BMW 330e reliability & safety
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
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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 as an overall brand didn't fare particularly well, winding up 27th out of 30 manufacturers rated this year. Reliability, as well as the cost of repairs and maintenance, were cited as concerns by owners.
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 £1,250 '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 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 & chargingAn 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 & safety - 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