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BMW 330e range, MPG, CO2 & charging

The 330e's official range of 37 miles puts it among the best in class, so the BMW is one of the most efficient plug-in hybrid saloons

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Range, MPG, CO2 & charging rating

4.5 out of 5

Fuel economyCO2 emissionsElectric rangeWallbox charge time
177-202mpg37-38g/km37 miles3hrs 36mins

In order to make the most of the BMW 330e’s plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain, you should make sure that it’s fully charged up before you set off. Like all PHEVs, the 330e works best if you tend to do short and medium-length trips where you can rely on the electric motor to do most of the work, as for longer trips a diesel is more efficient. Yet thanks to an impressive range figure, the BMW can go further on electric power than some rival models.

BMW 330e range, MPG & CO2 emissions

According to BMW’s official figures, the 330e emits 37-38g/km of CO2 and its all-electric range is up to 37 miles. That’s an improvement over the previous version (pre-2018), which could do 25 miles, but we still wouldn’t expect to see 37 miles without effort - about 30 miles would be safe to bet on each day.

Motorway miles and cold weather, as with all electric models, would reduce the range the most, so if you stick to local roads with low speed limits, you could probably get 35 miles out of the battery on a good day. That should be plenty for most people’s commutes.

In our experience, the 330e returns around 40-45mpg in varied use (including motorway) when the petrol engine is on. That’s better than a Volvo S60 Recharge can manage on the same sort of trips, and considering it’s a petrol-powered saloon car, over 40mpg is pretty good in our book. 

However, a diesel BMW 320d diesel will manage over 50mpg on the same sort of trips, so if you regularly cover big motorway miles, then do bear in mind that a diesel will be more economical. This is where the diesel plug-in hybrid Mercedes C-Class could also be a great compromise if you want electric running and diesel economy.

Charge time

The BMW 330e's battery takes around five and a half hours to charge fully from a normal three-pin socket. It’s best to use a home wallbox charger, which will charge the battery in about three and a half hours.

If you want to use a public charger that requires a type 2 cable, you’ll have to pay extra – it’s not standard. Still, since this is a PHEV, you can always just drive home on petrol power.

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