BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid Test Drive Review
Autocar called the 300e “one of the most engaging hybrids on the market right now“.
Range of this model is estimated by BMW at some 25 miles (40 km), but expect less in the real world (think 17ish miles/27 kms) from the 7.6 kWh battery.
According to the review, the 65 kW electric motor does the job in all-electric eDrive mode and is seamlessly combined with the internal combustion engine through eight-speed automatic transmission. Via Autocar:
“There is a nice flexible feel to the delivery in electric mode, while the combustion engine and electric motor combine seamlessly to propel the new saloon with real verve on the open road. To really make the most of its potential efficiency, though, you need to get accustomed to the three different driving modes – eDrive, Max eDrive and Save Battery – and be prepared to continually switch between them.
Alternatively, you can leave the 330e to its own devices – but don’t expect to get anywhere near the official economy claims. In real-world driving, the reality is something in the region of 55mpg, or roughly what you’d expect from the 254bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel-powered 330d saloon.”
“In hybrid running, the 330e is reasonably swift, displaying reasonably sharp throttle response, thanks, in part, to the abundant torque. With the electric motor assisting the petrol unit, it delivers solid low-end urge and impressive mid-range shove on kickdown. BMW claims 0-62mph in 6.1sec, which is just 0.3sec shy of BMW’s official time for the 1545kg 330i saloon in automatic guise.
It is at typical motorway speeds, with the relatively tall gearing of the gearbox suppressing the revs of the petrol engine, where the new BMW does its best work, proving to be exceptionally refined.”
Total system power peaks at 185 kW/252 hp (on par with 330i and 330d). Here are a few photos of the drivetrain:
- 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) probably NEDC (we estimate 17-19 miles of real-world driving/US EPA estimate)
- 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)