BMW 330e Touring 2020: hybrid estate gets rear or four-wheel drive

BMW 330e saloon range also expands to offer four-wheel drive

BMW 330e Touring

BMW has confirmed the full specifications of its 330e Touring plug-in hybrid estate, which is set to go on sale in the UK in summer 2020.

And as well as offering the 330e drivetrain in the five-door Touring estate bodystyle, BMW is adding an xDrive four-wheel-drive option to the model, which will be available across the saloon and Touring versions.

Like the existing 330e saloon, the 330e Touring is powered by a 249bhp 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, whose power can be boosted to 288bhp for short bursts of up to 10 seconds using the 'XtraBoost' function. Output is the same across the saloon and Touring, rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models.

The rear-wheel-drive 330e Touring accelerates from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds (a tenth slower than the saloon) and has a maximum speed of 136mph (down from the saloon's 143mph). With four-wheel drive, the corresponding figures for the Touring are 0-62mph in 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 139mph.

Provisional fuel-consumption figures for the new 330e Touring range from 156mpg (for the four-wheel-drive car) to 176mpg (for the rear-wheel-drive car), with CO2 emissions starting at 42 and 39g/km respectively. Maximum range on electric power alone for both versions of the Touring is 34 miles, with power for the electric motor coming from a 12kWh battery.

For both the rear and four-wheel-drive 330e, in 'Hybrid' mode maximum speed on electric power is 68mph, the same as the saloon. Choosing 'eDrive' mode, which prioritises the electric motor, increases the maximum zero-emissions speed to 87mph.

Charging is carried out on the move using brake-energy recuperation, or at home from a BMW i wallbox, which can replenish the battery to 80% capacity in 2.4 hours, or 100% in 3.4 hours. Charging from a regular domestic electricity socket is also possible, with corresponding charge times of 4.2 and 5.7 hours for an 80 or 100% charge respectively.

Petrol and diesel versions of the 3 Series estate boast 500 litres of boot space with the rear seats in place, and 1,500 litres with them folded. BMW has not yet specified a 'seats up' figure for the hybrid estate, but the 'seats down' figure drops to 1,420 litres.

BMW says the new 330e Touring will be available from summer 2020, but exact UK pricing figures and specifications have yet to be confirmed. It's likely that the current SE, Sport and M Sport trims will be available with the new bodystyles and drivetrain.

The new 330e Touring is part of a rapidly growing line-up of BMW plug-in hybrids, which soon will include the X1 and X2 small SUVs, plus the bigger X3 and X5 SUVs, the 530e and 745e executive saloons and the 225xe people carrier.