The newest entry to a quickly growing list of plug-in hybrids available in the U.S. has received its EPA ratings.
The plug-in hybrid 2016 BMW 330e returns just 14 miles of electric range, according to the EPA. The breakdown shows that the 330e gets just 13.65 miles of electric range in the city and 15.27 on the highway. The 14-mile rating is the lowest (tied with several other plug-in hybrids) combined electric range rating for any 2016 Model Year PHEV.
In the PHEV composite MPG category, the 330e fairs slightly better with 35 MPG in the city, 44 MPG on the highway and 38 MPG combined.
BMW 330e EPA Ratings - Click To Enlarge
Some four months ago, BMW announced a $43,700 MSRP ($44,695 after deducting $995 destination & handling) for its new 330e plug-in hybrid. At the time, BMW estimated its electric range to be 22 miles, a figure we thought seemed out of line with its battery size. We wrote:
"The range of 22 miles on the 7.6 kWh battery doesn’t seem right, as the BMW X5 xDrive40e received a 13-mile EPA rating on 9 kWh pack."
"We expect that the EPA will rate the 330e much lower than 22 miles, perhaps more like ~15-17 miles."
Well, 14 miles is even a bit lower than our prediction and it's disappointing for sure.
The 2016 330e was scheduled to arrive the first of this month, and although we have yet to see any sales registered as of time of press (March 17th), cars have started to arrive this week at dealers. So if interested contact your local BMW dealer for more details.