Owning a BMW iPerformance model brings a host of motoring pleasures, but prospective customers always have one or two questions...

General questions.

Hybrid means more than one power source. Most manufacturers use the term plug-in hybrid, referring to the fact that these vehicles have to be plugged in to an electrical source to charge their batteries. The BMW term for these vehicles is iPerformance.

As well as BMW iPerformance, BMW Motorad has the BMW C Evolution and MINI will release a plug-in hybrid version of the MINI Countryman.

There are BMW iPerformance models in the following ranges: BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW 3 Series Saloon, BMW X5, BMW 7 Series and BMW i8. A BMW 5 Series iPerformance model will be available in the spring.

The BMW 225xe, the BMW X5 xDrive40e and the BMW 740Le xDrive, as well as the BMW i8 all have all-wheel drive.

Japan has the most on its roads with more than 5 million plug-in hybrids sold.

The BMW 225xe and the BMW 330e are both eligible for a £2,500 grant. This is correct as of 31 Dec 2016, click the link for more information.


Everyone benefits from BMW iPerformance vehicles in that they have lower CO2 emission levels, and none at all at the point of use when under pure battery power. Whoever pays for the fuelling of the vehicle will benefit from less frequent visits to the filling station.

in use questions.

All BMW iPerformance cars can have a tow bar fitted, with the exception of the BMW i8. Check with your local BMW Centre for towing capabilities.

Your local BMW Centre can service your BMW iPerformance vehicle.

The battery pack in BMW iPerformance vehicles is guaranteed for six years or up to 60,000 miles, whichever happens first. Beyond that, the batteries are designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.

Yes. Although they have more complexity than a combustion-engined vehicle, because they use the electric motor for short journeys, wear on the combustion engine is considerably reduced. 

All BMW iPerformance vehicles are safe, with a mixture of physical and technological safety features. These vary from model to model, but include BMW Emergency Call, tyre pressure monitoring, ISOFIX child seating compatibility and rear park distance control.

The combustion engine runs on petrol, while the electric motor is powered by the batteries. These are charged by either a household electrical socket, a dedicated BMW i Wallbox, or a public charging station.

Any household socket can be used to charge an iPerformance model, as can a dedicated i Wallbox or one of more than 4,000 public ChargeNow charging stations. Click the link below for more details on the ChargeNow network.