Video: BMW 330e plug-in hybrid EV review

Watch our video review of the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Could this be your next company car?

The BMW 330e offers an interesting tax-saving proposition for the company car buyer, with official fuel economy figure of almost 150mpg, and the ability to run purely on electric power for up to 20 miles, it qualifies for the £2500 government grant.

The theory of the plug-in hybrid is that one car can give you enough battery power to cover your daily commute, while a convenient petrol engine can be relied on for additional weekend travel, or occasional longer journeys. The BMW 330e does just that, with a total combined range from a full tank and full charge of around 370 miles.

  • Tested: 2,000cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor, eight-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive
  • On the Road Price: £33,935 (lease from £394+VAT a month)
  • Power/torque: 249bhp/310lb ft
  • Acceleration: 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds
  • Top speed: 140mph
  • Fuel Economy: 148.7mpg (EU Combined)
  • CO2 emissions: 44g/km
  • VED band: A (£0)
  • Downside: The battery, which takes just over three hours to charge on a household socket, is under the boot floor, robbing it of over 100 litres of luggage capacity compared with a regular 3-series saloon. But the cabin space remains unimpeded.
  • Verdict: A very well executed plug-in hybrid, with decent performance, ride and handling, plus a great interior and the quality you’d expect from BMW.

 

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