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BMW 330e

Plug-in Hybrid

EV=22mi
Total=290mi
Range

Seats 4

13.2ft3 Cargo

L=185.7
W=71.9
H=56.9

12.0kWh Battery

BMW’s announcement in 2017 that it had decided to make EV and plug-in variants of every single BMW and MINI model was met with some skepticism. It’s a challenging goal by any stretch of the imagination. But guess what? As of 2021, BMW has all its segments covered with more than 10 plug-in hybrid models to choose from. If you’re searching for a BMW PHEV, chances are you’ll find a vehicle to fit your needs.

BMW is in the process of building its cars on “integrated” platforms that allow all its gas, EV and PHEV models to be fabricated on the same assembly lines. This translates into reduced production costs. And it allows the automaker to more easily reach its goal of between 15 and 25% of its lineup comprising EVs and PHEVs by 2025, just 4 years from now.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG has electrified its 7th Generation 3 Series with the 2021 330e xDrive plug-in hybrid. This year’s 330 e-version has an improved Lithium-Ion battery.

The car’s e-range estimates won’t break any records, but the EPA says its 12 kilowatt-hour Lithium-Ion battery offers drivers 22 miles of pure electric range. As anyone who reads EV studies knows, this e-range is more than enough for many drivers to get to work and back, or do their errands around town without using a drop of gasoline. Plug in at night, and you’ve got another 20 pure e-miles the next morning.

The battery takes 6 hours to charge with a regular 10-amp household plug and 3.5 hours with a Level 2 240V charger.

The iconic 3 Series has always offered drivers class-defining handling. With a low center of gravity, lightweight components and a suspension tuned to perfection on BMW’s grueling Nürburgring test track, this is a compact sedan providing unparalleled sportiness and dynamics. Adding to its top-rated performance is a sleek and wide exterior molded for aerodynamic excellence and eye-pleasing aesthetics.

First produced in 1975, the entry level 3-Series luxury car has become BMW’s best-selling model, accounting for around 30% of the brand’s global annual total sales. From 2005 through the middle of 2020, more than 1.5 million 3-Series vehicles have been sold in the USA alone.

Its luxury, strong performance credentials and consumer acceptance as an “everyday car” has won it numerous awards. From 1992 to 2014, it was on Car and Driver Magazine’s Annual Ten Best list 22 times, making it the longest running entry in the list. Motorsports Magazine named the BMW 3 Series as the second-most important performance car built during the previous 25 years.

BMW calls its 2021 model an iconic sedan with electrified enhancements; a balance of institution and innovation like never before: “The four-door 3 Series Sedan evolves BMW’s signature designs with modern takes on the iconic kidney grille and the Hofmeister kink. This plug-in hybrid uses a powerful combustion engine that works in tandem with an electric motor to achieve efficient driving and all the performance you expect from a BMW. Maximize efficiency with the all-electric range, perfect for short commutes and local trips.”

Hybrids and PHEVs improve gas mileage overall. With both the gas engine and the electric motor at work, the 2021 330e achieves an EPA-rated 67MPGe. Combined city/highway without the e-motor on is 25mpg.

Tax credits are another great reason to drive a hybrid or PHEV. The 2021 330e qualifies for a $5,836 federal tax credit. (www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/taxevb.shtml)

This year’s model comes with a larger battery built with higher density cells that fit more electrons into the same volume. Also new for 2021 is XtraBoost, a feature available in Sport Mode that provides a 40hp boost for up to 10 seconds when the pedal is fully depressed. This results in a 60mph sprint of 5.6 seconds. In Hybrid Mode, the 330e can travel up to 68mph on the battery alone, an increase of 19mph over the previous model year. And in Electric Mode, it can reach a speed of 87mph, up 12mph.

BMW’s modular (B48) 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine provides 135kW of power and 300Nm of torque. and drives the rear wheels via a ZG 8-speed automatic. The transmission houses the car’s 83kW/105Nm synchronous motor. The ZG is regarded as one of the best transmissions of its type in production today. Total output of the gas engine and electric motor is 185kW/420Nm.

There are two BMW 330e models to choose from: the 330e Sedan with Rear Wheel Drive (MSRP: $44,550), and the 330e xDrive Sedan with Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (MSRP: $46,550).

Rating the 330e’s interior, Carsguide.com reviewer Byron Mathioudakis says: “For a swoopy sports sedan, the 330e’s interior is pleasingly practical and – after a little familiarization – user-friendly. As the biggest-ever 3 Series, four average-sized adults can fit in easily, while a smaller fifth person can crowd in on the rear-center cushion. For short periods, anyway. One surprise is the lightness of the doors due to them being partly aluminium, which means while they close with a reassuring thud, they’re might feel flimsy at first. No such misconceptions await once inside the cocoon-quiet cabin, thanks to solid and lush materials everywhere the eye lands and hands touch. Even the plastics seem expensive. As the 3 Series is famous for, the 330e’s dash is driver-centric, with ample adjustability of the fat-rimmed wheel and unimpeded reach for most of the important switchgear. Sat low and cosily ensconced between door and bisecting center console, the mood is definitely grand-touring sports sedan.”

“For this generation, BMW has honed the once-controversial 'iDrive' controller into an artful yet logical example of on-the-move multimedia interface and data retrieval, with a concerted effort to simplify what is a mountain of available information. To help relax (or energize), there’s even a ‘Caring Car’ feature in the sub menus with appropriately chilled ambient lighting, audio and climate control.”

Edmunds.com reviewers on the car’s interior: “As we've come to expect from the BMW 3 Series, the 330e's interior is elegantly modern. The front seats have ample padding for long-distance comfort, yet they also have enough sporty lateral support to keep you in place when cornering hard. The rear seats are spacious enough to hold average-size adults, too. The roof pillars don't impede outward visibility, so you can get a good sense of the sedan's physical boundaries. This most recent iteration of BMW's iDrive infotainment system is packed with features, yet it remains easy to use. You can also customize some menus and placement of the on-screen buttons, much like you would on your smartphone. The inclusion of additional and more natural voice commands keeps it competitive with Mercedes' praiseworthy MBUX system. A new dashcam-like recorder feature makes use of the 3 Series' existing cameras and has the potential for a variety of applications. It can automatically start recording in the event of a serious collision, giving you the option to use the footage in your defense. Or you can simply record your epic scenic drive to share with friends. You also have the ability to set a rolling buffer to capture moments that may have just occurred.”

The 2021 BMW 330e hasn’t been safety tested yet, but the 2019 version received a 5-star ANCAP crash-test rating. And the 2020 BMW 3-Series was an IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick. (www.iihs.org/ratings/vehicle/bmw/3-series-4-door-sedan/2020)

The car’s active and passive safety items are extensive. They include: stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, cornering brake control and brake-assist, active lane-change and lane-departure warnings and intervention, front and rear cross-traffic alert with braking and blind-spot monitoring.

Additional safety features include: autonomous emergency braking (AEB), warnings and active assistance/intervention for steering, lane-change, lane departure, and front/rear cross-traffic (with braking) situations, full-auto parking with surround-view 3D cameras and sensors, adaptive cruise control with full stop/go, auto high-beam LED headlights with delay/off, rain-sensing wipers, low-speed EV-mode acoustic warnings for pedestrians and localized recharging info including range radius.

The 3 Series sets standards for performance in the luxury small car class. It offers spacious, comfortable seating for 4, with one of the largest trunk spaces in its segment. For consumers looking for a small luxury sedan with opulent styling and a touch of 22 eco-miles added, this is a car they should consider.

Specs

Performance:

  • 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, 16-valve 181-hp engine; combines a twin-scroll turbocharger with variable valve control (Double-VANOS and Valvetronic), high-precision direct injection and eDrive 107-hp electric motor (total power output of 288 hp) 
  • Lithium-Ion battery
  • 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission with automatic Sport and Manual shift modes and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters 
  • Acceleration: 0-60mph – 5.7 seconds
  • Electronic throttle control
  • Auto Start-Stop function
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Direct ignition system with knock control
  • Driving Dynamics control with ADAPTIVE, SPORT, HYBRID and ELECTRIC modes
  • Onboard charging: J1772 AC Charging (3.7 kW)
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), including Brake Fade Compensation, Start-off Assistant, Brake Drying, and Brake Stand-by features; with Dynamic Traction Control (DTC)
  • Extra-lightweight chassis components, tailored axle kinematics and high-precision steering system
  • Double-pivot-type front suspension with anti-roll bar and stiffer spring struts
  • 5-link rear suspension with cast-aluminum upper transverse arms
  • Twin-tube gas-pressure shock absorbers
  • High-performance, lightweight, 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC)
  • Servotronic power-steering assist
  • xDrive all-wheel-drive system
  • 4-year / 50,000-mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty
  • 12-year Unlimited Mileage Rust Perforation Limited Warranty
  • 4-year Unlimited Mileage Roadside Assistance Program
  • 8-year / 80,000-mile High-Voltage Battery Warranty

Interior:

  • Engine Start/Stop button
  • 14-way power front seats and Electric Seat Adjustment of seat height, backrest tilt, seat position, seat base tilt; includes memory system for driver's and front passenger seats and exterior mirror position; automatic parking function
  • Advanced Vehicle & Key Memory including most recently used climate-control temperature and air-distribution settings; exterior mirror and power seat settings; audio tone settings and radio presets; central-locking preferences; and lighting preferences
  • Automatic 3-zone climate control with separate front left/right & rear temperature and air distribution controls, with automatic air recirculation
  • 2-way power glass moonroof with "one-touch" operation and power interior sunshade
  • Front-seat center armrest
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel column
  • Automatic-dimming interior rear-view mirror and driver's-side exterior mirror
  • Power front and rear windows with "one-touch" up/down operation
  • Locking glovebox
  • Electric interior trunk release
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • Storage compartment package
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Live Cockpit Professional features multi-input iDrive 7.0 system is operated by voice, touchscreen, and iDrive touchpad Controller. The modern design of the digital instrument cluster optimizes driver info. Navigation, Bluetooth, two USB ports, 8 freely programmable bookmarks, 20GB of multimedia storage are also included
  • BMW eDrive Services including range and charging status display, charging station search, charging timer and cabin preconditioning
  • Key fob with Sport Line motif
  • 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel with controls for audio system, cruise control, and Bluetooth wireless communication for hands-free mobile phone
  • USB audio connection and hands-free Bluetooth including Audio Streaming
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Adaptive Brakelights
  • Front and rear Head Protection System (HPS)
  • Driver's and passenger's front airbag supplemental restraint system (SRS) with advanced technology: dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment; and front-passenger-seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment
  • Seat-mounted front side-impact airbags
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Front safety belts with automatic pretensioners
  • Front-passenger-seat-occupation recognition with Passenger's Airbag Off indicator
  • LED Headlights
  • Automatic high beams
  • Daytime driving lights
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR) on all passenger safety belts for installation of child-restraint seat
  • LATCH attachments for child-restraint safety installation
  • Anti-theft alarm system
  • BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents, then prepares by automatically pretensioning safety belts, closing windows and moonroof, and activating post-crash braking; includes Fatigue and Focus Alert feature
  • BMW Assist eCall™ includes Emergency Request (SOS button) and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Active Guard, with Frontal Collison Warning, Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Lane Departure Warning
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect of alternator, fuel pump and starter from battery; automatically unlocks doors; and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Acoustic protection for pedestrians
  • Tire Pressure Monitor
  • Rear-window defroster
  • Rear-view Camera
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Audio System: Anti-theft AM/FM stereo with Radio Data System (RDS); HiFi Sound System with 205-watt digital amplifier and 10 speakers; HD Radio FM station reception; SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription
  • Wireless features, remote services, and intuitive technology: Connected Package Professional features Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information and On-Street Parking Information (select markets), Hazard Preview, BMW Remote Services including Stolen Vehicle Recovery and Remote Door Unlock, BMW Connected App and Concierge Services. Simply say, "Hey BMW" to ask your on-board expert, the Intelligent Personal Assistant, to operate various functions, including navigation
  • BMW ConnectedDrive Services
  • BMW TeleServices
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • SensaTec upholstery
  • Fine Wood trim with Ash Grey-Brown high gloss
  • Anthracite headliner
  • Floormats
  • 40/20/40 split fold-down through-load rear seats

Exterior:

  • 18" V-spoke bi-color orbit grey wheels, style 780 with all-season run-flat tires
  • Power-folding, heated side mirrors
  • Satin Aluminum exterior trim
  • Non-metallic paint
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