BMW 330e practicality & boot space
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As a compact executive saloon, the 3 Series has never really been about outright passenger or luggage carrying ability, but comfortable seating for four and a decent boot are still important to buyers in this sector and the 330e does reasonably well on both counts.
BMW 330e interior space, storage & comfort
Previous BMW 3 Series generations were known for being a bit tight in the back seats, especially compared to key rivals like the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
The company has improved things with this latest generation, extending the wheelbase by 41mm in order to boost legroom in the back. It also says you'll fit three child seats side-by-side in the back (although only the outer two have ISOFIX mounting points).
This is one area where the 330e has to give best to its 330i petrol and 320d diesel stablemates. Its boot capacity is 375 litres – 105 down on the other versions in range – due to the need to accommodate the hybrid system's battery. It's still a well shaped, usefully sized luggage area, however.
BMW is putting the 330e hybrid drivetrain into the Touring estate model, although it's not yet clear whether this combination will be sold in the UK, with those in search of a more practical plug-in likely to be pointed in the direction of the forthcoming new BMW X3 xDrive45e.