BMW 330e reliability & safety
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Vulnerable road users||Safety assist|
The BMW did well in crash tests, bettering the results achieved by the Volvo S60 for adult and child occupants, and matching it even in terms of the performance of its driver aids. Cars don't get much safer than this.
BMW 330e reliability & problems
As a relatively new model to the market, the latest BMW 330e doesn't yet have any long-term reliability data we can drawn on. The previous version also didn't appear in our sister publication Auto Express' 2019 Driver Power ownership satisfaction survey.
The BMW's Euro NCAP crash-test rating is excellent, and promise that this is one of the safest cars out there. Our only quibble is that you can't add a space-saver spare wheel (sadly an issue with every plug-in hybrid due to the space taken up by the batteries).
You also have to add a £1,250 'Driving Assistant Professional' pack to get adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded autonomous emergency braking system that can sense pedestrians and cyclists as well as other cars – the latter is standard on the S60.
Otherwise, the 330e comes with a suite of passive and active safety equipment including lane-departure warning and speed-limit assistance. You also get front and rear parking sensors, as well as a reversing camera. LED headlights are also standard across the range and deliver great visibility at night.