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330e xDrive SE Pro 5dr Step Auto

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Key Info

Optional Extras

Technical Data

Review

Key Features

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeHybrid
Top Speed
Top Speed140mph

Driver Convenience

  • Active guard plus
  • Attentiveness assist
  • Auto start-stop
  • BMW emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional Nav with 12.3" instrument display + 10.25" display, Intelligent Voice Assist, BMW OS 7, HDD, 2USB, 4G LTE connect
  • BMW service history
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator in front and rear
  • Check Control warning system for monitoring of lights and door/luggage compartment open warning
  • Condition based service
  • Cruise control with brake function + speed limiter
  • Electric power steering
  • iDrive controller on centre console
  • Instrument cluster with speedometer with mph readout, tachometer, fuel gauge and oil temperature gauge
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade, warning by check control system
  • On board computer - average speed+fuel consumption, service interval, clock/date, odometer/trip meter, outside temperature display and ice warning
  • Optimum shift indicator
  • Personal Profile - automatic lock when driving away selectable
  • Servotronic steering optimised at all speed ranges

Entertainment

  • DAB tuner
  • Electronic service booklet

Exterior Features

  • Acoustic glazing
  • Active airstream chrome frame kidney grille with 8 high gloss black vertical slats
  • Automatic headlight beam throw control with load dependent regulating reaction, dynamic compensation of braking dive and acceleration squat
  • Black roof mouldings
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour front and rear bumpers
  • Body colour fuel filler flap
  • Body colour mirror caps with bottom segment in matt black
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric windows - front and rear, with open/close fingertip control, anti-trap facility and comfort closing
  • Exhaust tailpipe - split left and right
  • Exterior mirrors - electrically folding with anti-dazzle
  • Fading support
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front black door sill finishers with BMW designation
  • Green tinted heat protection glazing
  • Interior rear view mirror with automatic anti dazzle function
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Matt black exterior B pillar
  • Matt black exterior trim
  • Preparation for high beam assistant
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Rear wiper
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Two part LED tailights in L-shape with components in smoked glass, brake light, LED turn indicator and rear fog light
  • Visible VIN plate
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • Windscreen wipers with integrated washing jets
  • xDrive designation on left tailgate

Interior Features

  • 12V power socket in front storage compartment
  • 2 front cupholder in centre console with clamping elements and matt black inlay
  • 3 rear seats with non folding headrests with 3 point seat belts
  • 3 zone automatic air conditioning
  • 4 pieces lashing eyelets in luggage compartment
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seat with load through system
  • Ambient lighting with welcome light carpet
  • Armrest integrated in front and rear door trim + front centre console armrest
  • Centred top Luggage compartment lights
  • Four grab handles integrated in roof lining
  • Front and rear door exit lighting (left / right)
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear reading lights
  • Front and rear velour floor mats
  • Front head restraints
  • Height adjustable mechanically and infinitely variable steering column
  • Illuminated armrest storage compartment
  • Illuminated glove compartment with separate small compartment
  • Interior lighting - front centre over interior mirror with soft light, rear centre and front and rear footwell lighting
  • Make-up mirror lights
  • Rear centre armrest with 2 cupholders
  • Rear centre console with storage compartment and ventilation grille
  • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors and ticket pocket
  • Three spoke multifunction sport leather steering wheel
  • Toolkit located in luggage compartment

Packs

  • Connected pack professional - 3 Series Saloon/Touring

Safety

  • 2 tone horn
  • Brake energy regeneration
  • Braking pre-tensioning
  • Child proof locking system in rear door
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Coasting in idle in ECO PRO mode
  • Crash sensor activating of airbags,Unlocking doors,hazard warning lights,fuel cut off,interior lighting+activation of safety battery terminal clamp
  • Driver and front passenger side airbags, integrated in the door side seat backrest bolsters for all seat variants
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Dry braking
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic stability control + (DSC+) - Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with brake assist and cornering brake control + Automatic Stability Control (ASC)
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake including automatic hold function and automatic release of the parking brake when pulling away
  • Electronic differential lock control (EDLC)
  • Front passenger manual airbag deactivation
  • Head airbags for all 4 outer seats
  • Hill start assist
  • Seat belt security check for driver and front passenger
  • Side impact protection
  • Three 3 point seat belts on all seats including front belt stopper, pyrotechnic belt tensioners and belt force limiters
  • Tyre pressure monitoring with three level warning strategy
  • Ventilated front and rear disc brakes
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and electronic engine immobiliser
  • Central locking switch for all doors, fuel filler cap and luggage compartment
  • Remote control with integrated key one button open/close vehicle and windows, sole opening of the luggage compartment lid, panic mode and glass roof
  • Start/stop button with Comfort Go keyless engine start and auto Start/stop deactivation button

Technical

  • Balanced 50/50 weight distribution
  • Battery cut-out switch
  • Drive performance control - ECO PRO, comfort and sport modes
  • Lightweight engineering
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Sport automatic transmission with steering-wheel mounted gearshift paddles and launch control
  • Stroke dependent dampers

Wheels

  • 17" NON-RFT V spoke light alloy wheels - Style 778 including BMW mobility kit
  • Reduced rolling resistance tyres

Driver Convenience

Entertainment

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    12
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    360
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    2.3
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    258
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    0-100
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    216
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    3.7
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    0-80
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    156
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • WLTP - AER (km) - City
    60
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    52
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - City
    37.3
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    32.3
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - City
    21.4
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    23
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Extra High
    25.9
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - High
    22.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Low
    22.2
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Medium
    20.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - City
    2.9
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.7
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Extra High
    2.4
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - High
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Low
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Medium
    3
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (kWh/100km) - Comb
    22.2
  • WLTP - EC AC Ch Dep (miles/kWh) - Comb
    2.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Max
    17.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - Min
    17.4
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.6
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Max
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - Min
    3.6
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - City
    59
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Max
    55
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - Min
    56
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Extra High
    49
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - High
    57
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Low
    57
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Medium
    61
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - City
    36.7
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    34.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Max
    34.2
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - Min
    34.8
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Extra High
    30.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - High
    35.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Low
    35.4
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Medium
    37.9

Emissions - ICE

  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Particles
    Not Available
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb
    168
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Max
    171
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Comb - Min
    168
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Max
    168
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Extra High - Min
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Max
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - High - Min
    145
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low
    245
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Max
    249
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Low - Min
    245
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium
    155
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Max
    159
  • WLTP - CO2 Ch Sus (g/km) - Medium - Min
    155
  • WLTP - CO2 Charge Depleting (g/km) - Comb
    12
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    36
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Max
    38
  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb - Min
    36

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1998
  • Compression Ratio
    11.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    94.6
  • Engine Code
    B48B20M1
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (l/100km) - Comb
    0.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Dep (mpg) - Comb
    565
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    7.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Max
    7.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High - Min
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Max
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High - Min
    6.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Max
    11
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low - Min
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Max
    7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium - Min
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Max
    37.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb - Min
    38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    38.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Max
    38.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High - Min
    38.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Max
    43.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High - Min
    44.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    26.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Max
    25.7
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low - Min
    26.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    41.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Max
    40.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium - Min
    41.5
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Max
    1.7
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb - Min
    1.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    176.6
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Max
    166.2
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb - Min
    176.6

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    292
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    e xDrive
  • Coin Series
    SE Pro
  • Generation Mark
    7
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    34E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    6
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    292
  • Engine Power - KW
    215
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    310
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    42.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    420
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1350
  • Top Speed
    140

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/50 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    V SPOKE STYLE 778
  • Wheel Type
    17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1442
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4709
  • Wheelbase
    2851
  • Width
    1827
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2068

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    40
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2425
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    1420
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    410
  • Max. Loading Weight
    535
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1890
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12

The 330e Plug-in hybrid is the technological flagship of BMW's current 3 Series line-up. Now, it has wider appeal. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

Not everyone wanting futuristic engine technology wants their car to also look futuristic. To look like BMW's i3 for instance. If you're buying from this Bavarian brand and want a petrol/electric powerplant, the 330e Plug-in hybrid offers a more subtle way to go. You get 37.3 miles of all-electric driving range when the car's charged up, which enables the creation of some impressive overall stats - up to 217.3mpg on the WLTP combined cycle and as little as 30g/km of WLTP-rated CO2. Those figures fall only fractionally with this Touring estate body style. Take some time to understand BMW's thinking here and it's hard not to be impressed.

Driving Experience

This current 330e Plug-in hybrid took a big step forward over its predecessor, the main difference between the two cars found when it comes to measurement of all-electric driving range. This was rated at only 21 miles in the previous generation 3 Series plug-in but in this current 330e design, BMW clams up to 37 miles of zero emissions motoring from a fully-charged set of batteries. In other words, if you've a pretty typical daily commute, you might never have to fuel up this car to complete it. As you might expect, this kind of cleverness comes courtesy of a very advanced powerplant indeed, in this case a combination of the 184bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit from the 320i mated to an electric motor incorporating an 'XtraBoost' function. This can increase power to as much as 293hp, reducing the 62mph sprint time to six seconds exactly. The hybrid system's extra weight drops maximum speed slightly over that of the ordinary 320i, but it's still rated at 143mph. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is now available on this variant.

Design and Build

This isn't the kind of Plug-in hybrid model you'll buy if you want to make an eco-statement. Unless you really know your BMWs, there's almost nothing to visually differentiate a 330e from any other 3 Series saloon unless you happen to spot the side panel charging flap. The 3 Series styling theme by now should be familiar to almost every business buyer. Classic cues like the kidney grille at the front, the sharp lines of the flanks and the powerful rear end are all present and correct. The cabin looks predictably smart, with chrome finishing and high-gloss surfaces. This 'M Sport'-trimmed models get the full 'Live Cockpit Professional' package which gives you a 12.3-inch virtual instrument binnacle screen and a 10.25-inch centre-dash iDrive monitor. There's some clever stuff incorporated into this pricier set-up, including gesture control and what BMW calls an 'Intelligent Personal Assistant', which works a bit like the 'Siri' or 'Google Assistant' systems you might use on your 'phone and is there to answer questions you can voice to the car as you drive it. And out back? Well the 330e saloon's luggage bay measures 375-litres - that's 105-litres down on a conventional four-door 3 Series model. This Touring estate 330e derivative has a 410-litre boot, extendable to 1,420-litres - which is 90-litres down on a conventionally-engined 3 Series Touring model.

Market and Model

The 330e now comes in both saloon and Touring estate guises, plus there's a choice of either rear-driven or 4x4 xDrive formats. You get four trim levels to choose from - 'SE', 'Sport', 'M Sport' and 'M Sport Pro Edition'. Prices start at around £40,000 and rise to around £50,000. As with all Plug-in hybrids, you have to have automatic transmission. The xDrive set-up commands an extra premium of around £1,500. There's a premium of £1,500 for this Touring estate body style. Key rivals include include two models from Mercedes (the C300e and the CLA 250e), the Volvo S60 T8 Plug-in Hybrid and, if you're prepared to compromise on a premium badge in return for a bit of extra space, the Volkswagen Passat GTE and the Skoda Superb iV. Even base 'SE' trim gets you plenty of kit that previously you'd have had to pay extra for on a 3 Series - things like Adaptive full-LED headlamps, a Parking Assistant that automatically steers you into spaces, a reversing camera, acoustic side glass and 3-Zone air conditioning that allows rear passengers to set their own climate. BMW has even standardised its lovely 'Welcome Light Carpet' that illuminates the ground around the front doors when you get into the car or step out of it at night.

Cost of Ownership

Despite the fact that these days there's no longer the government contribution towards the purchase price that helped to boost sales of earlier versions of the old 'F30'-series 330e, BMW still reckons this plug-in derivative will be a strong seller. The installation of a more capable 12.0kWh lithium-ion high-voltage battery has nearly doubled its potential electric driving range - to as much as 37.3 miles. And increased the all-electric top speed potential to 68mph. Charging time for the 12.0kWh battery is around two and a half hours from a conventional 7kW garage wallbox or plug-in public charge point. Hook up to a domestic 3-pin socket and the charging time will be just under five and a half hours. As usual with Plug-in hybrids, the official WLTP combined cycle fuel figures - up to 217.3mpg for the saloon and up to 201.8g/km for this Touring version - need to be taken with a pinch of salt, but the important thing is that the government believes the quoted CO2 return - which can be as little as 30g/km in the saloon or up to 32g/km in the Touring. Either way, this means a super-low Benefit-in-Kind taxation rating of 10%. Of course it's unlikely that you'd ever achieve the quoted mpg and CO2 figures in the real world, but the important thing is that the government believes them, hence the attractive tax breaks that'll come as part and parcel of 330e model ownership.

Summary

Here, BMW has brought us a hybrid 3 Series model that makes real world sense. The previous generation 330e struggled a little in this regard with its relatively restricted all-electric driving range. Fortunately, technology has moved on and this current 'G20'-series 330e model demonstrates just how far. If you were thinking of a high-spec diesel-engined version of this Bavarian contender, we think you really have to look at a 330e as a realistic alternative. The waiting lists for this variant suggest that many potential customers already are.

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