Monday 26 September 2016

BMW 3-series PHEV (148mpg) to cost €41,030; 2-series Active Tourer from €42,790

Published 27/01/2016 | 02:30

The new BMW 330e.
The new BMW 330e.

BMW is bringing two more plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) to Ireland in early March and I can reveal the prices today.

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The 3-series PHEV saloon, the 330e (2-litre petrol plus electric motor, pictured above) will cost from €41,030 on-the-road. By comparison a 320d SE costs €46,377 and a 330i Luxury is €51,976. BMW claims the 330e only needs 1.9litres to cover 100km (148mpg+).

And their front-wheel-drive 2-series Active Tourer people carrier, the 225xe (1.5-litre 3cyl petrol and electric motor) will cost from €42,790.

It is all-wheel-drive - an electric motor drives the rear axle. By comparison a 220d xDrive Sport auto costs €46,390 while a 225i xDrive is €50,120 OTR.

The PHEV prices include €2,500 VRT refund and €5,000 SEAI grant - as well as benefitting from lower VRT rates arising from reduced emissions.

Irish Independent

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