The smallest BMW hybrid is the 225xe. And the technology is amazing

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Unfortunately for BMW, the 2-series arrives after a Jaguar F-Type Coupe and before a Lamborghini Huracan. The lifeless styling of this five-door hatchback leaves me cold but it should be refreshing to drive something with so much technology on board.

The BMW hybrid range now includes some cracking cars, like the 740e and 330e. The 225, I suspect, will be less of a driver’s car but still hugely competent as an everyday family motor.

And the best bit of all is that unlike some of the opposition, the 225 charges really fast – around three-and-a-quarter hours from a standard house socket. That’s mighty impressive.

It means you can play with the three, driver-selectable electric modes that give the car up to 24 miles of silent motoring via the battery.

Ultra low emissions and nippy performance (0-60mph in 6.7 seconds) mean the Active Tourer has plenty going for it…

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