BMW 330e iPerformance Range And Mileage Tests – Videos

1 year ago by Mark Kane 22

BMW 330e

BMW 330e

For all those seriously interested in the BMW 330e iPerformance plug-in hybrid, we can recommend two video tests covering the efficiency of the plug-in.

The first (above) is on the all-electric range in the city, which resulted in:

  • range of some 27.4 km (17 miles) at +8°C/+12°C
  • average energy consumption of 19.0 kWh/100 km (62 miles)

EPA rating is 14 miles (22.5 km).

BMW 330e iPerformance MAX eDRIVE -range test

Testing out the 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance on the “MAX eDrive” combined with the “ECO PRO” -setting. This test car had a rating of 44gr of CO2 per km. The official CO2 emissions of the 330e range from 44gr to 49gr depending on the wheels, so note that with wider diameter wheels, for example with the M Sport line, the range is most likely slightly less than with this car.

Color: Mineral white (metallic).
Wheels: 16″ V-Spoke 390″

The second video (below) concerns highway driving at speeds of up to 120 km/h (75 mph) at +11.5°C, with a totally depleted battery.

In Eco Pro mode, BMW 330e achieved:

  • 6.2 l/ 100 km fuel consumption (after 100 km / 62 miles) and 38 mpg rating


In a bonus part, a 2016 Honda HR-V – despite being lighter and on paper rated for similar fuel economy, on the same test needed 7.1 l/ 100 km.

BMW 330e iPerformance Petrol engine mileage test
Mileage test of the 2016 BMW 330e iPerformance’s petrol engine with empty batteries (range 0km / 0 miles) combined with the “ECO PRO” -setting.

This test car had a rating of 44gr of CO2 per km. The official CO2 emissions of the 330e range from 44gr to 49gr depending on the wheels, so note that with wider diameter wheels, for example with the M Sport line, the range is most likely slightly less than with this car.

Color: Mineral white (metallic).
Wheels: 16″ V-Spoke 390″

Quick 330e Specs:

  • 184 hp four-cylinder petrol engine and 65 kW, 88 hp, 250 Nm electric motor integrated into the housing of the eight-speed automatic
  • total system output of 185 kW/252 hp (on par with 330i and 330d)
  • 0–60 mph in 6.1 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph.
  • all-electric range of up to 40 km (25 miles) NEDC and 14 miles (22.5 km) US EPA
  • 7.6 kWh lithium-ion battery beneath the boot floor
  • charging in 3 hours and 15 minutes from a household outlet
  • average fuel consumption (combined) of 2.1–1.9 litres/100 km (134.5–148.7 mpg imp)
  • at least 370 liters of luggage compartment volume; the rear seat offer a 40:20 40 split
  • EU-empty weight of 1735 kg (3,825 lbs)

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22 responses to "BMW 330e iPerformance Range And Mileage Tests – Videos"

  1. Ct200h says:

    One can hope that BMW updates this car with the 94ah cells sing used in the 2017 i3 . They might bring the car to a more competitive 25 to 29 mile range.

    1. beta995 says:

      +100

    2. philip d says:

      The range would be more competitive but they also need to almost double the power output of the electric motor to make it competitive in EV mode driving dynamics.

      The more electric miles that are added the more drive time is spent in EV mode making the driving experience more and more important.

      I think BMW’s goal at this point isn’t more EV miles but more models with PHEV capability to improve and meet their fleet emissions requirements. I think they assume that this type of PHEV will mostly be driven in blended mode which will still reduce emissions.

      Then they will also build a few pure EV models but I don’t see them going with any type of Voltec type PHEV anytime soon.

      1. beta995 says:

        Carbon fiber body would be nice too.

  2. tom911 says:

    Yes, exactly and hopefully same with the X5 40e – but they will probably want for the next gen in 2018 for the X

  3. Ct200h says:

    They seemed to have built and shipped a small number of 2016’s to US dealers
    And paused

    1. Nix says:

      Maybe that is around the same time they got slapped with a class-action lawsuit on their i3, and they are playing it cautious? Hard to know, just wildly speculating.

  4. mike says:

    I switched off after reading the whatever units per 100km ratings.
    Why not quote what everyone can easily digest and give us MPG or whatever the metric version is?
    My EV get get either 4.5 miles per KW or 220 Watts per mile, easy to understand. I don’t care how many kW I use to go 62 miles and my car doesn’t use that either, so whats the point of inventing a scale that no car uses?

    1. Miggy says:

      Mike, 99% of the world works in Metric.

      1. John in AA says:

        96% actually, but who’s counting?

    2. beta995 says:

      I agree. Miles pre kWh is the usual metric.

  5. carcus says:

    I’m curious to see efficiency results on a medium ranged road trip (200 mi?) with the battery topped off and whatever mode lets the car’s programming decide to use electricity or petrol.

    The way I understand it, the computer will look at your planned route and save the battery for the most optimum times (i.e. low speed through small towns en route). I do not know if it (the computer) will decide there is some efficiency advantage to putting some charge back in the battery at highway speeds to be used in a slower portion of the planned trip?

    Anyway, thank for the video. Looks like the car is as good or better than EPA advertised numbers.
    / PS to my knowledge, BMW’s car display mpg’s tend to be very accurate.

  6. Speculawyer says:

    It still boggles my mind that they put in such small batteries.

    The US government basically says “Hey . . . WE WILL PAY FOR THE BATTERY UP TO 16KWH.” Completely free. But no, they turn down a free battery. Now I known, the European incentive rules are different but they could put a big battery in for the USA and smaller one in for Europe.

    But nope . . . then turn away free. Highly illogical.

    1. carcus says:

      I’d rather have a (nearly) full sized trunk and pass through than more batteries. Plus, the car is probably on the upper end of acceptable weight for performance already.

      1. Boss says:

        Then get a 320d lol

  7. Tech01x says:

    He tested range at an average speed of 40 km/h, or 25 miles/hour. Could he have gone slower? The range estimator is crap then, since who really averages 25 mph or any long distances?

    1. Nix says:

      By design, the battery is primarily for use in city centers, not on the open highway. 25 mph is actually optimistically high for many EU city centers.

      You have to keep in mind that BMW has been pushing for EV and PHEV incentives from their home country, and has targeted their cars to win the hearts of German politicians. So they are designed with the German market in mind, not the US market.

      From what I understand, German drivers drive fewer miles than US drivers:

      https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics/2008/pdf/in5.pdf

      And when they are outside of the city and driving on the Autobahn, BMW drivers might be doing very high speeds where the battery would be drained quickly anyways, so there is little point in measuring what it would do at highway speeds.

      It is a different market than the US, and they are more worried about local air quality in city centers than we do in the US (due to all the diesel cars in Germany).

      This car, and this test fit BMW’s home market. They just really aren’t built primarily for the US market, and it shows.

      1. Tech01x says:

        For the 330e to get 27.4 km or 17 miles of range @ 25 mph average, driving as gently as he does in the video is embarrassing. If the range guess is that close for gentle 25 mph driving, it must be horrendously wrong for 70 mph cruising or 45-55 mph highways with stop lights.

  8. Elroy says:

    With the next cell improvement, if they could get the range to 25 miles EV range, then I would probably pick one of these up as a long range back up vehicle to my i3

  9. veselin says:

    BMW are very good in taking your money for maintenance and repair. They want to sale hybrids, but they want you to use your ICE every day (and pay for it).

  10. spinner says:

    If had 30 miles EV range and wireless charging would be perfect.

  11. tosho says:

    Guess this car was designed mainly for the new German “EV incentives” program.