To incentive you to buy a Plug-in hybrid car of this kind, the government very kindly offers you £2,500 towards the cost of purchase, via it's Plug-in car grant programme. That reduces the 225xe's asking figure to around £34,000, which isn't any more than you'd spend for a well-specified 220d version of this car. It'll also help that this model, like all 2 Series Active Tourer variants, comes well equipped. You get smart alloy wheels, LED daytime driving lights, front foglights, an automatic tailgate, Park Distance Control rear parking sensors, heated power mirrors and heated washer jets, an alarm, a chrome-finished exhaust pipe, plus auto headlamps and wipers.
Inside, the sliding rear bench and the 40:20:40 split-folding rear backrest is standard-fit, plus there are niceties like two-zone automatic air conditioning, 'Comfort Go' keyless engine starting. Other standard items include a 'Sport' multifunction leather-trimmed steering wheel with a speed limiter function to preserve your licence through roadworks or in urban areas. Plus there's Bluetooth with a USB interface and audio streaming functionality, a DAB digital radio and a decent quality 'BMW Professional' radio set-up with six speakers, a CD player and a 6.5-inch colour monitor.