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Re: 225xe

Post by HookyMan » Wed Mar 01, 2017 12:17 pm

And I've now gone back to delivery on the 10th, and I'll be away and unable to pick it up till the 13th Rats! Really annoying as I saw the Ship Asian Breeze come into Southampton last week, knowing my car was on it. Two weeks to get from the Docks to my Company. Took less time to build it and get it to Southampton. My lease on my Audi is up and I am now running a 1.0 Focus pool car. Oh well at least it gives me a chance to get used to filling up with Petrol rather than Diesel.

I rather enjoy Full Charged, one of the latest ones he reviews the 330e. He seemed to enjoy slamming the doors.

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Re: 225xe

Post by HoR » Wed Mar 01, 2017 8:15 pm

Ah well, I'll have to update you on the ride then...
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Re: 225xe

Post by Kiwi » Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:34 am

Don't rely on the engine to much as you'll be filling up with petrol often.
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Re: 225xe

Post by HookyMan » Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:45 pm

Yes its going to be driven down to Spayer in Germany in June, about 600 miles each way, and no real opportunity to recharge. Wonder what MPG it will return.... Guess under those conditions I'll be lucky to get 300 miles on a tank.

In the Audi on similar runs I've got over 700 miles on a tank of diesel. Oh well horses for courses and all that. On my 25 mile commute into work I would expect to see over 100mpg from the 225, which is really what it is designed for.

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Re: 225xe

Post by HoR » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:18 pm

...Well, the SO had a call from the delivery company this arvo whilst I was on a bloody train to say ours is going to be at our front door at 6:30 tomorrow morning.

So my plans for a sleep-in have been shot to pieces...

Sorry, I mean I'm a tad excited...
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Re: 225xe

Post by HookyMan » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:21 am

ha, worth getting up for I would say - enjoy it and report back on how you get on. Just days to go for me.....

For info my local mini dealer were selling off bmw type 2 charging cables cheap 5m 32a - £139 from their ebay site. Picked one up last week

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Re: 225xe

Post by HoR » Thu Mar 09, 2017 10:47 pm

HookyMan wrote:ha, worth getting up for I would say - enjoy it and report back on how you get on. Just days to go for me.....

For info my local mini dealer were selling off bmw type 2 charging cables cheap 5m 32a - £139 from their ebay site. Picked one up last week
That's a good price for a 32a, I think. I've just requested a 16a one for not that much less. Could you DM me the details of your site? (begging is so unpleasant! so, sorry...)
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Re: 225xe

Post by HookyMan » Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:41 am

No worries, pm sent. For anybody else out there it was on BMW North Oxford's ebay site. One of the 330e boys posted about it on another forum.

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Re: 225xe

Post by HookyMan » Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:32 pm

Got my 225xe sport today

First journey complete, and 104.6 mpg, over 27.3 miles with 56% on battery. Range was showing as 25 miles on battery on a full charge. Cant complain about that, mixture of the busy Oxford ring road, and some emply B roads.

When I test drove the 225 back in August I was driving an A4 with sports suspension, but when the lease on that finished I've been driving a 1.0 Ford Focus for the last month or so The ride in the 225 is much firmer that I remember, the suspension in the Focus really is very good! The seats are much much better in my Sport, then in the Luxury I test drove. The 225 blends the mix between electricity and petrol very well, I needed to watch the Rev counter to see what was happening. The 225 is much bigger that I remember, the inside is like a tardis. Very well built no rattles. The interface to media/sat nav etc all very good. They tyres seemed to have some sort of glaze on, for the first couple of miles it was like driving on ice, but that seems to have rubbed of quickly, and towards the end of the drive it was gripping well. The B pillar looked huge when I started off, but didn't even notice if after a few miles.

Still running in so had to restrain from warp drive!

All in all chalk and cheese compared to the Focus. The car suits me and my life better than the main competition I drove (A3 Etron and 330e), and as a company car in the UK makes a huge amount of sense.

I'll report back in a week or so and see how it handles my 25 mile commute into work, and also the 240 mile trip to Crewe and back with no opportunity to charge at the far end.

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Re: 225xe

Post by Kiwi » Wed Mar 15, 2017 10:41 am

HookyMan wrote:Got my 225xe sport today

First journey complete, and 104.6 mpg, over 27.3 miles with 56% on battery. Range was showing as 25 miles on battery on a full charge. Cant complain about that, mixture of the busy Oxford ring road, and some emply B roads.

When I test drove the 225 back in August I was driving an A4 with sports suspension, but when the lease on that finished I've been driving a 1.0 Ford Focus for the last month or so The ride in the 225 is much firmer that I remember, the suspension in the Focus really is very good! The seats are much much better in my Sport, then in the Luxury I test drove. The 225 blends the mix between electricity and petrol very well, I needed to watch the Rev counter to see what was happening. The 225 is much bigger that I remember, the inside is like a tardis. Very well built no rattles. The interface to media/sat nav etc all very good. They tyres seemed to have some sort of glaze on, for the first couple of miles it was like driving on ice, but that seems to have rubbed of quickly, and towards the end of the drive it was gripping well. The B pillar looked huge when I started off, but didn't even notice if after a few miles.

Still running in so had to restrain from warp drive!

All in all chalk and cheese compared to the Focus. The car suits me and my life better than the main competition I drove (A3 Etron and 330e), and as a company car in the UK makes a huge amount of sense.

I'll report back in a week or so and see how it handles my 25 mile commute into work, and also the 240 mile trip to Crewe and back with no opportunity to charge at the far end.
Have fun and enjoy your new 225xe. I drove warp speed from the lights tonight as a guy in a new jag thought he would see me off but my 225 left him behind. The look on his face was so funny.
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Re: 225xe

Post by HookyMan » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:43 am

As promised one week in review. And first the headline figures, over 702 miles this week, my average is 71.9 mpg. WOW cant complain at that, last long term car was an Audi A4 which was averaged 54 mpg over its 88000 miles with me. According to the BMW app, this week I've managed 307.8 miles of pure electric driving and saved 30.6 litres of fuel. . On my usual commute into work usually 27 miles each way depended upon route chosen I'm getting 110-120 mpg on the way in, and 85-95 mpg on the way back home (generally uphill). I can charge at home and at work so I'm right in the sweet spot given the 25 miles range. I've only preconditioned the cabin on a couple of cold mornings which dropped the battery down to 85% upon starting. I use a standard domestic 3 pin socket and in deference to the electrics in the house only charge at "low" rate. If you precondition the cabin it cant charge the battery fast enough to recoup the energy used. Nice having a warm car on a cold morning though!

In the week I had a 120 mile each way trip from home to Crewe knowing I couldn't charge at the destination. I left 100% charged and got to Crewe with the battery used at 54.5 mpg, which was ok, but then on the way back only got 39.8 mpg which was the worst seen. This brings me onto one of the annoyances of the car. If you set the destination in the sat nav it will manage the battery to arrive with it empty, so far so good, but if you enter a 2 destination route, i.e. home - Crewe - home it will use all the battery on the first step, leaving you with nothing for the return. When I turned on the ignition in the car park at Crewe the engine fired up, not even enough battery to run the lights/wipers/radio let alone move the car. I believe the upgraded pro sat nav works differently managing the battery across both parts of the trip.

In general I'm enjoying my time with the car, I find I drive much differently in it to anything else. Oddly, given the power, I seem to drive it more gently than any other car, maximising the time ruining without the engine has become a game, managing the brakes to maximise the regen rather than using the disks, its all become oddly addictive. When I got the car I was restrained due to running it in, now its become almost the norm. Trying to keep the mpg graphs above the maximum line at 80 mpg is now the goal. All a little sad.... When you do use the performance is is great fun, pushing past lorries on A road overtakes becomes very easy, but then you see the nagging drop on the next line of the mpg graph telling you off (And I pay for my own fuel). Is it a real BMW? Well perhaps. Am I driving it as a BMW should be driven? Definitely not. Though I have found out that you can get the back end to swing out on muddy roads, and further out than I would have thought. Must remember its still rwd in battery only mode!

Quickly discovered that eco pro mode just limits you too much, particularly off the line, so I find I use "Comfort" mode for most driving, dropping it back into eco pro on long stretches almost like an overdrive. Not spent much time in sport mode yet, but the couple of times I have it has sharpened the take off very nicely, and it leaves the line like a rocket. Maybe once its run in I'll play more with it!

Charging the car is easy enough, found a free pack of gloves in the charging box. Needed as the cables attract grit and dirt The trough under the boot floor easily taking both Domestic and Type 2 Leads plus an umbrella. The charging box is getting scratched with the inevitable dragging it gets over the drive. Already looking worn I hate to think what it will look like in 3 years times.

The rest of the car is much more conventional, the ride I felt was initially too hard, but now doesn't bother me, the seats and general driving environment are as good as anything I've had.Main annoyances is not being able to set the steering wheel, so I can see the bottom of the display, and the top of the dials! Small niggle but I find it infuriating. Needs a slightly bigger steering wheel! My son reports it as the best car I have ever had, the kids call it Minnie, after I pointed out it shares its chassis with some of the Mini range. My wife is not so keen on it, now christening it Mini Maxi Milk Float" (You can tell she works in marketing!) In general she doesn't like automatics.

for a UK company car driver the 7% tax as apposed to 19% for the 216d Active tourer or 21% for the 218d is hard to ignore. With better performance, and potentially better economy than either. I can now also park for free at Milton Keynes using a green permit, which means I'll do my main shopping there, as apposed to Oxford or Cheltenham.

All in all I am enjoying the car, you quickly get addicted to wizzing round on electric power only, and I can see this car as a definite pointer to the future. At the moment though it seems very much like a stop gap between Internal combustion and full eclectic. In maybe 5 years time I can see the 25 mile range and needing to carry round a petrol engine being considered very old fashioned. So to make it perfect, ditch the petrol engine, give me 250 miles on full battery and a reliable and cheep charging infrastructure. Oh yes and a slightly bigger steering wheel!

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Re: 225xe

Post by Kiwi » Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:30 am

Enjoy your new ride and drive it like you stole it as it should cost you less than 50% in petrol cost.

Battery is only another tool and not a reason to drop petrol engines. It bores me hearing battery rules the world as it starts to sound like a cult.

I do know one thing BMW's i3 needs to be changed from a shopping trolly to a real BMW with M Sport and real tyres as it is horrible to drive once you get it out of the nanny shopping malls and onto twisty roads.
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Re: 225xe

Post by Heff » Mon May 22, 2017 3:40 pm

Ordered the M sport in Estoril Blue, with the Driver, Tech and Innovation package, plus heated electric seats, extra lumber support, folding mirrors, Sun protection windows. Hoping to get it sometime July, so very excited! Investigating getting a home charge point via someone like PodPoint unless anyone has any recommendatons?

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Re: 225xe

Post by HoR » Sat May 27, 2017 9:15 am

Wotcha, sounds like our 225xe, that! We used www.chargedEV.com - no issues.
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Re: 225xe

Post by MathieuBMW » Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:02 am

Hi,

My name is Mathieu and I'm a BMW salesman in Belgium.
I'm looking for a bike rack system for the BMW 225xe that can be installed on the boot of the car.

I saw a conversation but i wanted the check if anybody else had some experience with this system (see link below)

thank you
Your bike rack system for the BMW 225xe can be very interesting to propose to our customers.

I just wanted to check with your what's your feedback after some use of this system.

May I asked you how long you are using this system, how often and if you had any negative remarks about this system?
Especially about that plastic spoiler on top of the boot, wich I heard it can be damage after some use of a bike rack like this.

I would be so helpfull for us.

Thank you in advance for your reaction.

Regards,

Mathieu
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