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2019 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid review – verdict

The BMW 330e is a new plug-in hybrid version of the excellent 3 Series saloon. We've tested it on UK roads for the first time...

2019 BMW 330e front charging spot
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Boyan Marinov
5 Mar 2017 00:00

The new 330e is an absolute no-brainer if you're a company car driver paying BIK tax. And from next April, when tax incentives will improve for cars with low CO2 emissions, it will become an even more compelling proposition.

There are other benefits, too, including exemption from London's Congestion Charge and, so long as you charge the battery regularly and don't frequently do journeys of more than 50 miles, considerably cheaper fuel bills.

Just make sure you can live with the shrunken boot, because there's otherwise very little about the 330e not to like.

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What Car? says...

Rated 5 out of 5



BMW 330e M Sport Plug-in Hybrid specification

Price £39,980 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbo petrol plus electric motor Power 288bhp at 5000-6500rpm Torque 309lb ft at 1350-4000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 5.9sec Top speed 143mph Economy 138mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 38g/km, 16% (NEDC) 
Rivals Mercedes-Benz C300de, Volvo S60 T8