BMW 330e range, MPG, CO2 & charging
An official electric range of up to 37 miles is one of the best in class, so the BMW promises to be as efficient as it gets for plug-in executive saloon
|Fuel economy||CO2 emissions||Electric range||Wallbox charge time|
|166-217mpg||30-38g/km||34-37 miles||3hrs 30mins|
As with all plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), maximising the BMW 330e's efficiency means charging it up fully before every journey. It's at its most efficient on short to medium-distance trips around towns and suburbs. If you routinely do a lot of long-distance motorway runs, a diesel could be a better bet for fuel economy.
BMW 330e range, MPG & CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions are rated at 30-38g/km officially, and electric range has been improved from 25 miles in the previous model (which went off sale in 2018) to 37 miles in this version. It's unlikely you'll hit that mark on every single journey, but bank on at least 30 miles for sure – enough to cover many people's daily commutes and errands. If you spend a lot of time around town, you could quite easily eke the real-world electric range up to 35 miles or so, in our experience, but motorway miles or cold weather (which impact the range on any electric car) will see that drop to 30 miles or less.
With the petrol engine running, we found the 330e returns economy of around 40-45mpg in varied use, including a lot of motorway miles. That's good for a petrol car with this level of performance and the ability to deliver fuel-free commuting over shorter journeys – and better than a Volvo S60 Recharge will return. Even so, a BMW 320d diesel will likely do 50mpg and over in similar use, so if you routinely 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.
BMW says the 330e's battery can be fully replenished in just under five and a half hours from a domestic three-pin socket. That time will come down further if you use a public charging point or 7kW home wallbox charger, which will charge the battery in just under three and a half hours. Annoyingly, a Type 2 cable that you'll need to access public charging stations doesn't come as standard – you have to pay extra.
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 & charging - currently readingAn official electric range of up to 37 miles is one of the best in class, so the BMW promises to be as efficient as it gets for plug-in executive saloon
- 3Running costsThe BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will be a very cheap car to run in most cases, especially for company-car users
- 4Engines, drive & performanceKeen drivers will be right at home in the BMW 330e, especially when they put it into Sport mode for extra power
- 5Interior & comfortYou need the top-spec BMW 330e M Sport for the full suite of in-car technology and features
- 6Practicality & boot spaceA smaller boot than the petrol and diesel 3 Series counts against the otherwise-impressive BMW 330e plug-in hybrid here
- 7Reliability & safetyBMW 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