even in the basic trim. Equipped with essential features such as a media interface, LED lights, 17″ rims, a camera, and radar for lane changes, the X1 offers a premium experience even in its entry-level configuration.
The X1 creates an enjoyable atmosphere and provides ample space: the rear seats are spacious and comfortable, although they might feel a bit flat and short for taller adults. However, the addition of a battery and rear motor has affected modularity and certain practical aspects. The rear seats no longer slide, and the trunk capacity has been reduced by 50 liters. Nevertheless, the X1 maintains a precise cargo volume of 490 liters, featuring a flat floor and a dedicated compartment for storing charging cables.
The X1 ensures a smart and technologically advanced environment, as expected from any X1 model. The only differences lie in the hybrid-specific operating and performance modes, which introduce added complexity to the interface.
On the wheel: dial, smooth
The system features the same performance as any PHEV hybrid. Full battery, we put by default on the only electric motor (109 hp), which guarantees a muscular start and reminders. Unless you force electric mode (up to 140 km / h in 100% electric), the X1 drives most of the time as a conventional hybrid, combining two sources of energy.
If the battery charge allows, in “Efficiency” mode, the 3rd sub-cylinder will only be used in the event of strong acceleration, or vice versa, during unnecessary phases, where it will be used to recharge the battery. In normal or “Sport” mode, we fully utilize its potential. 245 hp in total, and above all 477 Nm of combined torque. Power! Times are already impressive, even in this “small” version, with 6.8 s from 0 to 100 km / h. Almost sports, on the 30th he completes the exercise in 2 seconds under…
A nice surprise also about the small 1.5 l turbo, known (it works on the Mini and on the BMW 1 Series among others): this “3 legs” knows how to stop and reduce its inelegant rumbles, which are typical of these small engines. reduced in size, fortunately. We’ve seen worse, especially in terms of vibrations. This process generally remains smooth and educated. Finally, the energy recovery during standstill, often very pronounced or random, manages here to be (almost) forgotten. Diving into leg lifts remains very moderate.
Even in the less powerful hybrid version, the X1 already offers 245 hp and almost sporty times: 6.8 s from 0 to 100 km / h. Use it sparingly if you want to maintain your average at the pump…
This high-quality power also applies to the stolen X1’s character. Having the assurance of 4-wheel drive, and failing to let you skid (that’s not the point!), the X1 shows impressive efficiency. on rough coating. In addition, when driven at a good pace, we notice a car that is easy and healthy in its reactions, despite the front axle that sometimes struggles to absorb the torque on acceleration (3 cylinders however is nothing terrible).
Fortunately, the greater weight (1,930 kg to move, high for a small SUV) is not heard. For the price of one focused suspension, alas: we are far from the smoothest sensations of conventional oil versions., and BMW doesn’t offer a test suspension on the X1 PHEV. These complaints are especially noticeable at moderate speeds, and overall comfort remains very good at highway or fast speeds.
There is no need to dwell on the golden rule of using a PHEV: a plug-in hybrid only makes sense if the use is self-motivated, and if many short trips are made with electricity! The X1’s large battery allows precisely a large practice area. The advertised 77 kilometers are unrealistic, as long as you limit yourself to city or suburban trips. (BMW advertises 91 km in the city).
You can easily cover 70 km on a charge, without any restrictions, as long as you avoid highways. The 14.2 kWh total battery recharges in approximately 8 hours from a mains socket or 2.5 hours from a public outlet.
In a mixed circuit, with a good fifteen kilometers on a fast track, we still came close to 70 km on a single charge. Not bad! So it is quite possible to limit yourself to the use of all electricity for your daily trips… even less. Note that the X1 now has a 7.4 kW charger, allowing a full charge in just 2h30 at a public terminal.
Expressing the average consumption on an empty battery, for a single trip, is meaningless in the case of a PHEV (consumption over the entire time of vehicle ownership is more accurate). Note, however, that The X1 performs well at the pump, even on long highway trips…basically, the worst terrain for the performance of this type of hybrid.
There, we noted an average of 6.5 l / 100 km on a 200 km highway route., without using a single charge (in quiet driving, it is accepted). Some gasoline of the same strength does not work as well. Finally, BMW had the good taste not to reduce the capacity of the tank too much: 47 l, which allows you to enjoy the freedom of the road worthy of the name and real skill. Lightning during the week, hybrid at the weekend, the catchphrase is well known.
The trunk loses 50 l but still has a very accurate volume: from 490 to 1,495 l, seat folded down. The board is almost flat and hides space for storing cables.
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Technical sheet BMW X1 hybrid PHEV
|Dimensions L x W x H||4.50 x 1.85 x 1.63m|
|Minimum / maximum trunk volume||490/1,495 liters|
|The base of the wheels||2.69 m|
|Unloaded weight||1.930 kg|
|Engine transfer||3 cylinders, 1.499 cc – 136 hp|
|gearbox||7-speed automatic, dual-clutch|
|electric motor||109 hp|
|Collective power||245 hp|
|Battery Capacity||16.3 kWh (gross) / 14.2 kWh (net)|
Complete BMW X1 technical sheet: specifications, engine, price