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?...

BMW 3 Series 330e review - verdict

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.

What Car? says...

Rated 4 out of 5

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Passat GTE

Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 350 e

BMW 3 Series 330e M Sport

Price £37,685

Engine 4cyl, 1998cc, petrol

Battery 7.7kWh lithium ion

Power 249bhp

Torque 310lb ft

Gearbox 8-spd automatic

0-62mph 6.1sec

Top speed 140mph

Official economy 134.5mpg

CO2, tax band 49g/km, 9%

Release date On sale now