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BMW 330e running costs, insurance, warranty & tax

The BMW 330e plug-in hybrid will work out very cheap to run in most cases, especially for company-car users

Overall rating

4.5 out of 5

Running costs & insurance rating

4.5 out of 5

Insurance groupWarrantyService interval Annual company-car tax (20%/40%)
33-353yrs/unlimited miles2yrs/18,000 milesFrom £969 / £1,938

BMW has always been good at making luxurious cars that are cheap to run, and the latest 330e is typical of this philosophy. Its low CO2 emissions reduce company-car tax bills compared to running a diesel, and it can be very frugal in day-to-day motoring if you make the most of its near-40-mile electric range.

BMW 330e insurance group

The BMW 330e falls into insurance groups from 33 to 35 depending on the exact specification chose, with the more expensive trim levels attracting slightly higher premiums. That's significantly less than one of its main rivals, the Mercedes C-Class hybrid, which starts in group 45.

Warranty

The BMW 330e gets the same three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty as any BMW sold new in the UK, which is comparable to those offered by rival brands Mercedes, Audi and Volvo (although the latter two imposes a 60,000-mile limit on their cover).

Servicing

The BMW 330e requires a service every two years or 18,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Road tax

As a plug-in hybrid, the 330e is classed as an 'alternatively fuelled vehicle' by the government and so gets a £10 discount on the standard annual road-tax (VED) rate of £155, brining it down to £145. However, all versions of the 330e have a list price above the £40,000 threshold for paying the £335 annual 'premium surcharge'. So you have to pay £480 the first five times you tax it.

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