BMW 3 Series 330e review - verdict
A plug-in hybrid BMW 3 Series has some eye-catching fuel figures but, in the real world, is it a better option than a diesel?...
Like most plug-in hybrids, as a private buy the 330e is difficult to recommend. The diesel-powered 320d is still very capable (if not quite as quick) and, even taking into consideration the available government grant of £2500, the 330e is still more expensive to buy with cash.
But if you're buying one as a company car and a plug-in hyrbid fits your commute, compared with rivals such as the Volkswagen Passat GTE, Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and Mercedes-Benz C 350 e the BMW looks very competitively priced.
It’s also one of the best plug-in hybrids to drive, has a brilliant infotainment system and impressive interior quality. The only thing to bear in mind is if the majority of your journeys are motorway slogs, because you’ll struggle to make the most out of the battery power.
BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport
Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol
Battery 7.7kWh lithium ion
Torque 310lb ft
Gearbox 8-spd automatic
Top speed 140mph
Official economy 134.5mpg
CO2, tax band 49g/km, 9%
Release date On sale now