BMW 330e reliability & safety rating
BMW 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
|Euro NCAP||Adult protection||Child protection||Safety assist|
|5 stars (2019)||97%||87%||76%|
The BMW did well in Euro NCAP's 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
The BMW 3 Series wasn't individually rated in the 2020 edition of the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey. However, BMW overall didn't fare particularly well, winding up 27th out of 30 manufacturers rated that year. Reliability, as well as the cost of repairs and maintenance, were cited as concerns by owners. The 3 Series did make an appearance in the more recent 2021 edition of the survey, being named the 31st-best car to own in the UK, with an owner satisfaction rating of 88%.
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 '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 Volvo 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 and deliver great visibility at night.
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 & comfortThe 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 rating - currently readingBMW 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