BMW 330e interior, dashboard & comfort
The BMW 330e has a four-strong line-up of trim levels, with the higher-spec versions concentrating on adding sportier styling touches inside and out
BMW interiors have long been known for simple yet classy design, and these days they integrate a host of the latest in-car technology very effectively.
BMW 330e dashboard
The 330e features a typically stylish and driver-orientated dashboard of the type we've come to expect from BMW. It's more straightforward and less fussy than what you find in the Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class, and benefits from simple shortcut buttons and a rotary-controlled infotainment screen that's more logical to use than what's on offer in most rivals, too.
Equipment, options & accessories
The 330e is offered in SE Pro, Sport Pro, M Sport and M Sport Pro Edition specification levels, each available with either BMW's traditional rear-drive layout or the brand's 'xDrive' four-wheel-drive system.
As standard, SE Pro has 17-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED headlights, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, a 10.25-inch touchscreen display with sat nav, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, all-round parking sensors and a reversing camera. Stepping up to Sport Pro brings 18-inch alloys, high-gloss exterior trim, heated seats up front, leather upholstery and a split-folding rear seat for greater versatility.
M Sport (generally the top seller) adds a different design of 18-inch alloys, M Sport styling touches and logos inside, an M Sport bodykit outside, a leather steering wheel, uprated brakes and sports suspension. At the very top of the range is the M Sport Pro Edition, which ups the wheel size to 19 inches and adds its own distinctive exterior and interior styling flourishes.
Infotainment, apps & sat nav
All BMW 330e models get a large 10.25-inch dashboard touchscreen display with sat nav, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with a configurable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel. They also have BMW's Intelligent Personal Assistant', which is voice-activated digital 'helper', similar to Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri.
In This Review
- 1VerdictThe latest BMW 3 Series plug-in hybrid is a very accomplished all-rounder, combining driving enjoyment with ultra-low running costs for an appealing package
- 2Range, MPG, CO2 & chargingThe 330e's electric range is among the best in class, making the BMW is one of the most efficient plug-in hybrid executive saloons you can buy
- 3Running costs & insuranceThe BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will work out very cheap to run in most cases, especially for company-car users
- 4Performance, engine & driveKeen drivers will be right at home in the BMW 330e, especially when they put it into Sport mode for extra power
- 5Interior, dashboard & comfort - currently readingThe BMW 330e has a four-strong line-up of trim levels, with the higher-spec versions concentrating on adding sportier styling touches inside and out
- 6Boot space, seating & practicalityA smaller boot than the petrol and diesel 3 Series counts against the otherwise-impressive BMW 330e plug-in hybrid here
- 7Reliability & safety ratingBMW as a brand isn't rated very highly by owners, but there's plenty of the latest safety kit available for the 330e plug-in hybrid