The Look 

The Drive

On Board Computer

Camera & Parking

Seats & Rear Bench 

Cup Holders & Cubby Holes

Boot

Safety (Euro NCAP) 

A great car post the buggy and pram stage of life

Starting price: £40,030

Pros

Great infotainment system

Quiet and tranquil drive

Hybrid is closely priced to the Petrol & Diesel models

Cons

Awkward and small boot space

Intro

The hybrid is just as engaging as the petrol and diesel models.  The car has an expensive and sleek exterior.  Rivals range from the Volvo S60 to the more futuristic Tesla Model 3 and Polestar 2.  

The standard model comes in either Jet Black or Alpine white and you can opt to choose from the colour palette for £695 upgrade.

Once sat in the car it felt sporty and beautifully comfortable with everything at your fingertips. We could have accompanied the drive with a Friday night tune, but actually the car was gentle and quiet as we pulled off…. more of a classical number needed! 

The drive was responsive and the car effortlessly pulled on to the larger roads. When over taking the car showed its superiority in terms of power. 

Parking sensors and assistance are standard with this car along with auto sensor lights and windscreen wipers. The vehicle length is the same as the Touring (estate) and with all the whistles and bells provided the car was easy to park. 

This car offers a combined range of 372 miles (electric mode only up to 37 miles) and if you want to be bit techie the car can shift from 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds. 

Interior

There are loads of helpful techie bits in this vehicle, but if you would rather read a Marian Keyes to a BMW Manual, then the technology will automatically put you in the best driving mode.  A clever bit is if you programme the destination in the Sat Nav, the car knows when to use the electric power and save it until the end of your journey (optimal fuel economy!).

There is an App for everything in life and of course BMW now have one too, which links with your vehicle.  Features include a digital key and vehicle finder.  However, we think the best bits are the ability to pre heat or cool the car before you get in it.  How brilliant would that be on a cold and icy morning.  Plus there is the ability to check how much charge you have remaining….. whilst you are perhaps slurping on a coffee at a service station or whizzing around the supermarket whilst using a car charging point.  

There is good visibility on the road ahead and a big plus was having all the controls from the gearstick to the climate control buttons at easy reach.

The infotainment standard screen is 7 inch and you can either navigate via the touchscreen or use the rotary control.  The steering wheel also has brilliant functionality especially when scrolling through Spotify.  Oh, and not forgetting that BMW have their own version of Alexa who will happily take you to your destination

Seats & Passenger Space

With so many vehicles moving towards being higher up (small to large SUV style) this car was a refreshing change. The seats enveloped you in with a wealth of adjustments to find that perfect seating position. 

The comfort package which is an additional £990 will give you those little lovely extras such as heated seats and a heated steering wheel. 

The rear bench would seat 3 adults / large teens albeit that there is a fairly high transition tunnel in the middle.

BMW has increased the width of the rear bench and state that it can now fit 3 child seats.  We were unable to try this out at the time of the test drive.  However, there are only 2 isofix points.

Cups & Cubby

On the practical side the coffee cup holders were ideally placed forward on the console rather than annoyingly parallel to your elbow. The cubby holes and door bins were good too.

For the rear passengers there is separate climate control and 2 USB points. The door bins and netted seat pockets (ideal to hold an ipad and some bits and bobs) were all of a good size and useful. 

Boot Space

The boot is a bit of a let down and hence why you would steer towards this car after toddler stage (buggies, prams and paraphernalia!).

The boot size, due to the battery, is just 375 litres which is 105 litres less than the petrol / diesel models.  It has an awkward opening shape and is more deep in length rather than depth.  That said if you are popping in a sports kit or a supermarket shop then this boot is quite satisfactory for the job and there is the option to add a foot sensor opening.

Summary

On a thumbs up the BMW hybrid is closely priced to the petrol and diesel models unlike some of their competitors.  Starting prices:  Petrol £32,595, Diesel £36,440 and Hybrid from £40,440.

Using a BP wallbox at home you can charge up to 80% in just 2.4 hours. 

Overall this is a luxurious and very comfortable car which is more suited for when the children are a little older or have even left home! 

Boot Capacity - Kate and Claire

Boot Capacity

375 Litres

Car Dimensions - Kate and Claire

Dimensions

4713 mm (L) x 2068 (W) x 1440 (H)

Miles per Gallon - Kate and Claire

Miles per gallon

40.0 – 45.0 (avg combined)

Range - Kate and Claire

Range

N/A

Speedometer - Kate and Claire

Speed

0-62 mph in 5.9 secs