Everybody likes a tax-efficient car, don’t they, especially when it doesn’t compromise on practicality and performance. This is the case with the X3 xDrive30e, from the German carmaker, BMW, well, almost. The plug-in hybrid options have been the topic of conversation for car enthusiasts for some time now, so we ought to be talking about it too.
In recent time, we have seen a new tax-efficient band of cars, in which this model is certainly among the most significant. It will appeal to the customers as it’s an SUV providing great practicality, you can’t say the same for the electrified luxury SUVs. It might also be affordable for you, as the starting price is not too high, but the main reason for this its qualification for a 9% benefit-in-kind rating.
If you are an interested fleet user and do some cross-shopping quite often, you might have noticed that even the latest models of the Volvo XC60, Mercedes-Benz GLC, and Audi Q5 plug-ins couldn’t qualify for the tax benefit. The only other plug-in hybrid, mid-sized SUV from a premium brand that could qualify is the Land Rover Discovery Sport P300e. So, this does give the vehicle some advantage over competitors. All the versions have a four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The thoughtful customers need to know that there are some stipulations and technical distinctions associated with the vehicle. Also, it uses the same 12kWh lithium-ion drive battery, which sits under the back seats. The motor is placed within the transmission, and it drives all four wheels, very unlike the Volvo and PSA Group PHEVs. But, the battery displaces the fuel tank, which is placed above the rear axle.
If you require a good-sized family car and also want to enjoy the drive, then this is a considerable option. But, you need to get the one with the M Sport Plus package.