BMW has launched its latest plug-in hybrid model 330e in Australia just this month, and as such, CarsGuide.com.au logged a full review of the electrified 3 Series and found out that the all-electric range of 30 km (EPA: 14 miles / 22.5 km) could cover most small commutes.  They also noted the similarities in appearance to other 3 Series (obviously) and that it has great performance.

The price is pretty high, but it's Australia after all - from $71,900 AUD (over $52,600 USD).

As for drawbacks, CarsGuide.com.au notes that the battery weight slightly affects the handling, and that there could be a better display system for "e-componentry" readouts on the dash.

"The 330e shouldn’t be thought of as purely an eco-car, it’s not – that’s the i3. The 330e is really just a 3 Series with benefits. It gives you a smart-tech alternative to just sitting in the traffic setting fire to petrol and going nowhere fast every morning and evening. And with its unassuming looks the 330e normalises hybrids, too – a future we are heading towards, where hybrid cars look like every other car."

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)
source: CarsGuide.com.au