New BMW 330e 2019 overview
When the BMW three Sequence went hybrid for the primary time three years in the past we liked the result: it was a genuinely dynamic and fascinating plug-in firm automobile contender.
It took some time for the agency to affect its signature product, however this time spherical issues are totally different. The brand new 330e arrives on the coat tails of the common line-up’s launch. The truth is, you’ll be capable to order one from July, with costs prone to begin from just below £40,000.
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Beneath the bonnet lies a 2.0-litre four-cylinder hybrid powertrain producing 249bhp. The 330e additionally boasts an XtraBoost system for the primary time, including an additional 41bhp (for 289bhp) on the contact of a button. BMW says the brand new automobile is 30 per cent sooner than earlier than, regardless of providing a 50 per cent improve in electrical vary. But visually it’s nearly the identical as every other three Sequence.
The model’s headline claims are 37 miles of electrical vary earlier than the battery wants recharging, and CO2 emissions of 39g/km. That locations the 330e within the lowest (13 per cent) BiK band for firm automobile tax – each for the present tax yr and thru to 2020. For comparability, the 320d and 330i each fall into the 27 per cent bracket, making the hybrid a particularly engaging proposition for enterprise customers and fleet managers alike.
Personal patrons will like it, too. BMW claims the 330e will return 138mpg, however as at all times, to get near that determine you have to to cost it usually. On our check route, which included a wide range of city, rural and high-speed roads, the vary took fairly a success. Nonetheless, even with a heavy proper foot you’re prone to see greater than 20 miles in pure-electric mode, and probably greater than that round city. The brand new automobile will do 68mph earlier than needing help from the petrol engine.
As with the hybrid 7 Sequence, the 330e has BMW’s Anticipatory Hybrid Drive set-up, which attracts on sat-nav information to intelligently use the battery energy over the course of your pre-planned journey. It’s going to change mechanically to EV mode in city areas or whenever you’re queuing in site visitors, working seamlessly on our hour-long check drive.
BMW says the 330e presents efficiency on par with a 330i, and whilst you’d be hard-pushed to note the XtraBoost system, in Sport mode it feels each bit as quick because the figures counsel. As in its non-hybrid sibling, the four-cylinder motor seems harsh and reasonably strained below onerous acceleration, however when constructing velocity gently the PHEV looks like every other three Sequence.
After all, at low speeds the electrified 330e is extremely quiet. On our check automobile’s 18-inch wheels and winter tyres we did discover a little bit of street noise, though the newcomer’s suspension appears to iron out many of the worst lumps and bumps. General refinement is just like that of a brand new 320d; that’s to say it leads this class for sophistication at excessive speeds.
The maker has completed a implausible job of disguising the 330e’s additional bulk, too. BMW hasn’t given a determine for the battery’s extra mass or energy, however the outdated one weighed round 160kg greater than a comparable 330i. Even in spirited driving the brand new 330e demonstrates superb physique management, retaining glorious composure and sharp steering.
Elsewhere, the 330e is almost as sensible as a standard three Sequence. Area within the again is sweet due to an additional 41mm (over the outgoing automobile) within the wheelbase, and whereas the boot is 105 litres smaller than you’ll discover in a 320d, it’s a usable form and the seats fold 40:20:40. Insiders counsel there’s a 330e Touring on the way in which, too.