2019 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid review – verdict
Has adding a 200kg hybrid system to create the BMW 330e made the perfect company car, or ruined the driver appeal of the 3 Series?...
So there you have it, adding extra weight and a hybrid system hasn't ruined the 3 Series. Far from it. In fact, it makes the 330e an interesting proposition. It drives with much of the same fluidity and poise of the regular 3 Series so unless you plan on driving everywhere flat out, you’re unlikely to notice much difference on the road.
What you gain is a duality in character between the green, silent running on electric power and the spirited acceleration in the sportiest driving mode. This dual personality might make the 330e a great proposition but to make it work you have to have the lifestyle to support it.
If you do monster miles each week and don’t have access to a charger, the 330e will end up relying constantly on its petrol engine. This could make it less economical than the 330i, let alone the 320d. The latter therefore remains the sweet spot of the 3 Series range for the majority of buyers. But if you can install a charger at home or work, have a fairly short commute and can live with the shrunken boot, the 330e makes a great deal of sense.
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BMW 330e M Sport Plug-in Hybrid specification
Price £39,980 Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, turbocharged petrol plus electric motor Power 249bhp (up to 288bhp with XtraBoost) at 5000-6500rpm Torque 309lb ft at 1350-4000rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic 0-62mph 6.0sec Top speed 143mph Economy 138mpg (WLTP combined) CO2, tax band 39g/km, 16% (NEDC)
Rivals Mercedes C300de, Volvo S60 T8