BMW's plug-in hybrid 330e nets high praise during a test drive by MPGomatic.

BMW 330e Charge Port (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

BMW 330e Charge Port (InsideEVs/Tom Moloughney)

The driving experience was noted at above par, as well as the interior.

"Driving the 330e is a very cool experience. Put aside your preconceptions you might have about hybrids.

The 330 moves when you stomp on it. It’s pure electric – super smooth and quiet – when it needs to be, and delivers plenty of turbo punch when you put your foot in it."

MPGomatic finds that the 72 MPGe rating (which includes the all-electric miles into the equation) is a distracting metric, and prefers to think about the actual mileage splits: MPG in hybrid mode, and the cars all-electric abilities - which is listed at 14 miles/22.5 km by the EPA, but at 18 miles/29 km according to the review.

And there is a message for those interested in Tesla Model 3:

"The BMW 330e puts it all together. If you’re considering a Tesla Model 3, you owe it to yourself to go to your local BMW dealer and take a 330e out for a test drive, ASAP. Plug-in hybrid cars are a bridge to the all-electric future and the 330e is a stunning example."

So probably MPGomatic thinks BMW hit the ball on the nose when targeting future Tesla Model 3 owners in a recent series of "attack ads" with the 330e.  (watch those here)

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 5.9 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)
source: MPGomatic