You’ll notice that parent brand BMW isn’t new to plug-in hybrid drivetrains from the seamless way in which the 1.5 three-cylinder connects to the electric drive. When you put your foot down a bit, the petrol engine will quickly kick in and give you a gradual, shock-free push in the back.
In our entire test drive, which consisted of 70% motorway and 30% a combination of built-up areas and 70 km/h roads, we totalled a consumption of 9 kWh/100 km and 6.3 l/100 km, which isn’t exceptionally economical. Part of the reason for that lies in the fact that on the motorway it doesn’t take you long to hit 7.5 l/100 km. This is slightly more than your average petrol version because of course you’re lugging around the batteries and you’re getting little to no electrical support here.