jam80s wrote:Does anyone in the UK have a 225xe, looking to know what you think of it and does it perform as you expected?
we got our 225xe back end of last year (uk). it was a second hand car from a company pool. the car did 1800 miles in the first 6 months. we picked it up for £23k. I specc'ed up the same car, it would have cost 36k (before government grant). it has some options but not all. things like sun roof, rear view camera, large screen and LED headlamps are missing.
We compared the non-hybrid SE, sport, luxury and m sport models. we found the "sport" model most suited for our taste.
SE version, A) PHEV doesn't offer in this trim, B) the leather dash really sets itself apart from similar priced car and it's missing in the SE trim.
Luxury model adds chrome detailing which is nice, but it comes with "comfort" seats which is more like the rear seats. They are more comfortable over shorter journeies but I found over longer journeries, sport seats with more adjustments do a better job (both myself and my wife are slightly overweight, BMI 25-26 lol).
M sport suspension was abit too firm for us. the exterior looks nice, but we really want a comfort large hatch to cover 250+miles with ease.
in terms of driving, I think it is rather good. the fact that this car can transform from a comfortable cruiser to a warm-hatch it's very impressive. I know a lot of cars can do that with the sport button, this one is definitely on another level. when we want to just get from A to B, in comfort mode, it's very relaxing. BMW did a very good job with the power transfer. as long as you are above 10-15mph, you really cant detect when the petrol engine kicks in. you will see the needle swings around, but power delivery is really really smooth. my only complain is the originally fitted tyres are...very racy. They were Bridgestone S001 RFT and they are HARD. there is small amount of constant tyre roar getting through the cabin. Since London winter is normally around 2oC in the early morning then up and above 7oC by afternoon, so we went with Quatrac 5 all-season tyres as our winter set. it's non-run flat tyres, but it is soooo much softer. strangely, the car gives more feedback via steering wheel too.
When I want to drive fast, I put it in sport mode, it will keep the petrol engine running and 4WD (via rear wheel "e-Boost"). The best way to describe it, it accelerates just like an audi S3 (the 2008 version not current ones). it feels very planted and inspires a lot of confidence. it feels a lot faster than my 2010 MX5 and 2004 mini cooper S but yet retained certain degree of refinement. and because it is a 3 pot, it feels a lot like a slightly strangely setup V6 than a 4 pot engine. above 2500rpm, that's when you start to hear and engine. above 3000rpm, you will start to feel engine rotation/vibration but not in a bad way. my 225xe has the 18" alloy which comes with fatter tyres (225/45r18 as opposed to 205/55r17 for 17"), that may be the reason for feelings quite planted at corners.
I just want to points out that, in normal day to day driving most low speed stuff are in rear wheel drive because the car will try to do as much of that in E-mode as possible. but dont take that as mega good news because the e-motor are not that strong! it's only when you really need more power, the petrol kicks in. once you are up to speed on A-roads or motorways, you can press the e-drive button to force it into "save battery" mode i.e. petrol powered only.
so those are the good bits, now let's talk some bad points. admittedly, there are a lot of buttons to press and settings that you constantly have to remember to adjust to get the most out of the car, but I think we both got used to the habit fairly quickly.
Comfortable, but in reality, it is still a bit of a hard ride. I had a 2015 525d touring in m sport trim and our 225xe is ever so slightly harder ride. that 525d had 245/45r18 so may be that's why 225xe is slightly less bouncy.
fuel consumption/mpg...well...just think this a hot/warm hatch with the fuel consumption of a normal family hatch. if you expect magical mpg, you will be very disappointed. Our daily commute is 2 miles of town road, then onto A3 (south west London) for 14 miles, then another 2 miles of 40mph to office. we charge our car at home but not office, and use it during town road and getting out of business park during peak hours. The battery capacity is small and frankly, in winter, with heater on, you can see your battery % drops every 30 seconds.....it's almost laughable... we have done about 3000 miles so far (with weekend trips to Manchester) and our running average is about 41mpg. petrol only operation is about 33-37mpg. and because of the reduced fuel tank volume, down to 36L, it means we have to fuel up more often when we do longer trips and don't want to charge at motorway stations. we know this before we bought car, but we didn't realise it really does add some mental pressure.
oh. the boot isn't as big as one may think. especially for the 225xe, the seats are fixed and not sliding back and forth. I had trouble with space when we gave our parents a lift from Gatwick. two large luggage with two biggish-backpack simply wont fit. we ended up using the middle seat as storage too.
I think that will do for the time being, overall we really like the car. If you want to know more about certain aspect of owning a 225xe, let me know. too much to write, lol. Cheers.
too many cars, too little time....
2016 225xe, 2015 525d T, 2010 MX5, 2011 Mervin, 2008 audi S3, 2007 Mondeo, 2006 volvo s60, 2006 Focus, 2005 Astra, 2004 CRV, 2004 mini cooper s, 2002 mondeo 1999 Yaris, 1998 Corsa, 1997 spacewagon.