Electric Car Awards 2022: Best used hybrid executive car

With electrified cars now coming in all shapes and sizes – and available to suit every budget – we’ve named the best models in every class. Here we look at the best used electric executive car...

The BMW 3 Series is often hailed as a jack of all trades, but we reckon this 330e version best fits that title. It marries the standard car’s expert blend of refinement, luxury and fun with a plug-in hybrid set-up for impressive fuel economy, low CO2 emissions and stonking performance.

In regards to the latter, it has a combined power output of 288bhp from its 2.0-litre petrol engine and electric motor, allowing for a suitably swift 0-62mph time of 5.2sec. And with sharp, well-balanced handling, it’s more rewarding to drive than the rival Mercedes C300e.

Motorway dwellers will be happy too, because the 330e makes for a capable cruiser, especially if adaptive suspension (optional from new as part of the recommended Pro Pack) is present to help smooth out the ride. At the same time, it rewards you with excellent fuel economy, with an official average of 201.8mpg. Its CO2 output of just 31g/km is relatively low, too, beating the Volvo S60 T8’s 42g/km.

Best used hybrid executive car 2022 - BMW 330e dashboard

The 330e isn’t lacking in equipment, either. Even the entry-level SE variant gets LED headlights, a reversing camera and cruise control. Opt for M Sport trim and you’ll get sporty styling, digital dials and a 10.3in infotainment screen. And speaking of infotainment, BMW’s responsive and intuitive system is the best in the business, with a dial controller that makes it easy to operate on the move.

You can save almost £20,000 over the price of a new 330e if you choose a three-year-old, rear-wheel-drive example for around £28,500. If you need one with the added traction of xDrive four-wheel drive, expect to pay upwards of £37,500. We wouldn’t bother, but whichever version you choose, you’ll be getting the best used car in this class.

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