One of the most enjoyable aspects of driving a plug-in hybrid is its ability to perform as a serenely luxurious electric car, or to combine its power plants into tarmac-destroying torque-hungry machines with rapid performance. And yet, PHEVs have a tendency (when driven correctly and plugged in frequently) to reward with fuel-sipping qualities and low CO2 emissions.
Happily, the new BMW X3 plug-in hybrid performs well in both respects, with its 28-31-mile official electric range easily allowing for most minor journeys to be undertaken using spark power alone, while stretching its legs on a long motorway jaunt is taken care of by its smooth 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol turbo-enriched engine.
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