Versatility meets cost-effectiveness meets driving pleasure: The BMW 225xe Active Tourer combines tried-and-tested flexibility and outstanding fuel consumption with typical BMW driving dynamics. Thanks to BMW eDrive technology from BMW EfficientDynamics, a range of up to 41 kilometres in the purely electric mode is possible – without any local emissions and without using a drop of fuel.
A space-saving design is used to accommodate the eDrive propulsion components – without any compromises in comfort, functionality or roominess. On the outside, the vehicle differs from the conventionally-powered model thanks to an LED light ring on the charging port as well as the “eDrive” lettering at the c-pillars, which indicates the vehicle’s innovative drive technology. In the interior, the “eDrive” lettering can be found on the door sills, the driving modes switch, the gear knob and in the instrument cluster, where it remains visible for the entire journey.
INDIVIDUAL DRIVING CHARACTERISTICS.
As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW 225xe Active Tourer has various different drive modes that allow the driver to significantly influence the actual consumption. This depends on both the driving mode selected and the driver’s personal behaviour. When the battery is fully charged, you can drive for up to 41 kilometres without using a single drop of fuel. In the AUTO eDrive mode, the optimal combination of electric motor and combustion engine enables the focus to be placed on top-quality efficiency.
The strengths of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer really come to the fore when driving in the city. Short distances can be covered on purely electric power, and operation in the hybrid mode results in a combined fuel consumption of 1.4 l/100 km with an emissions level of 34 to 49 g of CO2 per kilometre. This means that the vehicle can be justifiably called a 1.5-litre car in the city.
Commuters benefit from the BMW 225xe Active Tourer's incredibly efficient plug-in hybrid concept. On a journey of 50 to 60 km, this car has a combined fuel consumption of 4.5 l/100 km, which is considerably less than the appetite of similar vehicles in this class.
On long journeys, the vehicle is powered by the combustion engine alone whenever the speed exceeds 125 km/h. When the driver is travelling at a low speed but requires maximum power to overtake, the electric motor is fed energy from the high-voltage battery and this then intervenes in a supportive role, delivering an extra surge of acceleration thanks to its high torque. When the driver brakes or releases the accelerator, the electric motor acts as a generator, using kinetic energy to deliver electricity for the high-voltage battery. This power can be called upon for subsequent overtaking manoeuvres. A combined fuel consumption of 7 litres per 100 km means that the vehicle has a range of 550 km on long journeys.
The new BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine features agile power delivery, excellent responsiveness even at low engine speeds, an awe-inspiring sound and tremendous efficiency. Deployed in conjunction with an electric motor in the plug-in hybrid, it reveals itself as a surprisingly powerful drive unit. The vehicle's drive primarily consists of a combustion engine that powers the front wheels, along with an electric motor on the rear axle. Both of these can power the vehicle either individually or together.
INTELLIGENT ENERGY MANAGEMENT.
Intelligent energy management is one of the main pillars of the BMW eDrive concept. This system coordinates the interaction of all BMW drive components with the electric motor in order to combine the best possible efficiency with great driving dynamics, and to increase the electric range.
The eDrive button allows the driver to choose between three electric drive modes: the standard AUTO eDRIVE mode, the purely electric MAX eDRIVE mode and the SAVE BATTERY mode, which maintains the charging status at a constant level.
AUTO eDrive mode
In the AUTO eDrive mode, the intelligent BMW EfficientDynamics system determines the most efficient combination of electric motor and combustion engine – depending on the driving speed and the battery charging status. This mode is divided into two phases: If the battery charging status is between 100 % and 7 % you can drive at up to 80 km/h – free of local emissions and without using any fuel. At higher speeds or with more demanding requirements, the petrol engine switches on automatically. If the battery charge level falls below approx. 7 %, the BMW 225xe Active Tourer can be driven in purely electric mode with moderate acceleration at up to 20 km/h and with gentle acceleration or a constant speed at 55 km/h.
MAX eDrive mode
Electric driving fun to the max: In the MAX eDrive mode, you can enjoy purely electric driving at speeds of up to 125 km/h. At higher speeds or when the acceleration potential has been exhausted, the combustion engine switches on automatically.
SAVE BATTERY mode
When the battery charging status is low, the SAVE BATTERY mode enables the battery to be charged by the combustion engine or allows the charging status to be maintained at 50 %. In this way, the driver can save the battery capacity for purely electric driving later.
Once the destination has been entered into the navigation system, predictive energy management analyses the planned route using constant data such as the speed limit and real-time information on the current traffic situation. The system then uses the purely electric driving mode efficiently and according to the situation and above all for sections of the route on which it is most worthwhile: in urban traffic for example.
Drive Performance Control
The Driving Experience Control lets the driver choose between Comfort mode, for standard engine and transmission settings, ECO PRO mode, geared towards efficiency, and Sport mode, which enables even more dynamic driving. ECO PRO mode adjusts the characteristics of the accelerator pedal and transmission as well as the heating/air conditioning settings to optimise fuel consumption.
ECO PRO mode reduces fuel consumption by up to 20 percent. Further fuel savings potential is possible with ECO PRO Route, which suggests an efficiency-optimised route that takes into account the volume of traffic, as well as individual driving styles and local conditions in order to suggest a route that optimises efficiency and thereby reduces fuel consumption.
Comfort mode guarantees an extremely comfortable driving experience by suitably adjusting the settings of the suspension components. In Sport mode, all drive and suspension settings are adjusted for more dynamic driving. The engine is more spontaneously responsive, the gears of the automatic transmission are shifted at higher speeds, the shifting points for the manual transmission are shown later, and on the whole the vehicle reacts much more directly and dynamically.
Drive Performance Control is available for both BMW 2 Series Active Tourer models with a conventional drive system and the BMW 225xe Active Tourer.
The vehicle can be easily charged at home by connecting it to a power socket via the supplied standard charging cable and is once again ready to roll with a full battery after approximately two to four hours. Charging is even quicker and more convenient when done with the separately available BMW i Wallbox: This wall-mounted charging station for home use increases charging capacity and reduces the charging time, making it the ideal design accessory for BMW vehicles. The installation service reacts flexibly to individual requirements. In addition to increasing the charging capacity even more, the BMW i Wallbox Pro also supports intelligent integration into the home network and smart-home functions, along with energy management systems.
The car's charging port is located behind a flap on the front left side panel. An LED light ring on the charging port make the charging status visually clear.
In addition to charging the vehicle at home, it is now possible – thanks to the development of the ChargeNow mobility service by BMW – to charge BMW electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles at public locations. Numerous providers of public charging stations have also merged, forming a large network.
All the ChargeNow charging stations can be easily located in the navigation system with the help of BMW ConnectedDrive, the BMW Remote app or the ChargeNow website. The car's charging port is located behind a flap on the front left side panel, where an LED light ring on the charging port provides information regarding the vehicle's charging status, even from the outside.
The ChargeNow card and intercharge app allow drivers to access and use the charging stations without the need for cash. An overview of all charging procedures can be accessed via the customer portal at chargenow.com. ChargeNow also provides customers with a comprehensive overview of all costs incurred. Customers are presented with a consolidated bill at the end of the month, to be paid by credit card.
Always connected up to your BMW: Via smartphone (iOS or Android), not only BMW Remote Services such as remote locking are available, but also hybrid-specific functions. This ensures that you always have an overview of the consumption and efficiency values of your BMW 225xe Active Tourer. BMW Services for every situation, which can be used inside the vehicle – and outside.
My BMW Remote App
The My BMW Remote App for plug-in hybrids for iOS and Android displays detailed information about the vehicle's current status, such as its location, battery level and remaining range.
The charging procedure can be controlled remotely via the week-to-view timer, and the vehicle's temperature remotely adjusted in good time ready for the next journey. Destinations, points of interest and the location of charging stations can be easily sent from the application directly to the vehicle.
The My BMW Remote App for plug-in hybrids also measures the efficiency of every trip and can provide suggestions on how to drive the vehicle more efficiently and extend its range.
Get into a comfortably cool car in summer and a warm car with clear windows in winter – the stationary heating and cooling in the BMW 225xe Active Tourer makes it possible. Thanks to an electrical refrigerant compressor and a tankless electrical heater, the automatic air conditioning functions almost silently, even when the engine is off. Two different departure times can be scheduled in advance.
Half an hour before the planned departure, heating, cooling and ventilation to the selected temperature is implemented by an intelligent control system. The system is operated by the iDrive Controller inside the car, or conveniently with a compatible smartphone using the My BMW Remote App.
Provided that the high-voltage battery has a sufficient charge, the stationary heating and cooling functions regardless of whether the vehicle is being externally charged or not.
INTERIOR & FUNCTIONALITY.
The BMW 225xe Active Tourer is economical with its fuel consumption − and more than generous when it comes to space. Thanks to the elevated seating position, rear-seat passengers enjoy an outstanding view. The high-voltage battery is stored compactly under the rear seat bench, meaning that there’s always enough room for your transport needs. The standard 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat further enhances the practical qualities of the vehicle. This increases the flexibility of the luggage compartment and also facilitates the transportation of bulky objects.